If you wish to change or disable the text message ringtone on your Android device, you can do so with these steps.
Set Ringtone for All Text Messages
Note: Some Android devices may have different apps included by the carrier for text messaging. These instructions are for the default Android Messaging app.
- From the Home screen, tap the app slider, then open the “Messaging“ app.
- From the main list of message threads, tap “Menu” then choose “Settings“.
- Select “Notifications“.
- Select “Sound“, then choose the tone for text messages or choose “None“. You may also select “Vibrate” to turn vibration on or off.
Set Ringtone for Specific Contact
- Open the “Contacts” app.
- Tap “Menu” .
- Choose “Select ringtone“, then choose the tone for text messages or choose “None“. You may also select “Vibrate” to turn vibration on or off.
My Android doesn’t have these options. What can I do?
If you want to have more features, like the ability to set a sound to a specific contact, you will need to seek an app in the Google Play app store. I recommend Handcent. It’s loaded with tons of features and is easier to use than the default text messaging app. If you don’t like Handcent, another great app called ChompSMS allows the same functionality.
I want to set me own custom ringtones. How do I do that?
Use an app like Audacity to edit the custom sound and save it in a supported format like MP3 or WAV. You can then copy the sound file over to your device. Usually, there is a directory called “Ringtones” somewhere on the phone you can move the file to.
Most newer devices have an option to “Add Ringtone” at the bottom of the ringtone selections where you can browse to the location of the sound file.