On most standard cell phones, users are either forced to purchase additional ringtones or stick with the default selection. However, smartphones like the Windows Mobile-powered HTC Touch are capable of using custom ringtones. This can even be done on a Mac -- simply copying the file over from a Mac to a microSD card requires just a few basic steps.
Open up the song or audio file that you want to use as a ringtone on your Mac in an audio editing program.
Locate the particular segment of the track that you want to use and select it. The ringtone file must be as long as a standard ringtone, so tracks longer than 30 seconds will require editing.
Export this segment out into a separate audio file. It will have to be formatted as an MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, AAC+ or AMR-NB.
Connect the HTC Touch to your Mac and open up your preferred file editing program. Although the Touch's default desktop software cannot work on Mac computers, numerous third-party solutions are available.
Drag the edited ringtone file onto the phone's main directory in Finder.
Drag the ringtone into the proper directory on the phone's internal memory. The file can either go into "My Device/Windows/Rings" or "My Device/My Documents/My Ringtones."
Unplug the phone from your Mac and select the new custom ringtone from your HTC Touch's settings.
- Many reliable third-party audio editing programs can be found online for free.
- You can still access ringtones if they are saved on your microSD card, but it will inhibit phone performance.
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