Custom ringtones

A phone goes off in a crowded train, and everyone reaches for their pocket. Wouldn’t it be easier if you knew it wasn’t yours without checking? Try this simple step-by-step guide to give your phone a custom ringtone, and personalise your technology.

Quick links:
iPhone custom ringtones
Android custom ringtones
Blackberry custom ringtones
Custom ringtone apps

iPhone
Step 1
Open the iTunes app which was installed on your phone when you bought it.

Step 2 Tap ‘search’ in the menu at the bottom of the screen, type in the name of the ringtone you are looking for and hit ‘search’.

Step 3
There may be a number of options associated with the word or phrase you have searched for – for example, if you have searched ‘Batman’, you may be able to download a Batman movie, television show, or song, as well as a Batman ringtone – these options will be grouped by type. Scroll through the list, and look at the options available under ‘ringtones’.

Step 4 Tapping on the name of the ringtone will allow you to preview it, so you know what you’re getting.

Step 5 Tapping on the price of the ringtone will allow you to purchase it. Type in your password when prompted.

Step 6 You may be asked whether you want to set it as your default ringtone when you purchase it. Tapping yes will automatically set it as your ringtone. If you do this, ignore step 7.

Step 7 If you were not asked to set it as your default ringtone, or if you were but you tapped ‘no’, exit iTunes and wait a few minutes for the ringtone to download. Next open up your phone settings, go to ‘sounds’, ‘ringtone’, and choose the ringtone you purchased from the list.

Click NEXT to learn how to get a custom ringtone on an Android or a Blackberry
Quick links:
iPhone custom ringtones
Android custom ringtones
Blackberry custom ringtones
Custom ringtone apps

Android
Step 1
Attach your Android to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 2 Your computer may automatically recognise the phone, and give you a list of options. Click ‘Open folder to view files’.

Step 3 If it does not, look at your Android. There should be a USB icon in the top left hand corner of the screen. Drag the menu bar down, and tap ‘USB Connected’, then tap ‘Mount’ – you should now be able to perform Step 2.

Step 4 When you have the Android open on your computer, double click the ‘Music’ folder to open it.

Step 5 Drag the ringtone you want to use into this folder.

Step 6 Safely remove your Android from the computer in the same way you would remove any other USB device.

Step 7 Go to the main menu on your Andoid.

Step 8 Scroll through the list and tap on the ‘music’ icon (which looks like a music note).

Step 9 Tap on the ringtone you have just uploaded to your phone.

Step 10 Tap the menu, and tap ‘set as ringtone’.

Step 11 You will be given three options – choose ‘set as phone ringtone’.

Click NEXT to learn how to get a custom ringtone on a Blackberry
Quick links:
iPhone custom ringtones
Android custom ringtones
Blackberry custom ringtones
Custom ringtone apps

Blackberry
Step 1
Go to a free ringtone site, such as Bongotones and download an MP3 format ringtone to your computer.

Step 2 Open up a new email, attach the ringtone to your email and send the email to yourself.

Step 3 Open your emails on your Blackberry.

Step 4 Open the email you sent yourself, and then open the ringtone you attached.

Step 5 Once the ringtone has played click the trackwheel, then click ‘save’.

Step 6 Go back to the main menu on the phone, and click ‘media’, then go into ‘music’.

Step 7 Select the ringtone so it is highlighted, click the menu button then choose ‘set as ringtone’.

Click NEXT to discover apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry which make creating a custom ringtone a breeze
Quick links:
iPhone custom ringtones
Android custom ringtones
Blackberry custom ringtones
Custom ringtone apps

Ringtone Apps
There are also a number of apps available which make creating custom ringtones simple. These are our three favourites – if you’ve found a better app let us know, or tell us which ringtone you’ve used to customise your phone!


Phone: iPhone
App: RingtoneMaker
Price: Free


Phone: Android
App: Ringdroid
Price: Free


Phone: Blackberry
App: MP3 Ringtone Creator
Price: $2.99

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