How to make ringtones for your iPhone with iTunes
June 21, 2010 / Updated: June 21, 2010 / Lena Shore
Sometimes the built in ringtones just won’t do it for you and your iPhone. Maybe you’d like to make a recording of your friend saying “It’s Susan! Pick up!” and assign it to Susan. Or you want a bit of your favorite song that you can’t find an existing ringtone. Whatever your reason, making a new ringtone is pretty easy.
- Launch iTunes.
- Find the song or sound you want to make into a ringtone and give it a listen.
- Your ringtone needs to be less than 40 seconds long. If your sound/song is less than 40 seconds, you can skip to step 11. If it is longer than 40 seconds, keep reading.
- Listen to the song/sound and find the part of it you want to use. Note the start and stop times of the section of the song/sound you want to use.
- Right-click the song and select “Get Info.”
- Click the “Options” tab.
- Type in the start time of your ringtone in the text box next to “Start Time” in the minutes:seconds (i.e., 2:01) format.
- Type in the end time of your ringtone in the text box next to “Stop Time.” Again, make sure the ringtone is no more than 40 seconds long.
- Click “OK.”
- Right-click your song again and select “Convert Selection to AAC.” Wait for iTunes to convert your song. It will create a duplicate version.
- Right-click the ringtone and select “Delete.”
- Click on the “Keep Files” button.
- Find the file. It’s usually in your User folder under “Music > iTunes > iTunes Music” and under the artist’s name. It will have an extension of m4a.
- Replace the m4a extension of your ringtone with m4r. You can either double-click slowly to rename your file, or right-click and select “Get Info” on a Mac or “Rename” on a Windows PC.
- Click “Use .m4r” or the PC equivalent when the system warns you that the change may affect the use of your file.
- Double-click the ringtone file. ITunes will automatically add it to your ringtones folder in your iTunes Music Library.
- Connect your iPhone and sync your ringtones.