How to Make Skype Ringtones

By Kevin Lee

Skype, like many mobile phones, play a distinctive ringtone sound when someone calls you. You can change Skype's default ringtone to anything you like. For instance, if you want your favorite song to play when you get a call, use converter software to transform your audio file into a WAV format that Skype can read. You can even use this type of software to convert a voice recording into a Skype ringtone. Your conversion program must have the ability to convert audio files into mono WAV files; Skype does not support stereo WAVs.

Record a Ringtone

Step 1

Plug a microphone into your computer, press "Windows-S" and type "Sound Recorder."

Step 2

Press "Enter" to launch the Sound Recorder program. Click "Start Recording" and speak or sing into your microphone.

Step 3

Click "Stop" after you have recorded the ringtone you want to view the Save As window. Navigate to the folder where you'd like to save your recording and type a name for your audio file in the "File Name" text box.

Step 4

Click "Save" to save the file to the folder you selected. Windows saves it as a Windows Media Audio (WMA) file.

Convert to Mono WAV File

Step 1

Download and install a program such as Audacity or Abyssmedia Audio Converter Plus (links in Resources). Abyssmedia Audio Converter Plus is a commercial program but the trial version allows you to test it for free. Audacity is a full-featured audio workstation program that can record as well as save files as WAVs.

Step 2

Load the audio file you'd like to convert into the program.

Step 3

Choose the mono WAV format as your output format. If you need assistance doing this, consult the software's documentation. Conversion programs usually have a simple menu that contains different output formats you can select. Ensure that you choose a mono format if you want the file to work with Skype.

Step 4

Click the button or control that converts your input file into a mono WAV file.

Add Ringtone to Skype

Step 1

Launch Skype and click "Tools" followed by "Options."

Step 2

Click "Sounds" to view the Sounds window. Click "Import Sounds" to view your computer's files and folders.

Step 3

Navigate to the WAV file you created and double-click it. Skype adds the file's name to the "My Custom Sounds" text box.

Step 4

Click "Save" to save your changes and close the Sounds window. Click "Tools" followed by "Options" again and then click "Sounds" to reopen the Sounds window. Find the "Select Which Events Play a Sound" box that lists events that trigger sounds.

Step 5

Put a check mark next to the "Ringtone" event if no check mark is there. Move to the "Choose Which Sound to Play" text box and click the new WAV file you added. Skype makes that your new ringtone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some websites can convert an audio file into a mono WAV file. Visit the Convert Audio to WAV site, for instance, and you can upload your file and select "Mono" from the "Change Audio Channels" drop-down menu (link in Resources). Click "Convert File" to convert your file.
  • When looking for free online audio converters, ensure that they have the option to choose mono as an output option for WAV files.
  • Online conversion sites may take longer to process files than software you install.
  • Return to Skype's Sounds window and click "Reset to Default" if you want to restore your ringtone to the default sound. Click "Mute All Sounds" if you don't want Skype to play any sounds when any event occurs.
  • Skype's "Select Which Events Play a Sound" window also contains other events, such as "Busy Signal" and "Incoming IM in Current Chat." You can click one of those events and then select a sound from the "Choose Which Sound to Play" drop-down menu if you'd like to change an event's default sound.
  • For best results, use a quality microphone if you record your voice as a ringtone. Eliminate background noise around you if you don't want it in your recording.
  • Mute your speakers or turn their volume down to zero to prevent unwanted feedback from degrading your recording.
  • If you'd like to hear a recording you made before uploading it, find the audio file in File Explorer and double-click it to hear what you recorded.
  • Some sites offer free audio clips that contain sound effects, clever sayings from famous people and music. Many of those clips are already in WAV format. However, they may not be mono WAV files. If they are not, use your audio converter software to convert them into mono WAV files.