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Mango: How to Make Custom Ringtones For Your Windows Phone

October 1, 2011 16 Comments

One of the biggest asked for features for Mango was Custom Ringtones. I am telling everyone that Mango does have custom ringtones but no one will believe me. Why? Because Microsoft has done a very nice job of making it difficult to figure out exactly how to go about it. Once you do know however, it is a very simple thing to do.

Get Your Ringtone Ready
The first step of course is obtaining the ringtone you want to use. When Microsoft announced custom ringtones for Windows Phone, the only had 4 rules you had to follow.

  • 39 seconds or shorter
  • smaller than 1 megabyte (MB)
  • saved in MP3 or WMA format
  • not copy-protected (i.e. DRM free)

It’s up to you how you obtain this though. You can look through the Internet for some already made ringtones that already have the requirements or you can look no further than your amazing Zune pass. You are probably thinking right now – “but but it says it has to be DRM free!” Yes, but this is the perfect opportunity to use those 10 free song credits to purchase songs that are already in MP3 format and all they need now is a little snipping.

In order to get your full song ready to become a ringtone you have to make it fit the profile given by Microsoft which is located above. The Internet has many free tools to help you to accomplish this. I suggest “free MP3 cutter” which you can easily get at cnet’s download.com.

Free MP3 cutter is a pretty simple program to use, just choose the MP3 that you would like to dissect and click where you want your ringtone to begin and where you want it to end, then save in your preferred folder.


Make sure to your Zune software locates your new ringtone
This step is pretty easy, just make sure that where you saved your file was already in a directory where Zune scans for new content or create your own custom connection to where you want to store your ringtones.


Label it as a ringtone within the Zune software
You know it’s a ringtone but Zune doesn’t. You are going to have to edit your ringtone within the Zune software. To do this, find your ringtone in the Zune, right click and choose edit. There you can change any of the information of your ringtone. In order for your Windows Phone to categorize your ringtone properly you MUST change the genre to RINGTONE.

Sync to your Windows Phone
You’re all done. All you have to do is sync that baby into your phone. Your ringtone will be located under settings>ringtones and sounds. There, you will notice a new category labelled custom, that is where your ringtone should be.

Select that sucker and enjoy!





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