Goodbye HTC Desire, your (2.2) Androidness made me happy but your lack of internal memory frustrated me.
Hello Samsung Galaxy S3, I’m sure we will get along just fine, with your Android 4.0.
Or rather we would have done if you didn’t have a default selection of notifications or ring tones that sounded like they were made for children. I had got used to the ones available on the HTC and wrongly assumed that they represented some sort of base sound files that would be present in all Android implementations (should have looked at my tablet obviously).
So this left me with the question, how did I shift my audio tones from the Desire to the S3? This turned out to be a bit convoluted but you will learn something along the way.
First up, where are the audio files on the Desire. They are in /system/media/audio in 4 folders called alarms, notifications, ringtones, and UI.
But you can’t see this directory normally on your phone and nor can you see it in Mass Storage mode when you connect to a PC. But using the app ASTRO, a file manager, you can not only see the directory but copy it to a directory on your SD card so that you can copy it off. Except that the SD card is disabled when you go into Mass Storage mode… so you need to copy it to somewhere in the onboard flash. I just used the tmp folder. From here you can copy it to your PC and that is part 1 done.
The S3 uses MTP rather than Mass Storage but it works in the same sort of way, once you can get the PC to mount the S3, which in my case meant using the Samsung provided USB cable rather than my normal one. In hindsight I should have just used the Air Droid app. So much easier. Anyway, you need to copy those HTC folders into the S3 /mnt/sdcard/media/audio directory (check first you don’t have files with the same name already in the media folder). You will find that the S3 (or perhaps Android 4.0) does not support the HTC UI folder .ogg files. No matter, just copy the alarms, notifications, and ringtones folders/files.
These sounds now appear in the relevant applications. Job done.