How to Set & Use MP3 Songs as Ringtones on a Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

Set & Use Mp3 as a Ringtone on a Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

This tutorial will show you step by step how to set and use MP3 songs as custom ringtones on a Windows Phone 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile smartphone in two different ways.

(Including, Nokia and Microsoft Lumia)

This tutorial will work for all Windows Phone 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, such as the Nokia and Microsoft Lumia 435, 520, 530, 532, 535, 550, 620, 625, 630, 635, 638, 640, 650, 720, 730, 735, 830, 920, 925, 930, 950, 950 XL, 1020, 1320, 1520 and all other types.

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Set and use MP3 as ringtone on:

Nokia & Microsoft Lumia & MP3 Ringtones

Using Mp3 music as ringtones on a Windows Phone smartphone works slightly different than on Android and iPhone smartphones.

There are two ways to do this:

Note: This is about the first method mentioned. I've already tried to copy songs that were already stored on my phone and SD card to the "Ringtones" folder, but somehow the songs didn't show up in the ringtones list, so that's why you will need to use your computer.

How to Set & Use MP3 as Ringtone on a Nokia & Microsoft Lumia - Windows Phone 8 & 8.1

Method 1: MP3 Songs Stored on Computer

For this method you will need a computer and your phone's USB cable.

1. Connect your Windows phone with the USB cable to your PC.

2. Go to the location on your computer where the MP3 song(s) is/are stored.

3. Select the song(s) you want to use as ringtone(s).

4. Right-click on the selected song(s) and choose "Copy".

Select & Copy Mp3 Songs

5. Open "Windows Phone" on your computer.

Open Windows Phone on a PC

If you are using Microsoft Windows as your operating system, then use "Windows Explorer" or "File Explorer" and go to "My Computer" or "This PC".

6. Open "Phone".

Open Phone folder on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

Note: If you open "Windows Phone" and don't see the "Phone" folder, then you will need to unlock your phone (lock screen).

7. Open the "Ringtones" folder.

Open Ringtones folder on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

8. Right-click in the "Ringtones" folder and choose "Paste".

Paste Mp3 Songs into Ringtones folder on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

The song(s) will now be copied into the "Ringtones" folder.

9. When you are ready copying music to your phone, you can disconnect your phone from your computer.

10. Take your phone (and unlock it if it's necessary).

11. Open "Settings".

12. Open "ringtones + sounds".

13. Tap on the "Ringtone" bar (your current ringtone).

Set Ringtone on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone 8 & 8.1

14. Tap on the song you want to use as your new ringtone.

15. Close settings.

Your MP3 song is now saved as your new ringtone.

Method 2: MP3 Songs Stored on Phone

If your MP3 songs are stored on your phone or SD card, then you will need to use the free application "Ringtone Maker" from Microsoft Mobile to create custom ringtones from your songs.

Note: I've already tried to copy songs that were already stored on my phone and SD card to the "Ringtones" folder, but somehow the songs didn't show up in the ringtones list, so that's why you will need to use this app or your computer (method 1).

This app allows you to select 40 seconds out of a song and then save it as a custom ringtone.

This tutorial will show you step by step how to install and use this application and also how to set one of the custom ringtones you've created with this app as your new ringtone.

1. Open the Windows (app) Store.

2. Search for "ringtone maker".

Two ways to find the app:

Microsoft Ringtone Maker App for Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

Note: If you don't see Ringtone Maker by Microsoft Mobile, then you will need to enter "ringtonemaker" without the space in between.

3. Install "Ringtone Maker" from Microsoft Mobile.

Install Ringtone Maker App on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

4. Open the "Ringtone Maker" app.

5. Tap on "pick a song".

6. Tap on the song you want to use as a custom ringtone.

7. Select 40 seconds of the song.

8. If you want a preview, then tap on the play icon located at the bottom.

9. Tap on the save icon to save your new custom ringtone.

10. Close the app.

11. Now I will show you how to set one of the custom ringtones you've created with this app as your new ringtone, so open "Settings".

12. Open "ringtones + sounds".

13. Tap on the "Ringtone" bar (your current ringtone).

Set Ringtone on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone 8 & 8.1

14. Tap on the song you want to use as your new ringtone.

15. Close settings.

Your MP3 song is now saved as your new ringtone.

How to Set & Use MP3 as Ringtone on a Nokia & Microsoft Lumia - Windows 10 Mobile

Method 1: MP3 Songs Stored on Computer

For this method you will need a computer and your smartphone's USB cable.

1. Connect your phone with the USB cable to your computer.

2. Go to the location on your computer where your MP3 music is stored.

3. Select the song(s) you want to use as ringtone(s).

4. Right-click on the selected song(s) and choose "Copy".

Select & Copy Mp3 Songs

5. Open "Windows Phone" on your computer.

Open Windows Phone on a PC

If you are using Microsoft Windows as your operating system, then use "Windows Explorer" or "File Explorer" and go to "My Computer" or "This PC".

6. Open "Phone".

Open Phone folder on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

Note: If you open "Windows Phone" and don't see the "Phone" folder, then you will need to unlock your phone (lock screen).

7. Open the "Ringtones" folder.

Open Ringtones folder on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

8. Right-click in the "Ringtones" folder and choose "Paste".

Paste Mp3 Songs into Ringtones folder on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

The song(s) will now be copied into the "Ringtones" folder.

9. When you're done copying music to your phone, you can disconnect your phone from your computer.

10. Take your phone (and unlock it if it's necessary).

11. Open "Settings".

12. Open "Personalization".

13. Open "Sounds".

14. Tap on the "Ringtone" bar (your current ringtone).

Select Ringtone on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

15. Tap on the song you want to use as your new ringtone.

16. Close settings.

Your MP3 song will be saved as your new ringtone.

Method 2: MP3 Songs Stored on Phone

If your MP3 songs are stored on your phone, then you will need to use the free application "Ringtone Maker" from Microsoft Mobile to create custom ringtones from your songs.

Note: I've already tried to copy songs that were already stored on my phone and SD card to the "Ringtones" folder, but somehow the songs didn't show up in the ringtones list, so that's why you will need to use this app or your computer (method 1).

This app allows you to select 40 seconds out of a song and then save it as a custom ringtone.

This tutorial will show you step by step how to install and use this application and also how to set one of the custom ringtones you've created with this app as your new ringtone.

1. Open the Windows (app) Store.

2. Search for "ringtone maker".

Two ways to find the app:

Microsoft Ringtone Maker App for Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

Note: If you don't see Ringtone Maker by Microsoft Mobile, then you will need to enter "ringtonemaker" without the space in between.

3. Install "Ringtone Maker" from Microsoft Mobile.

Install Ringtone Maker App on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

4. Open the "Ringtone Maker" app.

5. Tap on "pick a song".

6. Tap on the song you want to use as a custom ringtone.

7. Select 40 seconds of the song.

8. If you want a preview, then tap on the play icon located at the bottom.

9. Tap on the save icon to save your new custom ringtone.

10. Close the app.

11. Now I will show you how to set one of the custom ringtones you've created with this app as your new ringtone, so open "Settings".

12. Open "Personalization".

13. Open "Sounds".

14. Tap on the "Ringtone" bar (your current ringtone).

Select Ringtone on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

15. Tap on the song you want to use as your new ringtone.

16. Close settings.

Your MP3 song is now saved as your new ringtone.

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