How to set and use MP3 as ringtone on a Nokia and 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 phone (e.g., Nokia and Microsoft Lumia) in two different ways.

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 and Microsoft Lumia and MP3 ringtones

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

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 and use MP3 as ringtone on a Nokia and Microsoft Lumia (Windows Phone 8 and 8.1)

Method 1: MP3 songs stored on your 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 songs are.

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

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

Select and 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 and 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 and Microsoft Lumia

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

Paste Mp3 Songs into Ringtones folder on Nokia and Microsoft Lumia

The song(s) will now be copied to the Ringtones folder on your phone.

9. Unplug your phone from your computer.

10. Take your phone and make sure it is unlocked.

11. Open Settings.

12. Tap on ringtones + sounds.

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

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

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

15. Close settings.

The MP3 song is now saved as your new ringtone.

Method 2: MP3 songs stored on your phone

If your MP3 songs are stored on your phone or SD card, then you will need to use the free application called Ringtone Maker from Microsoft Mobile to create custom ringtones of 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 application or your computer (method 1).

This application 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 application as your new ringtone.

1. Open the Windows (app) Store.

2. Search for ringtone maker.

Two ways to find the application:

Microsoft Ringtone Maker App for Nokia and Microsoft Lumia

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

3. Install Ringtone Maker from Microsoft Mobile on your phone.

Install Ringtone Maker App on Nokia and Microsoft Lumia

4. Open the Ringtone Maker application.

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 application.

Now it's time to set one of the custom ringtones you've created with this application as your new ringtone.

11. Open Settings.

12. Tap on ringtones + sounds.

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

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

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

15. Close settings.

The MP3 song is now saved as your new ringtone.

How to set and use MP3 as ringtone on a Nokia and Microsoft Lumia (Windows 10 Mobile)

Method 1: MP3 songs stored on your 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 and 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 and Microsoft Lumia

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

7. Open the Ringtones folder.

Open Ringtones folder on Nokia and Microsoft Lumia

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

Paste Mp3 Songs into Ringtones folder on Nokia and Microsoft Lumia

The song(s) will now be copied to the Ringtones folder on your phone.

9. Unplug your phone from your computer.

10. Take your phone and make sure it is unlocked.

11. Open Settings.

12. Tap on Personalization.

13. Tap on Sounds.

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

Select Ringtone on Nokia and Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

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

16. Close settings.

The MP3 song is now saved as your new ringtone.

Method 2: MP3 songs stored on your phone

If your MP3 songs are stored on your phone, then you will need to use the free application called 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 application or your computer (method 1).

This application 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 application:

Microsoft Ringtone Maker App for Nokia and Microsoft Lumia

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

3. Install Ringtone Maker from Microsoft Mobile.

Install Ringtone Maker App on Nokia and Microsoft Lumia

4. Open the Ringtone Maker application.

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 application.

Now it's time to set one of the custom ringtones you've created with this application as your new ringtone.

11. Open Settings.

12. Tap on Personalization.

13. Tap on Sounds.

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

Select Ringtone on Nokia and Microsoft Lumia Windows 10 Mobile

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

16. Close settings.

The MP3 song is now saved as your new ringtone.


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