How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?

Your device can add a music file, such as an mp3, as a ringtone either as a general ringtone or as a personal ringtone for a specific contact. 

Note: you will need to have the actual music file downloaded directly onto your device in order to use it (i.e. tracks that you have purchased or directly downloaded). View how to load music files onto your device from your Windows PC.

You won't be able to use tracks that you play via a streaming service as the terms and conditions of most streaming services are that you pay to listen to the songs and albums, not to purchase the songs themselves. You will need to have purchased that particular album or track and have downloaded the file directly to your device.

Set a music file as a ringtoneClick to Expand
1 From the home screen, choose Apps or swipe up to access your apps
How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
2 Select Settings
How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
3 This step will differ slightly depending on your model.

Select Sounds and vibration or Sounds and notifications or Sounds

Select Sounds and vibration, Sounds and notifications or Sounds
4 Select Ringtone (you may need to scroll down a little)
How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
5 These will show all the ringtones on your device.

To use your own music file, tap Add or Add ringtone (you may need to scroll to the bottom for this).

How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
6 If prompted, tap the Sound picker , then if prompted tap Allow

If you do not see the below screen pop up, or are not taken to a screen displaying your audio files, you may need to do a settings reset.    

If prompted, tap the sound picker, then if prompted tap allow
7 Choose the music file.

If the file does not appear under Tracks, choose Folders to locate the file. 

PLEASE NOTE: that you need to have downloaded the actual music file onto your device.

How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
8 Tap Done
How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?

Assign a personal ringtone to a contactClick to Expand

To assign a personal ringtone to a contact on your mobile device:

1 Tap Contacts
How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
2 Tap the desired contact
How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
3 Tap Details. If you do not see this screen, go to step 4
Tap details
4 Tap Edit
How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
5 Tap Ringtone. You may need to tap the View more downward arrow before choosing Ringtone
How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
6 You can select one of the ringtones already on your device, but to set a music file, scroll all the way to the bottom then tap Add or Add Ringtone
How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
7 Tap Sound picker

Note on some devices you may go straight to the audio files instead of seeing this step.

How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
8 Select the music file you wish to use, then tap Done

PLEASE NOTE: you need to have the specific music file downloaded onto your device

How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?
9 Tap Save
How do I set a music file as a ringtone on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone?

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