How to Convert MP3 to Ringtone on Android: Full Guide

How to convert MP3 to ringtone on Android? All things are listed here to help you!

Kathy by Kathy Updated July 5, 2024
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Sometimes we want to use our own songs as ringtones or notification alerts. While this wasn't always easy, it has become straightforward with Android. This guide will show you how to convert MP3 to ringtone on Android.

enlightened Note: All steps in this tutorial were performed using a Google Pixel 7 running Android 14 and a custom PC with Windows 11. Steps may vary depending on your hardware and software version.


You don’t need much to set an MP3 file as a ringtone or notification sound. Technically, the only requirements are an Android phone and an MP3 file. You might need an internet connection, depending on whether you have the MP3 stored locally or not. You might also need a PC and extra software for trimming the audio file.

  • Android phone
  • MP3 file
  • Internet (if you need to download the MP3)
  • A PC if you need to trim the MP3 file (alternatively, you can use a phone and a third-party app)

How to trim the MP3 File

You likely don’t want the whole song to be played as a ringtone. Often, you'll want to hear only a specific part of a song or MP3 audio. Various software options are available for trimming your audio files, such as Adobe Audition, Reaper, and Pro Tools. Here, we'll focus on simple options: one for PC and one for Android.

How to Trim an MP3 File with Audacity:

  • Download, install, and launch Audacity (available for Windows, macOS, and Linux).
  • Go to File > Import > Audio.
  • Select the MP3 you want.
  • Use the selection tool to highlight the part you want to keep as your ringtone.
  • Press the space bar to play only the selected part and ensure you like it.
  • Click Edit > Remove Special > Trim Audio. Only the selected section will remain.
  • Drag the audio to the beginning of the timeline.
  • Use the Fade In and Fade Out options from the Effect menu for a smoother transition.
  • Go to File > Export and select MP3.

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  • Transfer the file to your smartphone.

How to Trim an MP3 File with Music Editor:

  • Download and install Music Editor from the Google Play Store.
  • Move the MP3 file to your Music folder using a file manager.
  • Launch Music Editor.
  • Tap on Trim Audio.
  • Select the song you want to turn into a ringtone.
  • Drag the sliders to select the part of the song you want to keep. The green slider is the beginning, and the red slider is the end.
  • Use the media controls to get a preview.
  • Hit the floppy disk icon on the top-right.
  • Select a name for the new file and hit OK.

How to convert MP3 to ringtone Android

Now that your MP3 song is trimmed correctly, it’s time to convert song to ringtone on Android.

  • Download or transfer the song to your phone via USB, direct download, or any cloud storage solution.
  • Open the Settings app.
  • Go to Sound & vibration.
  • Tap Phone ringtone.
  • Go to My Sounds.
  • If your ringtone doesn’t show up, hit the + button in the bottom-right corner.
  • Find the song and select it.
  • Hit Save.

save ringtones

How to set MP3 as notification sound on Android

Notification sounds are used frequently, so giving them your personal touch is essential. The process is similar to setting a ringtone.

  • Open the Settings app on your Android phone.
  • Select Sound & vibration.
  • Tap Default notification sound.
  • Go to My Sounds.
  • If your ringtone doesn’t show up, hit the + button in the bottom-right corner.
  • Find the song and select it.
  • Hit Save.

How to set MP3 ringtones for specific contacts

Setting personalized ringtones for specific contacts is also possible in the stock Contacts app.

  • Launch the Contacts app and open a contact’s info page.
  • Tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner.
  • Tap Set Ringtone.
  • Select the ringtone you want to use for that contact.
  • Hit Save.

Bonus: How to transfer ringtones from Android to iPhone

When you need to transfer ringtones from Android to iPhone, you can use FoneTool to easily make it! 

Step 1. Connect Android phone to computer and copy ringtones to computer. You can find your ringtones in System > Media > Audio > Ringtone.

Step 2. Download, install and run FoneTool > Connect your iPhone via USB cable.

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Step 3. When the software recognizes the device, choose the Phone Transfer option > Go to PC to iPhone > Choose Get Started.

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If you need to edit your ringtones, you can go to Toolbox and choose Ringtone Maker to edit them as you like. Once the process is finished, you can directly save them to your iPhone via the Save to Device option.

Step 4. Click Ringtones > Drag and drop the ringtones into the box.

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Step 5. Click Start Transfer to add ringtones to your iPhone.

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Once the transfer is finished, you can go to Settings on your iPhone > Choose Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone to set the targeted files as your iPhone ringtone.

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Now you can know how to convert MP3 to ringtone on Android. All things are listed here to help you make it. If necessary, you can also use FoneTool mentioned in bonus part to help you easily transfer rnigtones from Android to iPhone!

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