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Nokia Lumia 900: How to add custom ringtones

Published by Mike Browne July 16, 2012

Nokia Lumia 900: How to add custom ringtones

Published by Mike Browne July 16, 2012

The Nokia Lumia 900 offers the big smartphone user everything they need. The 4.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen is a nice slice of real estate, while the Windows Phone operating system is a dream to use. The only thing missing is the ability to add custom ringtones with ease. But we’ve a solution for that with this nifty how to!

Own a Nokia Lumia 900 and want to assign personalised ringtones to friends, loved ones and even your frenemies details? The Windows Phone OS comes with a host of ringtones but nothing says ‘this is my phone’ more than a few tunes of your own pushing out when the phone rings. 

Check out our Nokia Lumia 900 tips and tricks 

How to add custom ringtones to your Nokia Lumia 900:

First up you’ll need to download a piece of software that lets you edit MP3 files onto your PC or Mac. It really doesn’t matter which you go for, but f we really like Audacity (currently at version 2.0) because it’s free and really easy to use.

If you have an alternative piece of editing software, it’s probably best that you skip the first few steps. We’re going to go through exactly how to get what you need from Audacity for those who are starting from scratch.

You’ll also need to have Zune software installed on your computer, which if you’re already backing up your Nokia Lumia 900 files and contacts to your PC, as well as sharing music you should already be using.

You also need to make sure that the MP3 files you’re after using as ringtones aren’t DRM, or rights managed, as this will prevent you from editing them and copying them over. Got everything sorted? Then we shall begin.

1. Open up Audacity and go to File>Import>Audio, then navigate to the music track you want to use for the basis of your ringtone

2. Click on the Selection Tool (the large ‘I’ symbol) at the top, then click and drag on the track timeline to highlight the section of music you want to use.

3. Press Play to preview this snippet, and manually tweak the time portion in the Selection Start and End sections at the bottom (must be 39 seconds or under).

4. Go to Edit>Remove Audio>Trim

5. Go to File>Export, and save the shortened track as an MP3 or WAV file. You might need to download an additional (free) file for MP3.

6. Go into Zune and import the track, then right click to edit and type the Genre in as Ringtone.

7. Connect your Nokia Lumia 610 and sync the track to it, either by right clicking on the track or physically dragging it onto the phone icon.

8. Go into Settings>Ringtones+sounds>Ringtone on your Nokia Lumia 900 – your track should be listed at the top under Custom.

Now you can add as many new ringtones as you like based on your favourite music or home-recordings. What’s more, it won’t set you back any money. 



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