How to set a custom ringtone on the Lumia 800
So you got yourself the Lumia 800, you’ve switched it on and have configured everything and then it strikes you, the ringtones are not you, you want something funkier, more your style. So you do what anyone would do, go to your music list pick out a song, give a long tap and wait for the options to appear.
Nothing happens, instead of showing ‘set as a ringtone’ you see ‘pin to start’ , wait that’s not what you wanted! so what did you get wrong? Nothing. Windows Phone 7 allows you to set custom ringtones, just not in that manner. You need the help of a few things to make that phone ring to your tune!
So quickly get your notepad out on your tablet, phone, PC or a real one in your hand! I’m going to tell you the ingredients to make your ringtone and set it too.
Before we proceed, you are going to need the Lumia 800. This tutorial works for all Windows Phone 7 devices running the Mango flavour. All right let’s begin.
- A Windows Phone 7 device (Lumia 800)
- A PC with Zune installed on it
- A music editing software (Audacity or anything similar will work just perfectly)
- Data Cable
Quite a handful ain’t it? Alright now here’s what you need to be doing.
First things first, your selection should not cross an MB (yes, a whole megabyte) and should cross 39 seconds as well. I don’t know why, but anything more than the two will not show up where we want it to.
First we pick your song or piece of music that you want to set as a ringtone. You need to cut that portion of the audio file that you want used as a ringtone. Remember, less than 1MB in size and not more than 39 seconds in listening time. Save it as an MP3 file to be on the safe side.
Once you’ve got it cut, you need to go to Zune connect your phone via the data cable, Zune and your phone automatically pair up and you can start syncing. At this point you need to go to the music tab and search for the file you had in mind to set as you ringtone.
All you have to do now is send this file to your phone via Zune (that’s why you needed the phone and the data cable). Voila your ringtone is ready to be set!
I know it’s a bit complicated and lengthy. There’s nothing that can be done to make it simpler (for now). The plus side to this entire exercise is that the ringtone will not show up in your music list!
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