How to Send Ringtones Between Phones Using Bluetooth

by Michelle Carvo ; Updated October 06, 2017

Bluetooth technology allows you to send files between devices with relative ease. You can send ringtones from one phone to another using Bluetooth if you have the right phone.

Compatible Phones

You cannot send ringtones using Bluetooth on Apple iPhones because ringtones can only be added to an iPhone through iTunes on a computer or the iTunes app on the iPhone. You may not be able to send ringtones via Bluetooth on feature phones as these may not have Bluetooth technology or the ability to accept file transfers.

You can, however, send ringtones via Bluetooth on most Android phones.

Connecting Phones via Bluetooth

To send ringtones using Bluetooth between phones you must first connect the phones via Bluetooth. The process is very similar across the different Android devices and Android OS versions.

  1. Tap the “Apps” icon on one phone and then tap “Settings.”
  2. Tap the “Connections” option on Settings and then tap “Bluetooth” to turn it on.
  3. Tap the “Apps” icon on your other phone and then tap “Settings” and then “Connections.”
  4. Tap the “Bluetooth” option on your phone to turn on Bluetooth and then tap the “Search for devices” option.

Tap your first phone’s name under the Bluetooth devices and follow the on-screen instructions to pair the two phones to each other. Once you see a “Connected” status then you are able to begin transferring ringtones between the two devices.

Transferring Ringtones

You can transfer ringtones from one phone to another over Bluetooth by first launching your phone’s Files app. If you do not have a Files app, then you can download a file management app like File Manager, Explorer, MK Explorer or Tetra Filer.

Navigate to the folder on your phone’s Files app where the ringtone that you would like to transfer is stored. Tap the “...” icon next to the file and then select “Share.” Tap “Bluetooth” to share the file over Bluetooth with the other phone.

Check your other phone for a prompt to accept the Bluetooth file. Wait for the transfer to complete.

Other Options for Sharing Ringtones

Although you can share ringtones between phones over Bluetooth, you may find it easier to use another option for transferring a ringtone from one phone to another. You can email the file to yourself and then open this email on the other device to download the ringtone. You can also use a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive to access the ringtone on another device. Alternatively, you can transfer your ringtone to a computer and then connect your other phone to the computer to transfer the ringtone file over to it.

One other option is to download a free ringtones app on your device and then use the app to download the same ringtone on it. Free ringtone apps include Zedge, Notification Sounds and Tones7.

Tip

  • check The technique to turn on Bluetooth and transfer ring tones might differ from one phone to another. If you are unsure of how to enable Bluetooth, consult your phone's user manual for the correct procedure.

About the Author

Catherine Hewson has been writing professionally since 2006, contributing to a variety of websites. She is also a technical writer with extensive experience in Android/iPhone development and PC repair. Hewson holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from the University of Michigan-Flint and works as an IT project manager.