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

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

A mp3 song as a ringtone sounds good.

And it also sounds much better than a standard ringtone.

On this page I will show you 2 ways to set and use Mp3 songs as custom ringtones on a Nokia or Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone 8, 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile smartphone.

But first:

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

To use mp3 songs that are stored on your computer, you need to copy the tracks directly into the ringtones folder on your Microsoft or Nokia Lumia and how this works I will show you in the first method on this page.

But:

To set mp3 music that's already been downloaded and stored on your phone, you need to use a free app and in the second method on this page I will show you how to download, install and use this app.

The methods on this page work for all types of Windows Phone 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile phones 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.

Note about the first method! I've already tried to copy songs that were already been stored on my phone into the ringtones folder, but somehow the songs didn't show up in the ringtones list.

So, if you want to use songs that are already stored on your phone, then use method 2 and if you have songs stored on your computer, then use method 1.

And now:

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

Method 1:Use Mp3 Music Stored on a Computer

For this method you need a computer and the USB cable that came with your phone.

1 Connect your 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) that you want to use as ringtone(s).

3 ways to select multiple songs at once:

  1. Press the Ctrl + A key on your keyboard.
  2. Right-click on the first song, hold the Shift key on your keyboard and then click on the last song.
  3. Right-click and hold, then drag the mouse-cursor (pointer) to the last song.

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

Select & Copy Mp3 Songs

5 Open "Windows phone" on your PC.

Open Windows Phone on a PC

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

6 Open "Phone".

Open Phone folder on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

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

7 Open the "Ringtones" folder.

Open Ringtones folder on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

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

Paste Mp3 Songs into Ringtones folder on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

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

9 After you are finished copying music to your phone, you can disconnect your phone from your PC.

Select Mp3 Ringtone on a Lumia with Windows Phone 8 & 8.1

10 Take your phone and open "Settings".

Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone 8 & 8.1 Settings

11 Open "ringtones + sounds".

12 Tap on the "Ringtone" bar.

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

13 Tap on the mp3 song that you want to use as your new custom ringtone.

14 Close settings and the new ringtone will be saved.

Select Mp3 Ringtone on a Lumia with Windows 10 Mobile

10 Take your phone and open "Settings".

Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile Settings

11 Open "Personalization".

Open Personalization Settings on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

12 Open "Sounds".

Open Sound Settings on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

13 Tap on the "Ringtone" bar.

Select Ringtone on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

14 Tap on the mp3 song that you want to use as your new custom ringtone.

Select Ringtone on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile 2

15 Close settings and the new ringtone will be saved.

Method 2:Use the Ringtone Maker App

This method works for when you download music to your phone or when the music is already stored on your phone.

I've already tried to copy songs from the SD card into the ringtones folder on my phone, but the songs didn't show up as custom ringtones.

But:

You can use a free app that's created by Microsoft Mobile to create custom ringtones from your mp3 music.

This app allows you to select 40 seconds out of a song and then save it as a custom ringtone and I will show you step by step how to download, install and use this app.

1.Download & Install Ringtone Maker (free)

1 Open the Windows Store.

2 Search for "Ringtone Maker".

2 ways to find the app:

  1. Enter "Ringtone Maker" into the search bar and choose the app from the drop-down menu.
  2. Enter "Ringtone Maker" into the search bar, tap on the search icon or enter located in your keypad (keyboard) and then tap on "Ringtone Maker".
Microsoft Ringtone Maker App for Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

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

3 Install "Ringtone Maker" on your phone.

Install Ringtone Maker App on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia

2.Create Mp3 Ringtone Using Ringtone Maker

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

You need to do these steps with every song that you want to use as a ringtone.

4 Open the Ringtone Maker app.

5 Tap on "pick a song".

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

7 Select 40 seconds of that 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 ringtone.

3.Select Mp3 Ringtone on a Lumia with Windows Phone 8 & 8.1

10 Open "Settings".

Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone 8 & 8.1 Settings

11 Open "ringtones + sounds".

12 Tap on the "Ringtone" bar.

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

13 Tap on the mp3 song that you want to use as your new custom ringtone.

14 Close settings and the new ringtone will be saved.

3.Select Mp3 Ringtone on a Lumia with Windows 10 Mobile

10 Open "Settings".

Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile Settings

11 Open "Personalization".

Open Personalization Settings on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

12 Open "Sounds".

Open Sound Settings on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

13 Tap on the "Ringtone" bar.

Select Ringtone on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

14 Tap on the mp3 song that you want to use as your new custom ringtone.

Select Ringtone on Nokia & Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile 2

15 Close settings and the new ringtone will be saved.

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