Creating Custom Ringtones For iPhone [Quicktip]

Bored with using the same ringtone as every other iPhone user out there, or do you have a special part of a song that you want to put as your personal ringtone? You can always check out ringtone sites to find the tune you like or, you can try to create your own custom iPhone ringtone.

Settings - Sounds

If you don’t already know, you have to use a unique ringtone file format that the iPhone recognizes, an m4r file format. With iTunes, you can easily create custom ringtones in m4r format, with any of your existing songs in your library.

We’ll show you how to slice up your favorite parts of a song in your iTunes library, then transfer it to your iPhone for use.

Creating The Unique iPhone Ringtone File

First select a song or sound clip from your iTunes library. Right click on the song and select Create AAC Version.

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iTunes will duplicate the same file with all its naming details, in a different format. You can tell them apart by right clicking on one of them and selecting ‘Get Info’. Under ‘Kind’, it should say AAC audio file.

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At the same window, select ‘Options’. Here, you determine the Start Time and Stop Time of the clip. The length should be less than 30 seconds. You will need to play the clip several times and use trial and error to get your snippet in the correct spot.

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Once you are satisfied, click ‘OK’.

Locate the same AAC file, right click on it and click on Create AAC Version to create a second version of the AAC file. iTunes will then create a version of that song that is only 30 seconds long.

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Now right click on your song snippet, and click on ‘Show in Windows Explorer’ (for Windows) or ‘Show in Finder’ (for Mac). Rename the file type from .m4a to .m4r, and give it a different name.

Tip: If you are not sure which file it is, the file size of the 30-second clip should be a lot smaller than the original AAC file.

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Once renamed, you can drag that .m4r file into iTunes.

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Transferring The Ringtone To Your iPhone

In iTunes, the ringtone you’ve created should be under Tones, and from there, you can rename it and then drag it into your iPhone. After that, click ‘Sync’.

On your iPhone, change the ringtone under Settings > Sounds.

Settings - Sounds

You can choose to delete the full AAC version of song to avoid duplicate files.

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An Alternative

If you think this process is too long, we have featured free apps that allow you to download free ringtones and alert tones to your iPhone. All you have to do is transfer it to iTunes and then to your iPhone.