You just bought a new Samsung cell phone. Happy with your purchase, you immediately began to “tweak” with its settings, trying to customize the device as much as possible but, being still not very expert about its operation, you were unable to understand how to change the warning tone used for incoming calls.
How do you say? Things are exactly this way and would you like to know if I can give you a hand on what to do? Of course yes, we would miss more! Take a few minutes of your precious time to read this tutorial and find out, together with me, how to change the ringtone on Samsung by setting one of the many ringtones “standard” on the device, transferring new ones from the computer or downloading them from Android.
I anticipate that, contrary to what you can imagine, this is a very simple operation to complete. Follow the directions carefully below and I assure you that you will be able to achieve your goal in no time. There is nothing left for me to do, except to wish you a good read and a lot of fun!
Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, going to find out how to change the ringtone on a Samsung, there are some preliminary operations that you must perform, assuming that you do not want to use the ringtones present “standard” on your smartphone (or tablet, the indications to follow are the same).
Specifically, what I am referring to is the transfer of the ringtone of your interest (or of the audio file you want to transform into a ringtone) from the computer to the mobile phone (if, of course, the reference song is on the PC), to any cutting it and downloading new warning tones directly from your device, turning to some free apps.
In the first case, if the audio file you want to use as a ringtone is not already present on the mobile phone but is on your computer, you must connect the phone to one of the USB ports of the PC, install and start the Samsung SmartSwitch application or the Samsung KIES application and copy the audio file of your interest to the Ringtones folder of the smartphone. For more information on this, I refer you to reading my guide on how to connect the Samsung mobile phone to the PC.
Once the audio file of your interest has been transferred to your mobile phone – or if it is already present on your smartphone – you may need to edit it, perhaps cutting the beginning of the end, in order to adapt it better as a ringtone. To do this, you can use one of the many apps on the Play Store specifically used for the purpose. However, if you want advice, use the Ringtone Maker application of Big Bang Inc, which is free, has an interface in Italian, and is extremely simple to use. To understand, in detail, how to use it, you can follow the instructions on what to do that I provided in my tutorial on how to create ringtones.
If the idea of transferring and/or editing audio files does not suit you very much and you prefer, therefore, to turn to ready-made ringtones, the best suggestion I can give you is to rely on ad hoc apps always available on the Play Store: there are many and they allow you to search and download “pre-packaged” ringing tones for all tastes and needs.
Among the most interesting apps in the category, I suggest you Zedge, which is free, easy to use, and with a practically boundless database: I talked about it in detail (along with other useful resources in this sense) in my article on ringtone applications.
Then know that, depending on the version of Android in use on your Samsung device, the indications relating to the items to be selected in the Android settings that I am going to provide you within the following lines may differ slightly from what you viewed on your mobile phone. To your knowledge, I used a Samsung Galaxy S6 updated to Android 7.0 to write this tutorial.
Change the ringtone on Samsung
Once the preliminary steps above have been completed, I would say that we can finally begin to “get busy”. Let’s find out what are the operations that must be performed to be able to change the ringtone on a Samsung.
Do you want to change the ringtone of all incoming calls on your Samsung device? Nothing could be easier! First, take your smartphone, unlock it, access the drawer, and press the Settings icon (the one with the gear symbol). In the new screen displayed, press on the Sounds and vibration item, then on the Ringtone one, and select the ringtone you want to set from those available in the list. Every time you select a ringtone, a preview will be played
If you want to set a personalized ringtone but this is not visible in the list, scroll the screen with all the ringing tones down, press on the Add from device memory item, select the app with which you want to search and select the ringtone and presses on the name of the latter. Then choose the ringtone from there.
For completeness of information, I would like to point out that, again from the Settings> Sounds and vibration section of your Android smartphone, you can adjust the ringtone volume, add vibration and activate silent mode.
As for the ability to adjust the volume, press on the Volume item and move the cursor on the adjustment bar near the Ringtone item to the right to increase the sound level of the ringtone. By moving it, however, to the left, you can decrease the volume. The same thing can also be done by pressing the “Physical” Volume [+] and Volume [-] keys on the left side of the body of the device when no call is in progress and multimedia contents are not playing.
