Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172202/ask-htg-do-you-really-have-to-pay-for-ringtones/
Your phone comes with a default set of ringtones which, for some folks, is good enough. If you’re looking to mix it up a little bit, however, there are plenty of people willing to take your money. Do you really need to pay to get fresh ringtones, though?
I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 Android phone, and have found a very easy method to make and install my own customized ringtones for free.
I use a handy, Third-Party software called "Free Ringtone Maker"
Most ringtones should be no longer than 30-40 seconds, because the call will go to voicemail at that point.
With this program, you can select a segment of any audio file and convert it into a ringtone format, which you can then simply drag into the ringtone folder on your Android phone.
I have all sorts of ringtones - customized to my liking - which I have made usuing the software.
And - you can also use it to make customized "notification" sounds as well.
Here's the link. The program is free and really very easy to use.
Free Ringtone Maker
Also, an easy place to get free ring tones and wallpaper is Zedge. Just install the app. Lots of stuff you might like without having to cut out the piece of the song you wanted yourself.
I use www.myxer.com Its easy to use, and you can either upload your own song, modify it easily then have it sent to your phone as a ringtone, or download plenty of free ones available that others have made.
Note, there are paid ones on there as well, and some of the already uploaded ringtones are poorly labled, or just plain crappy.
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I just use Audacity...install Audacity and then you can tweak the audio file however you want and then export it as an MP3. Put the Mp3 in your Ringtones folder and you're good to go.
Audacity also provides a very nice feature...no cloud service involved. You don't need to upload anything and you don't need to trust any cloud service to provide a service.
Of course, Audacity is 100% Free.
Note* - I admit Audacity website looks like crap and the app itself looks rather terrible but the FUNCTION is top notch and it creates great files.
The article tells you how to do it for both iPhones and Android phones. If you use something else then you will need to tell us so we can explain it.
I followed the articles instructions and ended up with a playable MP3 in a Firefox Window on my phone. I have no option to save it, at least none that I'm aware of.
First thing - locate that "Dr. Who" file and move it to your desktop for easy access.
Next: Plug the USB end of your charger chord into your computer, and the other end into your phone.
On my Windows 7 machine, it takes about 20 seconds for the system to recognize and shake hands with the "new" device.
Close all pop-up windows and open My Computer - where you should now see your phone listed as a newly-available drive.
Double click on that icon and it will open up the inside file tree of your phone, where you will see a folder named "Ringtones".
Find that "Dr. Who" file on your desktop and simply drag it into the Ringtones folder. In some cases, you may receive a message that the Android system on your phone needs to convert the file into a different format and, in that case, click "YES" and proceed.
If you double-click on the Ringtones folder, you will see the file in the folder. You will not see the pre-installed ringtones - however, if you open the ringtones list on your phone, you will see the new ringtone listed in its alphabetical place - and you can test it from there. You can do that while the phone is still connected to your computer.
If you look on your desktop, you will see the original "Dr. Who" file is still there, which you can save if you like.
To remove the ringtone, re-connect to the computer, open the ringtone folder, locate the ringtone you wish to remove, and simply delete it as you would any other file - or you can drag it out of the folder and back to your desktop.
I've done this many times and have had great fun installing ringtones - both custom and pre-made...all for free.
I also use Audacity for the same reasons you suggested: it’s powerful, you can do whatever you want without the arbitrary restrictions of some website, no cloud storage, and it’s free in both senses (beer and speech.)
It also comes in a portable version, which I love, since then I can modify my settings once and never have to worry about them again.
Two suggestions for anyone going this route; both of these options can be found under the Effects menu:
Amplify as loud as you can without any clipping. (The program will tell you when you’ve gone too far.) Chances are your phone’s speakers aren’t as good as your computer’s—it really helps to boost the volume before you encode the new file. You can always lower the volume on your phone’s settings after the fact, but it’s harder to make a too quiet ringtone louder.
Fade In and Fade Out. I always start a ringtone with a Fade In and end with a Fade Out. Not only does it sound nicer than just an abrupt start and end, but I can usually catch my phone before it hits full volume—more discreet than having it go full blast from the beginning.
If you’re working with mp3 files, you’ll have to install LAME to encode them. Follow the instructions here:
Very nice tips...I do those as well but didn't think about sharing them.
I just find YouTube videos, connect my headphone jack to my microphone one using a simple 3.5mm cable, and use Sound Recorder to record the part I want as my ringtone. No messing with audio editors, no Google shouting that you're not allowed to download videos (I'm just streaming the content, what comes out of my cable belongs to me) and no lack of ??? profit!
Does the quality not degrade when you do that?
Um.... no, it doesn't. Or not noticeably anyway. You see, I pick the video with the best quality (1080p) and record it. It gives quality equivalent to 480p, which is almost as good.
Thanks for the detailed instructions but when I open up the Phone's drive this is what I see:
You could also just use the following site...there are many of these sites but this is the best one because it isn't infested with adds and it doesn't force you to jump through hoops to get it.
Your link just found a way to my bookmark list. Thanks!
Welcome, I'm glad I could help @NSDCars5