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How to: Make any song your iPhone ringtone with iTunes!

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For those of you who are bored with the standard Apple ringtones you get on your iPhone – here is a quick n easy fix that will let you have any unprotected MP3 or AAC file as your ringtone!

After making the video I figured I’d do some screen shots to back it up as well [click to expand].  For some reason the resolution of the screen capture wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.

1. Select the file you want to use as a ringtone from the iTunes music folder.

2. Right click the file and go to the Get Info option.

3. Select the Options tab, then choose the Start Time and Stop Time for your ringtone.  Note – the maximum length is 39 seconds or less.  Select OK when done.

4. Keeping the file selected in the list, go to Advanced settings in the main menu bar and select Create AAC Version.

5. You will now see a new shortened AAC version of your selected track appear in the list.  Go back to the original file and deselect the Start Time and Stop Time settings.  This way you will not play a 30 second version of the song when you’re playing your music.

6. With the new file, drag it to the desktop and change the file type from M4a to M4r.  If the file types do not show, like in the image below then you may click this link for a quick explanation on how to make it appear.  It will not work by just adding .m4r to the file name.  Select ‘yes’ to any warning that pops up about changing the file type.

7. Delete the AAC version of the file (which you just created) from your iTunes folder, by selecting right click and delete.  Choose the option to move file to recycle bin.

8. Drag the new M4r file into the iTunes folder!  Then you’re DONE!  The ringtone symbol (if it didn’t appear before) will show up on the left hand side with your new custom file.


9. One last thing to make sure you do is to make sure you check the box to sync all ringtones next time you connect your iPhone.  This will automatically bring across any new ringtones you created.

I hope it works for you all!

12 Responses for “How to: Make any song your iPhone ringtone with iTunes!”

  1. Jo_hosker says:

    Thanks Locksley, that was very useful! Jo x

  2. Hey no problem, I'm glad you found it useful Jo! :-)

  3. Guest says:

    Thanks this really helped! :D

  4. Guesttt says:

    can't copy it back after changin it to m4r =S

  5. tina says:

    Hello – is there a way to add this ring tone to a LG phone? I tried just saving it to my card, but that did not work

  6. MMM says:

    Hi man.Thanx a lot.I've just get an iphone 3 and my version is 3.1.3. i've got it from a friend and there were applications installed on it.I would like to know if i can upgrade the iphone software and whcih version must i upgrade.i would also like to know if it is recomended to upgrade as i don't want to restore later coz i would lost the application whic have been downloaded by my friend.thanks for ur help

  7. sooo awesome thanks a bunch

  8. Yous says:

    I did all of it. What do I do after i sync my iphone? its not showing on the 'Ringtones' or in my 'Music' ! -.-

    • Bob says:

      go to settings then sound then ringtones and it will be there

      • Kandice says:

        Where, what settings? because i am having the same problem, it wont show up on itunes at all. it will play but it wont go into the playlist or anythin

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