Nokia Lumia 520: How to add and change ringtones

nokia-lumia-520-ringtone-01The Nokia Lumia 520 is the entry-level smartphone in the Windows Phone 8 but unlike budget smartphones using rival platforms you’ll find it offers the latest version of the OS and offers the full array of features. Here we look at how to add and change ringtones on your Nokia Lumia 520.

Now, Windows Phone 8 comes with a large array of ringtones built into the device for you to choose from, there are even a few exclusive Lumia tones. What’s more, the Nokia Lumia 520 even defaults to the famous Nokia ringtone.

How to get started with your Nokia Lumia 520

You can choose any of these, or you can use any sound file that will play on your Nokia Lumia 520, as long as it isn’t protected with Digital Rights Management (DRM) and is smaller than 30MB in size. You can even use a sound file sent to you in a text message. To do this, tap and hold the ringtone file and then tap Save as Ringtone.

To add a file of your own you need to attach your Windows Phone 8 device to your PC and add the file to the Ringtone folder before you can choose it using the Settings>Ringtone.


However, being a Nokia Lumia smartphone there is an even easier way to get personalised ringtones onto your Nokia Lumia 520. Nokia Ringtone Maker is an app you’ll find in the Nokia Collection on your phone and can be downloaded for free.

The editing tools on Ringtone Maker are incredibly easy to use and allow you to choose the start, end and length of your ringtone. Once you have it trimmed to the right length then save it as a ringtone. All of this is handled on the phone, with no need for extra software.

Once you have it installed, simply open the app, select your favourite MP3 song, trim it down to the size you’d like it to – the app limits you to 30 seconds at the moment but Nokia is working on a new version of the app to allow you to create 60 second ringtones.


Once the ringtone has been created simply head to Settings>Ringtones and Sounds and choose it from the Custom list. That’s how easy it is to add a custom ringtone to your Nokia Lumia 520.

Back when the app first appeared we created a video using our Nokia Lumia 820 that shows you exactly how to make the most of Ringtone Maker on your Nokia Lumia. The app works in exactly the same way on your Nokia Lumia 520.

DOWNLOAD: Nokia Ringtone Maker

  • Kristen Schade

    I have the Lumia 520. Thank you for your response.

  • Mikey_Bee

    If you have Lumia Cyan update then you’ll find you can share Custom Ringtones from the Share option in Messages.

  • Kristen Schade

    How do I send a ringtone from my Nokia to a friends phone? I can only select a picture as an attachment.

  • cawidy

    Its a ringtone people listen to when they call u… Its like being on hold.

  • Mikey_Bee

    Founds like a software bug more than anything else. As its new worth taking it back and asking the store to help out?


    i find it very difficult to download ringmaker on my lumia 520 phone
    assistance pls