Create Custom Ringtone for iPhone

Ever since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, one of the major drawbacks was that you couldn’t create your own ringtone, and could only buy ringtones. Let’s put this problem to rest once and for all.

Here is a step by step guide on how to do just that:

Step 1:

Launch iTunes and pick a song you want to convert to ringtone

Step 2:

Right-click on the song and click “Get Info” to view the song properties

Step 3:

Select “Options” tab. Check and fill in the “Start time” and “Stop time” to extract the portion of song you want to create as ringtone. Ensure the length is not longer than 30 seconds. Otherwise, iTunes will not recognize it as a ringtone. When you are ready, click “OK” to confirm.

Step 4:

Again, right-click on the song and select “Create ACC Version”.

Step 5

iTunes then automatically extracts the portion of song you have instructed in the previous step. The new song file is just 30-sec in length. That’s the song you work on from step 6 and onwards.

Step 6

Next, right-click on the song and select “Show in Finder”. This will launch Finder and locate the song file you just created.

Note: For Windows user, you should choose “Show in Windows Explorer” instead.

Step 7

Rename the file extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r”.

Step 8

Next, go back to iTunes. Right-click on the song you have created and select “Delete”.

Step 9

Click “Remove” to confirm the removal and then click “Keep File” when you’re prompted. This instructs iTunes to remove the song (the 30 sec version) from iTunes library and keep the actual file.

Step 10

Go back to Finder and double-click on the ringtone file (.m4r) you have just renamed. The ringtone will automatically add it to iTunes’ ringtone library. You can now sync it to iPhone using iTunes. Enjoy your new ringtone!

This entry was posted in iPhone and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Create Custom Ringtone for iPhone

  1. Nour says:

    You don’t know how useful this is for me! Thank you dude!


  2. . says:

    Hey ! My custom ringtone doesnt seems to work for mine with an OS of 4.3.3.
    Do you have any idea why ?


    • kanaanmeister says:

      what exactly is happening? you create the m4r file and add it to itunes but it doesnt add under ringtones or something else?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s