Custom ringtones in WP7 Mango

One of the many news in WP7 mango is that you can add your own ringtones to the phone. In this blog post I will show you how it is done!

First choose the ringtone you want to use, there are a few requirements that need to be fulfilled:

- The file needs to be in either mp3 or wma format.
- The file can NOT be DRM protected
- Filesize must be smaller than 1MB
- The song has to be 39 seconds or shorter

The first two requirements are quite easy to get past, but the two last stops you from having most of your music as ringtones. The best way to fix this is to use a free audio editor such as Audacity and cut out the part of the song you want as the ringtone.

Now, you need to import the music file into your Zune collection as usual (drag and drop the file onto Zune music collection view, for example). When you have done that you will need to right click the song and choose “Edit” and change the tracks “Genre” to “Ringtone” (without “, and as one word”). There might already exist a category called “Ring Tone”, but that one won’t work as it has to be without the space.


Now sync the song with your phone as usual, by dragging it to the device in the lower left corner of Zune or right click the file and choose “Sync with [device_name]”. The ringtone will now show up under Custom Ringtones (at the top) when choosing ringtones in WP7 in the settings menu. Because the genre is Ringtone the file won’t show up in the music hub, which is also nice.

Hope you enjoyed this quick guide!

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