The iPhone has been around for a long time, yet there is still no easy way to add custom ringtone on iPhone but it’s still possible.
If you don’t want to buy ringtones or use the ones provided with your iPhone, you can create one yourself with iTunes.
This process has changed slightly with iTunes 12.7. The “Toni” library that you previously synchronized with your iPhone has been removed, but you can still manually place the ringtone files on your phone.
All ringtones stored on iTunes are now found here:
C:\Users\NAME\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Tones\on PC
~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Tones/on Mac.
First step: install iTunes
You almost never have to use iTunes with a modern iPhone, but adding custom ringtones requires it anyway.
On a Windows PC, you will need to install the latest version of iTunes from Apple. On a Mac, iTunes is already installed and ready for use. This process will work on Mac or Windows PC.
Update : Apple no longer offers iTunes with macOS Catalina. The instructions in this article only work if you are using iTunes on Windows or if you have an older version of macOS that still has iTunes.
Step 2: choose an audio file to be the custom ringtone on iPhone
Of course, you will need an audio clip that you want to convert and use as a ringtone for this. You probably already have an idea of what you want to use. if not, go ahead and find something you like. You can use absolutely any audio file.
The ringtone file must be a maximum of 40 seconds long. iTunes will refuse to copy ringtones longer than 40 seconds to the phone.
If the file is long and you want to use only a part of it, you can reduce it to the desired part using an audio editor. You can use any audio editor you like. We at guidesmartphone liked the free and open source Audacity audio editor for audio editing, but it’s more complex than necessary, for simple things like this, we recommend a simple online tool like mp3cut.net .
- To use this website, click on the “Open file” button and select the MP3 file or other type of audio file you want to edit. It can also extract audio from video files.
- Select the part of the audio file you want to use and click on the “Cut” button.
- Download the edited clip to your PC. This is the file you will need to import into iTunes.
Step three: convert MP3 to AAC
There is a good chance that your audio file is in MP3 format. You will need to convert it to the AAC format to use it as a ringtone. (If your audio file is already in AAC format or has an .m4r extension, you can skip this part.) First, add the audio file to iTunes and individualize it in your library.
- You can do this by dragging the file directly into the iTunes library. Look in the Library> Songs for the file later.
- Select the audio file in iTunes and click File> Convert> Create AAC version.
Step four: rename the AAC file
You’ll end up with two copies of the same song file in the iTunes library: the original MP3 version and the new AAC version.
- To keep track of which one, right-click on the headings in the library and enable the “Type” column.
- You will see a new “Type” column that tells you which file is which. The “MPEG audio file” is the original MP3, while the “AAC audio file” is your new AAC file. You can right-click on the version of the MPEG audio file (which is MP3) and remove it from your library if you wish.
- Now you have your ringtone file as an AAC file. However, you need to change the file extension for iTunes to recognize it as a ringtone file.
- First, drag and drop the AAC file from the iTunes library onto the desktop or any other folder on your system.
- You will get the ringtone file as an AAC file with the extension .m4a. Change the file extension to .m4r. For example, if the file is called Song.m4a, change it to Song.m4r.
Step 5: add the ringtone file to your phone
- Finally, connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac with the included USB to Lightning cable: it’s the same cable you use to charge your iPhone.
- Unlock your iPhone and tap the “Trust” option on its screen to confirm that you want to trust your computer if you haven’t previously connected your phone to iTunes on that PC or Mac.
- You will be asked to enter your PIN.
- In iTunes, click on the device icon that appears to the left of “Library” on the navigation bar.
- Click on the “Tones” section under On my device in the left sidebar.
- Drag and drop the .m4r ringtone file from its folder into the Tones section of iTunes.
Update : If drag and drop does not work, use copy and paste instead. Select the ringtone file in File Explorer and press Ctrl + C, or right-click and select copy. Then, click inside the list of tones within iTunes and press Ctrl + V to paste it.
iTunes will sync the ringtone to your phone and immediately appear in Tones.
Step 6: choose custom ringtone on iPhone
Now you can take your iPhone and go to Settings> Sounds and Haptics> Ringtone and choose your personalized ringtone. Any custom ringtones you’ve added will appear at the top of the list.
You can also assign that ringtone to a specific contact, so you know who is calling you just by listening to the sound.
To remove ringtones, reconnect your phone to iTunes and go back to the On My Device> Tones section. Right-click on a tone and select “Remove from Library” to remove it from the device.
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