You have many options for ringtones on your iPhone, but nothing screams for attention like your own favorite song. You can use iTunes to turn any of your music files into a 30-40 second ringtone clip. Once you've synced the new clip to your iPhone, you can set it as your global ringtone or assign it to a specific contact.
Part 1 of 3: Making the ringtone
Step 1. Download and install iTunes if you are using Windows
You can use iTunes to create a ringtone from a music file on your computer and then transfer it to your iPhone. If you are using Windows you will need to download and install iTunes. On a Mac, it's already installed.
- You can download iTunes for free from apple.com/itunes/download/.
- It is highly recommended that you use the most recent version of iTunes, as syncing your ringtones has become a lot easier in the later versions.
- There are apps and websites to create ringtones from your songs, but you still need iTunes to sync the file you created to your iPhone. For this reason, creating the ringtone directly in iTunes is much easier.
Step 2. Load the song you want to make ringtone into iTunes
You must add the song to your iTunes library before you can turn it into a ringtone.
- You can drag the song to the iTunes screen to add it to your library.
- You can also click File → Add File to Library (PC) or iTunes → Add to Library and search for the file.
- If you can't add the song to your library, the format may not be compatible. Check out this wikiHow for instructions on converting most types of audio files to MP3 format.
Step 3. Play the song to find a good ringtone clip
Your ringtone clip can be up to 40 seconds long. Find the right part of the song for the perfect ringtone.
Step 4. Determine the start and end point of the clip
Write down the start position in minutes and seconds and do the same for the end position. This makes it easier to create a fragment.
Step 5. Right click on the song and choose 'Show info'
A new screen will appear with more information about the file.
Step 6. Click on the 'Options' tab
Below it you will see fields for start and stop times.
Step 7. Enter the times you wrote down in the Start and Stop fields
Make sure the checkboxes are checked to make the new times active.
Step 8. Test your snippet and adjust
Close the Show Info screen and click "Play" in iTunes to listen to your clip. You can go back to the Options tab to make adjustments down to the hundredth of a second. Keep testing until it sounds just right for your ringtone.
Remember that your clip should be 40 seconds or less
Step 9. Right click on the song and choose 'Create an AAC Version'
You will see a new copy of your song appear in the library. The original is the full length of the song, while the new copy is the length of the ringtone clip.
If you don't see 'Create an AAC Version', click on the 'Edit' or 'iTunes' menu and choose 'Preferences'. Click the 'Import Settings' button and choose 'AAC Encoder' from the 'Import Using' menu
Step 10. Right click on the new copy and choose Show in Windows Explorer (PC) or Show in Finder (Mac)
A program explorer screen will open and your new copy will be highlighted.
Step 11. Enable the file extensions if you are using Windows
You are going to change the file format by renaming the extension, but these are hidden from many Windows users. If the extensions are enabled, you will see.m4a at the end of the snippet name. If not, you need to enable the file extensions to continue:
- Windows 10, 8.1, and 8 – Click the 'View' menu in Windows Explorer. Make sure the 'File name extensions' checkbox is checked to enable extensions.
- Windows 7 and older - Open the Control Panel from the Start menu. Choose 'Folder Options' or 'Appearance and Personalization' and then 'Folder Options'. Click on the 'View' tab. Uncheck 'Hide extensions for known file types'.
Step 12. Right click on the clip and choose 'Rename'
Allows you to change the file extension.
Make sure you click the file in File Explorer and not in your iTunes library
Step 13. Change the extension.m4a to.m4r
This changes the file into a format that iTunes and your iPhone recognize as a ringtone.
You will likely be warned that this could cause your file to malfunction. You can safely proceed
Step 14. Open your iTunes library
Switch back to your iTunes screen so that you see the original song and the copy.
Step 15. Delete the copy from iTunes, but not from your computer
Right-click the clip in iTunes and choose Delete. Choose 'Keep file' when prompted. If you delete the file, you'll have to start all over again. You just want to remove the file from your iTunes library.
Step 16. Drag and drop the.m4r file into the iTunes screenThis will add it to your iTunes library. You can now transfer the ringtone to your iPhone.
Part 2 of 3: Transferring the ringtone
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer
If you have connected your iPhone to your computer before, it will automatically appear in iTunes. If not, you will be prompted to do the initial setup in iTunes. This will only take a moment and will only name your iPhone in iTunes.
You may need to click "Trust" in the popup that appears on the iPhone screen
Step 2. Open the Ringtones library in iTunes
Click the '…' button at the top of the iTunes screen and choose the 'Show' option. It has a Clock as its icon. You should see a list of available ringtones in your library, including the ringtone you created in the previous section.
Step 3. Drag the ringtone with your mouse
A side panel should open on the left side of the screen showing your iPhone in the "Devices" section.
Step 4. Drag your ringtone file to your iPhone on the left side panel
Here it will be transferred directly to your iPhone.
If you can't transfer your ringtone like this, choose your iPhone from the top row of buttons. Click the 'Show' option in the side panel on the left, which will appear once you have chosen your device. Check 'Sync tones' and choose the ringtone you want to transfer. Click 'Apply' to transfer the ringtone
Part 3 of 3: Changing your ringtone
Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone
Once the ringtone has been transferred, you can set it as your ringtone or assign it to a specific contact.
Step 2. Choose 'Sound'
This will open your device's sound options.
Step #3. Tap on 'Ringtone' option
All available ringtones are shown.
Step 4. Choose your new ringtone
Ringtones that you have added yourself are at the top of the list. Tap it to set it as your default ringtone.
If you can't find your ringtone, it may have been longer than 40 seconds
Step 5. Set your ringtone for a particular contact
You can assign different ringtones to specific contacts.
- Open the Contacts app.
- Tap the contact you want to assign a special ringtone to.
- Tap Edit in the top right corner.
- Tap the 'Ringtone' option.
- Choose the ringtone you want to use.