How to Send Ring Tones to Other Phones

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Your friend's phone rings to the tune of your favorite song. You want to have it for your own ring tone, but your friend doesn't know where she got it in the first place. No problem. She can send it to you.

Send a Ring Tone From an Android Phone

Sending a ring tone can be as easy as looking up and sharing a file -- if you have an Android phone.

Step 1: Open Your File Manager

Open ES File Manager or a similar program, such as Root Explorer or Astro File Manager with Cloud.

File Managers may be pre-installed or you can download them from the Play Store.
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Step 2: Find Your Ringtones Folder

Search the folders on your phone for one called Ringtones. Other folders that may contain ring tones are those for apps with which you download ring tones, such as Zedge, as pictured here. Other apps might include Myxer Ringtones or ToneCrusher.

Look at your Dowload folder if you can't find the ringtone you're looking for anywhere else.
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Step 3: Select a Ring Tone

Select the ring tone, or ring tones, that you want to send, and use the three-dot menu to expand the options. Tap Share.

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Step 4: Select Email for Sharing

Select your email client to send the ring tone. Pictured here, Inbox by Gmail -- Google's Material Design mail client -- is selected. SMS is not an option since, at the time of publication, Android allows only pictures or recorded messages as text message attachments.

Next, enter the email address and any message you want to send along with the ring tone.

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Send a Ring Tone from an iPhone

IOS does not have a file manager onboard to easily view files like Android does, but you can drag and drop ring tones from iTunes -- which means that a PC has to get involved. You cannot send a ring tone directly from your iPhone to another phone.

Step 1: Select Your Device in iTunes

Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to your computer. When the phone icon appears at the top of the screen, select it.

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Step 2: Set Tones to Sync

Select Tones from the left sidebar, under Settings. Check the box next to Sync Tones so that you can view ring tones through iTunes.

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Step 3: Open the List of Ring Tones

Select the three-dot icon to expand the content menu. Select Tones to open a list of your ring tones.

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Step 4: Drag and Drop to the Desktop

Drag and drop the ring tone or tones you want to share to your desktop.

Alternately, open File Explorer side-by-side with iTunes and drag the ring tone to a folder.
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Step 5: Attach the Ring Tone to an Email

Open PC's Email application and initiate composing a New Message. Select the icon for an Attachment and browse to the Desktop to select the ring tone. Fill in the recipient's address, a subject line and a message, if needed, and then click Send.

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Send a Ring Tone From Your Windows Phone

Finding your ring tones on a Windows phone is similar to the process on Android. Like Android, a file manager -- in this case, File Explorer -- comes preloaded on some Windows devices, but if you don't have it, you can download it for free from the Windows 8 app store. When you open File Explorer, go to the Ringtones folder or to any folders for apps with which you download or create ring tones. Select the ring tone and tap the Share option from the main menu.


At the time of publication -- for iPhone, Android and Windows phones -- email is the best choice for sharing your ring tones. For all three, the message app does not appear in the options behind the share button for an MP3, and when you click to add an attachment to a message, there is no way to browse to the ring tones.

Receiving Ring Tones

Your friend sent that ring tone you love, and you don't know what to do now.

  • For iPhone: Tell your friend to send the ring tone via email so you can open it on your PC, where you can download and save the attached ring tone. Then, open iTunes, and, using the same steps as for sending a ring tone, navigate to your iTunes list of Tones. Simply drag and drop the ring tone into the list.
  • For Android: You can download a Gmail MP3 attachment, such as a ring tone -- but only after installing an add-on from the Play store. Such apps include Save My Attach, Gmail Attachment Manager or Attachment Inbox. These add-ons enhance Gmail's abilities to either let you download the attachment, which goes to your Download folder by default, or save directly to your Ringtones folder. If it goes to your Download folder, use your file manager to find it, long-press on the file and cut or copy it, and then paste it into your Ringtones folder.
  • For Windows Phone: As with the iPhone, your PC has to get involved. Attach your phone to your computer, and then after you've saved the ring tone attachment from your email to your PC, open File Explorer and drag and drop it from where you saved it to your Ringtones folder on your phone.