1. samw5's Avatar
    Has anyone gotten these to work on kitkat.

    Tried to place ogg files that I was previously using in the system/media folder to the sdcard/notifications, alarms, and ringtones but they will not show.

    I don't want to move them back to the default system folder as I can't run the ota every time there is a new one if I add them there.

    I just would like to understand if the other folders on the sdcard should be able to pick these up.
    12-16-2013 05:37 AM
  2. patruns's Avatar
    They will only be picked up in their original folder.
    12-16-2013 10:17 AM
  3. samw5's Avatar
    Man that's just lame.

    The Notifications, Alarm and Ringtones folders are getting automatically created though on /sdcard/ so I was hoping that this could be a user accessible way to drop the files rather than having to rw the /system folder and messing things up.
    I also did notice the Google Hangout notifications are indeed in the /sdcard/notifications folder and they seem to work.

    what gives?
    12-16-2013 11:50 AM
  4. patruns's Avatar
    Android is designed to look for ringtones, notification sounds etc in a specific location. As long as you add additional files to those locations they will get picked up as optional tones. There is nothing lame about it. That is just the way it works. My ringtones are all located in /storage/emulated/0. If I want an .mp3 file as a ringtone I have to put a copy there.
    12-16-2013 01:53 PM
  5. samw5's Avatar
    I'm confused I guess.

    The default media folder is /system/media/audio/
    Ringtones, alarms and notifications are all located there.

    I don't want to add files to these folders since this would require me to write to system (and thus keep giving me ota update headaches).

    Instead there are 3 similar folder on the device /sdcard/ folder which is user accessible (I believe that's a symlink that points to /storage/emulated...).
    Files were placed in the appropriate folders but aren't showing under notifications or alarms or ringtones.

    Not sure if I'm doing something wrong. These are ogg files that used to play fine when placed in the /system folder which I'd like to avoid doing for the reason mentioned above.
    12-16-2013 05:35 PM
  6. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    Would you be able to try switching them to mp3 and see if that works? Or wav. What format does the system use for stock sounds?

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk 2
    12-16-2013 11:00 PM
  7. samw5's Avatar
    Stock are oggs. I'll have to try converting them.
    12-17-2013 05:32 AM
  8. darth android's Avatar
    Stock are oggs. I'll have to try converting them.
    I would recommend Media converter

    I find your lack of faith in android disturbing.
    Jeff Allen1 likes this.
    12-17-2013 06:11 AM
  9. samw5's Avatar
    lol... sorry. I have plenty of faith, I'm just having a hard time understand how something as simple as adding additional sounds seems to be so difficult.
    12-17-2013 07:22 AM
  10. RealPetChicken's Avatar
    It can be picked up if you put them in your root folder in a folder called Ringtones. Or create a Notification folder in your root in KitKat, well at least in my Nexus 5. Try re-booting your phone, or connecting your phone to your PC and unplug it to jump start the media scanner on your phone. Usually i would place an mp3 on my phone from PC and disconnect, and that should do it.
    12-17-2013 03:09 PM
  11. JimSmith94's Avatar
    Make sure you change the permissions to match the others sound files and reboot. They should be rw-r--r--. I had to do that for some that I added to my phone.
    12-17-2013 08:29 PM
  12. Tall Mike 2145's Avatar
    /storage/emulated/0 functions as the "root level" for external access purposes. In that so-called "root" directory are by default Alarms, Notifications, and Ringtones, along with a number of other folders. I've put OGGs and MP3s in there under 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.4.1, and 4.4.2 on my Nexus 4 and they've ALWAYS been seen instantly by all interested parties (the OS itself in Settings) and various apps which have those sort of media-using capabilities. Putting them there has NEVER been impacted by an OTA. Now, of course, I usually wipe my phone when I do an OTA, but they would otherwise still be there.
    12-17-2013 09:17 PM
  13. samw5's Avatar
    That's the answer I was looking for. TY sir!!

    Now on my nexus 7 running 4.4.2 (actually I had the same issue on 4.4), the sounds just don't seem to show under notifications as they should.

    /storage/emulated/0 is symlinked to /sdcard on my device. I do see the files in the folders. Permission on them is -rw.
    All of the files are .ogg. If placed in /system/media/audio with the proper permission they will play just fine but I'd like to avoid touching the system folder.

    Any ideas what may be preventing them from properly populating??
    12-17-2013 09:36 PM
  14. Tall Mike 2145's Avatar
    Nope, no clue. However, props for using OGG.
    12-17-2013 10:01 PM
  15. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    That's the answer I was looking for. TY sir!!

    Now on my nexus 7 running 4.4.2 (actually I had the same issue on 4.4), the sounds just don't seem to show under notifications as they should.

    /storage/emulated/0 is symlinked to /sdcard on my device. I do see the files in the folders. Permission on them is -rw.
    All of the files are .ogg. If placed in /system/media/audio with the proper permission they will play just fine but I'd like to avoid touching the system folder.

    Any ideas what may be preventing them from properly populating??
    Are you, or have you tried, using an app such as Ringdroid? I haven't tried it on the Nexus 5 yet since it's not on a carrier but on my other phone it automatically drops new files into the right folder.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk 2
    12-17-2013 10:05 PM
  16. Jeff Allen1's Avatar
    Why has this changed since the last version of Android? I used to simply be able to place mp3s in sdcard\ringtones and sdcard\notifications but, alas, these things do not work anymore. I should not have to learn how to make OGG files or root my phone or symlink or any of that crap. It should just STILL work as before. End of story.
    06-26-2014 08:26 AM
  17. zorak950's Avatar
    It hasn't changed. I use custom ringtones and notifications that are mp3s which I've stored on my SD card partition. You don't need root access or OGG files.
    06-26-2014 12:39 PM

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