New iPhone user: How to add custom ringtones to iPhone 4?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by toasty hoodie, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    toasty hoodie

    Sep 16, 2011
    Just got my new (to me) iPhone 4 today. Looking to learn how to add custom ringtones to it as I need something different for a few different contacts.

    Thanks ahead of time!
  2. macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
    Easiest way is to buy them in the iTunes store on your phone.

    The cheapest way is to make or get free ones. Use google for instructions how to do this.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    If you are on a Mac, use GarageBand, this is the best way to do it, and it'll be free.

    After you finish creating your song (or chopping down a song you already have) go to the Share menu and then choose Send Ringtone to iTunes. From there, drag it from your iTunes library onto the phone.

    Hope this helps :)
  4. macrumors 604


    Jul 10, 2007
    How to make a ringtone without Garage Band.

    1. Import your desired track into iTunes.

    2. CTRL/Right click the track and select "Create AAC version".

    3. CTRL/Right click the newly created AAC version and select "Show in Finder" (Mac), or whatever the likely equivalent is on a PC…show file?

    4. Go to the folder the AAC file is located in. It will be called songname.m4A. Rename the extension to m4r and move it to your desktop.

    5. Go back to iTunes and delete the AAC version from your library.

    6. Go to your desktop and double click the m4r file. It will be imported into iTunes as a ringtone.

    7. Done.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow

    Before step 2, you can also right click on the track, and determine the length you want to crop under Get info>options>start/stop time.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

    toasty hoodie

    Sep 16, 2011
    Thanks, I'll give it a try. I have a Mac btw.

    It's just that there were some ringtones from my Droid that I got from Zedge that I wanna use on my iPhone.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    toasty hoodie

    Sep 16, 2011
  8. macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2010
  9. macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2011
    Ice-Cube.....thanks for the post. Just set up a friend with the iphone and this got them up and running in no time.....much obliged!

  10. tracked, Jun 26, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2012
  11. macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2009
    Innisfil, ON
    Thanks a ton. Can I duplicate the MP3 before conversion, do not want to lose it.
  12. kurtvile-fangrl, Jun 16, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2013
    Seattle, Washington
    I dragged the m4r file into iTunes, but now I can't find it in my library. I can only locate it on my desktop. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2013
    Coleford, Gloucestershire, UK
    Just one last thing

    In iTunes on your device and in the Tones tab don't forget to check the synchronise box
  14. macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2014
    Walnut, California, United States
    Add custom ringtones to iPhone without iTunes?

    I know how to add music from PC to iPhone without iTunes but I want to select a section of a piece of music as a ringtone for my iPhone. So just need an app that allows for customization of ringtone and transferring this music to iPhone without iTunes. As GarageBand is mentioned here, would you please give more details by using it to make ringtones?
    Thanks for any help.

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