View Full Version : [Guide] How to get a new ringtone onto your phone.

05-26-2008, 03:35 PM
When you find a sound or ringtone that you would like to have on your phone, do the following:

Click on the link (usually below the mini sound player). A dialog window similar to the one below will appear.


Choose "Save" and save it to a location that you will rememeber - because you're going to have to come back here.


Now you have a .rar (or maybe .zip) file saved on your local computer.


"rar" files and "zip" files are compressed and therefore need to be uncompressed or "extracted" to release the mp3 file that your phone will recognize and play.

If you don't have a program to extract the mp3 from the rar (or zip) file, no problem.
There are a number of free options; WinRAR from RarLab.com (http://www.rarlab.com) and 7-Zip from 7-Zip.org (http://www.7-zip.org/) are two very good ones.

WinRAR is shareware that you don't need to purchase - ever. It will keep asking you to purchase every time you use it, but it doesn't expire. It is also the program that you can use to create ("archive" is the term the program uses) a file in .rar format.

7-Zip is totally free. It extracts just about every compressed file format that's around... zip, rar, etc and will archive to its own 7z file format.

Right-click on the file and if you follow the example below and "Extract here" the mp3 version of the file will appear in the list.


Now that you have the ringtone on your PC, the next step is to get it to your phone. The method of copying this to your phone will vary with the phone model.
Of course, this assumes that your device is capable of using mp3's as ringtones.

For many devices, a data cable will do the job. Copy the file the location on your device where the ringtones are stored.

Motorola devices for example, may require "Motorola Phone Tools" to perform this.

If the device has removeable flash memory; SD, mini-SD or micro-SD it may be easier to copy the ringtone directly to the flash memory using an adaptor and a USB slot.

Smartphones running Windows Mobile OS, can use ActiveSync for the transfer.

iPhones use the iTunes program to convert the mp3 to m4r, the iPhone format and sync it to the phone. The file has to be placed in the "Ringtones" folder of your iTunes directory on the computer. (For Vista users, it will usually be C:\Users\(username)\Music\iTunes\iTunes Music\Ringtones\song.m4r and for XP users, it is usually C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music\Ringtones\song.m4r).

Enjoy your new ringtone. :smile:


If you have questions about a specific device, post them here and we'll try to get an answer for you.


05-26-2008, 05:26 PM
Excellent guide, Graeme! :cool:

05-26-2008, 08:18 PM
Nice guide Graeme :thumbup:

03-04-2009, 07:55 PM
good explanation, very good guide!!! :thumbup:

08-05-2015, 02:21 AM
Thanks GraemeCR, your information is useful. Have a nice day.