How to Make Your Own Custom Sounds for Skype

Written by erin mcmanaway
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Skype is a free online voice chat and instant message program that allows you to text and voice chat with other Skype users. Similar to many instant message programs, Skype uses sounds to indicate chat status such as when you have received a new message, when you send a new message, when you have an incoming call or when a friend comes online. The sounds used in Skype are in the .wav sound format. You can replace the standard sounds with your own custom sounds as long as they are in the .wav format.

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  1. 1

    Download .wav sound effect files from free websites such as, or if you do not already have your own .wav files.

  2. 2

    Launch the Skype software on your computer.

  3. 3

    Click the “Tools” menu and choose “Options.”

  4. 4

    Click “Sounds” from the menu in the left pane to go to your sound options.

  5. 5

    Click the “Import Sounds” button to browse your computer for the .wav files you downloaded.

Tips and warnings

  • You can not use .mp3 format sound files with Skype. However, you can download and install MP3 to WAV conversion software that will allow you to change your MP3s to a WAV that can be used with Skype.

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