I've been using Moto E3 and G4 before and had absolutely no problems in using custom / own alarm tones on these devices / Android versions (on both Android 6, 7.0 and 7.1 in case of G4).

Now, I have purchased Moto G5 and whenever I go to Clock > Alarm > [alarm] > Ringtone > Your sounds > Add new some kind of weird file browsers opens that allows me to pick alarm ringtones from only: "Audio" and "Downloads" folders giving me "Recent" and "OneDrive" options in addition.

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How can I select alarm ringtone from (system default?) "Alarms" folder? Or how can I force Clock app to use different file browser (i.e. system "Files Manager" or custom "Solid File Explorer"), which allows me to select a file from any folder?

Am I limited only to above mentioned folders and must copy my alarm ringtone to i.e. "Download" folder in order to use a custom alarm ringtone on Moto G5?

1 Answer 1


In the "weird" file manager, click on the ellipses in the top right and choose Show internal storage.

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Now you should have "Internal Storage" available in the hamburger menu (three horizontal bars) in the left.

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You can now browse your internal storage and choose the custom alarm tone which you want to make your alarm tone and it should be applied.

  • Thank you for your comprehensive answer that actually did solve my problem. I allowed myself to change title, add some screenshots and modify your own answer a little bit to make it more complex.
    – trejder
    May 6, 2018 at 20:11

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