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How to Send Automatic Replies to Text Messages on Android

If you’re usually quick to respond to text messages, people might worry if you don’t reply for a while. Thankfully, it’s easy to set up automatic text replies on Android.

Using a few apps, you can send auto-responses to people who try to contact you while you’re driving, in a meeting, or otherwise occupied. Here’s how to auto-reply to texts on Android.

Automatically Respond While Driving With Android Auto

If you’re primarily interested in automatic responses while driving, Android Auto lets you respond to texts with one tap. This applies whether your car has an Android Auto-compatible unit or you use the Android Auto app on your phone.

To set up automated text responses in Android Auto, first open the app. Slide out the left sidebar and choose Settings. Under the Notifications section, tap Auto reply. Here, you can customize the text that appears when you auto-respond to a message.

Make sure you have the Show message notifications and/or Show group message notifications toggles enabled, too. Otherwise, you won’t know when a message comes in and can’t auto-respond.

Now, when you see a notification come in for a message, you can hit the auto-response field to send your automated message with one quick tap. Plus, this works for all Android Auto-supported messaging apps (such as WhatsApp and Telegram), not just SMS. While it’s not fully automated, it’s a safer way to respond on the road when needed.

Be sure to check out the best Android Auto apps to get more use out of the service.

Download: Android Auto (Free)

Use the SMS Auto Reply App

The above is great for driving, but there’s much more you can do to auto-reply to texts on Android. One of the best apps for the job is SMS Auto Reply Text Message, which offers most of its features for free.

Download: SMS Auto Reply Text Message (Free, in-app purchases available)

Getting Started With SMS Auto Reply

After installing the app, you can walk through the basic overview and start making your own auto-response rules. Tap Add/Edit on the home screen to start one.

At the top, you’ll see the Busy template is selected by default. You can tap this to change it to others like Driving, Meeting, or Movie. Each one has its own preset message, which you can edit in the Message field.

If you want to create a new response template, tap the Plus icon at the top-right and give it a name. Before moving on, make sure you have SMS selected under Select channel to reply to so the responder works on text messages.

Messages for Specific Contacts

Next, you can optionally choose to send a personalized message to particular contacts. This allows you to leave a more personal note for people you know well or are expecting a message from, for example.

Tap the Pencil icon next to Personalized List to select contacts or contact groups that the specific message should go to. Once you choose the contacts, type out the message for them.

You’ll also see a Don’t Reply List field. This allows you to specify numbers that you don’t want to auto-respond to. For instance, you can exclude automated numbers like bank alerts.

When you’re done, tap Save to keep your changes to the current template.

Setting a Time Period for Responses

Next, you’ll want to set up a time for the auto-responder to run. Choose Set Time on the editing or home page to configure this.

Use the From and To fields at the top of the screen to set when the service should be active. From there, you have three options for how responses work:

  • Choose Run by Time to activate the responder during the chosen times every day.
  • Run by Date will respond to messages in the time period you’ve selected, during a period of dates that you choose.
  • Select Run by Week Days to use the responder for the time period you’ve selected only on certain days of the week. Check the Repeat Weekly box if you want it to run the same way in the coming weeks.

Tap Save and you’ll go to the On/Off screen. Here, the app will let you know that due to Android limitations, it only works with SMS text messages. This means it’s not compatible with missed calls and MMS as it once was.

Toggling Auto-Responses

On the Turn ON/OFF page, you’ll see all the auto-response rules you’ve created. If you’d like to create different profiles for different times or groups of people, you can repeat the above steps to set up as many rules as you like.

To finally enable auto-responses, enable the slider next to a rule. When you do this, the app will prompt you to enable notification access so it knows when you get a text message. It also asks you to disable battery optimization and allow unrestricted data access so it can run properly.

This is a lot of permissions to grant, but is necessary for the app to function as intended.

When a rule is currently running, you’ll see it highlighted in blue on this page.

Auto Responder Settings and Other Features

That’s all you need to get started with SMS Auto Reply. The service has a few extras that you should know about, however.

Once a rule has come into effect, tap Reports on the home screen to view information about what messages it sent while that profile was active. On the left sidebar, you can use the Backup tool to save your configurations to Google Drive.

Also on this sidebar, you’ll find a Settings menu that’s worth examining. For instance, enable Send only one reply and the app won’t respond to multiple messages from the same person in a time period. Under Reply rules, you can also choose to respond only to your contacts, non-contacts, or personalized lists.

You can also choose to ignore short numbers, which is a good idea since most automated messages come from short code numbers.

Auto Reply offers a few in-app purchases to unlock more features. These include auto-responding to messages from Facebook and WhatsApp, setting an alarm when rules end, and adding a default state. It costs $4.49 for everything (including ad removal), which is worthwhile if you use the service often.

More Auto-Response Options With IFTTT

If you don’t like the above solution for some reason, you can always create your own auto-responses with IFTTT.

First, sign up for IFTTT and activate the Android SMS service by installing the app on your Android phone. From there, you can use Android text messages as both triggers and actions for new applets.

IFTTT Android SMS

You’re only limited by your creativity here. For example, you might use the New SMS received matches search trigger to catch messages containing certain words. The action could then send an SMS in response letting them know that you’re not available.

There’s a lot to digest with IFTTT, so check out our complete IFTTT guide to help you on your way.

Download: IFTTT (Free)

Auto-Replying to Text Messages Made Easy

We’ve looked at a few ways to send auto-response texts on Android. Whether you just want an easy way to let people know you’re driving or wish to dive into a full setup with multiple profiles, you won’t have to leave anyone waiting for a response again.

To get even more out of texts, check out how to schedule SMS on Android and the best services that put SMS to good use.

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How to Remove, Change, and Set Default Apps in Android

Chances are that you want certain apps on your Android phone to handle specific actions. This is where default apps come in: they allow you to choose what browser, SMS service, email client, and other apps open when you load related content.

We’ll explain everything you need to know about default apps in Android, including how to adjust your default apps, change how links open, remove default apps, and more.

What Are Default Apps?

If you’re not aware, default apps allow you to choose which apps handle certain actions on your device. For example, you might have multiple Android browsers installed. When you tap on a link without a default set, your phone will ask which browser you’d like to open it with, since you have several apps that can handle it.

