It seems to me that it is impossible to change the default alarm tone. Does anyone know if it's possible to do that?

I am using Sony Xperia Z2, if that matters.


Oddly enough, Android doesn't provide (as of the time of writing) a way to change the default alarm tone: if you navigate to Settings > Sound & notification, you can pick "Alarm volume", "Phone ringtone" and even "Default notification ringtone", but there's nothing about an "Default alarm ringtone".

The solution that worked for me came from this post. It requires using the ES File Explorer (install it if you don't have it yet, you can remove it afterwards). The steps below are to pick one of the existing alarm sounds as the default one, but can be used for any sound in your SD card. Here's what you do:

  • Using the ES File Explorer, navigate to /system/media/audio/alarms
  • Click on the file you want, and in the "Open with" prompt, select "ES Media Player"
  • Open the menu in the top right, and pick "Set ringtone" (the entry with a bell icon)
  • In the dialog that appears, pick "Set alarm"

After doing this, all applications that use alarms will use the chosen sound if they're configured to use the system default. The stock clock app will also use this.

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  • I can't verify if this works at the moment because my phone is broken but it seems like a clever hack, thanks! – vatzec Mar 15 '15 at 20:36
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    Unfortunately, ES File Explorer is suffering from feature bloat. Does any other app do this with less overhead? – palswim Aug 17 '16 at 20:39
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    It works perfecly. In my case, the directory is /system/media/audio/ringtones rather than /system/media/audio/alarms. – ricab Nov 11 '16 at 10:49
  • Just to add my 2 cents, usually you can change the default alarm sound in the alarm APP, so for me its the clock app that handles alarms, and clicking the three dot menu, sounds and select the default. This is also true for most/some apps, you can set custom sounds within their own settings. – JCTechie Mar 8 '17 at 16:34
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    This works great, but wow ES File Explorer is one bloated app. I couldn't uninstall that app fast enough. – bmaupin Mar 16 '17 at 13:43

You can do this with zedge. When you download a notification sound and choose the "set" option, it will give you a choice of setting it as the main ringtone, the default alarm, and two other options I can't remember right now.

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  • Consider explaining Why is an app required 2.linking the app from Play Store , for example [app name](play store link ). 3. Also add relevant portions of app description which meet requirements of OP – beeshyams Jan 12 '16 at 9:03
  • Well, honestly there is no explanation. It's an oversight in my opinion. All that aside, although it may not be for everyone, zedge is 5 star app, and I've enjoyed it for many years. – Ebonasura Jan 12 '16 at 9:23
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    I am not criticizing the value of your answer or app. Suggestions were made to improve the quality of your answer, so that it gets the attention it deserves by people reading it and upvoting :) – beeshyams Jan 12 '16 at 9:27
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    I tried searching for the app on Play Store by " zedge" but couldn't find it !! That would show you the value of linking – beeshyams Jan 12 '16 at 9:29
  • Good option without having to mess around in the file directories – ElHaix Dec 5 '19 at 19:14

Once you move your song or ringtone into the file you have created and you click on it and file explorer if you push the three dots on the top right it'll say set ringtone push that and it'll give you the three options shown in the picture!


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  • All fine explorers sunny have this option please mention and link the file explorer you used (if it is ES , it is already covered in the accepted answer and your answer didn't add or help) – beeshyams Aug 6 '17 at 3:42

It is hidden down the alarm options. You must slide up to see the rest of options configuration for each alarm.

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  1. Open the Alarm & clock application, then select the alarm that you want to change.
  2. Select Alarm sound and select an option, or select the music note button to select from your music files.
  3. Tap Done twice.


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    Thanks, but my question was whether you can change the default alarm. I may've not been clear on that one; what I meant is the alarm sound that new alarms will have set, not how to change the sound of specific alarms after you create them. – vatzec Jul 30 '14 at 11:34

Open a file manager, choose the sound file you want, and move the file to the 'alarms' folder.

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