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Adding or creating ringtones

You can use your own ringtones so you can match your jingle to your mood, or match 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 Installing the Zune software. On a Mac, use iTunes to assign the genre, then sync the file using the Windows Phone Connector for Mac. To learn more, see Synchronising and getting updates with your Mac.

To add a ringtone to your phone

  1. Connect your phone to your computer using a cable, then sync the file to your phone.

  2. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings Settings icon > Ringtones + sounds.

  3. Tap the Ringtone list, then find the new ringtone you've 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, 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, then sync the file to your phone.

  5. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings Settings icon > Ringtones + sounds.

  6. Tap the Ringtone list, then find the new ringtone you've 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. Tick the Genre, Length and Size checkboxes, then click OK.

To create a ringtone using iTunes

  1. Open iTunes.

  2. Find the file you want to edit, 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, then sync the file to your phone.

  5. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings Settings icon > Ringtones + sounds.

  6. Tap the Ringtone list, then find the new ringtone you've just added.

To add a ringtone from a text message

  1. Tap Get media content now in the text message to download the ringtone file.

  2. Tap and hold the ringtone file, then tap Save as ringtone.

  3. Rename the ringtone, if you want to, then tap OK.

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Note

You need to assign the genre "ringtone" in English, even if you're using a different language on your computer or your phone.

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