Have you ever listened to a ringtone in a crowded place and looked at your phone to discover that the stranger had the same thing as you? Preset ringtones available on iPhones do work, but many users feel they have no price tag and may feel bored after a while. Picking a tone from the setlist may be limited as there are not many original sounds, and you may be wondering how to access other options. We will discuss how to make iPhone ringtones with iTunes.
If you are looking to customize your iPhone, we recommend looking at creating your ringtones. It’s easier than you think, and there’s no limit to the songs and sounds you can turn into a ringtone.
How to make iPhone ringtones with iTunes or iMusic
Step 1: Choose and update iTunes or iMusic
Start by introducing iTunes on Windows or macOS. Before we get started, you’ll want to make sure you’re using the latest iTunes version. To view macOS – High Sierra or earlier – click iTunes on the App Toolbar and click the Checkbox for updates from the resulting drop-down menu. If you are using the latest Windows 10, click the help option in the menu bar below the play buttons, then select Check for updates near the bottom of the drop-down list.
If you have macOS Catalina, you may have noticed that iTunes has hidden. Still, don’t worry, you can find the functions you need in Apple’s music app. Just log in to the Apple Music app to find your library. Depending on how big your Music is, you may need to consider how to remove digital rights management (DRM), which is unknown.
Step 2: Choose a song
Here’s the fun part – choose a song you’d like to use as your new iPhone tone. Remember that iPhone ringtones play continuously for 30 seconds (or less), so do not choose something you will regret later. Once you have selected the correct song, memorize or record the first time and pause the 30-second portion you want to use.
Step 3: Enter the start and stop times
The most popular features of iTunes and Music is the ability to “plant” songs and videos, allowing you to select particular times to start and end. This way, we will choose the part of the song that we will use as the ringtone. First, right-click or Ctrl; click the song you want and select Song Information from the result drop-down list.
Then select the Options tab at the top of the window. There should be rooting and setting roles. Enter the times you want. Remember that ringtones are 30 seconds long, so keep them even if the length is less. For our purposes, we will use part of the song from 0:12 to 0:42. When you’re done, click OK below.
Step 4: Create an AAC version
Apple’s audio version is AAC because it offers the same sound quality as MP3, but it takes up less storage space. The new versions of iTunes allow you to make an AAC version of any song of your choice, fun when you need to save hard drive space or create a ringtone. Once you have set your stop and pause times and select a song, go to File> Convert> Convert to AAC Version. Because the song’s start times and position are set, creating an AAC version will create a copy of that particular part of the song. A copy will automatically appear in your iTunes library, right under the original song, cut in 30 seconds.
Step 5: Copy your new File and delete the old one
When you’re done, click the AAC version of your song and drag it to your desktop or the location you want. This will copy the File to this location.
You probably no longer need the abbreviated song in iTunes, so it makes sense to delete the File to clean up any unnecessary clutter and make sure you don’t accidentally play it when you want to listen the full song. Right-click or Ctrl-click on AAC file in iTunes, then selects Delete from the library from the resulting drop-down menu. Then click the Delete File button when prompted.
Change the extension and set your ringtone
Step 6: Change the extension
AAC files usually use the “.m4a” file extension, which you can see when you click on your AAC file. However, in ringtones, iTunes uses the “.m4r” extension, which is precisely the same as .m4a with a different name. You will need to convert the extension from .m4a to .m4r to use the clip as a ringtone. Navigate to desktop – or where you saved the File – click on the file name, & then change your extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r.” Click the Apply .m4r or Yes button in the popup window to confirm the changes.
When changing the extension, make sure you do not use the “_” subtitle or another symbol, such as hyphen, in the file name as this will prevent you from working.
If you are using Windows, you may find that you cannot change the file extension, at least automatically. This is because your system is programmed to hide file extensions. To change this, select the Control Panel on the Start menu – you can search it in the Control Panel app in Windows 10 – and select the look and customization.
Now select the View tab, uncheck the box next to Hide extensions for known file types, and then choose the Apply button at the bottom of the window. You should now be able to see and edit the file extension.
Step 7: Upload the File to your iPhone
To add a .m4r ringtone file to your iPhone, connect your device to your computer using a USB power cable. After that, select the iPhone icon in the top left corner. Scroll to the Summary section and scroll down to Options. Check the box next to Handwrite Music and Videos and click Apply. Now, drag the .m4r File to the Tones tab located under My Device, automatically syncing the ringtone to your iPhone.
If you are using macOS Catalina and do not have iTunes, then open the finder, and click your iPhone in the sidebar. You may need to select the Trust button and continue the process to unlock your iPhone on your Mac. From there, the steps are the same. Select the General tab, check on the box next to hands to manage Music and videos, and click Apply. But in this case, there are no Tone Tones, drag the ringtone file on the name of your iPhone on the General tab. And that will sync your ringtone to your phone.
Note: If you have problems dragging a .m4r file into the tones tab after applying the changes, disconnect your iPhone and restart iTunes. After that, connect your iPhone and try pulling the File again in the window.
Step 8: Set your ringtone now
Go to Settings> Sounds & Haptics> Ringtone and select your desired ringtone from the top of the resulting list. Remember that you should always set a new ringtone as your text, voicemail, or email tone in addition to your Facebook post notification sound and tweets. The tone for Apple, so you can use it as the default sound for any notification or warning. Now, you can make iPhone ringtones and repeat the process as needed.