As for the possibility of adding vibration, just turn the switch you find on the item Vibrates and rings to ON. If you deem it necessary, you can also adjust the intensity of the vibration, by pressing on the item Vibration intensity, in fact, and moving the indicator on the right of the Incoming call adjustment bar to the right, in order to increase the level of vibration. By moving it to the left, however, you can decrease it.
If you need to activate the silent mode, press on the wording Audio mode and select, from the menu that opens, the item Silent (to activate silent mode) or Vibrate (to activate the silent mode with vibration in tow). The same changes can also be made from the notification center, recalling the latter with a swipe from top to bottom on the display and pressing the speaker icon in the menu that is shown to you.
Pressing once will activate the silent mode with vibration (the speaker icon will be crossed out) while pressing twice you will enable “pure” silent mode (in this case, the speaker icon will become gray)
Are you interested in how to change the ringtone on your Samsung device only for specific contacts in the address book, so as to immediately understand who is calling you depending on how the phone rings? I’ll settle for you right away! To do this, first, take your smartphone, unlock it, and access the drawer. Then, press on the Address Book app icon (the one with the yellow background and the little man symbol).
In the new screen that at this point displays, identify, from the list displayed the name of the contact for which you want to set a personalized ringtone, press on it, and tap on the Details item in the menu that opens. If you can’t find it, you can help yourself with the Search field located at the top, by typing the reference name inside.
Then, tap on the word Edit located at the top, scroll down the new screen displayed, press on the item View more and select the word Ringtone. Then, from the list that appears, choose the call tone you want to assign to the contact in question and it is done. If you want to listen to a preview of a given ringtone, simply select its name.
If you want to set a personalized ringtone but this is not visible in the list, scroll the screen with all the ringing tones down, press on the Add from device memory item, select the app with which you want to search and select the ringtone, presses on the name of the latter and selects the call tone from the new screen that opens.
To ensure that the changes made are actually applied, finally presses the arrow symbol located at the top left and, once the contact card is displayed again, presses the Save item which is located in the upper right part of the screen. It was easy, wasn’t it?
If this may interest you, I point out that, again from the screen relating to the contact card, once the changes have been enabled as seen above, you can set a type of vibration different from the default. To do this, tap on the item Vibration type visible after pressing on the wording View more and select the vibration that best suits you from those listed. Keep in mind that every time you select a type of vibration, a preview will be reproduced.
Change notifications and warning tones on Samsung
To conclude, I would like to point out that, if you wish, you can change the ringtone on your Samsung device even by intervening on notifications and warning tones. How you do it? I’ll explain it right away. To begin with, take your smartphone, unlock it, and access the drawer. Then, press on the Settings icon (the one with the gear symbol) and on the Sounds and vibration item.
In the new screen that is shown to you at this point, tap on the wording Notification sounds, then press on the item Default notification ringtone, on that Message notifications, and/or on that Calendar notifications, to define for which type of notification you want to modify the ringtone. Then, from the list that appears, choose the warning tone you prefer (if you do not see the list, first press on the Notification sound item) and you’re done. Every time you select a ringtone in the list, a preview will be played.
Keep in mind that, in the case of some specific applications (e.g. WhatsApp), to change the ringtone used for notifications, it is not possible to intervene from the Android settings: you need to act directly on the internal settings of the reference app.
Unfortunately, in that case, I can’t be 100% accurate since I don’t know which application you want to change the ringtone for. Generalizing, however, I can tell you that to do this, just start the application of your interest, go to the settings section of the same, select the item relating to notifications and/or sounds, tap on the wording relating to the tone of the notifications and choose the ringtone you prefer from the list that appears.
If you think you need more explanations regarding the operations described in this step, I refer you to reading my tutorial specifically dedicated to how to change the notification ringtone on Samsung, through which I proceeded to talk to you about the topic with plenty of details.