How to Create Ringtones for iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Creating Ringtones for iPhone

Do you want to personalize your iPhone with a custom ringtone? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of creating your own unique ringtones for your iPhone using simple steps. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Choosing the Song

Pick a song that you would like to use as your ringtone. It can be any song from your personal music library or even a downloaded track. Keep in mind that shorter sections of songs work best as ringtones, so try to choose a segment that is around 30 seconds long.

Step 2: Editing the Song

To edit the song and select the desired section for your ringtone, you’ll need to use an audio editing software. There are many options available, both paid and free. One popular choice is Audacity.

Here’s how you can edit the song using Audacity:

  1. Import the Song: Open Audacity and import the selected song by clicking on “File” in the top menu, then selecting “Open”.
  2. Select the Section: Use Audacity’s tools to highlight and select the section of the song that you want as your ringtone.
  3. Cut and Trim: Once selected, click on “Edit” in the top menu and choose “Cut” to remove everything except for your chosen segment.
  4. Export as MP3: Finally, go to “File” and select “Export” or “Export as MP3” to save your edited segment as an MP3 file.

Step 3: Converting to M4R

Now that you have your edited segment as an MP3 file, it’s time to convert it to the M4R format required for iPhone ringtones. Follow these steps:

  1. Change File Extension: Locate the MP3 file on your computer and change the extension from “.mp3” to “.m4r”.
  2. Add to iTunes: Open iTunes and drag the renamed file into your iTunes library.
  3. Synchronize with iPhone: Connect your iPhone to your computer and sync it with iTunes to transfer the new ringtone to your device.

Step 4: Setting the Ringtone on iPhone

After syncing, you can now set your custom ringtone on your iPhone. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings: Tap on the “Settings” app on your iPhone’s home screen.
  2. Select Sounds & Haptics: In the settings menu, tap on “Sounds & Haptics” or “Sounds” depending on your iOS version.
  3. Choose Ringtone: Under the “Sounds and Vibration Patterns” section, tap on “Ringtone”.
  4. Select Custom Ringtone: Scroll down and look for your newly added custom ringtone under the “Ringtones” section. Tap on it to set it as your default ringtone.


You have successfully created and set a custom ringtone for your iPhone. Enjoy hearing a unique sound whenever someone calls you!

In conclusion, creating ringtones for your iPhone is a fun way to personalize your device. With a bit of editing and conversion, you can turn any song into a unique ringtone that reflects your style. Follow these steps, and you’ll be setting custom ringtones in no time!

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