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Support phone changes ringtones by itself randomly

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by matter0ni, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. matter0ni

    matter0ni Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Jun 5, 2011
    Computer guy
    Upstate SC
    well this is obnoxious and REALLY annoying. i think it started after i installed zedge? well anyway i uninstalled zedge and still my phone will use random ringtones. i dont have any apps doing this or anything, it just kinda started happening. i change the ringtone to something and within a day it will just use a random obnoxious ringtone and embarass me in public :(

    anyone else get this problem? also randomizes notification ringtone. well its not random every time, but it changes it TO a random one and keeps it on that random one. ill go into settings->sound-> and change my tones but it has NO effect. wtf???


  2. dulal18

    dulal18 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    well yah happens to me since its annoying i just moved my tone in the system media folder that way its not messing up it probably messes up due to internal memory or sdcard being mounted
  3. reilus

    reilus Well-Known Member

    With my optimus, I noticed that whenever I would have ringtones on my on my sd card and plug my phone into my computer that my ringtone would change while my phone was plugged in. so I'm inclined to agree to this has something to do with mounting.
  4. Prime85

    Prime85 Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2011

    That is most likely the problem
  5. nailzer

    nailzer Well-Known Member

    Sep 13, 2011
    Central Florida
    Ringtones, if they're custom, have to be located on the internal 4 gigs RAM in a folder named ringtones. If they're on the SD card the Esteem defaults to the built-in ringtones.
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  6. matter0ni

    matter0ni Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Jun 5, 2011
    Computer guy
    Upstate SC
    i figured it out. you have to go into apps->messaging->settings-> and then change the ringtone in THERE for it to actually change. doing so through apps->settings->sound does NOT work. What the hell!! Oh well its fixed now at least.
  7. keitaberger

    keitaberger New Member

    Apr 28, 2012
    Advanced Customer Support Engineer
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Similar thing happens to me (T-Mobile MyTouch 4G 2.3.4). Basically, the ringtone is on the SD card, and it either isn't ready or is doing something else. You need to move the ringtone from the SD to the phone's internal memory.

    When the phone boots up, sometimes the SD card isn't ready when the phone sets up all of the defaults. I found this to be more prevalent when I moved all of my apps to the SD card to free up system memory. Another issue that will cause this is when the phone is connected via USB to the computer. In that case, the computer has the SD mounted and the phone doesn't Two devices cannot have the SD card mounted. In this case, your ringtone is not available.

    The solution is to move the ringtone to your phone's internal memory. There are two ways to do this. 1) Root the phone and move it via a file manager, or 2) Use a ringtone program to write the ringtone to the internal memory.

    There are many tutorials on how to root your phone, but that wasn't really an option for me because I'm on 2.3.4 and would have had to downgrade to 2.2.1 and then root the phone.

    I found that the program "Ringdroid" will actually write the ringtone to the internal memory. Basically, I copied the MP3 to the phone, and then opened it with Ringdroid. Then I hit save and selected "Ringtone" (you can also save as Notification, Alarm, or Music). Now the ringtone is always available!

    Good Luck!
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  8. travioso

    travioso Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    Ocala, FL
    Now for the noob question... Does it matter which folder I move them to or is there a specific folder? I didn't see a /Ringtones folder while browsing internal..
  9. nic42

    nic42 New Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    My issue is similar but I am using default tones that came with my phone and the facebook app is randomly picking music out of the music folder for an alert tone and it plays the song all the way thru unless I touch the phone... this morning it was 2 doz fb notifies with "gone daddy gone" (Now I am sick of the song)

    The apps I have are:
    AAA Mobile (2.0.4)
    ACE Elite (1.3.0)
    AccuWeather (2.1.4)
    AndChat (1.4.1 2012-07-27)
    Android System Info (1.22.0)
    Android-Sync (369)
    Android-Sync Account (6)
    Angry Birds (2.2.0)
    App Dragon (1.22)
    Application Stubs (1.0)
    Aquarium Free (3.0)
    Bank of America (4.0.50)
    Barcode Scanner (4.2)
    Boost Icon Pack (1.01)
    Chrome to Phone (2.3.0)
    Cloud Print (0.5.8)
    Drive (
    Dropbox (2.1.10)
    EasyTether (1.1.3)
    Facebook (1.9.9)
    Firefox (15.0.1)
    GEICO (2.1.0)
    GPS Status (3.8.1)
    Goggles (1.9)
    Google Play Books (2.5.92)
    Google+ (
    IMDb (
    KOMO News (1.21.0)
    KeePassDroid (
    Labyrinth Lite (1.5.2)
    Merriam Webster (1.3)
    Messenger (1.8.1)
    MightyText (3.0)
    MixZing (3.7.2)
    NetSpend (1.3.0)
    Night Vision Camera (1.1.3)
    OSHA Heat Safety Tool (1.2)
    Pandora (1.7)
    Photobucket (1.5.7)
    Police Scanner (11.7)
    Poynt (1.3.2)
    Pudding Camera (2.2.4)
    Q13FOX (1.1)
    QR Droid (5.2.1)
    SCVNGR (3.5.7.SPR)
    Safeway (1.4.0)
    Seattle Times (1.1.2)
    Sense Analog Clock (3.6.1)
    Shazam (3.10.1-BB76101)
    Speed Test (2.0.9)
    StumbleUpon (2.8.6)
    TeleNav GPS Navigator (6.1.6201406)
    TripAdvisor (2.0.4)
    Tutorial Widgets (1.05)
    Ultrachron Lite (1.95)
    Urbanspoon (2.1.9)
    Voicemail (1.02)
    Wikipedia (1.2.1)
    Winamp (1.3.8)
    XFINITY Connect (4.0.2)
    airG (1.2.8)
    avast! Mobile Security (2.0.2750)
    wheredroid (1.4.3)

    My phone is a Boost/Sprint ZTE Warp with Gingerbread 2.3.5

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