How do I make ringtones?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Dingo Dave 69, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. Dingo Dave 69 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2007
    I have had a look on the web and tried various demos from youtube but cannot get anything to work.

    I do not have the latest version of garageband but is there another way to make my own ringtones for my iphone?

    Cheers :)
  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    Make sure your ringtones aren't longer than 40 seconds and also make sure that you are renaming them from .m4a to .m4r

    You must convert them to an AAC file in order for it to work.

    Those are really the only thing that I can think of that you could be missing.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  4. Dingo Dave 69 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2007
    I have tried converting them to AAC and made sure they are m4r. I have also made them 30 seconds in length yet if I try to drag it into the ringtones tab nothing happens, it does not add it into the ringtones section :confused:
  5. MXChristian11 macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    here are some simple steps. These are For PC. Foe Mac useres, use garage band.

    **First things first** Click 'Start', click 'My Computer', click the 'Tools' drop down menu, click 'Folder Options', click the 'View' tab, and look at the Advanced Settings box. Find the statement 'Hide extensions for known file types' and remove the check from the box in front of the statement. This will show you the file extensions on your music file on your desktop.

    1. Choose song and right click and click "Get Info". Choose "Options" and go down to the start and stop time. Chose the timing of the song to play (less than 35 sec for me) and then check BOTH boxes.

    2. Click ok. Play song to make sure this worked, it should start on the time you chose.

    3. After checking, right click and choose convert selection to AAC. It will then convert it and you will have 2 copies of the one song.

    4. Choose/Find the one you just created and click and drag it to your desktop.

    5. When on the desktop, rename the file at the end from mPa to mPr. Should read.. songname.mPr

    6. After you have completed this, you will the double clik the file on your desktop to play it in iTunes. It should open in your "Ringtones" tab.If this tab is not visible in source pane, go into prefrences and check to show it.

    7. Next, you want to go into your music library and find the 30 (or however long) second copy you made of this song and delete it. *Make sure its the copy in your MUSIC LIBRARY not your ringtones tab.

    8. Last, you need to go back to the original song you chose, and right click and go into the Start and Stop time info you changed in the beginning and UNCHECK the boxes. This will allow you to listen to the song from start to end.

    There you go my friend. You now have an extra 2 bucks in your wallet. ;) Hope this works. If any question, reply and ill help you out.

    Oh and Go Lakers!! :D
  6. Fireman52SFD macrumors member

    May 31, 2008
    use itoner. you get a 30day trial and it inly cost 15 to buy. i would not buy till you find out if a new iphone is coming out. it does work with 1.1.4 but may not work with 2.0. its very easy and downloads quick.
  7. Dingo Dave 69 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2007
    Thanks you! Followed these instructions and it worked a charm. The only thing I did different was change the file to m4r. Thanks for the help guys.

    One more question, will this work when there are iphone updates?

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