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How to add ringtones to an Evo?


Re: How to add ringtones to an Evo?

I didn't put the ringtone folder in the music folder but rather just added the ringtone folder to the rest of the folders on the SD Card -- maybe that will work.

BTW -- it was interesting that the first day I had the Evo, I emailed tech support to ask how to transfer the custom ringtones that I had in my computer to my Evo and they replied four days later and told me that it was impossible to do -- LOL

Good Luck



Re: How to add ringtones to an Evo?


I have a suggestion on how to locate the ringtone folder.

Use the Android Apps downloader tool that came pre-loaded on the phone.

Go to Communication

Turn on the 'Top free' filter

Scroll down to what should be about the 4th app on the list called Estrongs File Explorer

Download the app

Go to All Apps (the virtual button on the screen located to the left of the Phone icon on your home screen)

Find ES File Explorer

Tap the / icon at the top row of icons on the screen when the program opens up - that'll take you to the phone's root directory

Scroll down to System, tap the folder icon

Scroll down to Media, tap the folder icon

Tap the audio folder icon

Tap the ringtones folder icon

This is where your ringtones are located on your phone.  I'm going to try loading ringtones now from my other phone.

Good luck!

Edited the same day as my post - I read the thread and I'm going to try the suggestion by placing a ringtones folder on the SD card.  The folder isn't visible from the computer when I have the EVO connected as a HD but folder settings are set to view hidden files.  I'd like to put the ringtones into the same folder that's already on the EVO but I guess that's not going to happen.

Message was edited by: sbutler210


Re: How to add ringtones to an Evo?

Ok, well the ringtones are only available as a setting for each individual caller, not as the 'master ringtone' for the phone in general so when you go to the master ringtone selection, you won't see the list of ringtones you've just added.  You have to go to each individual person to assign a ringtone and when you do so, you'll see the list of available ringtones that you've copied onto the SD card into the folder you've created.


Re: How to add ringtones to an Evo?

Sbutler, I put mine in




And when I got to choose one they are listed in the Menu>Settings>Sound & Display>Phone Ringtone>Select Music>System Ringtone.

Also the notification and alarms ones I added are listed in their proper place.


Re: How to add ringtones to an Evo?

Levi - I thought of doing exactly that but I was afraid I'd overwrite the ringtones already in the folder that I can't see but I know is there.  Can you tell whether or not the original ringtones that came with the phone disappear when you create a new folder named exactly the same thing on the device?


Re: How to add ringtones to an Evo?

Yes, The original ones are still there, If one your trying to add is named the same as one of the originals it will ask if you want to replace or keep the one already there.


Re: How to add ringtones to an Evo?

Levi - I feel like a dunce having to ask this but I will anyway for sake of my own sanity.

The phone came with its own ringtones and a directory already installed in the location I explained in my earlier thread post.

Now, I created a new folder with the SAME folder name in the SAME location and the file creation & file transfer occur as if there was no original folder with the same name of ringtones.

I populate the ringtones folder with my stuff and I can see my ringtones as well as the ringtones already on the phone.

My best guess is that at power-up, there's an algorithm that runs and temporarily installs ringtones in a ringtones folder and since my folder already has ringtones in it, the algorithm simply adds to it instead of creating a new folder and dumping the pre-determined ringtones that came with the phone.

It's the only thing I can think of that would explain how I can do what appears to be an overwrite of the existing ringtones folder (the same directory level) with the same folder name and still be able to see both sets, mine and the factory installed.

Did that make sense?  So for my question - what's really going on?


Re: How to add ringtones to an Evo?

Methinks that adding ringtones is easier than some of you are making it even though tech support told me it was impossible to accomplish at all.  I checked what I did to add my custom ringtones and here is the list of steps that worked for me:

1.     Connected the phone via supplied USB cable to a USB 2.0 port on my desktop computer.

2.     A pop-up appeared on the phone screen and I selected the choice "DISK DRIVE -- Mount as a Drive" and at the bottom selected DONE.

3.     On the computer screen an AUTO-PLAY pop-up box appeared named "Removable Disk (x)" where x is the SD Card in the Evo and x is the drive letter that Windows Explorer named the SD Card (pretending it is a real drive).

4.     Scroll down and click on OPEN FOLDER TO VIEW FILES using Windows Explorer.

5.     The folders on the SD Card are then visible.

6.     I added a new folder called RINGTONES.

7.     Next I merely copied my favorite ringtones from a folder on a hard drive in my desktop computer to the ringtones folder I created on the SD Card.

8.     Then I selected SETTINGS in the Evo and selected PHONE RINGTONE (set your default incoming call ringtone) -- scrolled down to find the ringtones I had transferred and selected the one I wanted for my Phone incoming call ringtone and viola -- it worked.

Hope this helps

Good luck,



Re: How to add ringtones to an Evo?

A way to trim them without downloading additional apps is to load the file up in the music player (can just play and then pause it), then hit the menu button > Set as ringtone > Trim ringtone. This will open up the file in the HTC MP3 Trimmer app which has traditionally been accessible through the programs list, but for some reason is not on the Evo.


Re: How to add ringtones to an Evo?

Hi Mike,

Thanks for all your help! I finally got it.  I just can't believe that they would make ringtones on this phone so complicated. I'm really dumbfounded on their reasoning why they didn’t include a folder named ringtones that can be easily accessed from the phone itself as on many other phones. 

I found it easier to download ringtones for free via and download them from the phone.  They are automatically added to the Music folder as mp3 files but once I set them as a phone ringtone, it is then added to the ringtones menu which can be accessed from a specific person’s profile or from Settings>Sound & display>Phone ringtone.

Thank you all for your insight and wonderful information.  This phone is totally cool and as any new phone, it’s quite a learning process to endure.


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