How To Create Ringtones Using iTunes?

Ringtones allow you to express yourself beyond the normal chirps, chimes, and radar sounds everyone else is using. With a little effort, songs you love will customize your iPhone experience.

The easiest way to add a ringtone to your iPhone is to buy it on the iTunes Store. But if you’d prefer not to spend money, create free ringtones using songs you already own, or visit a website that offers free, legal ringtones for download.

Make Ringtones From Songs You Own With iTunes

While it takes some effort, it is possible to create a new ringtone from a song you already own in your iTunes library. To do this, select a song you own that is saved to your local hard drive; your song can’t be in the cloud or streamed from the internet.

  • Step 1: Select a song in your iTunes library.

+ Mac users: Visit iTunes > Preferences > General.

+ Windows users: Visit Edit > Preferences > General.

+ At the bottom of the window > click Import Settings.

  •  Step 2:

+ In the Import Settings window: go to the the Setting dropdown.

Note which setting is currently selected so you can go back at the end of this process and restore it to your original choice.

+ Select High Quality (128 kbps) from the menu > click OK.

  • Step 3:

+ Locate your song in the iTunes library.

+ Listen to it and note the start and end times of the clip you want to make into a ringtone.

  • Step 4:

+ Right-click the song > and select Song Info.

+ Select the Options tab. Enter the start and stop times you noted in the available fields. Then select OK.

  • Step 5:

+ In the iTunes menu: select File > Convert > Create AAC version.

-> This will create a new file with only the clip between the start and stop times you set.

+ In the newly created music clip file in iTunes (it’ll have the same name as the original song but with a short time length): right-click on the new file > and select Show in Finder.

+ In the Finder window: right-click the new file > and select Rename. Change the extension from m4a to m4r (m4r is the file extension for ringtones) > and press Enter. You have now created a new ringtone!

Add the Ringtone to Your iPhone

Now that you’ve created your ringtone file, add it to your iPhone.

– Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer: at the top of the iTunes window > select your iPhone.

Step 2: In the left sidebar: under On My Device > select Tones.

– Step 3: From the Finder window: drag the new m4r ringtone file to iTunes > and drop it in the Tones folder.

– Step 4: At the bottom of the iTunes window: select Sync. When syncing is finished, your new ringtone will be alongside all the other ringtones on your iPhone.

>>> Read more: Steps To Set Custom Ringtone On iPhone X


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