There are many categories that work this way, and setting default apps saves you from having to pick which app to use every time. Let’s see what happens when you don’t have a default app set, then we’ll examine how to adjust default apps.

How to Set New Default Apps on Android

When you try to launch something that doesn’t have a default app set, or install a new app that can handle the action, you may see a prompt to select which app to use, as shown below.

If you want to set the suggested app as your default for this action, tap Always to use that app and set it as the default for the future. Choose Just once if you want to use that app without setting it as the default.

To use another app, select it from the list that appears below. That one will appear as the first choice next time you take this action, allowing you to set it as the default if you want.

How to Review and Change Default Apps on Android

On stock Android 10, you’ll find the default apps menu at Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Default apps. This might be slightly different depending on your device or Android version.

Here, you’ll see your current default apps for a variety of categories:

  • Assist app: The smart assistant for voice control, analysis of what’s on your screen, and similar. Examples includes Google Assistant and Alexa.
  • Browser app: Used to open links you tap. Examples include Chrome and Firefox.
  • Caller ID & spam app: Used to identify calls and block spammers. Examples include Google’s Phone app and Truecaller.
  • Home app: Your default launcher that allows you to access and organize apps on your phone. Examples include Pixel Launcher and Nova Launcher.
  • Phone app: Handles making and receiving calls. Examples include Google’s Phone app and Simpler Dialer.
  • SMS app: Allows you to send and manage text messages. Examples include Google’s Messages app and Pulse SMS.

Tap a category to review the apps you have installed for that purpose. If you have more than one installed, select which app you’d like to set as default.

From now on, any applicable content you open will use that app. For instance, if you change your default phone app, it will launch when you tap a phone number on the web.

Keep in mind that there are more categories than these. For example, if you install a third-party camera app, when you use a shortcut to open the camera (like pressing the power button twice on a Pixel phone), your phone will ask you which camera app you’d like to use.

How to Remove Default Android Apps

If you don’t want an app to act as the default for anything, you can clear all default settings for it. To do this, head to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all X apps and select the app you’d like to remove defaults for.

Once you’re on the app page, expand the Advanced section and tap Open by default. If the app is set to default for any action, you’ll see a Clear defaults button at the bottom of the page. Tap this to clear that setting.

The next time you open content that this app used to handle, you can choose which app launches instead.

Choose Default Apps for Opening Links

The above covers the essentials for default apps on Android, but there’s another aspect you should know about: app links.

When you tap a website link and have that service’s app installed, your phone can go to supported URLs in the appropriate app instead of your browser. For example, when you tap a YouTube link, you probably want to watch the video in the YouTube app. This is known as “deep linking” in Android development.

While you can’t change which apps open certain URLs, you can choose whether links open in your browser or the appropriate app.

Change Link Opening Settings

To change how links open in Android, return to the Default apps page you visited earlier. Here, tap Opening links to review these settings.

At the top, you can toggle the Instant apps feature, which allows you to use some apps without actually installing them.

For the moment, we’re interested in the field below, where you’ll see an entry for most apps on your phone. Select one and you’ll see two fields on the Open by default page.

Open supported links allows you to choose whether you want to open compatible URLs in the app. Choose Open in this app to do so, or Don’t open in this app to always open in your browser. Ask every time lets you decide as needed.

If you’re curious which URLS the app can open, tap Supported links to see a list. For instance, YouTube of course opens youtube.com links, as well as youtu.be and m.youtube.com.

Disabling In-App Browsers

There’s one other setting to consider for default link behavior. Many popular apps, including Gmail, Telegram, Twitter, and Slack, include their own in-app browsers. This means that webpages you launch in these apps load in their own browser window instead of the appropriate app or your default browser.

Opening a page using an in-app browser where you’re not logged in to any sites is usually annoying, so we recommend turning these off for best results. The location varies for each app, but you’ll usually find it as a setting named something like Use in-app browser or Open links externally.

For example, in the Twitter app, you’ll find the option at Settings and privacy > Display and sound > Use in-app browser.

Expand Default Apps With Third-Party Solutions

For most people, the built-in default app options in Android are enough. If you’d like to add more functionality, a few apps can help.

Better Open With

This app allows you to set preferred apps that you can override at any time. Launch it and you’ll see a series of categories, like Audio Files, Browser, Dialer, and Emails.

After selecting a category, tap the star next to your preferred app. Use the eye icon to hide any apps you don’t want to use. In the Browser section, you can also use the dropdown box at the top to choose specific settings for sites like YouTube and Twitter.

Now, open a compatible link. When you’re asked to choose an app, select Better Open With and choose Always. Better Open With will show a panel at the bottom with a countdown and list of compatible apps. If you don’t select one before the timer runs out, your preferred app will open.

While this is handy, Better Open With has some issues. At the time of writing, it hasn’t seen an update since June 2018. When launched on Android 10, you’ll see a warning that the app isn’t designed for modern versions of Android. There’s also an ugly black box at the bottom of the app because of this.

Aside from version compatibility, it can’t handle all types of actions either—SMS is a noticeable omission. Still, the app is totally free, so it’s worth a try if you like the idea.

Download: Better Open With (Free)

Open Link With…

Want more control over changing the default app for links? Open Link With… allows you to open links in the proper apps when Android doesn’t do it automatically. This is helpful when a YouTube or Twitter link opens in your browser instead of the corresponding app.

Once installed, launch Open Link With… and walk through the tutorial. At the end, grant the app usage access for best performance. Once that’s done, you won’t need to worry about it again until you want to open a link with another app.

When you do, tap the three-dot Menu button in your browser and choose Share. Select Open Link With… and you’ll see a list of compatible apps for that type of link. Choose Just Once if you want to be asked again next time, or Always to associate that type of link with an app permanently.

While this is similar to the built-in functionality, if you have issues with links opening properly or want to open the same types of content in different apps regularly (maybe you use two different Twitter clients), it’s worth a look.

Download: Open Link With… (Free)

Master Default Apps on Android

Now you know how to take control of your default apps on Android. Most of the time, you should be able to set these and forget about them unless you find a new favorite app. But you have options for more control if the basics don’t get the job done.

Speaking of default apps, why not consider replacing some of the stock apps that came with your phone?

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20 Common Android Problems Solved

Android is reliable, stable, and resistant to malware, but it’s not perfect. When problems arise, you can fix most issues with a few simple Android troubleshooting tips.

