How to add custom ringtones for Moto X?


You may not know you can add your own phone ringtones and message  notification tones for your Moto X.  It is simple and easy, and it also works for most other Android phones.

Add MP3 files as custom ringtones

To set ringtones, you can go to Settings–Sound–Phone ringtone . You can select the default  ringtones. If the Phone ringtone  is grayed  out, you are very likely in Silent Mode, and you can check the volume settings.

To add your own phone ringtones, you can follow these steps:

  1. prepare the mp3 files to be used as ringtones in your PC
  2. connect your Moto X to the PC with an USB cable
  3. on your PC copy the MP3 files to the folder named Ringtones (under Internal Storage  in your device)
  4. disconnect Moto X from PC

Now, check phone ringtone settings. You should find the newly added music.

Add MP3 files as custom message ringtones (notification tone)

The SMS notification tones (message ringtones) can also be customized.

To set  text message ringtone, start Text messaging,  touch Menu (moto-x-menu)–Settings–Select ringtones.

To add your own message  ringtones (notification tones), you can follow these steps:

  1. prepare the mp3 files to be used as ringtones in your PC
  2. connect your Moto X to the PC with an USB cable
  3. on your PC copy the MP3 files to the folder named Notifications (under Internal Storage  in your device)
  4. disconnect Moto X from PC

Now, check message ringtone settings. You should find the newly added music to select.

Email and Gmail  can also use  the uploaded message ringtones as notification tones.

For Email, go to Menu (moto-x-menu)–Settings–desired email account–Notification settings–Ringtone-the desired tone–OK

For Gmail, go to Menu (moto-x-menu)–Settings–desired Gmail account–Sound & vibrate–Sound–the desired tone–OK

Set custom ringtones  for calls for individual contact

For Moto X, you can assign different ringtones for each contact. To do this, you simply can:

  1. start Contacts (People) app
  2. find the contact you want to assign a non-default ringtone
  3. tap this contact
  4. under Ringtone field, tap Default
  5. select the tone from the list
  6. tap OK.

Are these tips working for you? If you have any questions, please let us know in the comment box below, or start a thread in Moto X Discussion forum.

Enjoy your new ringtones!

More Moto X tips and tricks, and Moto X tutorials on the Moto X How-to Guide page.

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  1. Joe says

    I tried to save an MP3 file to the Ringtones folder on my Moto X, but I get an error message that says “You can’t save here.
    Please choose another location.”

  2. Will C. Justice says

    Please explain the following statement more:
    “start Contacts app”

    I don’t have that app – where can I get it? All I have is a terrible, nonconfigurable collection of data called People.

    • simon says

      you can install ES file explorer, then copy the ringtone file (usually it is in sdcard0/ringtones folder) to your computer. Once it is in your computer, you can copy it to your Moto X as new ringtone.

    • simon says

      Can you see the folder when you connect your Moto X to a pc with the USB cable?

      You may try to disable developer’s options before connecting to pc.

  3. mia says

    hi all – trying to get the ringtone “Argon” as a phone ringtone – any suggestions? When looking on the PC i cannot find a ringtone folder on the phone.

  4. Mia says

    Hi Mia again. The ringtone sound is already in the phone, under the factory clock alarm settings. (Argon) I have plugged the phone in to my PC and searched every file folder and sub folders to find ringtones. Even did an internal storage search. Not showing any folders as such. I have Sprint service … I consider myself computer literate as I know I could put it in the right folder, I would be able to access it, however; there is no folder titled ringtone. h e l p please.

    I don’t know if I download the ringtone app have it in “record” and play the sound at the same time and where do I disable developers options? This has taken on a life of its own. Thanks again!

  5. Mia says

    Dear Community: I was excited to get into the secret society of developers after clicking my heals 7 times; and yes, you’re right … I still cannot see the ringtone folder when I connect to PC. :(

    Even if I try copying it to an iPhone, then download the ringtone maker as was suggested and copy it back I still won’t be able to access it. Perhaps there is something I am missing? I do appreciate the help though as at least someone is helping me try to get a resolution.

    I will check off the box for a notification if a wizard can figure it out.

    Thanks. Mia
    PS I still love the phone.

  6. Mia says

    Got it!! Downloaded Zedge. Found ringtone which they call Nexus 4 argon. Went into tone, selected it. The choice was once for Zedge when opening it. Then selected notifications, then it allowed me a choice to set as… Then selected phone ringtone. Still don’t see it it the internal storage but it worked. This app has live and stationary wallpapers Cool app a co worker showed me. Thanks again for trying.

  7. Max says

    I am not at all getting file manager option to set custom ringtone, it showing only default ringtones.can you tell me how can i get multiple options.

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