Custom ringtones in Windows Phone Mango [How to]

The Microsoft team updated us awhile ago on how custom ringtones, a long sought feature, will work in Mango. And while quite a few of us (mostly devs, a few who are not) are running Mango with a beta Zune client, even we don't have the automatic ringtone maker on board.

Over at Mobility Digest, James Schneider has figured away for those running Mango now to make custom ringtones. All in all, while not as easy as the official version (when it arrives), it's not too hard either. In essence you'll need Audacity, a great freeware audio mixer (we use it for the podcast), some music and a few seconds to cut and export the file following those guidelines

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

By simply adjust the HZ rate, mono/stereo, etc. you can alter the size to keep it under 1MB. Then you just drag-n-drop the file through Zune, creating a new category in your Collection called 'Ringtones' and walla, you're done. Check out the entire guide with screenshots at Mobility Digest.


Reader comments

Custom ringtones in Windows Phone Mango [How to]


You can also make custom alarm sounds, the only difference is that you change the genre to "alarm". It doesn't seem to work for any other type of sound.My problem after having tested this with a few files is that I can't seem to remove any added songs used as ringtones or alarm. They are not visible on the phone (Music+Videos) or in Zune.

When i made a ringtone, I just long held it on the phone to delete it. All my home made ringtones were visible at the top of my ringtone list under a 'Custom' category.

i really want the ability to change my notification ringtones...but the simplicity of the new custom ringtones is nice.also:"walla" REALLY?HUGE HUGE HUGE pet peeve of mine. it's spelled "voila" :(

I will get my fairly unique HALO ringtone back. MS did drop the ball by not delivering the ability to begin with. Love the phone and Mango is going to be great.

I'm having a really hard time with getting my ringtones to show up. No errors, all the critera is met, under 1MB, less than 30 seconds and they just don't show... suggestions?