- Everything goes back to Start
- Personalize my Start screen and theme color
- Move or unpin a Tile on Start
- Pin apps to Start
- Where's the App list?
- Create folders on my Start screen
- Ringtones, sounds, and volume
- Add ringtones to my phone
- Set alarms on my phone
- Change date and time
- Personalize my lock screen
- Locked phone: things it can still do
- Lock screen FAQ
- Typing shortcuts
- Keyboard tips
- Change keyboard language
- Back up my stuff
- Restore a backup to my phone
- Storage on my phone
- "Other" phone storage FAQ
- Accessibility on my phone
- Use my phone with a TTY
- Use Narrator on my phone
- My Phone FAQ
- Protect my phone
- Find a lost phone
- Reset my phone
- Notifications and quick actions
- Use quick actions on my phone
- Change notification settings
- View or dismiss notification banners
- Sync my Windows Phone settings
- Recommended settings in phone setup
- Stop my screen from rotating
Add ringtones to my phone
Windows Phone comes with a large assortment of ringtones to choose from. Plus, you can download all kinds of ringtone apps from the Windows Phone Store on your phone or on the web using your PC. Or you can use your own sound files—whatever works for you.
To add a ringtone sent to you in a text message, tap and hold the ringtone file, and then tap Save as ringtone. Rename the ringtone if you like, then tap Done .
Add your own files from a computer
There a couple ways to get sound files from your PC onto your phone:
- Use a Windows Phone app. You can use one of the Windows Phone apps to get ringtones from your Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer. To find a Windows Phone app that works with your computer, see Sync my Windows Phone.
- Use your PC. Follow the steps below to get files from your PC to your phone.
Have a sound file on your computer that you want to use as a ringtone? If you can play on your phone, it isn't protected with digital rights management (DRM), and it's smaller than 30 MB, then you can use it as a ringtone on your phone.
To add a ringtone using a Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 PC
Connect your phone to your PC, then do one of the following:
- On a Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC, click Start, and then click Computer.
- On a Windows 8 PC, click Desktop, click File explorer on the taskbar, and then click Computer.
- On a Windows 8.1 PC, click Desktop, click File explorer on the taskbar, and then click This PC.
Under Portable Devices (Devices and drives on Windows 8.1), double-click your phone, double-click the Phone folder, and then double-click the Ringtones folder.
Find a sound file on your PC (for example, music files are often in the Music folder and organized by artist and album), and then drag the file into the Ringtones folder.
To add or rename a ringtone, you need to move a file from your computer to your phone. You can't add a ringtone by moving a file from a folder that's already on your phone or rename an existing ringtone.
On your phone, go to Settings > Ringtones + sounds, then tap Ringtone to see a list of your available ringtones. Your new ringtone will appear under Custom in the list.
You can customize sounds for the different alerts you receive. To learn how to choose a specific ringtone for a contact or set a custom alert sound, see Ringtones, sounds, and volume.