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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Motorola RAZR V3 – How to upload ringtones & audio via USB – Step-by-Step Guide (with pictures)

One of the most important customizations or mods for your Motorola V3 RAZR cell phone. A great use of the P2K Commander program is to upload your favorite ring tones to your mobile phone. This guide will show you how to do that in a step-by-step tutorial. Within minutes you will have the new ring tones on your phone and you can even put them in MP3 format!

There are two key dependencies that you will want to take note of in order to be successful implementing this tutorial:

The first is that you must use a program such as MP3 Cutter (download here) in order to prepare your MP3 file for upload. There are two key limitations that you need to be aware of when you prepare your MP3 for upload. They are that it must be less than 30 seconds in length and less and 300kb. This tutorial will not cover the use of the MP3 Cutter program, however if you run into any issues – let me know.

The second is that need to have P2K Command installed. You can see how to do that here.

Here is the step by step.

1. Prepare your MP3 audio file to be less than 30 seconds and less than 300kb.

2. Save your modified MP3 file on your computer. For this particular example, I have cut 8 seconds of the Beastie Boys’ Johnny Ryall as Johnny_Ryall.mp3 and stored it at C:\My Ringtones

3. Start up P2k Commander, select P2k Mobile phone on the left panel and browse to c:\My Ringtones on your right panel.



4. Double click on the 'a' directory on the left pane.



5. Double click on the 'mobile' directory on the left pane.



6. Double click on the 'audio' directory on the left pane.




7. Select your MP3 file on the right and click on the 'Copy' icon.



8. Your file transfers in approximately 15 seconds for 300k.



9. You need to delete two files on you Motorola V3 RAZR. Select 'MyToneDB.db' and 'TempToneDB.db' on the left pane and click on the 'Delete' icon.



10. You receive the deletion confirmation.



11. Now you need to turn off your phone, turn it back on. When you turn it back on, the phone will create a new MyToneDB.db to index all of you ring tones. When you browse to Options --> Audio and select you ring tones, the ringtone can be used on your phone, congratulations!



(Cingular, T-Mobile, AT&T Wireless, Verizon, Sprint)

61 comments:

khurram said...

i tried this on my t-mobile phone...everything exactly as the direction said...all the steps seem to work just fine, but the mp3 file i added to my phone is not showing up in my phone as a ringtone. what am i doing wrong? my .mp3 file is under 30 seconds and under 300kb. any ideas? thanks!

Ken Hanscom said...

Have you deleted the MyToneDB.db file? On some other vendors (mine is Cingular) this may be in different locations. I would verify that you deleted all copies of it, turn off the phone, perhaps even remove the battery to reset and then turn it back on. Good luck!

khurram said...

yeah...i tried exactly that...no good. does the filename need to be specific? any other ideas? thanks.

khurram said...

maybe a better question is, does the .mp3 file have to be a specific quality format?

info said...

It did not work for me either.. I did everything.. My MP3's are way smaller than 300kb.. Shut the phone off, took battery out and nothing.

Sasha said...

I had the same problem as khurram and I turned off my phone and turned it back on and then it worked, but when I tried the second one, it would just play my other one, I'm going to keep playing with it to see if I can figure it out...I have cingular.

Sasha said...

I think I know why khurram is having problems. You have to delete the file every time you transfer a song, it just pops back up...At least for me it does, and then I just turn my phone off and turn it back on and the ringtone works just fine.

Tony Bullard said...

Arg! I'm having the same issue. File appears in PKManager, I delete the .db files, restart, and it's no where to be found in the phone. It shows up in PKManager...but no where else. Cingular customer here too.

I will say this though, thanks for writing this up, I haven't made it all the way home yet, but you got me a lot closer than anyone else did. Thanks!

Kevin said...

The download goes fine until i try to play the ringtone. i shut it off and stuff and when i tried to play it the phone said the file was disrupted. cingular by the way.

Anonymous said...

