Custom ringtones on iphone 4

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Nelsonman, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Nelsonman macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    I'm trying to add a custome ringtone to iphone 4 and have been through all the process in itunes. When I sync the phone itunes shows the ringtone in the ringtones folder on the phone, but it doesn't show up in the sound settings menu. Anyone else having this problem or have a fix? Or am I just being thick?!
  2. xcutter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2010
    The extention must be an m4r not mp3. Here is a link to instructions for creating a custom ringtone.

    Create Ringtone for iphone
  3. Nelsonman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    Tried it!

    Thanks, but I've followed one of these guides and changed the extension and everything. It is appearing as a ringtone in itunes and itunes is showing it in the ringtones folder on the phone, but it is not appearing on the phone's sound settings.
  4. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    I haven't got a 4th Gen and I dont know if you read every part of that guide, but the .m4r can't be longer than 40 seconds (at least with the 3GS)
  5. acurafan macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    have you tried putting your ringtones into the Ringtones under Library in itunes first; then copying it over to the iphone's ringtones section to sync up??
  6. Deasy macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2010
  7. Nelsonman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010

    Thanks to you all. Unfortunately, I've tried all of the above! Any other suggestions?!!
  8. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    29 seconds long
    in ringone tab always worked

    did itunes crack down against this with 9.2?
  9. camel517 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    i drag the song into garage band, then hit import to itunes as ringtone. then it gets coppied intothe ringtones folder. Have you made sure you have selected the necessary option in the "Sync ringtones" tab when you plug in your iPhone?
  10. Nelsonman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    Song is 30 seconds.

    In itunes the ringtone is showing in the ringtones folder on my phone. But when I go into the sound settings on the phone I can see the standard iphone ringtones, but not the custom one.
  11. xyz1534 macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    Try this site:

    Dld the ringtone for iPhone, sync it to Itunes and that should least it did for me
  12. dlemmon macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    denver, co
    This might seem like a stupid thing, but when I first synced mine I couldn't find them for a split second. They put them listed above the stock tones. I scrolled down didn't find anything, and said WTH?, then I scrolled to the very top and they were there.

    if they are sycing to your phone, they should be listed on your phone in itunes under ringtones.
  13. Nelsonman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    Thanks for all your help. The audiko website seems to have done the trick.

    Now, could someone point me in the direction of a tutorial to jailbreak the phone so I can change those crappy message alerts?!
  14. hammy627 macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2011
    ringtone from itunes to iphone 4g

    Just to clarify for everyone else having this problem, you cannot use the same sync you are used to. Instead, open i-tunes and open ringtones. On the left of the page you will see a list. Choose devices. Choose your i-phone. From there you will figure it out. Last note: I did it for a friend today and it worked! :D After this her I-phone had no music, videos or pictures! :eek:Luckily she is a great friend, no drama, and didn't freak. I went back to the same place I synced the ringtone and this time synced everything else there she wanted, and that restored the files.:cool:
  15. Cloudgazer macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2005
    I created a 7 sec ringtone.
    I've got it in my rintones folder on itunes.

    It appears in the ringtones folder on my device (iphone 4) when it's plugged into itunes.

    But the ringtone does not appear as an option in my sound settings on the phone.

    Please help!
  16. sum500 macrumors newbie


    Feb 25, 2011
    thank you a great site for those who want to create ringtones
  17. rdmaestro, Jun 16, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011

    rdmaestro macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2011
    The ringtones synced in iTunes to your iPhone can ONLY be used as call ringtones and NOT message tones.

    If you wanna make it a message tone (you need to be jailbroken):

    1. Convert the file to .aiff format through iTunes or any other software.
    2. Rename the .aiff extension to .caf
    3. Use WinSCP or iFunBox and navigate to /System/Library/Audio/UISounds/
    4. Replace the ANY original SMS tone in your iPhone with the newly converted one.

    For example, I replaced Fanfare.caf (for SMSes) and Voicemail.caf (for Push Notifications) with my own custom ringtone. Note that the your custom ringtone needs to be the same name as the one you are going to replace.

    If you want me to describe in detail, tell me.
  18. Rowdeedoodee macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2011

    I used Fanfare.caf as my text tone message alert, but when I upgraded to 4.3.3 the damn software truncated Fanfare.caf from a several seconds alert to a extremely short blast. I needed the loud lengthy alert so I could hear when a text message arrived. I can access the files with WinScp but I don't have the long form Fanfare.caf and I can't find it anywhere online. If you substituted something else for it, do you still have the long form and will you send me a copy of it? Thanks
  19. enuhfer macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2008
    Custom Ringtone in iPhone 4S

    Many thanks, xcutter.

    I beat myself up for hours trying to get a custom ringtone from a David Arkenstone CD. The Switch App <> worked well. I could get the ringtone into the right format and into my iTunes ringtones folder, but that would not sync a copy into my iPhone Ringtones folder. I note others had the same problem, but not with iPhone 4S. My experience shows others likely will.

    Your Step #25 finally allowed a custom ringtone installation to happen. There may be a software glitch such that a sync command delivered from the PowerBook doesn't really sync the ringtones into the 4S phone. When I finally used your Step #25 and synced from the phone itself, that brought the ringtone over. The process required wiping out all the phone's music files (warning pop-up did notify me this would occur if I dared install a custom ringtone) and then restoring the music again--not a major problem. I'm finally happy that a phone call brings with it nice music when I get a call rather than those dorky sounds that come with the phone. Apple should have made this personalizing of their phones in this way much easier, even by providing a tool for doing this as part of iTunes.
  20. stormchaser macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Ringtone Designer Pro is the best App to do all this as it does it for you and it also creates Text Tones now. Brilliant App.
  21. redRobin77 macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2011
    thank you!

    thanks to all of you for your help. i just got the 4s and used an app to create a ringtone and wasted an hour trying to get the f*^*ng thing on my iphone. the only thing that worked was the Audiko site. thanks for knowledge sharing! :D
  22. antmarobel macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2009

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