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I have a Nexus 4 which is currently running the most up to date Ubuntu Touch build. As much as I enjoy the default ringtones and notification sounds included with the OS, I was wondering where the directory which holds said sounds is and how to access it on my PC. I figure if the notification sounds are in .ogg format I should be able to add Android notification sounds and ringtones. Any ideas?

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It looks like the current settings UI just lists the ringtones found in /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/ringtones, which is read only (provided you haven't switched it to writable image mode).

The choice of ringtone is controlled through GSettings, so you could change the ringtone to a file in a different directory using the gsettings tool from the command line. As the phablet user, run a command like the following:

gsettings set com.ubuntu.touch.sound incoming-call-sound /path/to/ringtone.ogg

Presumably a way to set custom ringtones will be added to the UI at some point in the future though.

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The gsettings command no longer seems to work.

The good news is that you just need to copy your custom SMS notification tone into /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/notifications/ and copy your custom ringtone into /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/ringtones/

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First Run this command if you are read only mode. sudo mount -o remount,rw /

Save your own ringtones and notifications using following commands. Preferred format is .ogg

sudo cp /path/to/your/ringtone/ringtone.ogg /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/ringtones/ sudo cp /path/to/your/ringtone/ringtone.ogg /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/notifications/

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It helps to alias your SSH for a resizeable terminal before using gsettings command otherwise you get these annoying line-wraps on the same line: How can I make `adb shell` have the correct terminal size?

Having done the above then you can do:

touch /userdata/.writable_image

su - phablet

cd /home/phablet/Downloads/

gsettings set com.ubuntu.touch.sound incoming-call-sound /home/phablet/Downloads/stephenchowsinging.ogg
gsettings set com.ubuntu.touch.sound incoming-message-sound /home/phablet/Downloads/trekBeepClick.ogg

For SMS notification sound, try this one:

gsettings set com.ubuntu.touch.sound incoming-message-sound /home/phablet/Downloads/trekIntercomWhistle.ogg
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Connect your phone to ubuntu computer. Copy your music/sound to Music folder. Open:


Inside shell:

sudo mount -o remount,rw /
sudo cp /home/phablet/Music/Your\ Ringtone.ogg /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/ringtones/

Also, if you'd like to change the notification or alarm sounds

sudo cp /home/phablet/Music/Your\ Notification.ogg /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/notifications/

Note 1: You need developer mode on, password set and have the phone unlocked to be able to connect to it and than to use the sudo command on it.

Note 2: OTA updates are likely to revoke your changes.

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