Where are alarm sounds stored on Android?

Android devices allow users to customize the sounds used for alarms. Instead of being limited to the default options, you can set custom alarm sounds like music, nature sounds, or your own recordings. Many Android users want to know where these customizable alarm sound files are stored on their devices.

This article will provide a comprehensive guide to locating and managing your alarm sound files on an Android phone or tablet. We’ll cover the alarm sound folder location, viewing and copying alarm sounds, setting custom sounds, creating your own recordings, troubleshooting tips, and more. Whether you want to backup your favorite alarm, use a more pleasant wake-up sound, or get creative with custom recordings, this guide will teach you everything about alarm sound storage and customization on Android.

Alarm Sound Storage Location

On Android devices, alarm sounds are stored in the /system/media/audio/alarms folder. This system folder typically contains the default alarm tones that come pre-loaded on an Android phone or tablet. It is located in the root directory of the internal storage on the device.

The /system/media/audio/alarms folder is usually read-only and not directly accessible to average users. This is because it contains critical system files and resources that should not be tampered with. Modifying files in this folder would require root access on the Android device.

While users can’t directly add or edit alarm tones in the alarms folder, it is possible to set custom sounds for alarms through the Clock app’s settings. The custom tones get copied into a separate location that the user has access to. We’ll discuss how to set custom alarms later in this guide.

Viewing the Alarm Sound Folder

In order to view the system alarm sound folder on Android, your device needs to have root access. Root access allows you to view and modify system folders and files that are normally restricted.

Once root access is enabled, you can install a root-enabled file manager app like ES File Explorer, Root Explorer, or FX File Explorer. Open the file manager and grant it root permissions.

Then, navigate to the /system/media/audio/alarms folder. This contains the default system alarm tones that come pre-installed on Android. You’ll be able to view and listen to the audio files in this folder.

Using a root file manager allows you to access, add, delete or modify the alarm tones. Without root, the alarms folder is restricted and cannot be accessed by a regular file manager.

Copying Alarm Sounds

One way to customize alarm sounds on your Android device is to copy or transfer alarm sound files from other sources. For example, you may have alarm sound files on your computer or another device that you want to use. To copy alarm sounds, you’ll need to access the alarm sound folder on your Android device.

The easiest way is to use a file manager or unzip app like ZArchiver or ES File Explorer. Open the app and navigate to the alarms folder, usually located at sdcard/Media/Audio/Alarms. You can then copy alarm sound files (.mp3 or .ogg files) into this folder from your computer or another device.

Once the alarm sound files are copied to the alarms folder, you’ll be able to select them as alarm sounds in your clock app. This allows you to use any sound file as your alarm, rather than being limited to the default options.

Setting Custom Alarm Sounds

One of the great features of Android is the ability to set custom sounds for your alarms instead of being limited to the default options. Here is how to select a custom sound to wake up to:

  1. Open the Clock app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the alarm you want to customize. This will open the alarm settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap on the ‘Alarm Sound’ option.
  4. This will open your ringtones and notification sounds. Tap on a sound to preview it.
  5. Once you find a sound you like, tap ‘OK’ to set it.

The sound you selected will now play when the alarm goes off. You can repeat this process to customize all of your alarms with unique sounds. Setting custom sounds is a great way to make waking up a bit more pleasant.

For more details on selecting custom alarm sounds, check out this helpful video tutorial: How to Set a Custom Alarm Sound on Android

Creating Custom Alarm Sounds

One of the great features of Android is the ability to set custom alarm sounds that you create yourself. This allows you to wake up to your favorite song, a personal recording, or any other audio file you want.

To create a custom alarm sound, first you’ll need to use an audio editing app to produce the sound file. There are many free and paid apps that allow you to record, edit, and export audio files, such as Audacity, GarageBand, WavePad, and more. Record or generate the desired alarm tone, adjust the length as needed, and export it as a compatible audio file format.

The supported audio format for alarm tones on Android is .ogg (reference source). The file must be encoded with the Ogg Vorbis codec. Some apps may be able to convert your custom sound automatically into this format when exporting. The .ogg file size must be under 1-2 MB for best performance.

