Customizing notification tones...

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    I know this has been covered elsewhere in the forum, but the instructions there don't seem to work for the Vortex, so...how do I go about setting different tones for SMS, MMS and voicemail? Any suggestions? The manual gave great instructions for setting a custom alarm tone, but nothing else that I could find.
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    Hi. I just got my Vortex yesterday, and so far, I love it. Here's how to add ringtones to the notifications. Plug the Vortex into the computer w/USB cable. Go to 'My Computer' and double click the "removable storage" icon. A bunch of folders will come up. These are your SD card files. Add a notifications folder to it. Make sure "notifications" is in all lowercase letters. Next, copy and paste your ringtones into this folder and you're all set.
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    Thanks--had done that already, and I can set ONE ringtone for ALL messages: text, pix, voicemail. I don't seem to have the option to set a separate tone for EACH of those types of messages, so that I know from the sound which I've received.
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    Try WhoIsit Beta from the market. You can set custom ringtones for calls, text, Gmail and mms for each contact.

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    Thanks, but user reviews of WhoIsIt indicate that you can't use custom tones with it...I know, picky, picky, picky! But my old LG Chocolate 3 allowed me to have separate custom ringtones for calls, SMS, MMS, and voicemail. I miss that.
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    Whoisit does allow custom tones like you seek.I had it until the beta expired.

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    You can use custom ringtones, just download a ringtone picker like Rings Extended.

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    Thanks for both suggestions. Problem is, I don't want separate tones for every single contact, or even those I use most frequently. I want one individual tone for ALL calls, a separate individual tone for ALL SMS, a separate individual tone for ALL MMS, and a separate individual tone for ALL voicemail. Neither of those apps seems to be configured for that...And I want to use my own sounds, not the phone's presets. Oh well...it was worth investigating...thanks again to everybody who offered potential solutions.
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    Your old chocolates looking better and better isnt it?

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    I liked my Chocolate, especially the varied ringtones, but as long as I can use my sounds for call ringtones, alarms and the one tone for all other messages (that's the irritating part, too!), I'm okay with the Vortex. It's not perfect, but neither was the Chocolate. Now if some of you creative apps developers are trolling the forum for suggestions, mine would be to create an app that allows one individual "personalized" tone for all calls, one for all SMS, one for all MMS and one for all voicemail--for those of us who aren't so much worried about who's communicating as what type of communication it is! THAT would make the Vortex almost perfect in my eyes!
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    I couldn't agree with you more Catlady. I would also like to add unique ringtones to certain contacts too. My LG clamshell did. Surprised they didn't include that in the smart phones and build upon it rather than start from scratch. I just got my vortex last weekend so I have 30 days to decide if I want to keep it.
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    WhoIsIt will allow you to set ringtones for individual contacts, if that's what you're looking for StiffOneEye. It's just not what I want.

    Has anybody tried Handcent? Does it allow for what I've been whining about in this whole thread? Remember, I don't want individual tones for each contact, just for each type of communication:call, SMS MMS, voicemail--and my personal wildlife tones, at that!
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    Go on the market and look up whoisit by appsbyandy.
    Look at the photo on the right. It does allow 1 ringtone for all texts, another for all mms, another for all voicemail, etc plus the ability to individualise contacts
    I had it until the beta expired, don't get enough mms to worry about separating the tone from the text tone, the Inc does a standard call tone for all and a voicemail for all and Ringo takes care of my text tones for contacts so I didn't see a need to buy it.

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    It takes a little digging but you can set a custom phone call ringtone for any contact. Contacts> Specific Contact> Menu key> Options> ringtone. I know the default messaging app and sms popup allow a separate text ringtone. Sms popup does contact specific as well but for all texts.

    I have not used whoisit so dunno how it works.

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    Thanks, but as I've repeated throughout this thread I want ONE UNIVERSAL tone from my own files for ALL calls, ditto for SMS, MMS, & voicemail--not contact-specific tones. If you've figured out how to set separate UNIVERSAL tones for any/all of these functions, please share the details!
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    I might be able to help you at least 50% of the way lol.

    You can easily use RingsExtended and/or Ringdroid to use any audio file as a ringtone for all calls. With Ringdroid you can snip whatever part of the file you want. You start like you're setting a normal ringtone (settings>sound>phone ringtone>RingsExtended) from there you can choose whatever. Same goes for Notifications which are just below that. I believe you can also choose any song from your default music player/library as a ringtone. Goto whichever file you want to use and then Menu Key>use as ringtone. But if it's a song, it will probably use the whole song (haven't tried it this way).

    Ok Now for SMS. But for this one, aside from using RingsExtended, I dunno if you can use custom ringtones without using a computer. Open the Messaging App>Menu Key>Settings: Down near the bottom will be notification settings>select ringtone>RingsExtended choose and have fun.

    Extra help ?maybe? (don't remember if you asked about email ringtones but I'm giving it to ya anyway lol).
    You can also set a custom email/gmail notification ringtone by opening whichever one you use and finding the settings and then look for notification options. Email is Account Settings, Gmail is More>Settings.

    I unfortunately don't know of any way to set a separate notification ringtone for MMS or Voicemail. I assume voicemail's use the default notification tone which you can make custom using RingsExtended. It may be diffferent if you use Visual Voice Mail (I don't have that though).

    Also, I have seen on the forums that you it may be possible to create new default Ringtones/Notifications by editing your SD card and doing some folder creation and adding your own files. BUT, I haven't tried this myself, so can't give you a definite way too, or say that it works...

    Hope this helps CatLady, maybe someone knows of an app, or will create an app that can do the sms/mms separately, voicemails... I have no clue. Oh and SMS popup has both a notification setting for all contacts (default) and individual contacts. Just fyi.

    Good luck! *Phew*:icon_eek:
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    Thanks--your suggestions were dead-on, except that they didn't work for me. After 3 calls to Tech Support, a hard reset (after which the separate text tone worked ONCE and never again) and a texting issue (can receive but not send as of today), the lovely tech support person decided it was the phone and not the user and I'm supposed to receive a replacement tomorrow. Oh, the wonders of modern technology...when it works...sometimes I think tin cans and very long string would be a fairly viable option...or maybe smoke signals!
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    Sorry to hear that catlady, that does sound very odd. Hopefully your new replacement will work much better.

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    Okay, I'm at my wit's end here...replacement phone resolved inability to send texts, but not the sms-specific ringtone issue. I open the messaging app, hit the menu button, scroll down to ringtones and set a specific one. It shows as set when I open it back up to check. I text someone; I'm alerted to their reply by the general notification tone that I set in the main settings menu! AUUUGGHHHH!!! Any suggestions, since Verizon tech support was sure it was a phone issue? Is anyone else having this problem and if so, how did you solve it??
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    The ringtone and text tone will not be the same. Maybe I'm not understanding but it sounds like you want the same tone for everything but for specific contacts, iow ex, you want "work" to have same notification for all "work " but "home" to have a different for all "home"?

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