Ringtones and sounds can help you decide when to pay attention to your Windows Phone and when to ignore it. Assign unique ringtones to the people who matter most to you. Use different sounds for different kinds of alerts, such as alarms, new text or instant messages, voicemails, emails, reminders, and other notifications.
Also add or create new ringtones from MP3s or other audio files, then use them as custom sounds, or download all kinds of ringtone apps from the Windows Phone Store on your phone—whatever works for you.
To use custom ringtones for text messages, your phone needs to have Windows Phone software version 8.0.10501.127 or later. See Update FAQ for more information about updating your phone.
To get sound files from your PC onto your phone, use either the Windows Phone app for the desktop or your PC. See Sync your Windows Phone to learn more about the app, or follow the Add a Ringtone using a Windows PC steps below.
Have a sound file on your computer that you want to use as a ringtone? If it can play on your phone, it's not protected with Digital Rights Management (DRM), and it's smaller than 30 MB, then you can use it as a ringtone.
If you're in a place where your beeping, jangling phone could be an embarrassment or an offense, your nifty ringtones may suddenly become less important than the volume buttons. Those buttons make it easy to turn the sound up and down for calls or music and to quickly turn off your ringer.
To turn off the ringer, press and hold the Volume down
To turn on the ringer, press and hold the Volume up
You can also silence the ringer by pressing the power (
Press the Volume up
The volume bar provides quick access to your volume settings from almost anywhere on your phone.
Depending on what you're doing, you'll see one or more of the following:
Use the volume slider(s) to adjust the volume accordingly. Below the sliders, you can also toggle your phone's vibrate settings by tapping Vibrate on
You can also adjust your phone's volume settings while your phone is locked.
This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.
Article ID: 11672 - Last Review: 17 May 2016 - Revision: 24