Once you have your custom .ogg alarm tone created, just transfer it over to your Android device and select it as your new alarm sound within the Clock app settings. You’ll then wake up each day to your personalized alarm!

Troubleshooting Tips

If you are having issues with your Android alarm not functioning properly, there are some troubleshooting steps you can try:

First, make sure your phone’s volume is turned up and that the alarm volume slider is also turned up (see this guide). You can access the alarm volume slider when setting a new alarm. If your phone is set to silent or vibrate only, your alarm will not make a sound.

Check that you have selected an alarm sound and it is not set to “None.” Go to Clock > Alarm and select your alarm to edit it. Make sure a sound is chosen rather than no sound.

Restart your Android device, as a reboot can often fix alarm issues. Turn your phone fully off, wait 30 seconds, then power it back on.

Try clearing the cache and data for the Clock app. This resets the app and often resolves problems like alarms not going off. Go to Settings > Apps > Clock > Storage > Clear Cache and Clear Data.

Check that notifications are enabled for the Clock app. Go to Settings > Apps > Clock > Notifications and make sure “Allow notifications” is on and alerts are enabled. This permits the alarm to trigger.

If your alarm goes off but has no sound, confirm that notifications are not set to “Silent” in Settings > Sound. Change notification sound to your desired alarm sound if needed.

Updating to the latest version of Android can also fix alarm bugs. Go to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update to check for and install any available updates.

As a last resort, you can back up your data and perform a factory reset on your Android device to eliminate any deeper system issues causing alarm problems.

Automating Alarm Sounds

Apps like Tasker and Home Assistant allow users to automate changing alarm sounds on Android phones. These apps provide blocks, triggers, and sensors that can detect when an alarm goes off and then automatically change the alarm sound or trigger other actions.

For example, you could create an automation in Tasker that changes your alarm sound to a gentle chime if the alarm is going off on a weekend morning. Or you could set up Home Assistant to increase the volume and brightness of your smart lights when your morning alarm goes off to help wake you up. The SmartThings community forum also discusses ways to trigger automations when an alarm on your phone goes off.

Automating customized alarm sounds and experiences can make waking up a more pleasant experience and save you time each morning. With the right apps and templates, alarms on Android can do much more than just make noise at a set time.

Alarm Sound Innovation

In recent years, there have been some exciting innovations relating to customizing alarm sounds on Android devices. Smart alarm clock apps like Sleep as Android and AlarmPad have emerged, allowing users more flexibility and personalization with their alarm tones.

These intelligent alarm apps can detect sleep cycles and only sound the alarm during light sleep, helping users wake up feeling more refreshed. The apps also enable features like recording your own voice, music, or other custom sounds to use for alarm tones.

Some apps even offer the ability to gradually increase alarm volume and customize snooze functions. This approach helps wake the user more gently compared to a sudden, jarring alarm blast.

Looking ahead, there are likely more innovations to come in the Android alarm customization space. Possibilities include alarms that dynamically adapt sound based on detecting sleep stage, integrating nature sounds, adding haptic feedback, and more seamless voice control for alarm management.

As smartphone assistant technology keeps improving, users will have more options to customize and personalize their Android device’s alarms to best fit their needs and preferences.




Android gives users a lot of flexibility and control when it comes to customizing alarm sounds. The key points covered in this article are:

  • The default alarm sound files are stored in the Alarms folder located at /system/media/audio/alarms.
  • Users can view and copy alarm sounds from this folder using a file explorer app.
  • Custom alarm sounds can be added by copying audio files into the Alarms folder.
  • Nearly any audio file format can be used, including MP3, WAV, OGG, and more.
  • The easiest way to select custom sounds is through the Clock app’s alarm settings.
  • Custom alarm sounds can also be created from scratch using audio editing apps.

Overall, Android provides users with direct access to the alarm sound files and flexibility in assigning any audio clip as the alarm. With a bit of effort, creative custom alarms can be designed to suit anyone’s needs.

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