How to Make a Caller Tune

By Jayme Lee

A caller tune, or ringtone, is a personalized alert of incoming text messages or calls. Missed calls, voice message alerts and multi-media messages can also be personalized with caller tunes. You can use free online services to make caller tunes from different parts of songs or audio clips. Caller tunes can be completely customized to your tastes.

Step 1

Look in your cell phone user guide under specifications to determine music formats valid for playback. Some cell phones only support polyphonic ringtones, MP3 real tones and WMA formats. If you do not have your owner's manual, go to your cell phone manufacturer's website. If you are unsure of the model type or number of the cell phone, remove the battery cover from the back, take out the battery, locate the serial plate underneath the battery housing and write down the identification information. Call your manufacturer if you still can't determine the formats your phone can support.

Step 2

Utilize an online website service -- such as Audacity, MobileSpin and Xingtone Ringtone Maker -- that allows you to create caller tunes at no cost.

Step 3

Choose a 20- to 30-second portion of a song or audio clip by following the site's instructions. Most caller tunes utilize a song chorus.

Step 4

Send the caller tune to your cell phone as a multimedia message.

Step 5

Save the caller tune to your phone's memory.

Step 6

Go into "Settings" in your phone and choose a file entitled "Ringer Type" or "Sound Settings." Scroll until you find the caller tune file. Click on the file name and then select "OK" or "Set."

Tips & Warnings

  • You may be charged for receiving a multi-media message from a caller tunes website if you do not have a data plan.