This guide covers common Android phone mobile problems and easy solutions for them. Note that depending on your phone and Android version, these steps might vary slightly for you.

Jump ahead to a specific Android issue:

  1. Google Play Store Keeps Crashing
  2. Insufficient Space on Device
  3. Google Play Store Not Downloading Apps
  4. How to Reinstall the Google Play Store
  5. How Do I Install Google Play?
  6. I Need an Older Version of the Google Play Store
  7. How Do I Free Up Memory on My Android Device?
  8. System UI Not Working (Android 9 or Older)
  9. Android Download Manager Not Working
  10. I Can’t Find My Download
  11. I Can’t Play a Downloaded Video
  12. I Installed Android Malware!
  13. Slow Internet Speeds on Android
  14. Can’t Connect to Wi-Fi Network
  15. How Do I Break an Android Password?
  16. Android Device Crashes on Boot
  17. Android Device Won’t Turn On
  18. Android Not Reading microSD Card
  19. Can’t Connect Android Device to a Windows PC
  20. The Nuclear Option: Factory Reset

1. Google Play Store Keeps Crashing

If Google Play crashes after launching it, you might have a corrupt cache. Wiping the cache usually fixes the problem. To do so:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps & Notifications > See all X apps.
  2. In the list, find and tap on Google Play Store.
  3. Open the Storage & cache section, then tap both Clear storage and Clear cache (older versions of Android use Data instead of Storage).
  4. Restart your phone.

If that fails, try wiping the storage and cache for Google Play Services and Google Services Framework using the same steps outlined above. Remember to restart the device after you’ve finished. And have a look at our dedicated Google Play Store problems troubleshooting guide for more help.

2. Insufficient Space on Device

If your phone runs low on space and does not support a microSD card, your only option is to delete files. But how do you find space-wasting clutter?

One of the easiest options is to use Files by Google. It automatically finds common space wasters, like large media files, and removes them when you direct it to. On the downside, it gives Google complete access to the contents of your phone.

Advanced users can instead give DiskUsage a try. It’s free and open source, though it hasn’t seen an update since late 2017.

Download: Files by Google (Free)
Download: DiskUsage (Free)

3. Google Play Store Not Downloading Apps

Sometimes Google Play won’t install applications. You have two major options to fix this. The first is to wipe Google Play’s cache, as demonstrated in #1 above. The second is to erase Google Play’s history.

How to Wipe Google Play History

This method isn’t a sure fix, but it’s worth a try if clearing cache didn’t work. Here’s what to do:

  1. Launch the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the left sidebar and go to Settings.
  3. Choose Clear local search history.

4. How to Reinstall the Google Play Store

You can’t uninstall the Google Play Store without rooting your device. If you think you’ve deleted Google Play, chances are that you’ve actually disabled it instead. To re-enable the Play Store:

  1. Visit Settings > Apps & notifications and choose See all X apps.
  2. At the top of the list, tap the All apps dropdown and change it to Disabled apps.
  3. Find Google Play Store and tap on it. Tap on the Enable icon to activate it again.

5. How Do I Install Google Play?

Some imported tablets and smartphones don’t come with the Google Play Store installed. In this case, you’ll need to locate a Play Store APK file from a third-party source and then manually install it.

To do this you’ll first need to follow our guide to sideloading apps on Android. Once you’re set up, grab the Play Store APK from APKMirror and sideload it.

Download: Google Play Store (Free)

6. I Need an Older Version of the Google Play Store

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Sometimes, the newest version of Google Play won’t work on your device. In that case, you can try installing an older version.

Take a look at this APKMirror directory of Google Play Store APKs, which includes links to every major version of the Play Store. You can follow the above steps to sideload it once downloaded. Unfortunately, very old versions of the Play Store may not work at all.

7. How Do I Free Up Memory on My Android Device?

In Android (like most operating systems), “memory” refers to RAM, not storage. The Android OS works best with a minimal number of installed applications. That’s because some apps like to run in the background, even when you aren’t using them

The more apps you have installed, the more likely some will run hidden from view, all the while consuming resources and battery life. The simplest solution is to uninstall all non-essential applications.

We don’t recommend using task killers, as they negatively impact the functionality of your device. On top of that, they don’t adequately address the main issue: apps which consume resources can also start themselves at will. See how to manage memory on Android for more tips.

8. System UI Not Working (Android 9 or Older)

Sometimes the System User Interface (UI) can stop working. If restarting your device doesn’t fix this problem, we suggest wiping the System UI cache. To wipe the cache:

  1. Launch Settings > Apps & notifications and select See all X apps.
  2. Make sure the top dropdown list says All apps, then scroll down to System UI.
  3. Select Storage & cache, then choose to Clear cache.
  4. Restart your device.

On Android 10 and newer, you don’t have access to the System UI service. However, you can attempt to modify the System UI using an app called System UI Tuner. Unfortunately, this app can only change the appearance of some of Android’s user interfaces, such as the status bar. Even so, it’s better than nothing.

Download: System UI Tuner (Free)

9. Android Download Manager Not Working

Sometimes the Android Download Manager doesn’t work. Oftentimes, the files it’s downloading (to a temporary location called a “cache”) become corrupted.

In this case, wiping the cache should fix the problem. However, this doesn’t work in Android 10 or newer. To wipe the cache on older Android versions:

  1. Launch Settings > Apps & notifications and tap See all X apps.
  2. Make sure the top dropdown list says All apps, then find and tap System UI in the list.
  3. Select Storage & cache, then Clear cache.
  4. Restart your phone.

If that doesn’t work, or you have Android 10 or newer, consider using a third-party download manager like Advanced Download Manager.

Download: Advanced Download Manager (Free, in-app purchases available)

10. I Can’t Find My Download

By default, Android stores your downloaded files in a folder called Download. You can locate this directory using a file manager, like Ghost Commander. Once installed, navigate to /Download and you should see a complete list of downloaded files.

If you don’t want to bother with this, Files by Google is an easier choice. It includes a direct link to the Download directory on its main page.

Download: Ghost Commander (Free)
Download: Files by Google (Free)

11. I Can’t Play a Downloaded Video

Problems with a video on your Android device? Try using VLC Player or MX Player, which work with almost every file you can imagine. However, sometimes videos in a proprietary format won’t play. There’s no real solution for this issue other than installing the proprietary video codec.

