Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Change Message Tone

In Samsung Galaxy S3, you can customize almost everything inside it with ease according to your wish and needs. One of them is you can customize its ringtone and message tone. You can choose which ringtone will you use when you get an incoming call or choose which one will ring when you get an incoming message. You can use the ringtone that has been available in this phone or by downloading a free ringtone by using a certain useful apps.

See also: How to Download Free Ringtones on Samsung Galaxy S3

For some peoples, a ringtone can express who they are. For that reason, for some people set their own ringtone and message tone is an important thing to do.

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How to change the message tone?
Message tone is the sound that you will hear when you receive an incoming message. As written on vodafone.co.uk, here are the steps to set message tone on Galaxy SIII:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Scroll to Messaging, then tap on it.
  3. Tap the Menu key.
  4. On the pop up menu select Settings.
  5. Tick the checkbox next to the Notifications option to turn on the function.
  6. Tap Select ringtone.
  7. Here you will see a list of available ringtones that you can use as message tone on your phone. Tap each of them to listen the sound.
  8. Once you find one that you like, tap OK.
  9. Finish. Now your message tone on your phone has been successfully changed.

By knowing how to change the message tone on your phone to the tone that you like, now when you receive a new message your phone will ring this tone. So, try this useful tips then share your experience here through the comment below :)

20 comments:

  1. Perfect! Just what I needed. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Jake Armitage,
      Thanks for coming here.
      I;m so glad to know that it works for you :)

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  2. But what if the ringtone isn't available? How do you make it available?

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    1. Hi Kasena,
      Thanks for coming.
      I think all of the phone were come with the some of default ringtones. If you can't find any ringtone on your phone, then you can use third-party apps named Rings Extended to pick up the music files from any folder to set as a ringtone. To read more detail, kindly visit our post about it here:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/04/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-set-ringtones.html
      Hope this helps :)

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  3. How to assign different message ring tones to different contacts in S3?

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    1. Hi Humeria Riaz,
      Thanks for coming.
      Unfortunately, there's no option to do so in the stock Messaging apps or Contacts apps. But, you can try to use Handcent, Go SMS Pro or Ringo. All of them will allow you to assign different ringtone and notification tones for each contact.
      Hope this helps :)

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    2. Hi I doubt you'll read this or want another answer to your question but I believe you can assign different tones. If you're interested reply to this and I will explain how.

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    3. Hi Claw Lin,
      Thanks for coming.
      You're free to share everything about Samsung Galaxy at here. We'll be happy to read any new tips and tricks, experiences, etc to improve our knowledge about this phone.

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  4. The option to change the messaging ringtone is Grey. Like its locked. I Checked the notification box but it still won't let me do it.

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    1. Hi Sam Cowles,
      Thanks for coming.
      Make sure your phone is not in silent or vibrate mode and/or try to restart your phone then see whether it helps :)

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  5. I accidentally clicked that i always wanted it to be the default sounds for notifications how do i get this back to allowing me to use my own music :c ?

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    1. Hi Jade Etchison,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to install another third party File Manager app (eg. ES File Explorer app), you can get it for free through the Play Store. Once you've done installing this app, go to the Messaging settings and then tap "Select ringtone", choose "ES File Explorer" in the complete action using screen, navigate to the folder where the music file you wish to use as message tone is saved and tap the desired music file to activate it as your message tone.
      Hope this helps :)

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  6. I have a MP3 file in on my phone which I want to use as a ring tone, and I've been struggling for over an hour to put it in the right place using the "my Files" app, but no matter where I put it, it never show up on the list of available ringtones. And I don't want to download an app for something that should be standard and simple.

    I've tried putting it in
    /storage/sdcard0/Notifications
    /storage/sdcard0/Ringtones
    /storage/sdcard0/Sounds
    /storage/sdcard0/Music
    /storage/sdcard0/Samsung/Music
    and no luck. What the heck guys? What the heck? It's this kind of thing that will prevent me from buying a Samsung again. Where must I put my file so I can either find it in my list of "Device ringtones" or add it through the list proved by the Music Player?

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  7. Nevermind... I restarted my phone, and then suddenly it worked.

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    1. Hi Hannodb,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so happy to know that you finally be able to solve the problem by yourself. FYI, I've just duplicated your issue using the steps as you've directed. But, I noticed that if we wants to add certain MP3 files to the Message tone list, you just need to place that MP3 files under /storage/sdcard0/Notifications

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    2. Thank you !!! just what i was after,

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  8. Hi dudes. I can change default ringtones to any music i want. I can assign ringtones to contacts as long as the contacts are on the phone not on the sim...but i am restricted to only using factory sounds for messages. Can this be changed...... overall nokia was much better at this stuff!!!

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    1. Hi Funk Leberry,
      Thanks for coming.
      There are some methods that you can use to set any music files as the message tone. Once of which is by placing the desired music files you want to use as the message tone in the Notifications folder in the internal storage ( /storage/sdcard0/Notifications).
      It'll automatically add those music files to the message tone list in the Messaging app settings.

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  9. I put my own sound in the notifications folder and selected it in the settings but whenever I get a text it plays the original notification tone I had before I changed it to a custom tone. How can I get it to play the the tone that I want?

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    1. Hi Lané Reinach,
      Thanks for coming.
      Did you install another third-party Messaging app in your phone(e.g: Handcent, Go SMS Pro, etc)?
      Did you enable SMS feature in Hangouts app?
      Have you ever tried to change the notifications in the Settings> My device> Sound>Notifications?

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