Unfortunately it’s been a while since my last entry — I have been distracted a bit with organizing what I would like to accomplish in 2010 (some of which you will be hearing about shortly). In the meantime, I will resume sharing my experiences with my Android (all positive!) over the past few weeks. Also, for full disclosure, I am a Windows user so the instructions below are Windows centric.

This entry started off with a simple question — How do I load a customized ringtone onto my Android? While I know there are some Android based applications that either provide ringtones or let you cut pieces of existing files to be used as ringtones, I had specific ringtones on my PC I wanted to use.

Motorola Media Link

The key to making all of this work is the “Motorola Media Link”. As the Android doesn’t come with an installation disk, you need to get the installation files directly from Motorola. These can be found below:

http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile+Phone+Accessories/Software/ci.Motorola-Media-Link-US-EN.productCompatibility

Just download the file and run it before proceeding with the following steps.

Transferring Files

Once you have run the installation program, you can move on to the next steps:

  1. Connect your Android to your PC/Laptop with the USB Cable that came with your Android. Plugging the unit in will activate the Media Link software. (While it is connected, you will see a Motorola logo in a blue circle in the lower right hand corner.)
  2. Now here is the KEY STEP — because if you don’t do this, you can’t transfer files. It took me a few minutes to figure this out, but now you need to go to your Android and slide down the top menu. In that list, you will see an entry that says USB connected. Press that selection and then select MOUNT. Not sure why the software can’t do this for you automatically, but if you don’t do this it won’t work.
  3. At this point, you are now ready to transfer files. You can return to the Motorola Media Link application and select the Music Tab. This is where you can import files from your PC (and while I haven’t done this yet, there are options that allow you to connect to existing music libraries). You get to this section via  Options | Settings.
  4. Once you have uploaded the MP3 file, Settings | Sounds & Display — Phone Ringtone will show you all the files allowing you to select one.

Something Fun You Can Try For Personalized Ringtones

Something that is neat to do is record individual MP3 files for specific contacts in your list. For example, let’s say you had a contact named “Tom Smith”. Depending on how you are related to Tom, you could create an MP3 file that says:

  1. It’s Tom Smith calling.
  2. It’s Dad calling.
  3. It’s that pain in the behind calling.

This way, you would never have to look at your phone when it rings — you would know instantly who it is!