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asked 2014-03-18 15:51:16 +0300

manut gravatar image

updated 2014-03-18 17:01:36 +0300

I've stored my Ringtones in /nemo/Ringtones Previously ( whenever I wanted to add a sound to an Ambience and clicked in "Search for music" the phone also detected the sounds in the Ringtones-folder. That doesn't work anymore in :-( I tried copying the Ringtones-folder inside Music to no avail, I tried to copy the individual ringtones (WAV-files) inside the Music-folder to no avail. Which means that with the current "non-beta" you simply can't add your own ringtones anymore.

Any ideas?

The only thing that did work (but is probably NOT the right way to do this) is copy my ringtones into /usr/share/sounds/jolla-ringtones/stereo/ Unfortunately only the first ringtone that I copied is seen. :-(

For the people who want to copy (one) personal ringtone, the commands needed are below

either do: devel-su cp Ringtones/ringtone.mp3 /usr/share/sounds/jolla-ringtones/stereo/

or goto the folder with your ringtones (e.g. Ringtones) --> cd Ringtones --> devel-su -----> type the password that you set up in settings -> Developper Tools "Set password for SSH and root access" --> cp ringtone.mp3 /usr/share/sounds/jolla-ringtones/stereo/

It seems Jolla's ringtone managment is seriously fucked up :-(

I was wondering if there's a way to revert back to or even

BTW, fortunately the Ambiences that I created before the upgrade which had changed ringtones STILL have the changed personal ringtones.

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Hi manut - this is a useful post. Perhaps to add 'How to' to the beginning of your question title? If you do RESET your Jolla, it defaults back to then you can upgrade to > ( is excluded during update process or at least it was for me, this was last night). Regards

Spam Hunter ( 2014-03-18 16:05:06 +0300 )edit

All ringtones (mp3) I copied to /usr/share/sounds/jolla-ringtones/stereo/ are still there and offered for selection the same way as the original Jolla ringtones.

Step by step instructions, how to copy ringtones into the system ringtones directory can be found in the comments to Jolla sounds not well-engineered as notification sounds.

jgr ( 2014-03-18 16:25:22 +0300 )edit

@ jgr: I copied 4 or 5 files into that directory only one shows up. I copied them also in Music folder (as explained in my question) NOTHING shows up. I'm going to reset my device as per Markkyboy's suggestion and will remain on 10.2.5 for now. I liked the original coverscreen with lighter background and non-glass covers. It felt more stylish IMHO :-)

manut ( 2014-03-18 16:57:59 +0300 )edit

@manut: You mentioned wav files, I by purpose noted that I am talking about mp3 files.

With my original post I only wanted to indicate, that it does work on some Jollas. On the other hand, this means, this may be a sporadic bug or a problem of your setup.

PS: I would not return to any earlier version. Sooner or later you will run into incompatibility problems. Stylish or not is partly a case of getting used to it.

jgr ( 2014-03-18 18:05:39 +0300 )edit

jgr: it's definitely NOT a problem with my setup. I've reset the device and did the upgrade a second time to try to pinpoint what the problem is. With regards to MP3-files they MUST be larger than 1 second. The trick to get them recognized as ringtones is to edit the MP3-tags, set Album to "Ringtones". THEN they will work. I've created (again) a Ringtones-folder inside Music and now they do work (except for the short soundclips that I use as notifications). I'll experiment further on them.

manut ( 2014-03-19 02:19:01 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-04-09 20:35:14 +0300

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I seem to have found a/the solution for the ringtone selection problem. The ringtone selector relies on the information coming from the 'tracker', an indexing service running in the background. I tested some of the suggested solutions but none of them worked for me until:

  1. I supplied my ringtones to be with ID3 tags for artist, album and title (might be optional, but you need to identify your ringtones somehow),
  2. copied them to ~/Music/Ringtones (or whatever directory suits you),
  3. invoked the tracker miner with $ for FILE in ~/Music/Ringtones/* ; do tracker-control -f $FILE; done, which re-indexed the ringtones.

Look, all your new ringtones! Have fun!

Having said this: @jolla-developers: Having a UI function to re-index content might be a most welcome function.

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answered 2014-03-18 16:34:41 +0300

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updated 2014-03-18 19:26:26 +0300

One way to customize ringtones now (1.04.20) is to copy the ringtone files as mp3 to your Jolla music folder (home/nemo/Music). First tag them with artist "Ringtones" or something like that so you can easily find them. Then you go to "Gallery" and edit the respective ambiances. Just press the ambiance, ringtone and then "Select from music files" and you can choose the custom mp3 ringtones.

Only slightly annoying that the ringtones are visible in the music library. I am sure there are also other ways, but this works for sure. Copying files to /usr/share/sounds/jolla-ringtones/stereo/ also didn't work for me.

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Thanks for your answer. The trick is indeed to edit the MP3-tag and use Ringtones as album! Unfortunately you can't do that with WAV-files and the bug of not playing short MP3-files still exists. I used an R2D2-sound as a message-tone both the WAV and MP3 can't be used. Previously I could use the WAV-file on

I tracked it down to the fact that you can't use very short sound-clips (1sec) which are usually used as notifications.

manut ( 2014-03-18 21:45:50 +0300 )edit

I find it weird that the system setting shows 2 songs (from one album) from my SDcard. Of course I have a lot more music files stored there. And the Jolla media player shows only one album from the SDcard. It seems very inconsistent.

spacenewt ( 2014-03-19 16:43:18 +0300 )edit
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