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How to set a song as your ringtone on Windows Phone 8

Set part of a song as your ringtone on Windows Phone 8

Setting the chorus of your favourite song as the ringtone on your Windows Phone 8 device is a fiddly but not impossible task. Here's where we show you how to set a song as your ringtone on Windows Phone 8. See also How to set a song on your iPhone as a ringtone.

Before we get stuck into the nitty gritty details of how to set a song as your ringtone on Windows Phone 8, you need to make sure you have iTunes installed on your computer and a laptop or desktop PC that is compatible Windows Phone 8. We experienced some difficulties with connecting an iMac and a Nokia Lumia 920. See all smartphone reviews.

How to set a song as your ringtone on Windows Phone 8

Step one

Locate the track that you want as your ringtone and import it to iTunes. From here you need to right click on the song and hit the Get Info option.

How to set a song as your ringtone on Windows Phone 8

Step two

Once you are in Get Info on the song, you need to open the Options tab and then half way down the window you need to enter the start and finish time of the part of the song you want. We advice to keep the ringtone length to under 30-seconds for compatibility issues.

How to set a song as your ringtone on Windows Phone 8

Step three

Now that you have given the track you want a new start and finish time so that it starts at your favourite bit, you need to right click on the song again and select Create AAC Version. Once this has finished, you need to drag and drop the new song on to your desktop.

How to set a song as your ringtone on Windows Phone 8

Step four

Conenct your Windows Phone 8 device to your computer and Explore its folders. The folder you need to copy and paste your new AAC file into can be found in Computer > Windows Phone > Phone > Ringtones. After you have pasted the song into the Ringtones folder you should see the option "Do you want to conver [your song] before it is copied to your device", click yes, as Windows will automatically convert the AAC file into a compatible Windows Phone 8 file.

Step five

Once the song has been converted, disconnect your Windows Phone 8 device from your computer and open Settings and then Ringtones+Sounds on the smartphone. From here you will find the file you have just pasted at the top of the page under the title Custom. All you need to do now is select the file and then you are all set.

That wasn't too tricky, was it?

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