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Re: Ringtone issues after update to Jellybean
Wow, I can't believe I've fixed it, after months of being bothered by it.....I guess I just needed a sounding board or something, cuz your post made me think of the answer. So, just in case someone else is having this issue, I'll write how I solved it, though it may vary slightly or majorly from phone to phone.
So for the Samsung Galaxy S3 (and maybe others), whenever a 3rd Party App ringtone or notification is set for use, whether it's for all notifications, or just a specific contact, a separate file is copied from the Ringtone App and stored on the phone; what that means is that if the Ringtone App is deleted, you'll still be able to use the ringtone, and that when you're setting the ringtone, you don't have to get into the Ringtone App to find and use the ringtone. So what happened was that I had been using some of the 3rd Party Ringtones and had them set for different contacts, and when the phone updated it's firmware, the ringtone sound files that were copied to my phone got corrupted or something. So it turns out that all I had to do was go into my phone's file browser, go to where the 3rd party ringtones were copied to, and delete them. For me it was on the Phone's Internal Drive/media/ringtone/
After they were deleted, the ringtones worked just fine, and......Yeah. I hope this helps somebody else, somewhere....sometime : )
P.S. I did notice one side effect, which wasn't there before the JellyBean update; though it doesn't seem to create any unreasonable problem. When you set each 3rd Party Ringtones for use, and the ringtone is copied to the phone, then when you set that ringtone from that point on (like if you decide to use that ringtone for a different contact or something) you will no longer go into your 3rd Party App to set it; instead, when you set the ringtone, instead of going into your 3rd Party App, you will go into your Media Storage (for my phone, when I set a ringtone it asks me whether to go into a 3rd Party App, or go into the phone's Media Storage to pick one to use). And if you try to set the ringtone from your 3rd Party App it will give you the same problem I mentioned in my initial post. But this isn't really a problem, because I've found that once the copied ringtone is deleted from your phone's Media Storage, then you can again set the ringtone from your 3rd Party Ringtone App, and it will copy the file to your phone again. So in case someone starts freaking out that after following these instructions, that the ringtone is broken again, then just know that it's not broken, and it's just a bug in the software or something.