In the event that neither MX nor VLC Player can play your video, it’s likely corrupted. You’ll need to download it again.

Download: VLC Player (Free)
Download: MX Player (Free)

12. I Installed Android Malware!

When you suspect you have malware on your Android phone, simply uninstall the supposed culprit. If you’re not sure which app is causing an issue on your phone, follow our guide to finding and removing Android malware.

Most of the time, we don’t recommend using any paid anti-malware solution for Android, since you can simply uninstall the malware. In a worst-case situation, a factory reset resolves almost every problem.

Plus, Google Play Protect is now baked into Android to keep your device safe. To make sure you’ve enabled Google Play Protect, take the following steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store.
  2. Tap on the three horizontal bars in the upper-left corner and select Play Protect.
  3. Tap the Settings gear in the top-right corner.
  4. Make sure Scan apps with Play Protect is turned on.
  5. Tap the Refresh arrow next to the shield icon to run a scan.

If your phone doesn’t have Google Play Protect or you want another opinion, Malwarebytes Security is a good second option.

Download: Malwarebytes Security (Free, subscription available)

13. Slow Internet Speeds on Android

Poor-quality connections are a common issue on both Wi-Fi and mobile internet. You can resolve most Wi-Fi speed issues by restarting your router.

For issues with data connections, see our guide to speeding up mobile internet on your phone.

14. Can’t Connect to Wi-Fi Network

Chances are that your router is at fault for this issue. If restarting your router and phone doesn’t work, take a look at our quick tips for fixing network issues.

15. How Do I Break an Android Password?

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If you’ve forgotten your Android passcode, first follow our steps to get back into your Android phone. If none of those work, you’ll need to perform a factory reset from the bootloader. This is a pre-boot environment that allows you to restore the operating system, among other tasks.

While there are ways to potentially break Android passwords, no method is as reliable as a factory reset. On the downside, doing so will erase all your data.

The method to enter the bootloader varies among devices. For most models, you can access it by holding the Volume down and Power buttons until your phone goes to the bootloader. Once inside, you factory reset your device using the Recovery Mode option.

Note that if you have a custom ROM, you shouldn’t do this. It can render your device unbootable.

16. Android Device Crashes on Boot

If your phone no longer boots, you can enter Android’s “safe mode”. This allows you to disable all non-essential startup apps that might cause your phone to crash.

Once you load into safe mode, it should be easy to remove the misbehaving app.

17. Android Device Won’t Turn On

If your phone doesn’t turn on, try the following steps:

  1. Remove and reinsert the battery, if possible.
  2. If the battery isn’t removable, hold down the power button for 15 seconds.
  3. Plug the device into a power source, give it a few minutes, then hold the power button down for 15 seconds again.
  4. Failing that, you likely need to either have the device serviced or return it.

For more detail, see our full guide on what to do when your Android phone won’t turn on.

18. Android Not Reading microSD Card

When this happens, you should format the SD card from within Android. To format an Android microSD card:

  1. Go to Settings > Storage.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and select Format SD card.
  3. Finally, select Format SD card again.

On Android 10, this process is slightly different:

  1. Head to Settings > Storage.
  2. Under Portable Storage, tap on your microSD card.
  3. Tap on the three dots at the upper-right of the screen.
  4. Select Storage settings from the context menu.
  5. Choose Format, then select Format SD Card.

If this fails, you’ll need to connect the SD card to a PC using a card reader and format it that way.

19. Can’t Connect Android Device to a Windows PC

There are two methods that an Android device can use to connect to a computer: Android Debug Bridge (ADB) or Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). ADB lets you interact with Android’s operating system, while MTP only permits access to specifically designated media storage directories.

ADB is much more complicated, which means it runs into problems more often. See how to fix ADB in Windows for help with troubleshooting it.

20. The Nuclear Option: Factory Reset

If all else fails, you’ll need to turn to a factory reset. Remember that this will completely delete everything from your device, so you should back up your Android device first.

On Android 10, take the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings > System > Advanced > Reset options.
  2. Tap Erase all data (factory reset).
  3. Confirm the operation, then enter your passcode to start the process.

To perform a factory reset in older versions of Android:

  1. Go to Settings > Backup & reset.
  2. Choose Reset at the bottom of the window and confirm the operation.

Android Issues Solved

Now you know how to resolve the most common Android problems. You should always start by rebooting your phone before moving onto more specific troubleshooting.

If you want to perform a checkup while you’re at it, take a look at the best apps for making sure your Android phone is functioning properly.

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How to Get Incoming Call Alerts on Windows 10 With Android

Sometimes when you’re working on your PC, you don’t want to be distracted by your phone. But you still want to know when someone is calling you.

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You can use one of these three methods to get phone call notifications from an Android device on your PC.

Get Call Notifications on PC Using Cortana

If you use an Android phone and a Windows 10 computer, you can get phone alerts on your computer whenever you receive or miss calls. All you need to do is set up Cortana on your Android phone.

After you install the official Cortana app, you’ll want to log in with the same Microsoft account you’re using on your computer. Then it’s just a matter of going into the Cortana app settings and turning on notifications.

Go to Settings > Sync Notifications and toggle on Missed Call Notification and Call Notification.

You can also toggle on Low battery notifications to find out when you’re running out of juice, and you can also get additional App notifications on your computer.

What’s really great about this last feature is that you can choose which apps to receive notifications for, so you’re not bombarded with notifications from all your apps.

Incoming call alerts - Cortana settings

On your computer, make sure that notifications are turned on by going to Settings > System > Notifications & actions.

Your phone should be listed as one of the senders you receive notifications from. You can adjust the settings of these notifications as you would with any other sender.

These settings include showing or hiding notification banners, keeping notifications private on the lock screen, showing notifications in the action center, and playing a sound.

Incoming call alerts - Notification settings

When you receive a call or missed call, you should see an alert with the contact name or number. While you can’t respond to the call from your computer, you can respond with a text message. This feature is particularly useful if you’re in a meeting or if your phone is out of reach.

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Get Call Notifications on PC Using Pushbullet

Another option for getting call notifications on a laptop or desktop is to use a tool called Pushbullet. This service syncs notifications between multiple devices, including phone calls if you use Android.

To use Pushbullet, first install the app for Android onto your phone.

