How to create custom ringtone for Windows Phone on Mac OS X

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Guide: Making ringtones for Windows Phone

Windows Phone 7 logoCustom ringtone is one of the most popular customization used on mobile phones. This feature is also integrated in the Windows Phone from version 7.5 (Mango).

To create ringtones for Windows Phone on Apple Mac computers, you will need Windows Phone 7 Connector application and Apple iTunes multimedia management software. Internet links for these applications are available at the end of the article.

How to create custom ringtone for Windows Phone on Mac

Windows Phone 7 Connector is the default management software for Windows Phone devices on Apple Mac that is capable of copying custom ringtones to phone. It is available for download on Mac App Store.

Windows Phone 7 Connector cannot edit audio tracks, but Mac OS X contains Apple iTunes multimedia player that can be also used as very simple audio editor.

Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac

Ringtone for Windows Phone properties:

  •     MP3 or WMA audio file format
  •     Size less than 1000 Kb
  •     The length be less than 40 seconds
  •     No DRM protection

Prepare Windows Phone ringtone in Apple iTunes for Mac

Open iTunes. Go to the Preferences (iTunes upper menu → Preferences). On General tab click on Import Settings button.Apple iTunes preferences

Set Import Using: option to MP3 Encoder, Setting: option to Good Quality (128kbps). Click on OK button.

Apple iTunes import settings

Now search or import audio track to the iTunes, which you want to use as a ringtone. Click right mouse button on the audio track and select Get Info option.

Apple iTunes get info about track

Click on Options tab. Check the boxes Start Time and Stop Time and set these times. Remember the length of Windows Phone ringtone must be less than 40 seconds! Click on OK button.Apple iTunes get info options tab

Right click on a customized track and select Create MP3 Version.

Apple iTunes create MP3 version

After that right click on a new track and select Get Info option. Click on Info tab. To Genre text box type Ringtone and click on OK button.

Import custom ringtone to Windows Phone

Open Windows Phone 7 Connector. Connect your Windows Phone to USB and wait a second till the application check the phone and computer databases with photos, music, movies etc.

Now click on Ringtones options in the right menu. Click on ringtone that you want to transport to the Windows Phone and click on Send To Phone button.

Windows Phone 7 Connector import ringtone

Disconnect the phone from USB and go to:

StartSettings Windows Phone settings iconRingtones + Sounds screen and simply change the ringtone to the new one.

And that's it! You have prepared customized ringtone in the phone and now you can wait for incoming calls.

Related software and links:

Apple iTunes for Mac icon

Apple iTunes for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Program used to organize and plays your digital music and video

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 icon

Microsoft Windows Phone 7    Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile platform
A mobile operating system


Windows Phone Connector    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A utility for connecting and syncing Windows Phone devices


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