Motorola Droid: Change Ringtone For Text Messages

If you don’t like the DROID! sound that the Motorola Droid makes when you receive a text message, you can silence or change the ringtone with these steps.

1. Tap the application slider.

2. Tap Messaging.

3. Press the Menu button.

4. Tap Settings.

5. Scroll all the way down and tap Select ringtone.

Droid select ringtone option

6. Tap a ringtone or select Silent.

7. Tap OK.

If you like, you can tap Vibrate.


  1. krcub says

    I downloaded this mp3ringtone maker app and made some ringtones, but now i’ve decided i don’t want them anymore and i deleted them from the sd card, but in my “notifications” ringtone folder they are still there but they don’t play. how do i delete them?

  2. Mitch says

    Do you maybe have some type of setting that resets the ringtone conditionally? Maybe some type of Smart Profile setup?

  3. Maria says

    Ok so I want to change the ringtone for my texts but when I do it keeps the old ringtone meaning it doesn’t change at all. My husband and I have the same DROID x so I tried to change his ringtone and his works. So how come it doesn’t work on mine. It looks like it works for when I receive emails so why isn’t it reading it? Is there a problem with a folder or something? Thanks

  4. richard says

    I second the rings extended! I just downloaded it from the app store and it works perfect!

  5. tino says

    thats exactly where they were in the music folder find them there and then hit the settings and follow the steps from there

  6. Gilbert says

    This was the most simplest way to do this. I spent hours tring to figure this out and finally, someone with a useful tip!!!


  7. Crystal says

    Go to text messaging, then bring up the settings screen and dance ur ringtone there…I was running into the same problem….then I figured this out, its the only way to change ringtone for texts

  8. Curtis says

    This is what I got to work on my Droid X. I opened my SD card via my USB Cable and created 2 separate folders (ringtones & notifications). I simply copied my custom ringtones into each folder and disconnected my Droid X. Once all the processing was finished, all my ringtones showed up. I changed my call ringtone in the call settings menu and changed my text messaging ringtone through Messaging Settings menu as described on this page. Hope this helps at all.

  9. kaleigh says

    I have the droid 2 and I got a ringtone off of a soundboard and I went to change it and now it wont play anything.(notification ringtone)

  10. WINDY HENSLEY says

    I’m having the same problem with text. i go through the settings and all but the same ringtones selection for my phone will not come up for text messages.

  11. Kristen says

    I spend all day trying to figure this out and finally I realized that you can just download an app called “Rings Extended” and it’ll do everything for you. After it’s downloaded jut go to Setting>Sound>Notification Ringtone>Rings Extended>Select Music track (or other)and battttta bing your done.
    Super simple. Stress freeee

  12. jenn says

    I Have figured out how to download and save music to my ringtones and to my notifications. I changed my text ringtone but now it will not let me change it to a different song. Im getting tired of hearing the same song every time i get a text. Any ideas on what to do? I also can not figure out how to delete the saved ringtones I do not want on there anymore. Help! Its driving me crazy.

  13. Aiden says

    Ok, this is what you do:

    1. Copy your music file from whatever folder it is in
    2. Go to /sdcard/media/audio/notifications
    3. Paste your music file
    4. Go to Settings > Sound & Display > Notification Ringtone
    5. Select “Android System”
    6. Choose your music file.

    Your Welcome!

  14. adam says

    It is possible that it landed in ur music folder in the “unknown” section. I ran into the same problem. That’s where I found mine.

  15. Stacey Campbell says

    New Question
    Can you put your contacts into groups so that if you want to send out one text to a bunch of people you don’t have to try and remember everyone or take the time to get everyone in. I can’t seem to find a way to make groups. I will be very disappointed it you can’t

  16. Denise Wong says

    i download a ringtone to my droid but it only rings when people call me n i want it to ring for my text how can i change it

  17. Stacey Campbell says

    I just got a droid and would like to change the ringtones when someone is calling me how do I do this?

  18. moneymaka says

    you can go on on your droid’s internet browser and get ringtones, then once you download them, you go to messages and tap settings then select ringtone and their they are..but if i download them from a app, where do i change it to my text ringtone?>

  19. sandee says

    I have downloaded a lot of ringtones from an app on droid, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere. I’m losing my mind at times with this phone, but loving it just the same…

    HELP please!!

  20. admin says

    In the Music app, you should be able to find it in the music list. Tap and hold it to make it a ringtone.

  21. dezarea says


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