Introduction: How to Make an IPhone Ringtone With ITunes

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Like many iPhone users, I always want to set my favorite song as a ringtone, but it seems that I’m not able to accomplish the task directly on iPhone. As iPhone doesn’t recognize a MP3 file as ringtone, so we have to convert the song into a M4R file, and then we can sync it to iPhone as a ringtone. But what do we need to make an iPhone ringtone? In fact, iTunes can provide much help. The following guidance will introduce how to make an iPhone ringtone with iTunes in detail.

Step 1: Click Get Info

First of all, you should make sure that the song you want to make an iPhone is in your iTunes library. Find the song in iTunes library and right-click it, then choose Get Info.

Step 2: Shorten the Song

After clicking Get Info, you will see a pop-up dialog. Choose Options and adjust the start time and finish time of song. Make sure that the song is no longer that 30 seconds. Then click OK at the right bottom.

Step 3: Create AAC Version

Right-click the song again, and select Create AAC Version in the drop-down menu.

Step 4: Find the AAC Version in ITunes Folder

After creating the AAC version of the song, you will find the song you created in iTunes library. Right-click the song and choose Show in Windows Explorer (Show in Finder on Mac).

Step 5: Rename the File Extension

After locating the file in iTunes folder, you will find that the song is an M4A file. You should right-click the file and rename the file extension into .m4r.

Step 6: Sync the Ringtone to IPhone

Now you can sync your created ringtone to iPhone with iTunes. You need to connect your iPhone to computer with the USB cable, and select Tones under your device. Check Sync Tones in the right part, and click Sync at the right bottom.