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How to Change the Ring Doorbell Chime Sound

Ring offers a doorbell like you’ve never seen or heard before. Whilst certainly a doorbell, in essence, its featured connectivity and video mode make it into something much more. This device comes with a live video camera, a speaker to communicate with your visitors, as well as online connectivity. All this means that Ring Doorbell can seamlessly connect to your smartphone or tablet and allow you to see, hear, and talk to whoever is at your doorstep.

However, it’s still a doorbell. A doorbell with unique possibilities. And yes, of course, you can change the chime sound.

Why Change It?

It may sound like an inconsequential thing, but have you ever changed your phone’s ringtone? If not, do you really judge the people who have? Most likely not, because you’re fairly used to people personalizing their phone sounds. Well, why would it stop at smartphones? Why wouldn’t someone want to change their doorbell chime?

Additionally, the doorbell chime will come from your phone, in the first place. The whole idea behind Ring Doorbell is receiving the doorbell chime onto your phone, wherever you are. In this case, you may want a specific type of sound that’s easy to recognize. After all, a personal visit always beats messages and phone calls. You’ll want your Ring chime to reflect that.

Finally, with its motion sensor, you may want to set different chime sounds for rings and motion sensor triggers.


How to Change the Linked Chime Tone

The whole chime thing works similarly to a ringtone and is, therefore, changed in a similar way, only not via your phone’s native software, but using the Ring app, as you’ve probably presumed. Naturally, start the Ring app by tapping it and go to My Devices. Select the Ring device that you want to change the chime on. Then, on the next screen, go to Chime Tones.

In the Ringtone Settings menu, you’ll see two main tabs: RINGS and MOTIONS. Select the one that you want to change first.


The Rings tab allows you to select the notification sound that you’ll hear each time someone rings the bell on the Ring Doorbell device. Scroll through the list, select the sounds and tap TEST SOUND in order to hear what each one sounds like.

Before saving the changes, set the ring volume and test it until you’ve reached a satisfactory volume level. After you’ve decided which chime you prefer, tap SAVE CHANGES. A message will pop up, notifying you that your Chime is being updated. After the process is done, try ringing the Ring Doorbell to see if the changes have been made.


To select a different ringtone for Ring Doorbell’s motion sensor notifications, select the Motions tab and choose the ringtone, as you did in the Rings tab. Having two separate sounds for rings and motions can be very useful; it’s easier knowing whether someone dropped off a package for you or rang the doorbell.

Downloading New Ringtones

To make things more interesting, Ring allows you to download new ringtones for Ring Chime. Ring Chime is an audio device that you can place wherever you want inside your home and forget about having to carry the smartphone everywhere. It is, essentially, a speaker for Ring devices.

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To download new ringtones for Chime, open the Ring app and select Chime from the list of devices. Then, tap Chime Tones. This will show you a list of new ringtones. Listen to them, select the desired volume and save your settings.

The blue light on your Ring Chime should start flashing, indicating that the new ringtone is in the process of downloading. When the light shines solid blue, the download is complete. Now, you can simply set your new ringtone from the Ring app. Note that downloading the new ringtone(s) may take a few minutes.

The Outside Doorbell Sound

By default, when your visitor rings the doorbell, they won’t hear your selected ringtone, but a default notification tone that notifies your visitor that you have received the ring notification. Unfortunately, this ringtone can’t be changed. You can, however, turn down and turn off the volume here. To do so, start the Ring app and select the Ring Doorbell device, itself. Now, go to Configuration Options. In this view, you’ll see a Doorbell Tone Volume slider.

Slide to select the desired volume and that’s it. Of course, if you turn the slider down to 0, the doorbell tone will be muted.

Changing the Ringtone

Changing the ringtone is yet another neat benefit that you get when using the Ring Doorbell device. You can customize different motion and ring sounds so that you know when someone just passes by or leaves something at your doorstep, and when someone actually rings your doorbell. Although the ringtones aren’t fully customizable, there aren’t any better options out there when it comes to your doorbell.

Have you changed your Ring Doorbell chime sound? Which ones did you go with? Did this tutorial help? Join in with the discussion in the comments section below and feel free to ask any questions that you may have.