I'm trying to set a custom ringtone on Sony Z3 Xperia Compact. I have copied the desired MP3 file into /storage/emulated/0/Notifications. However, on the ringtone list, I don't see the file and can't find any way to add it. There is no "Add" button in the ringtone list:

ringtone list

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There is only a "musical notes" icon button in the upper-right corner. If I press it, the following strange screen appears containing some unknown list of music without my ringtone:

screen with unknown music

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I have rebooted my phone and nothing changed. For some time after a reboot, I was unable to press the "musical notes" icon button since it was saying "Updating" or "Refreshing" in Russian. This was probably the media scanner running. So, I now know how to run the media scanner but still can't change my ringtone.

I have put the file into /storage/emulated/0/Ringtones. Also, I checked that it appeared in /sdcard/Ringtones and rebooted my phone, but nothing changed.

How can I set a custom ringtone on Sony Z3 Experia Compact?

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    Did you reboot after copying files? See if this helps: Nexus 5x won't use custom ringtones/notifications
    – Firelord
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 11:03
  • Depending on how you've copied the .mp3, the Android system might not know about it yet (as the media scanner didn't pick it up yet). Apart from that, it won't turn up as ringtone anyhow, as you've copied it to be a "notification sound" (see e.g. my answer here).
    – Izzy
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 11:35
  • After the media scanner picked it up, it will show in the corresponding place. Which that is, depends on your "lucky choice". Make a good pick from the answer I've linked with my previous comment :) And what Firelord expected by a reboot: That's one of the events the media scanner gets triggered.
    – Izzy
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 12:47
  • @Izzy I tried different folders. First one was Ringtones. What will happen if I guess the secret? How would I know that I guessed?
    – Dims
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 12:58
  • You've guessed the right folder. Did you reboot after placing the file there? And btw, how you've placed the file there (local via a file manager? remotely via MTP?) is an important point as to whether the media scanner was triggered immediately (it doesn't get triggered when doing it locally – but should get triggered when you close the MTP connection). But that nothing happened with your 2nd update confuses me: a few minutes after the boot (when the scanner has finished), the file should show up. Could you please add brand/model and Android version of your device?
    – Izzy
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 13:05

3 Answers 3


Based on this tutorial, you need to put your files in /storage/emulated/0/media/audio/ringtones.

If it still doesn't work, try opening the file directly from an Android file explorer, then click "Set as ringtone" (you may need to click on the three dots before seeing it):

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IMG: Ringtone

  • The folder /storage/emulated/0/media/ is depicted by Facebook icon at mine. Inside it I have only notfications subfolder.
    – Dims
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 13:51
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    I know that Facebook put its notifications sound here. Probably why there's a Facebook icon. You can try manually creating the folder /storage/emulated/0/media/audio/ringtones. But since there's /storage/emulated/0/media/notifications, I would also try /storage/emulated/0/media/ringtones.
    – Sylveon
    Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 13:55

You need to play your audio file with the default music app.

Once the file is known in the music app, you will get an option to Set as ringtone if you select the file and click on the


In Android 9, any sound files stored in a folder named


anywhere on the system (/media/ringtones and /Music/Ringtones will both work)

will be found by the system and displayed as an option for a Ringtone sound

Any sound files stored in a folder named


will be found by the system and displayed as an option for a Notification sound

You can also have more than one Notifications and Ringtones folders.

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