Chances are you paid hundreds or even well over $1,000 for your current smartphone, but that money doesn’t buy great ringtones. Sure, you’ll have plenty of choices that come preinstalled but they can lack that custom or personal touch.
Along those lines, there are still plenty of ways to make our devices look and feel original. Tap or click here to see how you can customize your iPhone.
You can definitely purchase new ringtones and sounds, but if you’re on the hunt for some good, free options, look no further. Here are nine sites that promise to change your customization game.
But before we share these sites
You’ll want to know how to put the tones on your smartphone. While some sites offer special instructions, others don’t. Tap or click here for instructions to download ringtones to your Android device.
As you might already know, Apple doesn’t make it a simple process to add ringtones to your iPhone. But just because there are a few extra steps doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. Tap or click here to add custom ringtones to your iPhone.
Finally and more importantly, be sure you’re not infringing on any copyrighted content when downloading or creating ringtones. That’s why we don’t recommend using ringtones created from songs by your favorite band, especially newer, popular hits unless you’re sure about the copyright.
Mobile9 is a site that provides ringtones, themes, apps, stickers and wallpapers for iPhones and Androids. What’s nice about this site is that it’ll only give results that will work with your specific smartphone model.
Like to read? You can also access free books that download as PDF or EPUB formats. For a site that has it all, turn to Mobile 9. To download and set to your device, follow the on-screen prompts.
Want an app to help personalize your phone? Zedge is a great choice. With more than 30 million active users and more than 400 million downloads, there’s little this site doesn’t provide. Get normal wallpapers, live wallpapers, video clips, music, ringtones, sticker packs and even the ability to print on demand.
With Zedge Premium, you can access exclusive content and can customize and sell your own original wallpapers, videos, music, ringtones and more. It’s free to get started, just fill out the application to become a seller from its website. This site is perfect for the self-professed deejay.
Despite its name, iTunemachine is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. You can download all kinds of ringtones, including Bollywood, Spanish, reggae, hip-hop, country, alternative and other popular genres. Want TV theme songs? iTunemachine’s got ’em.
What about creating your own ringtones? Just use iTunemachine’s ringtone maker and really customize your device. Download your tones and add them to your device according to your operating system’s instructions.
This site can deliver free ringtones, wallpapers, themes, live wallpapers and even games and apps. All downloads are currently available for Android, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phones, Symbian and Java phone and tablet and are coming to the Apple App Store soon.
Not sure how to find what you want? Access Mobiles24′s forums and talk to other users. Have young kids? Turn the family filter on at the bottom right of the site. Perfect for families to use together.
If you’re experiencing difficulties downloading the tones, visit Mobiles24’s FAQ page.
If you’re just interested in wallpapers and ringtones, turn to Tones7. This straightforward site offers ringtones from several genres. Want Christian, RnB, holiday or message tones? This should be your go-to.
All content is free and offers a few extra sounds than the previous sites. Want to wake up to birdsong? What about a rooster’s crow? OK, so maybe you don’t want that last one, but if you want to prank someone, get the sounds here.
For instructions on downloading content to your phone, visit Tones7’s help page.
7. Ringtone Maker
Where can you go if you want to mix your own ringtone? You guessed it — Ringtone Maker. The site is stripped down to the basics. Grab the sound clip or music file from your computer and upload it to the site. Choose a start and stop time, then click the Make Ringtone button.
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It really doesn’t get any easier than this. No muss, no fuss! Again, just make sure you don’t infringe on copyrights.
8. Notification Sounds
Customize your phone further. While it’s cool to have your own ringtones, it’s equally fun to set original notification tones. Wouldn’t it be funny to hear someone pass gas when you receive text messages? How about classical music when your morning alarm goes off?
What about zany space-age sounds? Get anything from a single tone to a quick song. Find tones you like at Notification Sounds and don’t forget to check in for the Notification Sound of the Day.
ToneTweet offers several ringtones from a variety of categories, including electronica, games, annoying and even Halloween. Curious to give them a listen?
Find the perfect ringtone for the various holidays throughout the year, rock out to your favorite song or play a prank on a friend with one of the funny tones it offers, like “Obama Call Me,” which is Taylor Swift’s “Call Me Maybe” made up of voice clips taken from former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Need a little help downloading content to your phone? Check out the Ringtone Support page.
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