I installed the P2K commander, the usb driver and every thing works. When I try to follow the steps for putting m3p ringtones on my phone. I get to step 5 and thats as far as I can go. There isnt an " audio " folder for me to select. Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

I followed all the steps, turned off the phone, turned it back on, deleted everything I was supposed to, and it didn't work, I also have Cingular, any ideas?

Rob said...

Here is what I did:

P2kCommander gave me two options for my phone, an /a and /c. You need to drop the mp3 file on /c under the audio folder, you should see a bunch of other mid and mp3 files there.

Then, go on to /a and delete the two .db files as mentioned above.

Finally, unplug your phone, turn it off then turn it back on. You should then see your new ring tone.

Anonymous said...

When I get to step 3 and try to select P2k Mobile phone on the left panel it won't let me, and it says at the bottom left of the page:

"Volume name fail!"

What's my problem?

Anonymous said...

When I get to step 3 it won't let me select P2k Mobile phone on the left panel. It has it as a selection on the drop down menu but after I click that it goes straight back to c. And it says on the bottom left side of the page:

"Volume name fail!"

What's my problem?

Lauren H said...

I had that problem too, Anonymous. I opened the Motorola Software Update so let it re-download all of the drivers and left it open, then got P2K to re-read for my phone and it worked.

Now I'm having a problem actually gettings songs onto my phone. I got one on after I used te MP3Cutter 4 to cut the song down to less than 30 seconds, but when I try to do it to other songs it says "INVALID DATA LENGTH FOR COMMAND." I went back to make sure that my song was cut down to less than 30 seconds, and they all are. I retried it several times with different songs, but it still won't work. Like I said though, I did get one song on there, so I know it WILL work.

Lauren H said...

Okay, so I kept trying to put the cut songs onto my phone, but it would never work. Then I tried to put the entire song on my phone, just for the heck of it, and it worked. Well, most of it transferred. Only the very last part of the song wasn't on there. What's going on??

Anonymous said...

I had the same problem so I went back to PK2 program and deleted the mytone.db file and the temp file. I turned off my phone and removed my battery waited about 10 seconds and put battery back inthe phone. Powered phone back on and it worked both ringtones that I copyed from another phone were there.I also have Cingular.

Anonymous said...

hi, when i deleted the mytone files my phone recreated them but i cant access the sound settings in order to change my ringtone.. when i select "master volume detail" to change the ringtone it just goes back to the settings and tools page. can you please help? by the way im with verizon v3m razr

Ken Hanscom said...

For anyone having issues with P2KCommander, a couple of things to try:

#1 Go to option, P2k tuning and select either Standard P2k commands or Safe (slow commands)

#2 Select a different Phone drivers/Partitions. Either /b for the Transflash card, or /c for the i398 user partition.

Anonymous said...

Works beautifully for me, thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have a T-Mobile V3r Razr phone and was having the same problem as khurram and many of you said you were having. But this is what I did to fix it: Go to options on P2kCommander and under "Select Phone drives/Paritions" hit /c. Now press ok, and have p2k re-read your phone (hit the re-read button next to the drop down menu). After it's done you should now be able to go to audio and etc. that was explained in the tutorial and see all the audio files that you have currently on your phone. Then just continue on with the audio transfer process mentioned in the tutorial and everything should work now. If you were having trouble viewing your pictures folder, this too should now be solved.

Yulong said...

For all you having trouble making the ringtone show up on the list, the mp2 file cannot be a system file, in P2K Commander, click on the file, then click on attributes, then uncheck "System, Survive Mater Rest/Clear". or make sure the number is 0000.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure which version of RAZR I have, but the ring tones go into:
a/motorola/shared/audio/
and there are no 'MyToneDB.db' or 'TempToneDB.db' files located in any of the folders (I checked every folder).

The files that are already on my phone are MP3: 64kbps, 44100 kHz, mono, so if you're having trouble getting things to work I would recommend using this format.

Also what Yulong said.