Sign into the app using your Google or Facebook account. Go to the Mirroring section using the menu at the bottom of the app. From here, enable notification mirroring by sliding the toggle into the on position.

Now install Pushbullet on your PC to get phone notifications. You can either install Pushbullet in your browser or install the Windows software.

  • To use the desktop software, install the Windows app.
  • To install on your browser, download the extension for Chrome or for Firefox.

Once the software has been installed onto your PC, you should sign into Pushbullet using the same account you used for your phone.

Now, when you get an alert on your phone, such as a notification for an SMS message or phone call, a notification will appear on your PC as well.

To test that everything is working, open up the Android app. Go to the Mirroring section once more and tap Send test notification.

A notification should be visible on both your phone and your PC. If you dismiss the notification from your PC, it should be dismissed from your phone too.

Enable End-To-End Encryption on Pushbullet

If you’re going to use Pushbullet, you should enable end-to-end encryption to make sure your notifications stay secure and private.

Using encryption means that even if someone is able to intercept your notifications, they won’t be able to read them. The content of the notifications will be hidden to anyone who doesn’t have your password.

To enable end-to-end encryption, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Android app.
  2. Go to Account and then to Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Advanced settings section.
  4. Tap on End-to-end encryption.
  5. You’ll see a popup saying Enable encryption? It will inform you that you must enable this on every device. Tap Enable.
  6. Now you need to enter a password. This should be something easily memorable. Type your password and tap OK.
  7. Now encryption is enabled on your phone. Next, you need to enable it on your PC too.
  8. Open up the Windows or browser app on your PC. Go to Account and then to Settings.
  9. Find the End-to-end encryption heading and slide the toggle to enable it.
  10. Now enter your password. This should be the same password you use for your Android app. Then click Save.

This activates end-to-end encryption so your notifications are kept safe and private.

Get Call Notifications on PC Using IFTTT

Incoming call alerts - IFTTT

Another option for receiving call notifications on your PC is to use IFTTT. The extremely useful service work across multiple apps and platforms.

When a trigger event occurs (“if this”), then an action automatically happens (“then that”). To learn more about the many ways to use this service, check out our ultimate IFTTT guide.

To use the service to get phone call notifications, start by installing the IFTTT app for Android. Make sure that the Notifications and Android Phone Call services are enabled.

Now, you can select what you want to happen when you receive a phone call on your Android device. Here are some of the IFTTT applets you can use to pair Windows 10 with the Android phone:

  1. Get an email when you miss a phone call.
  2. Get a Pushbullet notification is you receive a phone call.
  3. Get a notification on your Android Wear device if you miss a phone call.
  4. Get a roundup email of all your missed calls after you finish work.

To enable any of these options, open the page and then toggle the Connect option. Once connected, your chosen action will be triggered whenever you get a phone call on your Android device.

Make Android and Windows 10 Work Together

Using these three methods, you’ll be able to see phone call notifications from your Android device on your Windows PC. However, that’s not all you can do. You can also see other Android notifications on your PC as well. For example, incoming emails or software updates.

Apart from Windows, you can also see Android notifications on other operating systems such as Mac or Linux. To learn more, see our guide on how to sync Android notifications with Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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How to Turn On or Off Autocorrect for Android and Samsung Devices

Android’s autocorrect feature can be both a blessing and a curse. One minute, it’ll save you from an embarrassing typo in a message to your boss. The next, you’ll be left blushing as you send something wholly inappropriate to a family member.

It’s time you took back control. If you want to learn how to turn on autocorrect on your Android device, plus how to turn it off autocorrect again, keep reading. We’ll also touch on a few other settings to help you get the autocorrect feature working the way you want.

How to Turn Off Autocorrect on Android

By default, most Android devices come preinstalled with Gboard, Google’s in-house keyboard app. If you use using Gboard, you can follow our instructions to turn off autocorrect.

If, however, you instead use one of the many third-party keyboards for Android, the instructions might differ slightly. Consult with your keyboard developer’s official literature for more information.

The toggle to disable autocorrect on Gboard is hidden deep within your phone’s Settings menu.

To reach it, you’ll need to open Gboard settings. You can do this through the Settings app by going to Settings > System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard. For a faster method, open your keyboard and long-press on the comma key, then tap the gear icon that appears.

Once you reach Gboard’s settings with either method, select Text correction and under the Corrections heading, slide the toggle for Auto-correction into the Off position.

How to Turn On Autocorrect on Android

If you change your mind later, you can re-enable the autocorrect feature at any time.

Simply perform the same instructions as above, tweaking the final step:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard.
    1. Alternatively, open the keyboard, hold the comma key, and tap the gear icon.
  2. Choose Text correction and scroll down to the Corrections section.
  3. Locate the toggle labeled Auto-correction and slide it into the On position.

Again, if you’re using a different Android keyboard, you might find that the instructions vary. Any keyboard you have installed should appear under the Virtual keyboard section of the Settings app. Open it from there, then you’ll need to look for the appropriate setting.

SwiftKey, for example, has autocorrect under Typing > Typing & Autocorrect > Autocorrect.

How to Turn Off Autocorrect on Samsung Devices

If you’ve ever owned a Samsung phone or tablet, you know that the company does not use the stock Android operating system. Instead, Samsung devices run a proprietary skin on Android. This is now known as Samsung Experience, but was previously called TouchWiz.

Stock Android and Samsung’s skin differ in a lot of ways, one of which is how to turn autocorrect on and off.

Below are instructions for disabling autocorrect on Samsung devices running Android 10:

  1. Visit Settings > General management > Language and input > On-screen keyboard.
  2. Select Samsung Keyboard, assuming that you’re using the built-in solution.
  3. Choose Smart typing.
  4. Turn Predictive text off.

To turn off autocorrect on older Samsung phones and tablets, you need to use these instructions instead:

  1. Open the Settings app by heading to Apps > Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the System section.
  3. Tap on the icon labeled Language and input.
  4. Select Default from the list of options available. This may have a different name if you have other keyboard installed.
  5. Scroll down until you find the Auto replace menu item, and select it.
  6. Flick the toggle in the upper right-hand corner into the Off position.

(Note: If you have multiple keyboard languages installed, you can turn on/off autocorrect for each language layout individually using the checkboxes alongside the languages on this page.)

