I’ve been struggling for hours to force my Microsoft Lumia 535 to display (and allow me to select) any
.mp3 file as custom ringtone. Finally, this WindowsPhone.se answer solved my problems. However, there were some side notes and differences with my Lumia 535, that are not mentioned in this article, so I decided to write following post to further extend it.
In addition to standard restrictions:
- not DRM-protected,
- no longer than 40 seconds,
- no bigger than 1 MB,
your file also must have
ringtone value set as
Genre in file’s ID3Tag in order to appear in
Custom section of Ringtones selection in any Lumia phone.
Keep in mind, that (if you are using SD card) you must put your ringtones to
Phone\Ringtones folder, even if you keep all other files (like all music) on SD card. Putting ringtones to
SD Card\Ringtones won’t work (they won’t be available in your phone).
On certain models (like my Lumia 535) third and fourth restriction is not necessary. Files may be bigger (I tested up to 32,1 MB) and ringtones may be longer (up to 23 minutes in my case). However, without
ringtone set as genre, the will not appear to be picked.
Other side notes:
ringtonegenere must be set in ID3Tagv2, so if you have an old music player, that operates only on ID3Tagv1, then you have a problem,
- when listed in
Settings > ringtones+soundsfiles will be listed by ID3Tag’s
Namenot by filename,
- on some old Lumias you must restart your phone to see updated ringtones list,
All restrictions mentioned in this aricle applies to all type of sound-like files for your Lumia phone, i.e. to ringtones, notification sounds and alarm sounds.