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How to Set Music as a Ringtone on an Android Phone

Ringtones can be lots of fun. They uniquely identify your Android phone’s jingle, especially when you forget to mute your phone and you’re hustling to turn the thing off because everyone in the room is annoyed by your ringtone choice of We Will Rock You.

On your Android phone, you can choose which ringtone you want. You can use any tune from your phone’s music library as the phone’s ringtone. The first part of the process is finding a good tune to use. Follow along with these steps:

  1. Touch the Launcher button on the Home screen to display all apps on the phone.

  2. Touch Music to open the music player.

  3. Choose a tune to play.

    To be able to select a song as a ringtone, it must either appear on the screen or be playing.

  4. Press the Menu soft button.

  5. Choose Use As Ringtone.

    The song — the entire tune — is set as the phone’s ringtone. Whenever you receive a call, that song plays.

If these steps don’t work, try this approach:

  1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose Settings and then Sound.

  3. Choose Phone Ringtone.

  4. Touch the New Ringtone button atop the list of ringtones.

    You see the list of songs stored in the phone’s music library.

  5. Choose a song.

    The song plays; touch the song again to stop.

  6. Touch the OK button to add that song to the list of ringtones.

  7. Touch the Apply button.

    The new musical ringtone is set.

The song you’ve chosen is added to the list of ringtones. It plays — from the start of the song — when you have an incoming call and until you answer the phone, send the call to voice mail, or choose to ignore the call and eventually the caller goes away and the music stops.

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