How to Improve Autocorrect on Android

We’ve all seen those funny autocorrect screenshots. When you read some of them, it is understandable why you might have a sudden urge to turn off autocorrect on your Android device.

In truth, however, such drastic measures are rarely required. Android keyboards have a bevy of options that allow you to tweak, refine, and improve the autocorrect feature, thus making it work better for your needs.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the other settings that are worth investigating. These mainly apply to Gboard, but you’ll find similar options on most keyboard apps.

Auto-Capitalization

Android can automatically fix capital letters at the start of sentences and on proper nouns as you type.

In normal circumstances, it is a useful feature. But for some people, it might not be ideal. Lots of words are both proper nouns and regular nouns (for example, “Turkey” the country and “turkey” the bird). If you find yourself using such words regularly, you might want to turn off the auto-capitalization feature.

You can do so by heading to Settings > System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard > Text correction > Auto-capitalization. Slide the toggle into the Off position to disable it.

Spell Check

Rather than relying on the autocorrect feature to fix your errors, you could just use Android’s native spell check feature. It will alert you to typos and other misspelled words using those familiar squiggly red lines under the text.

To turn spell check on or off on Android, you need to go to Settings > System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard > Text correction > Spell check and flick the toggle into the desired position.

(Note: If you wish, you can run the spell-check and autocorrect tools simultaneously.)

Customize the Android Dictionary

You will always come across some legitimate words that are not part of Android’s built-in dictionary. Obscure place names, brand names, and specific jargon related to your job are common culprits.

It gets old really fast when Android continually tries to autocorrect “Sonos” into “sonar” or “Logitech” into “logical.” To prevent this from happening—and save yourself some stress in the process—you should add the words to your personal dictionary.

You can access the dictionary by heading to Settings > System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard > Dictionary > Personal Dictionary. Tap the language you’d like to edit the dictionary for, even if you only have one installed. Then you can use the Plus button to add new words.

Try Voice Typing

Some keyboard (including Gboard) provide you with alternative ways to type on Android. One of these is using your voice rather than an on-screen touch keyboard.

From an autocorrect standpoint, you’re less likely to make a typo when speaking rather than typing. However, you’ll introduce the issue of potentially misunderstood words.

If you would like to try voice typing, go to Settings > System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard > Voice typing and turn the toggle on. Then you can tap the Microphone icon at the top-right of the keyboard to speak.

If you use another keyboard, you can also switch to Google voice typing using the keyboard switch button that appears while typing.

Learn More About Typing on Android

Turning autocorrect on and off is only one small way you can improve the typing experience on your Android device. For example, you can change the keyboard’s theme, install third-party options, and even switch to a non-QWERTY keyboard layout.

To learn more, have a look at ways to type more efficiently with Gboard, or even consider changing your Android keyboard entirely.

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How to Turn On and Off Your Phone’s Flashlight

Though you might not use the flashlight on your phone every day, it’s indispensable when you need it. But how do you turn on the flashlight on your smartphone?

We’re here to help. We’ll show you how to turn on and off your flashlight using several methods. Android users have more ways to do this, but we’ll cover iPhone flashlight instructions too.

1. Turn on Flashlight Using Quick Settings on Android

Android didn’t have a universal flashlight toggle until Android 5.0 Lollipop launched in 2014. Before then, some phone manufacturers included a built-in way to open the flashlight, while others didn’t. Thankfully, all modern Android phones include flashlight functionality out of the box.

To turn on the flashlight, simply pull down from the top of the screen twice (or pull once using two fingers) to open the Quick Settings menu. You should see a Flashlight entry. Tap that to instantly turn on the LED flash.

Depending on what icons appear first, you may also be able to access the Flashlight icon from your notification shade (after pulling down once).

When you’re done, just tap it again to turn the flashlight off. You can lock your screen or open other apps, and the flashlight will stay on.

If you don’t see the Flashlight button, you may need to swipe left or right to access more icons. This menu will differ based on your hardware manufacturer. The above shots show stock Android, but if you have a Samsung, LG, or other device, yours will be different.

2. “OK Google, Turn On the Flashlight”

The Quick Settings toggle is convenient, but what if you can’t always use it? You might have other shortcuts in Quick Settings that make it tough to access. Or you might need to turn on the flashlight while your hands are occupied or dirty.

For those times, you can rely on Google Assistant. One of the most useful Google Assistant commands is “OK Google, turn on my flashlight.”

As expected, the Assistant will toggle your flashlight on as soon as you say this. To turn it off, you can tap the toggle that appears in the chat window or say “OK Google, turn off the flashlight.”

What makes this shortcut handy is how many ways you have to access Google Assistant, depending on your phone. The Google widget has a Google Assistant button for easy access. If your device still uses a Home button, you can press and hold it to open the Assistant. With Android 10’s new gestures, swipe towards the middle from either of the bottom corners instead.

Those with a Pixel 2 or newer can squeeze the sides of the phone to summon Google Assistant. For a totally hands-free approach, you can also set up Google Assistant to respond anytime you say “OK Google,” even when the screen is off.

For more on this, check out our introduction to using Google Assistant.

3. Use a Flashlight App, If You Must

If you don’t like either of the above methods for some reason, or have an old Android phone where neither one is an option, you can resort to using a flashlight app. There are hundreds of them on the Google Play Store, but you must take care when selecting one.

Turning on the flashlight is a simple task. However, the majority of flashlight apps require a ton of unnecessary permissions, such as your location, contacts, and similar. There’s no good reason to grant these potentially dangerous permissions to apps that will likely abuse them.

One of the most popular Android flashlight apps, Brightest Flashlight Free, is infamous for harvesting its users’ contacts and location data. Many of these apps also display obnoxious full-screen video ads.

Flashlight App Permissions

Some offer additional features like turning the screen brightness all the way up and displaying colors, but these are largely unnecessary and not worth the privacy risk.

All of this considered, we recommend avoiding flashlight apps unless you absolutely need one. If you do, try Icon Torch. This app lets you open the flashlight with a simple toggle, and has no ads or in-app purchases. It requires only the absolute minimum permissions, so it’s a safe bet.

4. Try Gestures to Enable the Flashlight

Certain Android phones, including some Motorola devices, have built-in gestures that let you turn on the flashlight at any time. These include shaking and doing a “double chop” motion. On a Pixel device, you can double-tap the Power button to open the camera at any time.

