Step one for “Freedom of ringtones”
Equip your phone with a microSD card.
Connect the phone to the computer with a USB cable (it should be Windows-Linux, but it is not specific to this tutorial).
Create a folder on the microSD storage labeled “Ringtones” (accessible through “My Computer”).
Create a temporary folder on your desktop labeled “Ringtones”, which is where we will place the finished products of this process until we transfer everything to your phone.
Step two for “Ringtone Freedom”
Download and install “Format Factory”
This will allow us to convert our “.mp3” ringtones to a uniform state.
Step three for “Ringtone Freedom”
Visit the Audiko website – It’s completely FREE – No hidden “screenshots” (so far so good)
I recommend creating an account so that you can save a library of your ringtones. Unlike some, Audiko doesn’t ask for your phone number at all (I feel more confident about it somehow). HOWEVER, you can use all the functions of the site without registering at all.
Audiko is stellar for two reasons:
First: You can load your own music from your computer / phone / other storage devices and use its super easy ringtone maker (compared to others). If you have an account, the ringtone will be saved. Otherwise, it is a unique opportunity. MAKE SURE you download the non-Iphone version (which translates to .mp3 version) and make sure you download it to your COMPUTER (remember the temporary folder we created in “Step One” on the desktop).
Second: You can search your entire library of popular music ringtones and download them (if you don’t have an account) or save them to your account library to download now or later. Our ultimate goal, however, is to download some test tones to our temporary folder on the desktop. Pick three and try saying one or two of yours.
Step four for “Ringtone Freedom”
At this point, I assume that we have some test tones in the temporary folder on the desktop (see “Step One”) and that we have downloaded and installed Format Factory.
Open Format Factory and our temporary desktop folder – resize the windows so it’s comfortable to see them side by side.
“Drag and drop” to test mp3 in the empty list area of Format Factory.
A message will appear asking what you want to convert our test files to. You will choose “all to mp3”. Yes, we are converting “mp3” to “mp3”. The point is to make them all uniform, and for reasons I don’t know at this time, it just makes them work with this process better and with greater precision.
Now, press start.
When done, click on the “output folder” icon in the upper right corner to open the location of your new mp3s.
Now we are done with Format Factory and it may be closed.
Step Five for “Freedom of Ringtones”
In our temporary desktop folder, create a new folder titled something like “Converted”. Relocated all original testers to that folder.
Take the converted files (remember the “Output Folder”) and put them in the temporary folder on the desktop. This keeps everything together and better organized.
Now, the next step is CRUCIAL. We will rename the file extensions from “.mp3” to “.3g2”
IMPORTANT: Your computer will get angry. It will ask you every time you rename the file extension if you really want to do this because the file may become unusable (on PC, yes, but on your LG Rumor Touch (Sprint or Virgin Mobile), NO).
ADVANCED NOTE: For those of you who complain about having to rename files one by one, I highly recommend downloading “File Renamer Basic”. I use it and it works quickly and easily. Of course, it is also free!
Step six for “Ringtone Freedom”
We are in the final stretch. Hold!
At this point, we should have closed the Format Factory, renamed our converted mp3s to the 3g2 file extension, and kept our original testers in another folder.
We also have our phone connected to the computer via USB.
On the computer, go to “My Computer” and navigate to the “Mass Storage” device (aka our microSD card) to open the “Ringtones” folder (see “Step one”) that we did earlier.
Drag and drop the converted and renamed ringtone files from the desktop folder to the microSD card folder.
When the transfer is complete, you can close all the windows and disconnect your phone from the PC.
Step seven for “Ringtone Freedom” (last)
At this point, I assume you are familiar with how to navigate the various functions and settings of the LG Rumor Touch (Sprint or Virgin Mobile).
On your phone, go to “Mass
Manager “——->” Your ringtones folder “
Once in the “Ringtone” folder, our first step is to TEST that the phone will play the ringtone, which by the way, the phone reads as a “Video Ringtone”.
Press one of your finished tones and try to play it. If you play, we are in business. If not, something went wrong and you may want to repeat this process until you get a file that plays.
Assuming the tone has been played, <---- go back to the normal file manager list of your finished tones. Select MORE in the lower right corner, and from that list, select COPY MULTIPLE. Press (my phone highlights them in red) whichever you want to try (one is enough for the first try).
Select COPY TO PHONE at the bottom left of the screen once you have decided which tone to try first. Unfortunately, the phone changes the file name when you move it from the microSD card to the phone memory. If it copies fine, continue with the next steps. If not, try another of their testers, and if they don’t copy either, you may need to go through the process again.
Now that we have copied our ringtone to our phone, it can be assigned from the “My Videos” category by choosing a single ringtone for a contact or by configuring the ringtone settings for the entire phone.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you decide that you want to delete a tone that you have copied to your phone for reasons of space, go to PHOTOS + VIDEOS ——> MY PHOTOS + VIDEOS —– ON THE PHONE — – -> VIEW —–> MEDIA FILTER ——-> Videos. You can delete from here. You can also rename the files here (remember that the phone renames the original file when it is copied …)