How to Create a Ringtone for iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Creating a Ringtone for iPhone

Do you want to customize your iPhone by creating your own unique ringtones? With just a few simple steps, you can easily create personalized ringtones that will make your iPhone stand out from the crowd. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of creating a custom ringtone for your iPhone.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Song

The first step in creating a ringtone is to choose the song you want to use. Keep in mind that shorter songs or sections of songs work best as ringtones. You can choose any song from your iTunes library or purchase one from the iTunes Store.

Step 2: Opening iTunes

Once you have selected the song, open iTunes on your computer and locate the song in your library. You can do this by clicking on “Music” in the left sidebar and then finding the song in the main window.

Step 3: Editing the Song

Select the song by clicking on it once, and then click on “File” in the top menu bar. From the dropdown menu, select “Get Info.” A new window will appear with various tabs.

Click on the “Options” tab and look for a section called “Start Time” and “Stop Time.” Check both boxes and enter the start and stop times for your ringtone. Remember, ringtones should be no longer than 30 seconds.

Note: If you are unsure about which part of the song to use as a ringtone, preview different sections by using the play button located next to each field.

Click on “OK” to save your changes.

Step 4: Creating an AAC Version

Right-click on the song again and this time, select “Create AAC Version” from the context menu. iTunes will create a duplicate of the song with the specified start and stop times.

Note: If you don’t see “Create AAC Version” in the context menu, go to “Preferences” in the top menu bar, click on “General,” and then click on “Import Settings.” In the dropdown menu next to “Import Using,” select “AAC Encoder.” Click on “OK” to save your changes.

Step 5: Renaming the Ringtone

Right-click on the newly created AAC version of your song and select “Show in Finder” (Mac) or “Show in Windows Explorer” (Windows). This will open a new window showing where your ringtone file is located.

Rename the file extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r”. This step is important as it converts your audio file into a format recognized as a ringtone by iPhones.

Step 6: Adding the Ringtone to iTunes

Double-click on the renamed file, and it will automatically be added to your iTunes library under the “Tones” section.

Note: If you don’t see a “Tones” section in your iTunes library, go to “Preferences,” click on “General,” and then check the box next to “Tones.

Step 7: Syncing with Your iPhone

Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable and open the device in iTunes by clicking on the iPhone icon in the top menu bar.

Go to the “Tones” tab, check the box next to “Sync Tones,” and select the ringtone you created from the list of available tones.

Click on “Apply” or “Sync” to transfer the ringtone to your iPhone. Once the sync is complete, you can find your custom ringtone in the “Settings” app on your iPhone under “Sounds & Haptics” > “Ringtone.”


Congratulations! You have successfully created a custom ringtone for your iPhone. Now you can enjoy a personalized sound every time someone calls or texts you.

In this tutorial, we learned how to choose a suitable song, edit it in iTunes, create an AAC version, rename it with the correct file extension, add it to iTunes, and sync it with your iPhone. With these simple steps, you can create as many custom ringtones as you like and make your iPhone truly unique.

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