If you dont want the audio for rintones, just connect the usb cable, to go"get tunes & tones", "sync music" and then use windows media player to copy the desired mp3 files.

Lilian said...

Thanks for the instruction! I got my ringtones transferred to the phone fine. However, some ringtones sound faster than normal and choppy when i play it on the phone. Does anyone has any idea why is that?? The other files i transferred are perfect. Seems like the tone with lyrics are the ones with the problem. Thanks in advance for any suggestion!

Anonymous said...

works fine for me!

did everything and worked out fine.

using orange network. its british/european i think.

Anonymous said...

lilian:

play it on your computer. make sure that maybe your converter isn't the thing that is messing up.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I just finished transfering pictures and videos to my computer from my husbands razor v3 phone. I followed everything just as you detailed and it worked great. Next I'm going to see about getting ringtones downloaded. Thanks again and God Bless

Wii Man said...

Followed everything, works perfect. Also, I'm Cingular.

Scuba said...

Ok, first I want to thank you for making this all possible. Though it was kinda hard to follow the right path to get everything going... My LCD on my phone fried (my V3) and I had received a replacement phone (a V3r). I didn't want to lose any of the pix I had or the ringtones I had purchased previously and p2K saved the day.

I got the USB charging up and running and then pulled everything (media and ringtones) down to my local computer from my old phone. Plugged in the new phone and upgraded to the latest p2K (version 4.9.8). This recognized my V3r.

After doing this, I went to put my old ringtones back on my new phone and got lost trying to figure out how to do it. I went to the \a p2k Phone System and I saw the database files that needed to be deleted. I copied over my mp3's and reset the phone. Nothing happened. What I had to do is delete those db files and then click over to the \c P2K Phone System and then to the audio directory. Here were the other mp3 files that were in my library on my phone. I uploaded my old ringtones to this directory and then double checked that the DB files were deleted off the \a P2K Phone System and then turned off my phone. I let it sit for about 15 seconds and turned it back on and VIOLA! There were my ringtones. Thanks a ton for this little program... I think I am addicted to making my own ringtones now.

Hope this explanation helped anyone who had similar problems. Just remember to check both the \a and the \c in P2KCommander. I am an old Cingular customer that is now an acquired ATT&T customer.

scuba

那年夏天 said...

It works perfect for me (Cingular). BTW, larger mp3 file (~700K) also works. Thank you for the guide.

Alex said...

i havent had a problem with it at all. i think the simplest way, everytime you put new ringtones in, make sure you delete the two .db files first, then just shut off the phone and turn it back on. and i dont believe that the carrier you have would make any difference, its more or less the phone folders itself.

Justin said...

It worked just fine for me without the need to delete the 2 .db files. Just make sure your left window is showing the files of your computer and the right is set to mobile user or mobile system to pull up the appropriate section of the phone to add the picture or ring tone to.
Also keep in mind that the file does not need to be 30 seconds max. You can make it as long as you want,just as long as you have the space on your phone. Its good if you want to use it as a temp mp3 player. The only thing to keep in mind is that the average call to voicemail time is around 30 seconds,so dont expect a full song to play during an incoming call.

Anonymous said...

will thesemethod work with a telus razr or do they block it off because ive tried and it gets on to my phonne just fine and i can play it but when i go to option theres no option to apply it as a ringtone.

Mathias.Conrad said...

Thx for your great help - your hint concerning those two *.db-files was great. Now it works fine for me!

Bob Zanis said...

Tried everything... cut mp3 to 25 sec and 280K, changed attributes, and deleted the DB files. It is a T-Moble Razor. Another observation is there are no other files other than the DB files in the Audio Folder, there is the subfolder vavr. Does not show up as a ringtone/sound.

Hai said...

Same thing here:

Motorazr v3 from Fido ( Ontario Canada )

The mp3 doesn't show up in sound - thus cant be selected as ringtone.

MPT works fine though.

Anonymous said...

