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Are you tired of listening to the same old ringtones on your iPhone? Well, don’t you worry! In this article, you will learn a method to create a custom ringtone for iPhone. The best part? You don’t need any third-party app! You can do it with iTunes on your PC with Windows or Mac. So without further ado, let’s start the process immediately.

How to Create Custom Ringtone For iPhone

Steps to Create Custom Ringtone for iPhone:

To create custom ringtone you need to follow the steps listed below. Don’t get confused by seeing multiple steps . Its really simple and easy.

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Step #1: Adding The File To iTunes:

The first thing you need is the sound file you want to use. Ensure that it is available and compatible with your iTunes. That’s right! You will need iTunes on your PC or Mac to get the custom ringtone. To add the file to iTunes. Use the following:

  • Go to File.
    Go to File
  • Then click on Add to library.
  • Find the file you want to add to your iTunes collection.
  • Select it to upload it. It’s that simple.

Step #2: Setting The Time Limit:

Before you can convert your file or use it as any kind of ringtone, you need to trim and set a time limit. As a general rule, ringtones should be around 30 seconds. Message or notification tones should be 5 to 10 seconds. You can rely on any dedicated sound editor for the process and install an app for that. Or, you can do it in your iTunes, as well. The methods could be equally long. If you don’t have a sound editor, follow these steps:

  • Right-click the sound file you want to use.
  • Click on the ‘Get info’ or ‘Sound info’ option. The option will vary depending on the iTunes version.
  • In there, find ‘Options.’
  • Now, find ‘Start’ and ‘Stop.’ There will be a check box next to them. Click on it to make these options editable.
  • Next to these options (Start and Stop), you will find the number value.
  • Now in the start, choose the exact duration in the file from where you want the tone to start. In the stop, select where you want it to end.
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  • As mentioned before, make sure to follow 30 seconds and 5-10 second rule.
  • You might have to first listen to the sound file to ensure that you got it.
  • The values will be in seconds after decimals and in minutes before the decimal point.
  • Once you’ve decided the time, click ‘OK.’

Now you’ve set the length. Your iTunes will trim it for you. Don’t worry. It won’t affect your original file at all. There’s no need for you to create a backup for the existing file.

Step #3: Changing The File Type – Getting The Ringtone File

Your phone’s ringtones have a different format. Before that, you would have to change it to a format readable by your iPhone. For that, follow these steps:

  • Go to the preferences of your iTunes.
  • Navigate to general and find the ‘Import Settings’ option
    Import Setting
  • Now change the ‘Import Using’ settings to ‘AAC Encoder
  • The latest version of iTunes will allow you to click the file and choose convert.
  • The older version requires you to right-click the sound file and click on ‘Create ACC Version.’
    Create New AAC Version
  • This will create a new file with the exact duration you chose previously in the value. It will be in the ACC format.

Step #4: Converting AAC version to convert it to .m4r format:

You don’t need a file or sound converter for this process at all. Follow through with these steps:

  • If you’re using Mac, it will require you to right-click the file and select ‘Show in Finder’
  • For Windows ‘Show in Windows Explorer.’
  • Now once it appears in the respective window, right-click and select rename.
  • Now, simply keep the name or change it as you like. Remove the end of the file’s name that would be something like ‘.acc’ or something. Replace it with ‘.m4r.’
  • You will get a prompt to change the file type. Select Yes.

What If The Function Isn’t Working?

If it isn’t showing an extension while renaming, you might have to rename the file again with that function enabled for it to work. To enable the function, Make sure that ‘Filename extension’ is activated if you use Windows 8 or 10. In Windows 7, the Organize command in the Explorer window will have ‘Folder and search options.’ Go there and uncheck the ‘Hide file extensions’ option.

Remember – Edit Your Original File

Now that you have a new file, there’s no need for you to keep the original file in the edited state. If you play it currently, you won’t be able to play it from beginning to end. It will play from the values you chose for it. Therefore, you have to undo the option. For that:

  • Go back to the ‘Get info’ or ‘Song info’ of your original file and click the start and stop again to deselect them.
  • This will retain your sound file’s original duration.

 Step #6: Getting File To Your iPhone:

Now the hard part is done. All you need to do is transfer the file back to your iPhone.

  • Connect your Phone to your PC and transfer the file through iTunes.
  • Make sure to find ‘Tones’ in your iPhone’s category while using iTunes.
  • Drag and drop the file from your explorer to the Tones folder.

To set the ringtone or other tones: 

  • Go to settings of your iPhone, Find Sounds Option.
    Iphone Setting
  • There you will find both Ringtone and Text tone.
    Ringtone and Text Tone
  • Select the tone you’ve created. It’s that easy!

To set the tone for Alarm tone:

  • You will need to go to Clock.
  • Make a new Alarm or click on ‘Edit’ in the pre-existing alarm.
  • Select Song.
  • Now, it will enable you to select complete songs as Alarm or the file you’ve created.
  • If you choose ‘Pick a song,’ you can upload a complete song.
  • If you have the custom ringtone, select it, and save the Alarm.

What Kind Of Sounds Can You Use?

As long as you have the sound file, you can use any kind of sound. It can be your favorite song, music, sound effect, voice message, or anything else. You can follow the above-given steps to change it efficiently.


Now have fun and experiment with new and custom sounds. Add as many as you like or share this creative idea with your friends. Indeed, the process is a little extensive. However, with some practice, it will become a piece of cake. After all, you don’t have to buy any third-party app to convert or use the tones. What else do you need? So go ahead and have fun with new ones every day!

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