How to Make Ringtones for iPhone with iTunes

This article will help you to make Customized ringtones for your iPhone with the Help of iTunes software. You can also watch the below video for that.

For people in the world, ringtones with a different kind of music is a way of expressing their attitude for the day or that time. But when people think about settings customized ringtone for their iPhone they have only 2 options chimes and ripple. So iPhone users need a ringtone that suits and shows their personality with the choice of their music.

We all have iTunes in our Mac with some favorite songs of us which we love so why not convert those songs on iTunes to Ringtone for your iPhone. As of today, there are so many free apps and ringtone maker to make ringtones that nobody wants to pay.

Still, there are some people who don’t know how to make ringtones with iTunes or some ringtone cutter software or sites which are online. Garageband is also a kind of software by Apple for Mac Users to make ringtones or customized music for their iPhone.

Although making a ringtone with iTunes process is bit long and you need to spend a lot of time, copying files, transferring them to iTunes, change their extension from mp3 to m4r. So we decided to write a guide on How to make free ringtones for iPhone using iTunes whether you want to make country music or Jazz music your ringback tone.

Select a Song and Convert it to AAC Version

1. Open iTunes and update it if it is not up to the recent version as that is required in the process.

You can do that by simply going to application folder and from there find the check for update options and click it. If you are having Windows 10 in Mac that you can do so by clicking the Help option in the menu bar under playback buttons, and select Check for Updates.

2. Select your Fav Song

Now choose your favorite song to make a ringtone for iPhone. One thing to keep in mind that iPhone ringtones run in the loop means one part of ringtones run for max 30 seconds so find a part of the song that runs for 30 sec max.

3. Cut the song with Adding Start and Stop Time

iTunes is one of the best software to make ringtones with start and stop feature to cut songs and turn into a ringtone. You can choose any specific start and end time for a ringtone. That’s how we choose a part of a song as a ringtone.

  • Right click on the song you want to convert and select song info and click
  • Go to the options tab and find the start and stop box
  • Enter the start and stop timing and Press ok. Do remember that max 30 seconds. Like we used 0:12 to 0:42 seconds.

4. Now Make an AAC version of Cut Song

Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is an audio format for using lossless audio compression better than MP3 with less storage space. We have asked you to update iTunes with latest version 12.8 as it has options to convert to AAC.

After setting up Start and Stop timing and Clicking OK. Go to File > Convert > Convert to AAC Version. 

With this, you have made the AAC version of the selected portion of the song. Copy of Cut part will appear below the song in Itunes Library.

5. Copy to Desktop and Delete Old One

Now drag the AAC version of the created file from iTunes to Desktop.

Now you can delete that cut song of 30 seconds from iTunes by Right Click and select Delete from Library. Then, click the Delete File button, if prompted.

Changing The Extension And Setting Your Ringtone

6. To Set as Ringtone Change the Extension

As we know or if you don’t know for iPhone to set as any song as a ringtone its extension must be .m4r but you have noticed that above AAC file we created has extension .m4a. So we need to convert it to .m4r.

Now Click on the file on the desktop that you dragged from iTunes in above step, change the extension .m4a to .m4r. To Confirm, Click the Use .m4r or Yes button.

For Windows 10 Users, Who are not able to see the file extension as it is hidden as to now show file extension in windows, you need to follow below:

i) Go to Control Panel > Appearance > Personalization

ii) Find File Explorer

iii) Click View Tab and find the Hide Extension for known file types and Uncheck it.

iv) Now Apply changes.

Now you can go to file and change the extension from m4a to m4r in same as above.

7. Transfer File to iPhone

Now to add that m4r file to iPhone to set as a ringtone,

i) Connect iPhone to MAC or Windows PC.

ii) Select iPhone and Go to Summary Sections > to Options

iii) Check Manually manage music and videos box and Apply

iv) Select Tones Tab in iPhone

v) Now drag .m4r file from desktop to iTunes which will automatically sync the ringtone with your iPhone

Note: In case of issues of file not transferring or not seeing above mentioned options reconnect the iPhone with MAC/PC.

8. Set Ringtone of your iPhone

Now Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone and find the dragged ringtone.

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Updated: April 5, 2021 — 7:23 am

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