Transfer music and sound files to use as ringtones, alert notifications, or alarms - Android

To copy music or sound files to an Android device that you want to use as ringtones, message notifications, or alarms, follow these steps:


Note: You may use sound files with the following file formats:

  • .3gpp/amr (the device records to this format)
  • .aac/mp4 (without iTunes copy protection)
  • .mp3
  • .wav


  1. Connect the device to a computer using the USB cable.
  2. From the Home screen, slide down the Notification bar.
  3. Verify the USB connection type is Disk drive. If not, tap it and select Disk drive.
  4. On the computer when the Removable Disk window appears, click Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer
    • Note: If the Removable Disk window does not appear automatically, check that the USB cable is completely plugged in, or try another USB port.
  5. Click OK. Windows Explorer opens.
  6. In the Windows Explorer window that opens, double-click the Media folder.
  7. Double-click one of the following folders: 
    • Note: If the folder that you want is not there, then right-click in the Media folder. Click New, Folder. Enter the name of the desired folder above. Double-click the folder you just created.
    • Ringtones: To transfer a ringtone, go under the Ringtones folder.
    • Alarms: To transfer an alarm sound, go under the Alarms folder.
    • Audio/Notifications: To transfer a notification (for e-mail, text messages (SMS), picture messages (MMS), alerts, etc.), go under the Audio folder and then the Notifications folder.
  8. Copy the music or sound files from your computer to the desired folder.
  9. When you are done copying, click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system tray.
  10. Click Safely Remove Mass Storage Device.
  11. Click OK.
  12. Disconnect the device from the computer. Wait for the device to prepare the SD card.
  13. On the device, set the ringtone, notification, or alarm sounds. Your transfered file now appears in the list.