Create custom ringtones with Windows Phone 7.5

We told Microsoft we wanted custom ring tones and they finally listened. Today Microsoft posted “Custom ringtones: A visual guide” over on their Windows Phone Blog. I won’t snatch their huge image and give you zero reason to visit, so head over and check it out. It pretty much sums it all up nicely. The also posted a summary of apps used to create custom ringtones. I would rather make them myself, but if you don’t want to bother with finding an audio editor, check it out.

I use Cyberlink WaveEditor to create my custom ringtones, but you can use any editing software. In fact, you could really just buy some MP3 ringtones out there online. It’s too easy to do it yourself though.

Here’s a video I put together to show just how easy it is.

Here’s a step by step from Microsoft that walks you through it as well.

Add or create ringtones

You can use your own ringtones so you can match your jingle to your mood, or match just the right tune to your contacts. Just make sure the audio file is:

  • In MP3 or WMA format.
  • Less than 40 seconds.
  • Less than 1 MB.
  • Not protected with digital rights management (DRM).

To make any file that fits these criteria into a ringtone, all you have to do is assign it the genre of ringtone. If you have a PC, you’ll use the Zune software. If you don’t have the Zune software on your computer, see Install the Zune software. On a Mac, use iTunes to assign the genre, and then sync the file using the Windows Phone Connector for Mac. To learn more, see Sync and get updates with my Mac.

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To add a ringtone to your phone

  1. Connect your phone to your computer using a cable, and then sync the file to your phone.
  2. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings  > Ringtones + sounds.
  3. Tap the Ringtone list, then find the new ringtone you just added.

To create a ringtone using the Zune software

  1. Open the Zune software and find the file you want to turn into a ringtone.
  2. Right-click the file, and then click Edit.
  3. In the GENRE list, click or type ringtone, then click OK.
  4. Connect your phone to your computer using a cable, and then sync the file to your phone.
  5. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings  > Ringtones + sounds.
  6. Tap the Ringtone list, then find the new ringtone you just added.

Note: To see the length, size, and genre of a file in the Zune software, go to Collection >Music > Songs, then click CHOOSE COLUMNS. Select the Genre, Length, and Sizecheck boxes, then click OK.

To create a ringtone using iTunes

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Find the file you want to edit, and then click File > Get Info.
  3. On the Info tab, under Genre, type ringtone, then click OK.
  4. Open the Windows Phone Connector for Mac, connect your phone to your computer using a cable, and then sync the file to your phone.
  5. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings  > Ringtones + sounds.
  6. Tap the Ringtone list, then find the new ringtone you just added.
  

Comments

  1. Asif Solkar says

    how about ringtones for sms , Im and Email , does it need a different genre , please suggest

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