Create and assign a ringtone for your mobile phone using Device Stage

You can use your computer to create and save your own customized ringtones for your mobile phone.

To use the ringtone capabilities of Windows, your device must be compatible with Device Stage and support creating custom ringtones using Device Stage. You can create a ringtone in Device Stage from an existing sound file or from a new sound that you record on your computer.

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To check if your mobile phone is compatible with Device Stage

  1. Turn on your mobile phone, and then connect it to your computer using a USB cable or wirelessly.

  2. Open Devices and Printers by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then, on the Start menu, clicking Devices and Printers.

    Your device might be listed with a name that doesn't seem to be related to the make and model of the device. The Devices and Printers folder displays whatever name the manufacturer gave the device.

  3. Double-click the device in the Devices and Printers folder.

    If Device Stage doesn't open, then your device isn't compatible with Device Stage.

Notes

  • If Device Stage opens but Set ringtones isn't shown, the device might not support creating custom ringtones using Device Stage.

  • If you don't see your device in the Devices and Printers folder, make sure the device is turned on, has fresh batteries, and is fully charged.

  • If Device Stage doesn't open, the device manufacturer might not have specified Device Stage to open when the device is connected.

  • If your device isn’t compatible with Device Stage, it's likely that AutoPlay will open when you first connect the device.

To send a ringtone to your mobile phone

  1. Turn on a compatible mobile phone, and then connect it to your computer.

  2. If Device Stage doesn't open automatically when the device is connected, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click Devices and Printers, and then double-click the device.
  3. Double-click Set ringtones in Device Stage.

  4. On the Choose a ringtone page, choose an existing ringtone. To play the selected ringtone, click the Play ringtone button Picture of the Play ringtone button.
  5. Select one of the following options next to What would you like to do with this ringtone?

    • If you want it to be used as the primary ringtone that plays when your phone rings, click Make it the primary ringtone, and then click Send to phone.

    • If you want the ringtone to play when a specific person (or people) calls you, click Assign it to a contact, and then click Next. On the Assign to contacts page, select the person (or people) that you want to assign the ringtone to, and then click Send to phone.

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    • If you just want to save the ringtone but not use it, click Just send it to my phone, and then click Send to phone.

To create a new ringtone

  1. Turn on a compatible mobile phone, and then connect it to your computer.

  2. If Device Stage doesn't open automatically when the device is connected, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click Devices and Printers, and then double-click the device.
  3. Double-click Set ringtones in Device Stage.

  4. On the Choose a ringtone page, click Create new ringtone.

  5. On the Create a new ringtone page, choose one of these options:

    • To create a ringtone from an existing sound file, click Open sound file, click OK in the Please respect copyrights of others message, browse to an existing sound file, and then click Open.

    • To record a new ringtone, make sure that a recording device, such as a microphone, is connected to your computer, and then click Record. Begin recording the sound that you want to use as your ringtone, and then click Stop when you're done recording.

  6. On the same Create a new ringtone page, do the following to select the part of the sound file to use as your ringtone, and then click Save.

    • To preview the sound and hear what part will be used for your ringtone, click the Play button Picture of the Play button.
    • Drag either edge of the selection area to choose the length of the ringtone.

    • Drag the sound on the timeline to choose a different part to use as your ringtone. Click the Skip backward button Picture of the Skip backward button or Skip forward button Picture of the Skip forward button to select a previous or later part of the sound.
      Picture of selected audio
      The selected part will be used as your ringtone.
    • If you want the sound to fade in or out when it plays, select the Fade in or Fade out check boxes.

  7. On the Choose a ringtone page, choose the ringtone that you just saved, and then specify how you want the ringtone to be used on your phone by selecting one of the options next to What would you like to do with this ringtone?