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How To Use Custom Lock / Unlock Sounds In Android

locksoundsThe default lock / unlock sounds of Android devices are neither too exciting nor very audible but that doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck with them as there is a way to change these sounds to those of your choice, provided your phone is rooted. If you are tired of the default lock/unlock sounds of your Android phone or tablet and want to replace them, read on for our complete guide.

Regardless of how much you want to like something, its human nature to get bored of it and the case is specially bad if you don’t like them at all in the first place. Same goes for the lock/unlock sounds of your Android device A good example would be the famous ‘Drrrroooooiiiddddd’ robotic sound that came default in the Motorola Droid by Verizon; it was loved by some and hated by a few others. If you are sick of your Lock/Unlock regardless of what it is, here’s how to set any custom sound as your lock/unlock sound:

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. If you want to use your own sound that is not available on the phone, copy any ‘.ogg’ sound file from your PC on to your SD card. If you want to use a default sound that is available on the phone,  you can find those files at ‘/system/media/audio/notifications/‘ on your phone.
  2. Launch Root Explorer or Super Manager on your phone.
    • In case of Super Manager, you will have to go to its Settings and check ‘Enable ROOT function’, confirming the SuperUser access prompt that you get. This needs to be done only once.
    • Also, in case of Super Manager, you will be using its ‘File Explorer’ tool for the following steps.
    • When accessing the ‘/system‘ partition using Super Manager’s File Explorer in the following steps, you will be asked if you want to mount it as read-only or with read+write (r/w) access. Choose r/w access.
  3. Now copy the .ogg files that you want to use for the lock and unlock sound.
  4. Navigate to ‘/system/media/audio/ui/‘.
  5. Rename the current ‘Unlock.ogg’ and ‘Lock.ogg’ to ‘Unlock.ogg.bak’ and ‘Lock.ogg.bak’ respectively in case you need to move back to the original sounds. Doing this will not let these original files be overwritten.
    • In case of Root Explorer, you will need to tap ‘Mount R/W’ button on top of the screen before you can edit, rename or copy any file to the /system partition or any of its sub-folders.
  6. Now paste your .ogg sound files into this location.
  7. After you’ve copied the files to that location, rename them to ‘Unlock.ogg’ and/or ‘Lock.ogg‘.
  8. Finally, close Root Explorer or Super Manager and reboot your phone.

Enjoy the new sounds on your device! In case you want to restore the originals, simply delete the custom ‘Unlock.ogg’ and/or ‘Lock.ogg‘ files that you had copied there and rename the ‘Unlock.ogg.bak’ and ‘Lock.ogg.bak’ fiiles there to ‘Unlock.ogg’ and ‘Lock.ogg’.


    • ihve replace all my stock sound ,now my phones has better sound xD w windows shutting down and welcome back for unlock etc

  1. wasn’t earlier successful. used root explorer.
    ****didn’t pay attention to exact renaming of file is essential as that of system file while replacing with custom lock and unlock sound files.****

  2. Didn’t work me at first. it kept saying “Audio not supported”. I Did however find out that my pad only recognises 44.1Khz 16bit mono ogg files and no other type of ogg (wierd). once i changed the ogg file’s properties (can’t think of the right word(s)) I followed your instructions and it worked fine.

  3. Hi, I have done all this and it works!
    I have a question: in the loction “/system/media/audio/ui/”, can I change the other sounds (camera_click, Charger_Connection, ext) with the same procedure?
    I think so. It’s right?

  4. i have a htc evo 4g rooted with supersonic and cyngogen mod 7. ive done all this says and still no unlock sound. ive even enabled the unlock sounds in sounds. what is the problem?

    • You need to change permissions from rw- — — to rw- r– r–. I did this in ES File Explorer. Long pressed item, pressed Properties. Where it says permissions, press change. Tick the whole READ column. Hope this helps everyone who has this problem. 😉

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