How to: Use Songs as Ringtone in Nokia Lumia Windows Phone

“How can i use a MP3 song as ringtone on my Nokia Lumia?” This is a question which has been asked to me many times, so this post is my answer to all of those questions.

Windows Phone (both 8 and 7) does not inherit the functionality to set custom tones as ringtones, but Nokia did provide an alternative way (through an app) to set custom tones, such as MP3 songs as the phone’s ringtone. So here’s how to do it.

1. Download Ringtone Maker

Ringtone Maker is an app created by Nokia which can set any music file from your phone as long as it is DRM-free i.e. you have the rights to use that song. Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here or scan the QR code below.ringtone maker wp qr code

For WP7 devices, ringtone maker can only make ringtones out of MP3 files.
For WP8 devices, ringtone maker supports MP3, WMA, M4A, M4R, and AAC

2. Select your favorite song

After installing the app, open it and tap on pick a song to get started. Then browse through the music library that shows up and select your favorite song that you want to use as your phone’s ringtone.

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Choose a Track

3. Choose Start and End points

Now you need to define the start and end points of the chosen MP3 track. You can select the duration of the ringtone and from what second of the song should ringtone start playing. Usually its good to skip the initial music and skip directly to where the voice begins.

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Crop the Ringtone

4. Save and Set as Ringtone

That’s all that you need to do. Just save the ringtone with the name that you want. It will then be available in settings> ringtones + sounds> ringtone under the custom category at the top of the list. The same ringtone can also be used as the text messages, email or calendar.

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Save the Ringtone


63 Responses to How to: Use Songs as Ringtone in Nokia Lumia Windows Phone

  1. prabha February 10, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    hey ha ha ha thanq so much

  2. Samir April 2, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    thanks to whom who has given this solution….

  3. DT April 4, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

    There is no music under the sounds only the windows and nokia tunes

  4. ALi Adnan May 19, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Dear sir, can not we make a video file a ring tune by ring tune maker

    • Narender Singh May 19, 2016 at 11:21 am #

      No. You cannot do that.

  5. Alisha Singh May 24, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    Who was the smarty-pants with so much brains they forget to make a way for A PHONE to have custom RINGTONES. I can’t even believe this is a problem. I bought a song, I want the WHOLE damn song for my ringtone, I don’t want piece. Why should I have to settle for this dotish app? What is this 2005? Have to jump through hoops to get a custom ringtone? If I had known about this before hand, I never would have bought this >_>

  6. yashasvi May 25, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

    thanks a lot .

  7. rads June 16, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

    throw the damn design in garbage………I support AlishaSingh……… That is why apple is ever better

  8. Anand Soni June 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    This’s is not working. In my nokia Lumia. 535

  9. dixhen July 1, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    no… it doesnot work in lumia 535 DS too……how boring……

  10. favour September 16, 2016 at 12:36 am #

    Am unable to make a mp3 as a ringtone but I have downloaded the ringtone maker

  11. Lei Torno October 7, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    It worked! Gracias! 🙂

  12. adrien yves kadio November 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    Its so boring why do you have to go through all that stress just to use an mp 3 song as ringtone . That is why android is most used by people
    everything with android os is so easy to do.

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