How to Change a Ringtone on a Windows Phone

How to Change a Ringtone on a Windows Phone

Similarly to iOS and Android, it's very possible to customize your ringtones and add a little personality to your Windows Phone. It might seem a little difficult at first, but once you learn how to navigate through Windows mobile, you'll be able to change ringtones for your contacts, alarm, and incoming calls.

Method 1 of 4:
Using a Windows Phone 10

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Open the Start menu. Press the Start symbol at the bottom of your phone; this will open up a tiled menu on your screen.
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Swipe left to access your applications. From the right side of your phone, swipe to the left. Doing so will open all of the applications currently installed on your phone.
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Scroll down and tap “Settings”. Within the “Settings” menu, you'll have the ability to change different functions on your phone, such as your display preferences, connecting to other devices, and account settings.
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Tap “Personalization”. From here, you can change various aspects of your phone, such as backgrounds and menu colors.
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Tap “Sounds”. Here, you can toggle your vibration on and off, change sounds based on different phone functions, and select your ringtone. In this menu, there's also a handy link that helps you learn more about custom ringtones.
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Tap drop down menu under “Ringtone”. A new window will appear to allow you to scroll through your custom and factory set ringtones. Tap to select a new ringtone.
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Call your phone to test your new ringtone. Adjust volume using the buttons on the side to properly level the sound, and you're done.
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Method 2 of 4:
Windows Phone 8

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Open the Start menu. Press the Windows icon at the bottom of your phone to open this menu on your screen.
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Access “Settings”. On the Start menu, tap the tile with a gear on it. Settings will allow you to change your phone's preferences.
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Tap the “Systems” tab. At the top of the screen, there will be tab names in large text. Scroll to the left to find your “Systems” tab.
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Tap “ringtones+sounds.” Under ringtones+sounds, you'll see the name of the current ringtone written underneath.
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Tap the name of the current ringtone. This will open a new window where you can scroll through your media.
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Select your new ringtone. If you've created any custom ringtones, they will be under the Custom section, which is at the top of the list. Otherwise, scroll through your media to choose a new ringtone.
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Method 3 of 4:
Windows Phone 7

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Open the Start menu. To open this menu onscreen, press the Windows icon at the bottom of your phone.
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Access the Applications list. Swipe left on the "Start" screen. This will allow you to access all of the applications currently installed on your phone.
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Scroll down and press “Settings”. Here, you'll be able to access your phone's preferences to change your general settings, your application settings, and view information about your phone.
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Tap "ringtones+sounds”. In this menu, you'll be able to enable sounds for different functions on your phone, such as taking a picture, toggle vibration on or off, and set your general ringtone.
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Select the ringtone or alert type you want to change. Under where it says “Ringtone”, tap the entry name of the current ringtone. A new menu that says “Choose an item” will appear. Scroll through to select the ringtone of your choice. Preview any ringtone by pressing the play button beside the name of each entry.
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Done! Call your phone to make sure that the general ringtone has changed.
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Method 4 of 4:
Creating a Contact Ringtone

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Press the “People” tile on the Start menu. This tile opens up all of your contacts stored on your phone and SIM card.
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Tap on the “All” tab. You can find the all tab by scrolling to the left on your screen.
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Select your contact. Choose any contact that you want to change a ringtone for. Tap on their name, and a contact card will open.
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Press the small pencil icon. At the bottom of the open contact card, there will be three icons. On the right is a pencil icon, which allows you to edit information about your contact. You can also add pictures, notes, and change the ringtone.
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Select “Ringtone”. A new menu that says “Choose item” will appear.
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Scroll through your media to select a new ringtone. You can choose between factory set ringtones or any custom ones you have created.
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Save your changes. Once you've selected a new ringtone, tap the floppy disk icon at the bottom of your phone to save, and you're done!
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Method 1 of 4:
Using a Windows Phone 10

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1
Open the Start menu. Press the Start symbol at the bottom of your phone; this will open up a tiled menu on your screen.
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2
Swipe left to access your applications. From the right side of your phone, swipe to the left. Doing so will open all of the applications currently installed on your phone.
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3
Scroll down and tap “Settings”. Within the “Settings” menu, you'll have the ability to change different functions on your phone, such as your display preferences, connecting to other devices, and account settings.
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4
Tap “Personalization”. From here, you can change various aspects of your phone, such as backgrounds and menu colors.
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Tap “Sounds”. Here, you can toggle your vibration on and off, change sounds based on different phone functions, and select your ringtone. In this menu, there's also a handy link that helps you learn more about custom ringtones.
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Tap drop down menu under “Ringtone”. A new window will appear to allow you to scroll through your custom and factory set ringtones. Tap to select a new ringtone.
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Call your phone to test your new ringtone. Adjust volume using the buttons on the side to properly level the sound, and you're done.
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Method 2 of 4:
Windows Phone 8

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1
Open the Start menu. Press the Windows icon at the bottom of your phone to open this menu on your screen.
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2
Access “Settings”. On the Start menu, tap the tile with a gear on it. Settings will allow you to change your phone's preferences.
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3
Tap the “Systems” tab. At the top of the screen, there will be tab names in large text. Scroll to the left to find your “Systems” tab.
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4
Tap “ringtones+sounds.” Under ringtones+sounds, you'll see the name of the current ringtone written underneath.
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Tap the name of the current ringtone. This will open a new window where you can scroll through your media.
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Select your new ringtone. If you've created any custom ringtones, they will be under the Custom section, which is at the top of the list. Otherwise, scroll through your media to choose a new ringtone.
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Method 3 of 4:
Windows Phone 7

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1
Open the Start menu. To open this menu onscreen, press the Windows icon at the bottom of your phone.
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2
Access the Applications list. Swipe left on the "Start" screen. This will allow you to access all of the applications currently installed on your phone.
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3
Scroll down and press “Settings”. Here, you'll be able to access your phone's preferences to change your general settings, your application settings, and view information about your phone.
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4
Tap "ringtones+sounds”. In this menu, you'll be able to enable sounds for different functions on your phone, such as taking a picture, toggle vibration on or off, and set your general ringtone.
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5
Select the ringtone or alert type you want to change. Under where it says “Ringtone”, tap the entry name of the current ringtone. A new menu that says “Choose an item” will appear. Scroll through to select the ringtone of your choice. Preview any ringtone by pressing the play button beside the name of each entry.
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6
Done! Call your phone to make sure that the general ringtone has changed.
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Method 4 of 4:
Creating a Contact Ringtone

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Press the “People” tile on the Start menu. This tile opens up all of your contacts stored on your phone and SIM card.
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2
Tap on the “All” tab. You can find the all tab by scrolling to the left on your screen.
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3
Select your contact. Choose any contact that you want to change a ringtone for. Tap on their name, and a contact card will open.
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Press the small pencil icon. At the bottom of the open contact card, there will be three icons. On the right is a pencil icon, which allows you to edit information about your contact. You can also add pictures, notes, and change the ringtone.
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5
Select “Ringtone”. A new menu that says “Choose item” will appear.
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6
Scroll through your media to select a new ringtone. You can choose between factory set ringtones or any custom ones you have created.
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Save your changes. Once you've selected a new ringtone, tap the floppy disk icon at the bottom of your phone to save, and you're done!
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