Any way to change ringtone for all contacts?

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  1. abenn

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    As part of my defence against unwanted calls I've assigned a different ringtone to my family contacts, but I'd like to extend that to all my contacts.

    Is there any way, other than going through each contact in turn, to assign a particular ringtone to all contacts in my phone. Perhaps an app that you've found that does the job?
     
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    I've done this without using a third-party app. On most (maybe all, not sure) Contacts app you can create groups, and assign a ringtone for each group. Then add contacts to each group as needed.
     
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    Thanks raspabalsa. I checked groups and found that all my listed contacts are in two groups, so I was able to assign new ringtones to those groups.

    The two groups are "My contacts" and "Imported 9/6/14", the latter being contacts that were imported from an old phone. Presumably when I add a new contact on this phone it will go automatically into "My contacts" and will have the new ringtone I've assigned?
     
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    I don't know if new contacts are assigned to any group by default. I haven't imported contacts in a long time. My contacts are synced to Google and from there go to all my devices. Maybe you could create a new contact and see if/where it's assigned. I only have three groups: family, work, and people I don't want to talk to :D
     
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    I've just checked, and a new contact does go into "My contacts", which is linked to my Google account. Thanks. An odd thing, I've just realised, is that most of my contacts are listed in both "My contacts" and "Imported 9/6/14" lists. Is the "My contacts" group a master group that contains all the other groups as sub-groups?

    I don't need to know that any contacts were imported so, to tidy things up, if I select the "Imported 9/6/14" group and then select "Remove from group" will that still leave those contacts in the "My contacts" group, or will it delete those contacts altogether?
     
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    It's been many years since I've had to tidy up my contacts, and I don't remember how or if I dealt with duplicates. But removing a contact from a group will not delete the contact, so you can try sorting everything either manually or try some contacts apps to deal with duplicates. I can't recommend any, though.
     
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    Okay, thanks. I'll create some new contacts in a new group, and then delete that group to see if I then lose those contacts.
     
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    I did it a slightly different way: I selected the "Imported 9/6/14" group, then I selected all the contacts in that group and deleted them. They still show up in my "My contacts" group, so presumably all that was really deleted was a flag that assigned them to that particular group.
     
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    New phone, can't figure how to do it!

    I've just got a new phone with Android 10, and can't figure out how to assign a single ringtone to all my contacts, the way I did with my old phone. I've created a group for them all, but I'm utterly confused by all the options about where to store the data, and then can't seem to be able to apply a ringtone to the group, partly because when I select a ringtone I'm then asked to link it to some other app. Any simple step-by-step guide, please?
     
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    Hi abenn, I assume you're talking about the Samsung A71 you just bought, if so, I'll also assume it's similar to my S10+ :)

    The way I do this is by creating a group under the Contacts app. Not the Contacts tab under the Phone Dialer app, but the standalone Contacts app you'll find in the Apps Drawer.

    Once there, go to the menu on the left (the three horizontal lines) and you'll see this menu list:

    contacts1.jpg

    Here I create a group tapping on the item that says "+ Create group", then I'll see this:

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    Above you'll see that under "Group Ringtone" there's a message to "Allow Storage permission", which the Contacts app needs to be able to access whatever ringtones may be in your phone. This message only appears the first time you ran the app, and if you allow the permission, it won't appear again. Once you tap on it, you'll see the prompt below to allow or deny. After you allow access, you'll see this:

    contacts 4.jpg

    The above is the list of Contacts on your phone. Above, the "Custom" sections lists whatever ringtones you may have manually saved to the Ringtones folder in your phone's internal storage. Below, the "Galaxy" section lists all the ringtones that came with your phone. Here you simply tap in the ringtone you want and you're all set.

    The above means that you can simply copy whatever audio file you want to the Ringtones folder, and it will be added to the "Custom" section above. Maybe it's better if you first copy your custom ringtones there, then assign them to your groups.

    Hope this helps :)
     
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