How to create ringtones for your iPhone using iTunes

By , May 16, 2013

How to make ringtones 1How many times have you been sitting around with friends when their phone rings and you hear the opening theme to Knight Rider, or the subtle hum of the Starship Enterprise and thought to yourself, “Dang, I wish I had that ringtone.” Well, now you can and it won’t cost you a dime.

You can convert any song or audio clip in your iTunes library into a ringtone with a few simple steps. We’ve got a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to create awesome ringtones that will make you the envy of the party…

Note that there are different ways to create ringtones. In this post, we will show you how to create iPhone ringtones using iTunes.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your desktop or laptop computer.

Step 2: Pick the song or audio file you want to use from your iTunes library.

Step 3: Right click on the song and select “Get Info.”

In the Get Info window, selection the Options tab and change the Stop and Start Time to read the segment of the song that you want to save as a ringtone. The ringtone length cannot exceed 30 seconds. If you want to start at the beginning of the song, set the start time to 0:00 and the end time to the number of seconds you want the ringtone to be. If you want to start at the chorus of a song, play it first to determine what time the chorus starts and then use that number as the Start Time, and no more than 30 seconds after that as the Stop Time. For example, Start Time – 2:15, Stop Time – 2:45. When you have entered the Start and Stop Time, click OK.

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Step 4: Right click on the song again and select “Create Apple Lossless Audio File”

iTunes will take the segment you have just selected from the song in Step 3 and use it to create the new file. A second song with the same name but new length should appear right next to the original in iTunes.

Step 5: Right click on the new song and select “Show in Finder.” (If you are using a Windows-based operating system, select “Show in Windows Explorer)

The new song will show up in your Finder window as an .m4a file. Select it.

Step 6: Rename the extension of the file from .m4a to .m4r. Make sure you rename the extension, not the file. This step is very important. Changing it to .m4r turns the file into a ringtone.

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Step 7: Go back to iTunes and delete the newly created short song.

When asked whether you want to move the selected song to the Trash or keep it in iTunes, select “Keep File.” This step is also important. If you do not remove this song, the ringtone will not save to iTunes properly.

Step 8: Go back to Finder (or Windows Explorer) and double click on the .m4r file. The ringtone will automatically move to your iTune’s Tone library.

Step 9: Connect your iPhone to iTunes.

Step 10: Select the “Tones” tab from the iPhone section.

Under the Tones section, select “Sync All Tones” and then click on the “Sync” button at the bottom of the iTunes screen.

When your iPhone is done syncing, the new ringtones can be found in your Settings app on your device.

Go to Settings> Sounds> Ringtone and select your new clip. These clips can also be used as text message tones, so you can really let your creativity shine.

Now get out there and start making some sweet ringtones. I’m tired of hearing the same old “Marimba” song.

Apps that let you easily create ringtones directly from your iPhone:

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  • #hashtagmeister

    Thx!

  • rence

    I make it but when i go to sounds-ringtone, i didn’t see “new clip”…its soo sad..lol

  • ParaMark

    “Double click on the .m4r file. The ringtone will automatically move to your iTune’s Tone library.”

    No. It does NOT…

  • No Htet

    I can go through step 1 to 6, but I can’t in step 7. I select “show in window explorer” and my one show .MPEG.4, not .m4a so that I can’t change to .m4r and my trial is gone :(

  • UmpTC

    When I right click the title I want and then open the options tab, everything is grayed out and I can’t even select start and stop times…any suggestions?

  • Wes Greer

    Boo…Apple locked the “get info” window…….so long free ringtones….

  • Wes Greer

    Scratch that, my mistake, I was trying to edit songs that were on my cloud. You have to have them on your computer to edit them otherwise the options window to change the time will be clouded out.

  • Clarence Verdun

    Where is the tones tab I can’t find it!

  • Therxia Thais Rodriguez

    how do I change the M4A to M4R ?

  • Stefano

    that does not work

  • ChipAHoy

    The sync could not be completed because the connection to the iPhone was lost. I keep unplugging in the iPhone, and it is not working.

  • iheartdogs

    or make a tone using garageband, save it to iTunes, then do steps 9 and 10

  • Rach

    I dont know if anyone has said this and I haven’t read the comments but after you create the ringtone you need to go back to the original song you used then get info>options and uncheck ‘Start time’ and ‘Stop time’ or else it makes the whole song as long as the ringtone.

  • zayzayzay

    i didnt see the tones tab :(

  • Aso Asoasolo

    Waaahh.. So good explaination.. Thanks yeaah