How To Set Custom Ringtone On Windows Phone

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Importing a custom ringtone for your Windows Phone isn’t necessarily hard, but it does require a few steps on your part to make it happen. In this article, you’ll learn how to edit and sync a song from your computer so you can use it as a ringtone on your Windows Phone:

Note: Microsoft has four basic requirements for a file to be used as a ringtone.

  • The file must be under 40 seconds in length.
  • The file must be under 1 MB in size.
  • The file must be in MP3 or WMA format.
  • The file must not have any DRM protection.

Anyways, lets get straight to it:

  1. Open the Zune Player on your Windows Computer (or iTunes if you’re using Mac).
  2. Drag and drop the song you want as a ringtone into your library if it isn’t already there.
  3. Once you’ve done that, in the player, right click on the song and press edit.
  4. Change the “Genre” of the song to “ringtone” without the quotes.
  5. Press done to save your changes.
  6. Drag and drop the file to your connected Windows Phone or otherwise sync your phone as you usually would with your computer.

Once you’ve done that, pull out your phone and:

  1. Go to the Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap on “Ringtones + Sounds.”
  3. Tap on the ringtone field, and scroll to the very top where you should see a category named “custom.”
  4. Find the file you transferred in the steps earlier, and tap on it to set it as your phone’s ringtone.
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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at PhoneBuff.com. Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.

  • mich

    how can i make my song to last 40 seconds?

    • David Rahimi

      You’d have to get some kind of software (a lot available online) that lets you edit the song to to whatever length you want. You should be able to find this type of software free.