Adding back Sense 5 sounds to Sense 6 (M7/M8)

I’ve seen this a bit, but since it’s Android: you can use pretty much ANY sound you want to for ringtones/alarms/notifications.

This is actually pretty easy/simple to do. All you really need to focus on is: follow the folder structure needed for it. Since android looks for certain folders to contain ringtones/alarms and notifications.

Following works:

Alt A

Each in their own folder straight onto the user storage/sd-card, I put it on user storage on my M8 (of course same on M7). So a folder each for ringtones, alarms and notifications on the phone.

Alt B

Use the complete full Media folder structure, as used by HTC, which actually makes it simpler in the end since you can just grab the entire folder (with subfolders) and just copy it into place.  This is what I use myself.


Have written about it HERE before as well.

How to do it
And then you just put the sounds of your choice into those folders. You might have to do a restart, but those sounds will show up in the correct lists. It’s that easy. Just know: you can ADD sounds but you can’t take away, unless you root your phone etc.

You need sounds for this, and by “accident” I have some
Sounds packs, the entire thing with the required folder structure. The Sense 4-6 sound packs are rather large, like 20-25MB. UI folder isn’t used, just left there for authenticity .

Just unzip to a location of choice, and go from there. You either use the entire thing, or do as me and pick various sounds for all over the place (I even use some old windows mobile ringtones). Just think about that the sound packs all unzip to Media folder.  This is just to get you started

So, how do I prevent the sounds to show up in my music player?
That’s actually pretty simple. Just put a .nomedia file in the folder you don’t want the system to scan for media files (photos, sounds, etc). It’s just an empty text file with NO name but .nomedia as extension. Just open Notepad on your computer, and when you’re saving it: just select “all files” and in the name box you just put “.nomedia” and save it. That’s it. Or use THIS, it’s just a zipped .nomedia file.

  • andhaka

    How can I prevent the Music App to “see” the old ringtones in these folders? Right Now I have my song panel full of ringtones and notification sounds mixed with my music.

    Quite frustrating.


    • That part I missed to add, it’s now part of the post. It’s pretty simple. Just add a .nomedia file to the folder you don’t want scanned. More info in the post now

      • andhaka

        First of all, thanks for your reply. 🙂

        I tried the .nomedia file trick and it worked for the music app, but removed the ringtones and alarms from the selection menu too.

        I’ll try to do it again from the beginning and see what happens.


        • andhaka

          Ok, found it.

          I had to add the old tones from the sound menu in settings. I used the plus sign in the top right corner and found the tones from the .nomedia enhanced folder.

          Thanks again. You’ve been really kind and helpful!


  • alicek179

    Hi, I wonder if you can help me. I can’t access my phone storage through my laptop and when I try to copy files across to the right location through Astro it just says file cannot be copied. Any ideas? Thanks

    • Need some more info before I can say much. Like what model of phone and what computer you’re trying to do this with. Like what kind of windows etc.

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  • paul_pjl

    Thank you for the htc sound archives…and the article refreshing me of how to add additional alarms/notifications/ringtones.

    Interesting that HTC is moving to the open source lossless .flac format for all of its sounds in Sense 6. Very impressed with that move—you’d sooner see the moon on fire than have a company like say, Apple, offer an open source audio format (whether for iPhone sounds or iTunes downloads).

    But it makes sense that HTC is using .flac, as they used .ogg, another open source format, for Sense 5 (I think). The ogg developers are making changes to the format and their licensing and confusing everyone, so perhaps that’s why HTC made the switch—even though it takes up a lot more space. But hey… its lossless.

  • Fredrik Lemmetty

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I almost had a heart attack when the new alarm whet of and it wasn’t my old sound. Someone should sue…

    • Sue over this? Eh, no? You have no grounds what so ever to do that. Sorry, but this is a known thing when there’s a new version. Its like windows versions got different sound sets. You can’t sue over not liking something, esp when they’ve always done this. Not when you got an option to get it back as well

  • All Man

    I can’t reset any of my tones. All of the settings/sound/ringtone, notifications, etc. will not activate when pressed. Any hints?

  • paul_pjl

    I posted here a few months ago…I appreciated the info. I knew a lot of how this worked too.

    But today, I was looking for a ringtone (I think I was in Settings–>Sound at first), and there were only about 15 ringtones in the list. On my SD card (or storage to be precise), I have my media folder setup exactly as one should…And as you have shown in your post above.

    But for whatever reason, they are not showing up when you are in the OS. Is it true you have to re-add them one-by-one using the “+” under Settings –>> Personalize? You never had to do this before. As you mention in your post…you just copied them to the right folder…then maybe a restart was needed. But now it seems as if you have to add them via the UI.

    What is your experience?

    • Nah, I just add to folder and just select. I don’t have to add them one by one. I just tried, and I don’t have to add them via any UI.

  • Kwaku Israel

    You can just download the HTC one ringtones app it’s a big red music note icon. It has the original notification ringtones alarm sounds and all you have to do is add them all one by one!! They lock right in your ringtones and notification and alarm sounds as if they never left. A lot easier than downloading and unzipping files!! I don’t think it’s on Google play anymore. Grab it from aptoide or blackmart apps!!

    • most prefer this way, since it’s more secure. You don’t risk getting “Other things” as well. And, it’s actually easier. As you don’t have to add anything. Just copy files into place: and there they are. It takes me less than a minute to do it this way. Hard? No, not really..

  • Mohammad

    Hi Droider, my HTC One M7 already has the Media folder and notifications folder, as I am using Iron Man Theme and Facebook. DO I need to make a new folder Media? I tried using same folder but doesnt work. Also I have latest Kitkat installed with Sense 6. How can I use the Sense 5 sounds?