1. Claraoswin's Avatar
    I use a file manager but I don't see the ringtones folder anymore.

    Anyone know how to set them in the new android version?
    10-02-2018 12:47 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Which phone do you have, and which file manager are you using? All Android devices should still have a /Ringtones directory. Where are you saving your custom ringtones to at this time?
    10-02-2018 04:38 PM
  3. Claraoswin's Avatar
    I have a Google Pixel and I'm using ES File Explorer
    Welcome to Android Central! Which phone do you have, and which file manager are you using? All Android devices should still have a /Ringtones directory. Where are you saving your custom ringtones to at this time?
    10-02-2018 06:58 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    What if you go to Settings>Storage and tap Files there? Does Ringtones show up then? Pardon my mini-rant, but I dislike and don't trust ES File Explorer, primarily because it was bought by Cheetah Mobile a while ago (who also makes Clean Master, the king of Android snake-oil apps). I don't know if ES is doing anything weird with how it's displaying your directories.

    Every Android phone should have the following directories: /Ringtones, /Notifications, and /Alarms. I don't see any of them in that screenshot, which is odd. Do you recall ever deleting them? If you truly don't have those directories, then you should be able to create them, and I think the system would recognize them when you go to select a ringtone/notification tone/alarm.
    10-02-2018 08:48 PM
  5. hallux's Avatar
    I agree with @B. Diddy about ES File Explorer. I actually used it and recommended it for a while, then it was bought by Cheetah Mobile (if you say "Cheater" like you're from Boston, what does it sound like? yeah...) and started including unwanted payloads with the app updates. I now use Solid Explorer. I'll reply from my phone showing Solid and the file structure it has, it looks like you have a Pixel or Pixel 2 device, I have a 2 XL.
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    10-02-2018 09:32 PM
  6. hallux's Avatar
    The promised screenshot, notice I have the folders you're looking for?
    B. Diddy likes this.
    10-02-2018 09:34 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    And here's what it looks like with the native file explorer (when you go to Settings>Storage and then tap Files):

    Setting custom ringtones in android P-screenshot-oct-2-2018-6_48_00-pm-.jpg
    10-02-2018 09:50 PM
  8. Claraoswin's Avatar
    If I create my own Ringtones folder will my phone settings recognize it?
    10-03-2018 11:28 AM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I'm not sure, but if you somehow deleted the original directory, then I'm guessing it will. Did you already look for the directory using the native file manager?
    10-03-2018 04:08 PM
  10. Rukbat's Avatar
    In the Pixel 2, in Pie, it seems as if the folders have been renamed with lower-case letters. My Alarms weren't being picked up, but when I renamed the folder to alarms (and did a media rescan), they were. (The same for ringtones and notifications.) Weird.
    10-04-2018 06:15 PM
  11. Teritron's Avatar
    Unfortunately it seems that this approach copying mp3 files into free accessable folders called R|ringtones, N|notification, sometimes under media, some times under media/audio etc. does no longer work with Android Pie. At least I have the OnePus 6T with Android Pie by default, and whatever I am trying is not working. Before with my OnePlus 3 and all the other Samsung phones before this worked like a charm! Google, what have you now done again?

    Edit:
    But there is for example an app called "Tone Selector (Ringtones/Alarm)" which exactly can do that. It allows you to specifiy the path, e.g. where you previously copied the files (Ringtones, Notification, etc.) and then you save this, and afterwards it is selected. It even works for SMS, when you confgured that SMS shall used the default notification tone.
    01-05-2019 12:32 PM

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