Feel free to give these a try and see if they work with your device. Many apps on Google Play offer to add this shortcut functionality to other phones. However, a lot of these apps are full of ads, are unreliable, or haven’t seen updates in years.

We recommend you avoid them and stick to the built-in flashlight toggles.

5. How to Turn On Your iPhone’s Flashlight

As you’d expect, iOS offers easy access to the iPhone’s flashlight.

The quickest way is to use the Control Center shortcut. On an iPhone X or later, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen to open it. Those on an iPhone 8 or earlier should swipe up from the bottom of the screen instead.

Once you open Control Center (you can even do this when your phone is locked), just tap the Flashlight icon to enable it. Tap the same icon again to turn off the flashlight.

On iOS 11 or later, you can even adjust the flashlight’s brightness. To do so, Haptic Touch (press deeply) on the Flashlight icon. You’ll see a slider you can adjust to several levels.

If you don’t see the icon, you may have hidden it when customizing Control Center. Head to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls to add it back.

If you prefer, you can also ask Siri to open the flashlight. Just summon Siri by saying “Hey Siri,” or hold the Home button (iPhone 8 and earlier) or Side button (iPhone X and later) to call her up. Then say “Turn on the flashlight.”

Don’t bother with flashlight apps for your iPhone. The built-in options are sufficient.

All Your Phone Flashlight Options, Covered

Now you know how to turn the flashlight on your Android phone or iPhone on and off. It’s a simple task, but knowing where these shortcuts are means you won’t get stuck in the dark for long.

While you likely won’t damage your phone by using the flashlight for long periods of time, we recommend not leaving it on any longer than needed. The bright light will drain your battery, and leaving it on continuously may heat your phone up and cause further battery drain.

By the way, a flashlight isn’t the only tool your phone can replace. Check out the best digital toolbox apps for Android and tool apps for iPhone to discover many more.

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How to Fix the “SIM Not Provisioned MM 2” Error

Swapping SIM cards and getting an error message on your phone? The “SIM not provisioned MM2” error is easy enough to fix, but what does it mean?

In this article, we explain how to fix this SIM card error and ensure you can avoid it happening again in future.

What Does “SIM Not Provisioned” Mean?

SIM cards contain certain information that help with the identification of your cell phone account.

The SIM enables the phone to be identified as yours on the mobile network (thanks to the IMEI number). This enables you to make calls and connect to the mobile internet.

The “SIM not provisioned” error should only affect users who need to register a new SIM card. If it occurs at any other time, it can signify a problem with the SIM card, which will need replacing.

When the “SIM not provisioned MM2” error appears, you can trace it back to one of the following:

  • You bought a new phone with a new SIM card.
  • You’re transferring contacts to a new SIM card.
  • Your mobile network provider’s server is unavailable (if you’re using an iPhone, the Apple server also needs to be online).
  • There’s a problem with the placement of the SIM card.

Other SIM error messages might occur, depending on your situation. For instance, if the SIM card is locked to a particular phone, when you insert it in a new device you may see the “SIM not valid” message. Unlocking the SIM will let you use it in any compatible phone.

What Is the “SIM Not Provisioned for Voice” Error?

An error that is growing in frequency is “SIM not provisioned for voice.” It commonly occurs on devices connected to the Google Fi network (a combination of mobile and Wi-Fi networks).

In most cases this error means that you cannot make voice calls. The steps below should help to resolve this.

What Does “SIM 2 Not Provisioned” Error Mean?

If the “SIM not provisioned” error specifies a number, then it is almost certainly because you’re using a dual-SIM phone. Each slot is numbered, so you might see “SIM 1 not provisioned” and “SIM 2 not provisioned” errors.

This isn’t too much to worry about. It simply means that when you follow step two below, you carry out the process twice, for each SIM card.

5 Ways to Fix “SIM Not Provisioned” Errors

1. Restart Your Phone

It may seem unlikely, but simply turning off your phone can overcome the SIM not provisioned fault.

Take the usual steps to restart the phone and wait. A few moments later you’ll see that the error message no longer appears, and your SIM card is activated.

2. Correctly Insert the SIM Card

Reseat your SIM card if your see the "not provisioned" error

If the issue isn’t with the SIM card’s activation or the network, then it might simply be an ill-fitting SIM. This might be due to problems with the shape of the SIM itself or a badly designed SIM card slot (or caddy).

To check if the SIM is correctly seated, switch off your phone, then find the SIM card:

  • If you have an older, or cheaper phone, find the SIM card by opening the back panel. You may need to remove the battery to access the SIM card slot.
  • With flagship phones, or those without removable batteries, the SIM card slot is usually at the side of the handset. This is typically a caddy upon which the SIM card sits—you’ll need a small SIM eject tool open it. Look for a small hole along the side of your phone and push the tool in to eject the SIM.

Note: Be sure to remove the SIM card and not the microSD storage card.

Removing the SIM card can be tricky. You may need to use tweezers, or jimmy it out from underneath if a removable battery is involved. With the SIM card removed, give it a blow, and perhaps a quick dust with a lint free cloth.

Replace the cleaned SIM card, taking care to position it as instructed. There is usually a sticker next to the SIM card slot, or an engraving illustrating the SIM’s correct orientation.

Replace the SIM card in your phone, and power up again. The “SIM not provisioned” error should no longer appear. If it does, try the SIM in another phone.

3. Activate Your SIM Card

In most cases, a SIM card will be activated automatically within 24 hours of being inserted in a new phone. If this doesn’t happen, three options are usually available to enable activation:

  1. Call an automated number
  2. Send an SMS
  3. Log onto the activation page on the carrier’s website

All these options are quick and straightforward but depend on whether the carrier supports them. In most cases, your SIM should be activated, and the “SIM not provisioned” error solved.

4. Contact Your Carrier or Network Provider

If the SIM won’t activate, it’s time to make a call (from another device!) to your carrier or network. Explain to them the error message and the steps you’ve taken so far.

As noted above, there may be an issue with the activation server, which would prevent your SIM card activating. This would cause the “SIM Not Provisioned” error message.

Your carrier will typically keep you on the line while they investigate the issue. If it is a problem with the activation server, there may be some delay in getting the SIM activated. On the plus side, you’ll have a reason for the error and a possible date for resolution.

