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

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

Once you have downloaded or purchased music files onto your Galaxy device, you can choose to set them as ringtones. You can also assign a track to one of your contacts so you can recognise straight away who is calling.

If you would like to customise your notification alerts, find out how to set an audio file as a message notification.

Please note:  Tracks that you play via a streaming service cannot be set as ringtones 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 the album or track and have downloaded the file directly to your device.

Download music files

In order to set it as a ringtone, the music file must be downloaded directly onto your device (i.e. tracks that you have purchased or directly downloaded). Use the links below to download music using Samsung Music or load files onto your device from your Windows PC.

Find out how to use the Samsung Music app.

Find out how to load music files onto your device from your Windows PC.

Set a music file as a ringtone

Once your music file is downloaded onto your device, to set a music file as a ringtone:

1 Tap "Settings", then tap "Sounds and vibration".
Sounds and vibration is selected in the Settings menu
2 Tap "Ringtone".
Ringtone is selected in the Sounds and vibration menu
3 Tap "SIM 1" or "SIM 2".
4 All the ringtones on your device will be displayed on-screen. To use your own music file, tap the + icon.
5 Select the music file.

If the file does not appear under the "Tracks" tab, tap "Folders", then locate the file. 

Folders is selected in the Sound picker on a Galaxy smartphone
6 Tap "Done".
Assign a personal ringtone to a contact

Please note: Depending on your device and operating system, your contacts will need to be saved to your mobile device, before a personal ringtone can be assigned.

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

1 Tap the Phone app.
Phone app icon
2 Tap the contact.
Contact is selected
3 Tap the Info icon to edit the contact.
Contact info icon is selected
4 Tap the contact's photo.
Contact's profile photo is selected
5 Tap "View more", then tap "Ringtone".
Ringtone is selected in the contact
6 Select one of the ringtones already on your device, or tap + to search for a music file.
The plus icon is selected in the Ringtones menu
7 Tap "Sound picker". If this pop-up does not appear you can skip this step.
Sound picker is selected
8 Select the music file you wish to use, then tap "Done".
Song is selected in the Sound picker
9 Tap "Save".
Save is selected to finish adding a song as a contact's ringtone

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