Where To Get Free Ringtones now that Myxer is Gone?
Myxer used to be one of the best ways of getting free ringtones for your phone. Unfortunately the company behind Myxer filed for bankruptcy back in 2014 and hasn’t been heard from since. So where are the best places to get free ringtones now Myxer is gone?
You have two main options when looking for ringtones. You can download a ready-made tone or you can create your own with an app. I tend to create an MP3 tone on my computer and copy it to my phone. I can manipulate the file as I see fit and then save it as a ringtone. Some of you might prefer to do it all on your phone so I will cover that too.
Websites to download free ringtones
There are a few good websites around that still offer free ringtones for phones. There are nowhere near as many as there used to be but the ones that survive are still here for a reason. They deliver the goods.
Zedge is probably the best known of all the remaining ringtone websites. It offers thousands of them along with apps, wallpapers, games and apps. Ringtones range from recent tracks, chart singles to random quotes or movie excerpts. With so many to choose from and a quick preview option on the site, choosing a good one is easy. It works with both Android and iPhone.
Mobile9 is another survivor that delivers good quality ringtones, wallpapers, themes and more. It uses an app instead of a website browser but that makes loading the ringtone onto your phone easier. Browsing is very straightforward and installing the media is just a matter of selecting and enabling it. Mobile9 works with both Android and iPhone.
I love a self-descriptive name and Free Ringtones is a perfect example. It is a website from where you can download ringtones, wallpapers and all sorts. It doesn’t quite have the range of Zedge but the preview function makes selecting a good tone simple and effective. As the tones are free, there isn’t a lot to complain about. Free Ringtones works with both Android and iPhone.
My Tiny Phone
My Tiny Phone is pretty good if you’re after goofy ringtones rather than the latest tracks. It has hundreds of ringtones but few chart tracks or new movie themes. It’s real strength is in wallpaper but the sheer number of ringtones available and the online preview option makes it a site well worth checking out. My Tiny Phone works with both Android and iPhone.
Apps to create your own ringtones
If you would prefer to create your own tone, there are a range of apps and programs that allow you to do just that. You can take sounds from any type of file, isolate it and create an MP3 from it. This can be then used as a ring tone.
Audacity is a free, open source audio program for Windows, Mac and Linux. I use this program to create my own ringtones. You load up the source, isolate the audio component, save it as an MP3 and can then manipulate it as you see fit. It is still developed and updated and works very well.
MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker
MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker is an Android app that allows you to create MP3 ringtones from an audio source. It works similarly to Audacity but in a mobile format. The UI is very straightforward and the creation process is fast and easy. I tried this out while writing this piece and it seemed easy to use an existing audio file, chop and edit it and save it as a new tone. Can’t ask more than that really.
Ringtone Designer is an iPhone app that does much the same thing as MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker. There is a maximum play length of 30 seconds per file but other than that, is simple and straightforward to use. The free version is ad supported while the premium version removes those ads. You also need to sync the app with iTunes.
Each of these three apps makes creating an MP3 file very straightforward. You can then go to your phone, set notification sound and point to the file you just created. You have to load the file from Audacity but the two apps save the file on your phone anyway so should be easy to find and set up. As you can set a different ringtone per contact, there is a lot of scope for experimentation here.
Do you have any suggestions for websites to download free ringtones or apps to create them? Tell us about them below if you do!