How to Set a Ringtone for an Android Contact

Android is a variation of Linux specially designed for embedded systems such as cell phones and tablets. All its code is open source and Google looks after its versions and manages its updates. Android has received wide acclaim for its easy functionality; it is very customizable, and it has a large community of programmers which produce Applications (Apps) to be run on Android devices. Most of these Applications are free of cost and they do tasks directly for the users.

Due to these reasons a lot of Cell Phone companies use Android as the Operating System for their devices; for example Samsung, HTC, Sony use Android as the default Operating Software in their Cell phones. Android has many versions for different environments; Gingerbread, Jellybeans, Froyo, Honeycomb are a few of its variations.

As mentioned earlier Android gives a lot of customization options to its users. One can basically do anything one want on their Android device. So if you want to set a specific ringtone for someone ‘special’ Android allows you to do that very easily. Ringtones are not just a melodious tone that alerts a person of an incoming call, they can add personality in an Android contact.


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    Go to contacts

    First of all on your home screen find the contacts icon. It has an icon of a red box with a hollow white person in it. The logo may vary depending on the version of your Android. Tap the icon once and the contact list will open.

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    Scroll down to locate the contact

    Either scroll down or search for the contact by name for which you want to set a ringtone.

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    Edit the contact

    Long press the contact button. A sub menu will appear, tap the edit button once. The contact information will appear on the screen. Scroll down and tap the option Ringtone once.

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    Select the ringtone

    A sub menu will pop up. It will have three options, Default ringtone, and Select sound from my files, Phone ringtone. Tap the second option and the device will open the memory card and ask for you to locate the ringtone.

    Browse through the folders to find the ringtone. Tap the sound file once and it will be set as the ringtone for that contact. Press ok to save the contact and exit the contacts.

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