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How to Create a Custom Ringtone For iPhone

Are you sick of using the same old ringtones that come with your iPhone? You have the option to create your own custom iPhone ringtone! This is ideal for those of you with unique tastes in music or who might want to use something more personal – like a recording of your child’s voice. So, rather than sift through free tones or purchase them with apps, check out the steps below to create your own.

Firstly, you have to use a unique ringtone file format that the iPhone recognizes called an m4r file format. Using iTunes you can create custom ringtones in m4r format from your existing songs in your library with ease.

What you’ll need to do is slice up your favorite parts of a song in your iTunes library and then transfer it to your iPhone. Here’s how:

Part 1: Creating the ringtone file in iTunes

Step 1: Select a song or sound clip from your iTunes library. Right click on the song and select Create AAC Version.

iTunes will auto-duplicate the exact same file with the same name, but in a different format (AAC Audio File). To tell them apart, right click on one of them and select ‘Get Info’. Under ‘Kind’ it will say AAC audio file.

Step 2: While at the same window, click on the ‘Options’ tab. Here, you determine the Start and Stop Time of the clip. The length must be less than 30 seconds. Hint: You will need to play the clip several times and use trial and error to get your snippet in the correct spot.

Once you are satisfied – click ‘OK’.

Step 3: Locate the same AAC file, right click on it and click on Create AAC Version to create a second version of the AAC file. iTunes will automatically create a version of that song that is only 30 seconds long. (The 30 second that you chose.)

Step 4: Now right click on your song snippet, and click on ‘Show in Windows Explorer’ (for Windows) or ‘Show in Finder’ (for Mac). Rename the file type from .m4a to .m4r and also give it a different name.

Hint: If you can’t tell which file is the shorter clip, it will be a lot smaller in size than the original AAC file.

Step 5: Next, you can drag that new, renamed .m4r file into iTunes.

Part 2: Transfer The Ringtone To Your iPhone

Step 1: In iTunes, the ringtone you’ve created should be under ‘Tones’, and from there, you can rename it and then drag it into your iPhone. After that, click ‘Sync’.

On your iPhone, change the ringtone under Settings > Sounds and you are good to go!

Hint: You might want to delete the full AAC version of song to avoid duplicate files.

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