I did everythign it said and still it doesn't show up on my phone. I Dont understand the one persons post about using drive a/ and drive c/ because only drive a/ is my phone drive. Drive c/ is my actuall computer one, so how could fone files be on my comp? I transfered everthign into different files, and deleted the 2. But still it does not show up on my phone, any ideas?

Anonymous said...

Like many, I had problems getting the ringtone to show up, but after reading Scuba's comment (see link below for quicker access) and trying his/her method, I got it to work. Thanks to both.

http://www.somelifeblog.com/2007/03/motorola-razr-v3-how-to-upload_07.html#comment-1467794144837518809

Anonymous said...

Like many, I had problems getting the ringtone to show up in my phone. But I went further by following what Scuba did, inserting the ringtone file in /c audio file after I put it in /a and had deleted those db files. Then I followed Yulong's comment, unchecking "System, Survive Mater Rest/Clear" on both files. Restarted phone, the song showed up. Wonderful. Thanks to all. More detail at their comments.

Yulong's comment: 8/10/2007 05:09:00 PM
Scuba's comment: 9/06/2007 12:31:00 PM

Texaswomyn said...

I have a new Motorola Razr V3 and want to make my own ringtones. I downloaded the MPT trial software to see if I could do it before I buy. The instructions say to change my phone's connection to USB and then to Data/Fax. When I go to Setup/Tools/Connection, the only options are Bluetooth and Sync. I have Cingular/ATT. Have they disabled the USB? Thanks for your help. I will continue to read on this website.
Thanks again, Texaswomyn

Anonymous said...

i figured out how to do it if there are no audio files in the audio folder where the files you have to delete are there may be another thing where you select the phone (by the reread button)one should show phone system another should show phone user phone system contains the files that you have to delete phone user contains ring tones in its audio folder and has a picture folder so put the ring tone you want in the phone user audio folder then delete the files that the guide says to tells you to delete

Anonymous said...

Ok people first tip is make sure that your phone isn't full of videos and pictures...that was my problem. Delete them! or transfer to your PC. The easiest way is to ahem...purchase...the "Motorola Phone Tools" software. This software worked perfectly and lets you create your own mp3 tones. The sound quality is perfect and you don't have to worry about bitrates and all that jazz. So just "purchase" the Motorola Phone Tools software. It will work!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the step by step directions. It worked perfectly for me when MPT was nothing but trouble. I just need to know if I'm supposed to delete the db files everytime I transfer an mp3, or is it just the first time?

Ken Hanscom said...

Unfortunately you need to delete them each time, that database (or DB files) keeps the list of your MP3 file / ringtones current.

claire said...

Hi I have read lots of your comments and still need some help. I have a motorola razer V3 and would like it to talk to my PC so I can load some favorite photos and ringtones. I have installed the V3 driver and C sync and the P2k the new material has been detected and I have followed all your instructions to intall from the V3 driver where I placed it . Thank you you were very clear about all that BUT my computer can not find the phone when I connect it via the USB, yes it is switched on. When I am using the PC sync it looks to connect the phone but can't find it. The UID extractor can extract the info ie the IEMI number. Any sugestions welcomed.

Anonymous said...

I delete MyToneDB.db and TempToneDB.db and then restart the phone. After restarting the phone, the files are regenerated, but it won't recognize any of the audio files now. It just seems to choose one and even if I change it, it will always play the one the phone seemed to choose. How do I fix this?

Mustafa said...

Hi, I'm a Canadian Fido customer... and I get through all the steps, and I get the song on my phone, the only problem is that about 17 seconds into the song, the sound goes all crazy and it sounds like its playing "under water".

Would this be because its 3:58 mins? Or is it because its about 3.5 MB? Or is it because I didn't delete TempToneDB.db?

Ken Hanscom said...

Most likely because of both size and length. If you need to both clip and shrink the song, there is a great guide on how to do that with iTunes here:

http://www.somelifeblog.com/2008/02/motorola-razr-ringtones-itunes-create.html

Charlie said...

