[How To] Create Custom Ringtones For iPhone Using iTunes

Tired of listening to your old ringtone? Don’t wish to download what others already have? Create your custom ringtone for free by using iTunes and music files installed on your computer. Once accomplished, you’ll be making customized ringtones, even faster than you can download them.

iSmashphone is glad to roll out a how-to-guide, designed for both Mac and Windows users. Follow the steps outlined below to create your own tones right from your computer. Note: This method only works with songs that are DRM free. 

Step 1: 

Open the music file in iTunes which you want to convert into an iPhone ringtone. Play the file, listen to it and note down the start and end time of the part you want to set as your ringtone. (Note: The selection should not be more than 40 seconds).

Step 2:

Select the song ->Right-Click on the music file -> Select Get Info

Step 3: 

Click the Options Tab and enter the Start and Stop Time (make sure that you don’t exceed the 40 seconds limit) and now press OK. 

Step 4:

Select the file -> click on Advanced menu -> Create AAC Version


Right click on song -> Create AAC Version

This will extract to:

Step 5:

Simple drag and drop the newly created file on your desktop.

Step 6:

Change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r

Step 7:

After creation of this *.m4r file, you can delete it from iTunes. Right click on the AAC version of the file and select Delete.

Step 8:

Double click on the file or drag and drop the file you have copied on desktop. This will add in Ringtones section of your iTunes. If the “Ringtones” option is hidden under “Library” section on the left pane of iTunes, click on “Edit” at the top of the menu and select “Preferences” and check the “Ringtones” check box and click the OK button.

Step 9:

Connect your Apple iPhone with the computer and search the device using iTunes and sync the Ringtones. After Sync completion of iPhone ringtones, you would be able to see the new ringtone in your iPhone under settings -> sounds -> ringtones.

This method is still our favorite: Getting Free iPhone Ringtones in Under One Minute 





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