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How To: Add Ringtones to your Palm Pre

Courtesy of CNET

So you just got a brand-new shiny Palm Pre, and you know the basics.  Let’s put some cool ringers on this bad boy! How, you ask? I’ve gotten this question a lot of folks, so I jotted down all of my methods for getting ringtones and will now pass this on to you.  Why?  Because that’s the kinda guy I am.  Now pay attention! 😉


Unfortunately, many find that the Palm Pre’s ringers aren’t loud enough out of the box. But I promised I’d take care of you, didn’t I? Luckily our friends over at Precentral.net have hooked everybody up with the Pre’s ringtones, only louder! You want ’em?  Okay! Here’s what you do…

CLICK HERE to download the Pre’s ringtones (via Precentral.net)
– Plug your Pre into your computer.
– Select “USB Drive.” Your Pre now acts like a flash drive.
– Find the files that you downloaded to your computer.
– Drag these ringers to the Palm Pre’s folder called “Ringtones”
You’re done! Safely disconnect your Pre from your computer.
Go to “Sounds and Ringtones” in your launcher. If you did this right, you should see the screen to the left.

EDIT: After my wife dumped her HTC Hero for a Palm Pre, I promptly snatched it up to upload louder ringtones.  To my surprise, the stock ringtones were just as loud as the “louder” ones! I guess Palm fixed this issue with newer builds. But if you find your ringers are not loud enough, you still might want to look into this.



This is usually the next thing people wanna know. If you have already transferred your music to your Pre, you can do this easily by clicking on the little icon to the bottom left of the “Sounds and Ringtones” folder. (You can see it in the picture for #1).


Any ringtone that’s an MP3 file will work with the Pre. So pretty much any of your favorite download sites will work. Just download them to your computer, and transfer them to your Pre while in “USB Mode” to the “Ringtones” folder on your Pre. You’re done. Follow the steps in #2 to choose that ringer.

One cool site for free ringtones that I’ve found is Myxer.com. Read their detailed instructions on how to download their free ringers to your phone.  It shouldn’t surprise you that their instructions are almost exactly like mine! 😉


Okay, so you want to do more than just add a song as a ringer… you want the phone to start ringing RIGHT when Juvenile says “Back that Ass Up!” … Fine. This is pretty easy, too, but may take a slight bit of time to get set up…
CLICK HERE to go to the download site for a program called “Audacity.” No worries, it’s free.

– Open your favorite MP3 with Audacity, and edit it. (Recommended ringtone song clips are ~30 seconds)
– When you’re finished, connect your Pre to the computer in “USB Mode.”
– Under the file menu of Audacity, click “File”, then “Export as MP3.”
– If you get some message about a missing “lame encoder” that needs to be downloaded, don’t fret… the folks over at Audacity explain how to do it (and why it’s necessary).  It’s easy, just one extra step. You’ll only have to do it this once! Click here to download the lame encoder.
– Okay… now export the MP3 to your Palm Pre’s “Ringtones” folder. You’re done! 🙂

THAT’S IT FOR NOW! TUNE IN NEXT TIME FOR LOTS MORE GOOD STUFF… If you have any more questions drop me a tweet! … @vara411

Categories: Useful Tips
  1. kimolsen
    December 21, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    This was a good read. I reccently also added some ringtones to my phone using Audacity. Going to be reading this blog more often to read about my favorite phone

  2. HG
    March 2, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Hey There,

    Thank you, Thank You!.
    This is a lifesaver, I bought me Pre to use for business since I am often out of the office, and I have missed some really important phone calls, just because I never heard the Pre ring.. arrghhhhh so this should help.
    I don’t need custom ring tones, just need to be able to hear it ring over the noise of the Big Apple streets.
    Keep up the good articles.

  1. February 11, 2010 at 5:25 am
  2. February 13, 2010 at 5:45 am

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