I don't see the 'MyToneDB.db' and 'TempToneDB.db' files on my RAZR V3. I'm looking in the "audio" folder. Where would they be?

Anonymous said...

I have a RAZR V3 on AT&T (was Cingular previously) and followed all the directions exactly.. the ringtones show up on my phone, but when I select them only the first 2 seconds or so play and then they go silent. I have listened to the cut .mp3's on the computer, so I know they are okay... also, they are both under 300 kb and less than 30 seconds. Anyone have suggestions as to how I can fix this problem?

Anonymous said...

I have a Motorola 2007 Motorazr V3 phone with AT&T service provider and I was able to get the mp3 to play as a ringtone only after going to "My Stuff" "Sounds". Then I chose [New Playlist]. I gave a name to this and then pulled in the mp3 song. Then the phone could see the song as a ringtone. I was not able to see a c drive. The song was created using Audacity with a sampling freq of 44.1kHz, mono and 64 Bit rate.

Robert said...

On my (Motorola MOTORAZR V3 with AT&T service) there are no 'MyToneDB.db'and 'TempToneDB.db'files. Again I was able to get the mp3 as a ring tone by going to "My Stuff" then "Sounds". Then chose [New Playlist]. Gave it a name and selected the mp3 as the Audio File.

Cytizen said...

Hmm. I'm having sort of a different problem. I have an old v3 razr. I think the first one that came out. I did everything as described in the instructions. However, its not like I can't see my audio file on the phone. Nope. I can't even get into the folder that holds all the audio files.

I go to Settings - Ring Styles and then I click Vibe and Ring Detail. Thats the option that allows me to select my file. When I click it, it just jumps back to the Settings folder on the phone. I can't get the folder to open even. In p2k commander, i can see that the .db files were rebuilt properly. Everything's there. I just can't get into the ringtones folder anymore. How odd... any ideas?

Anonymous said...

I had a problem with getting the phone to recognize the file. It took several hours of experimentation, but I eventually figured out that in order for the phone to not say that the file is "corrupt," at least in my case, the file has to be less than 300k, less than 30 seconds, at 64kbps, and must be at 44.1 Khz. A good program to convert files by kbps and Khz is BonkEnc Audio Encoder.

Seth said...
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Anonymous said...

I have a razr v3 and when I click to access the phone from the drop menu on the left pane, my computer freezes up then restarts. what's going on?

Emily said...

I figured out why your guys songs weren't showing up. Take a look at the example song he used... Notice anything? THERE CAN BE NO SPACES. I had the same problem with mine. I uploaded it like this "10 Hai to Ame". It didn't work, so I went back and uploaded it this way "Hai_to_Ame". And then it worked. Try it that way, if it still doesn't work... well, I don't know what else to tell ya. Hoped that helped anyone!

JonBoy said...

The solution for RAZR V3 phones seems to be a combination of a few of the above comments.

1. Go into "/a P2k phone system" (from the pulldown menu) and click on "a", then "mobile", then "audio" and delete the tw .db files in there.

2. Now go into the "/c P2k phone user" (from the pulldown menu) and click on "mobile", then "audio". Insert your MP3 into that folder.

3. Your MP3 MUST be 64 Mbps at 44.1kHz or it will not be recognized! I tried it with 128 Mpbs and it didn't work. I used BonkEnc Audio to set the frequency and rate.

4. Unplug your phone, shut it down, then restart it. The file should be readily available from there. If it's not in the list of available tones, just find it under "My Stuff", then "Sounds". Highlight the sound, then hit the button to pull up a menu and choose the sound as the ring tone.

Easy stuff, once you know what to do!

Anonymous said...

i could only go as far as opening the music file , but i also cant see the audio file. what am i doing wrong?

Anonymous said...

I downloaded pk2 commander but it said windows does not know what program created it and therefore is not working.

Please help

Anonymous said...

works great for me.no size or length limitation in my phone for some reason.
thanx alot.