How do I put a custom ringtone on Messenger?

Adding custom ringtones to Facebook Messenger allows users to personalize the notification sounds for incoming messages. With just a few simple steps, you can select audio files from your device’s library to use as custom ringtones in the Messenger app. This provides a way to assign unique notification sounds for group conversations or specific friends and family members. The process involves accessing the Messenger settings, navigating to the notifications menu, choosing a custom sound, and selecting the desired audio file to confirm the new ringtone. Once set up, the custom sounds will play for all new messages instead of the default notification tones.


Before you can set a custom ringtone for Messenger notifications, there are a few prerequisites you’ll need:

  • Have the Messenger app installed on your Android device. Messenger is compatible with Android 4.1 and newer.
  • Have a compatible Android device. According to Facebook Help, Messenger supports Android 4.1 and newer. Some popular Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and newer models can run Messenger.
  • Have the custom ringtone file downloaded on your device. The ringtone file must be in .mp3 or .ogg format for Messenger to recognize it.

Once you meet these prerequisites, you’ll be ready to set your custom Messenger ringtone.

Locate Custom Ringtone File

The first step is to locate the ringtone file you want to use for Messenger notifications. The ringtone must be in either .mp3 or .ogg audio format for Messenger to recognize it.

You have a couple options for getting a custom ringtone file:

  • Download ringtone files from sites like Zedge that offer tons of free ringtones and notification sounds to choose from.
  • Create your own custom ringtone file by trimming an existing song or audio clip using audio editing software.

The key is making sure the final audio file is in .mp3 or .ogg format. Once you have the ringtone file saved on your device, you’re ready to move on to setting it in the Messenger app.

Open Messenger Settings

To open the Messenger settings menu, first open the Messenger app on your device. Once in the app, tap your profile icon in the top left corner. This will open a drop-down menu. Select “Settings” from this menu to open the Settings page for Messenger.

The Settings page allows you to customize various options for Messaging. This is where you will go to set a custom notification sound for the app.

Go to Notifications

Find this section by opening the main Settings menu in the Messenger app. One way to access Settings is to tap your profile icon in the top left corner, then choose “Settings”. You’ll then be taken to the main Settings menu.

Once in Settings, look for the “Notifications” option and tap to open it. This is where you can customize your notification preferences for Messenger.

According to Facebook’s Messenger help documentation, you’ll want to scroll down once you’re in Notifications and tap the “Sound” option. This allows you to set a custom sound for incoming Messenger notifications.

Choose Custom Sound

Once in the Notifications settings in Messenger, you’ll need to specify which sound you want to use for your custom notification tone. Here are the steps:

  1. Tap on the ‘Sound’ option next to ‘Messages’. This will open up a menu of sound options.
  2. In the sounds menu, select ‘Custom Sound’ from the list of options. This allows you to use any audio file downloaded on your device.

Tapping ‘Custom Sound’ will let you navigate to the specific audio file you want to use as your custom notification tone in Messenger. Make sure the file is saved on your device before selecting it.


Navigate to File

Once in the Notifications settings, you’ll be prompted to select a sound file for your custom Messenger notification. You’ll need to navigate to where the sound file is saved on your device. The sound file can be saved in a few different locations:

  • On Android devices, most custom ringtones are saved in the Ringtones folder, which you can access by tapping the menu icon in the top corner when selecting a sound file.
  • On iPhones, custom sound files may be saved in iTunes under Tones > Ringtone folder. You can access this folder when selecting a sound file in Messenger.
  • The sound file could also be saved directly in a folder on your device’s internal storage. Browse to the Downloads, Music, or other folders to locate it.

Once you have navigated to the folder containing your custom sound file, tap on the file to select it as your new Messenger notification sound. Confirm your selection when prompted.

Confirm Selection

Once you have navigated to and selected the custom ringtone file you want to use, the final step is to confirm your selection within the Messenger app.

To do this:

  • Tap on the ringtone file to highlight it.
  • Tap the “OK” button in the upper right corner of the screen to confirm your selection.

Tapping “OK” will set the chosen ringtone file to be used for your Messenger notifications. You should see the file name listed under the “Notification sound” section in your Messenger settings.

Test it Out

Once you have finished selecting your custom ringtone in Messenger’s settings, it’s time to test it out to make sure it is working properly.

Send a test message to yourself through Messenger. You can do this by opening a Messenger conversation with your own account. Type out a quick test message and hit send.

Listen closely for the new custom ringtone you selected when the test message comes through. You should hear your new ringtone play when you receive the test message notification.

If you hear your new custom ringtone, then you have successfully set up and applied a custom sound for your Messenger notifications. If it still plays the default notification sound, there may have been an issue saving the setting, so you may need to go back and redo the steps to select the custom ringtone.

Testing it out is the best way to confirm that you have customized the notification ringtone for Messenger properly on your device.


If the custom ringtone still isn’t working properly after setting it up, here are some troubleshooting steps to try:

First, make sure the audio file you selected is one of the supported formats like MP3 or WAV. Messenger may not recognize files like M4A (source).

Also check that Messenger has permission to access media files on your device. Go to your phone’s app settings and make sure Messenger has access enabled (source).

If it still doesn’t work, try restarting your device or force stopping the Messenger app. This will clear any cached data that could be causing issues.

As a last resort, go back and reselect the custom ringtone file. Make sure to tap ‘Done’ or ‘OK’ to confirm it. This will override any previous selection that may not have saved properly.

With some troubleshooting, you should be able to get your custom Messenger ringtone working properly.

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