5. Get a New SIM Card

Fixing the SIM card not provisioned error

Still no joy? It’s time to request a new SIM card, maybe even an eSIM, if your phone supports it.

You could call your network for this, but you’ll probably find it’s quicker to head to a local phone shop. Even better, a branch of your network or a franchise outlet.

They’ll be able to run diagnostics on the SIM card and hopefully resolve the “SIM not provisioned MM2” error. Don’t worry if they repeat some of the steps you’ve already attempted, as this is part of the diagnostic process.

If it means you need a new SIM card, this shouldn’t be a problem. The store will have the tools in place to manage the swap and associate the new SIM with your account.

The “SIM Not Provisioned MM 2” Error, Fixed!

Note that this error will only affect mobile devices that use SIM cards. As long as the SIM is compatible, and fits into the slot, these fixes will work.

By this point you should understand why your phone is displaying the “SIM not provisioned MM2” error message. Remember, you have five options to fix this error:

  1. Restart your phone
  2. Check the SIM is correctly seated
  3. Correctly activate your SIM
  4. Contact your carrier for help
  5. Get a new SIM card

If none of these things work, then you’ll need to contact your carrier/network provider to ask for a replacement card.

Once you’ve got everything sorted, your SIM card should work without a problem. Want to know more about SIM cards? See our guide to why phones need a SIM card.

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10 Free Mobile Ringtones That Sound Like Real Phones

Changing your mobile ringtone is one of the best ways to personalize your phone, but many people don’t bother to swap out the default ringtone on their devices. How many times have you heard the default iPhone ringtone in public and mistakenly thought it was yours?

Thankfully, you have thousands of free possibilities for downloading a new and better ringtone.

Today we’re going to focus on the best ringtones that sound like actual phones. Whether you’re going for a vintage effect or want to mimic a ringtone from TV, these will do the job.

1. Universal Hollywood Phone Ring

You probably recognize this tone from a plethora of old TV shows. Classics like Leave it to Beaver and Magnum P.I., along with movies like Ghostbusters, used this as the ringtone for phones on screen. It’s recognizable and functional.

2. Classic UK Phone Ring

If you prefer a European flavor to your classic ringtones, try this double-tone ring. It sounds a little classier than the standard ring.

3. High-Pitched Retro Ring

Looking for a can’t-miss vintage telephone tone? This loud ringtone will pierce the ears of anyone nearby.

4. General Retro Ring

This one doesn’t have a particular phone or era attached to it, but features that classic phone sound nonetheless.

5. Austin Powers / Our Man Flint Phone Ring

Want to blend in as a pseudo-secret agent? Here’s the ringtone that Austin Powers answers to.

Interestingly, this originally came from the 1966 movie Our Man Flint, which had a similar vibe.

6. 24’s CTU Ringtone

In the show 24, protagonist Jack Bauer works for the Counter-Terrorist Unit, or CTU. The phones ring a lot in this series, and when they do, you hear this sound.

7. Jurassic Park 3 Satellite Ringtone

Who ever thought a ringtone could be scary? In Jurassic Park 3, one of the dinosaurs swallows a cell phone. Later on, the protagonists are scared silly when they turn around and hear the phone ringing—inside the dino’s body.

You might send a few people running when they hear this one!

8. Geico Boss’s Ring a Ding Dong

Geico is the king of fun commercials, and one of the company’s older spots features a great ringtone. The gecko’s boss shows off his boring ringtone of a guy talking about how great Geico is, then his phone breaks out with a hoppin’ beat.

It makes a great ringtone even today.

9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop’s Ringtone

2009’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop isn’t the funniest movie you’ll ever see, but it does contain a few laughs. In the film, Paul Blart buys a cell phone but doesn’t know how to change the ringtone.

It results in Rasheeda’s “My Bubble Gum” playing whenever he gets a call, which amusingly clashes with his straight-edge good guy vibe.

10. Nokia Tone

We end with perhaps the most classic mobile ringtone of all. For many people, a Nokia phone was their first cell phone. Thus, this short tone alerted thousands to their first on-the-go phone call. That’s pretty neat!

Nokia has released several renditions of this, including a piano and dubstep mix, but the original beep-boop reigns supreme.

More Retro Ringtones

If you haven’t found the classic phone tone you’re looking for in the list above, don’t fret. Beepzoid’s vintage phone ringtones page has over 60 ringtones for your retro pleasure.

Unfortunately, these have generic labels (like “Ringtone #23”) and thus it’s hard to decipher the exact phones they’re emulating. We recommend you take a browse and find which one you like best. You might consider looking on some of the best ringtone sites, too.

How to Add Ringtones to Your Phone

Now that you’ve picked out a new retro ringtone, it’s time to put it on your phone. Start by finding your favorite above, then right-clicking it and choose Save As. Place it somewhere on your computer for safekeeping.

After that, the process differs depending on whether you use Android or iOS.

Android Ringtones

You have several ways of installing a custom ringtone on Android. The easiest way is using a service like Pushbullet to send the files from your desktop to your phone. Alternatively, if you like, you can download the ringtones directly to your phone to bypass using your desktop completely.

Once you’ve downloaded or moved them, you’ll need to use a file manager app to move the MP3s from the Downloads folder to the Ringtones folder. Anything placed in that folder will then appear in the list when you visit Settings > Sound > Ringtone. Have a look there to set your new tone!

If you don’t use Pushbullet, you can transfer files to your phone using cloud storage. Place your MP3s in Dropbox, Google Drive, or a similar service. Then use the app on your phone to export the files to your Downloads or Ringtones folder. From there, follow the same procedure as above.

Finally, to do it the old-school way, connect a USB cable from your phone to your PC. Use a File Explorer or Finder window to transfer the MP3s directly to the Ringtones folder on your phone. Then you can assign one through the Settings menu.

iPhone Ringtones

Unfortunately, assigning ringtones on iOS is a massive pain and requires jumping through several hoops in iTunes. We’ve written a complete guide to creating an iPhone ringtone, so check that out for the full steps.

What’s Your New Ringtone?

Lots of people have a favorite movie soundtrack or song as their ringtone. But you can stand out by using one of these retro tones instead. They aren’t for everyone, and some of the vintage phone sounds can be quite grating. But keeping them on your phone is a fun idea for when you need to step back into the past for a bit.

If you’re a fan of gaming, we’ve taken a look at the best retro game ringtones and notification sounds too.

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