Instructions for how to create ringtones for PC and Mac

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Laimbeersux, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Laimbeersux macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2010
    A bunch of times on here and with friends that have iPhones that I know I have passed this information on to people about how to make ringtones. I know lots of you know the necessary steps, and will repeat that I am not the originator of this information, just somebody who pieced it together from various sources online using either PC or Mac. It's pretty straightforward. I don't claim to be any kind of expert, but I've used both methods on both platforms and they work just fine. Both are simple, feel free to PM me if you need any help. I was in an accident a few months back and will be recovering from surgery coming up soon so have tons of dead time to answer questions if you or anybody else has them regarding this sequence of events.

    mods if you want to pin this or add it to the tips and tricks thread, it would probably be useful for future visitors to the forum.

    For PCs
    1. Start iTunes and find the song you want to convert into a ringtone. (It must be an MP3.
    2. Right-click the song and choose "Get Info."
    3. Click the "Options" tab.
    4. Check the "Start Time" and "Stop Time" boxes, then enter times for each (no more than 30 seconds apart, the maximum length for a ringtone.)
    5. Click OK, then right click the song again and choose "Create AAC Version." You should immediately see a new 30-second version of the song.
    6. Drag that version out of iTunes and into the folder of your choice.
    7. Delete the 30-second version from iTunes and undo the start/stop time changes to the original.
    8. Open the folder containing the 30-second AAC file that you dragged out of iTunes, then change the file extension from ".m4a" to ".m4r." Double-Click it and it immediately gets added to the iTunes' Ringtone library.

    How to turn file extension changing on
    (Do this either before doing anything, after creating a folder with your ringtones, or at least before step 6 in the above sequence.)
    1. find the folder that you dragged the file into from step 6 above.
    2. click the dropdown box that says "organize"
    3. Click the option that says "folder options"
    4. click on the tab that says "view"
    5. un-select the option that says "hide extensions for known file types."

    For Macs
    How to create custom ringtones for iPhone using iTunes for free?

    The following steps show how to create free ringtones for your iPhone using only iTunes and songs you already have on your computer.

    Note 1: This method only works with songs that are DRM free. To make iPhone ringtones using DRM protected songs please follow This Guide to remove the DRM protection first.

    Note 2: If you want to avoid the trouble of making custom iPhone ringtones by following the steps below, you can simply get an iPhone Ringtone Maker Tool to help you easily and quickly create ringtones for your iPhone.

    To make iPhone ringtones using only iTunes:

    1. Right click on the song you are going to make into a ringer and select "Get Info".

    2. Go to the "Options" tab and go down to the "Start Time" and "Stop Time" check boxes. Check both boxes and input the time you want your ringer to start/stop. The ringer has to be 30 seconds or less. Click "OK" when you're done.

    3. Right click on your newly "clipped" song and select "Convert Selection to AAC". The song will be re-encoded using the start and stop times determined (If your menu item does not read "Convert Selection to AAC" and reads "Convert Slection to MP3" (or some other format) please go to iTunes -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Importing and change the "Import Using" drop down menu to "AAC Encoder").
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    4. After the song is done encoding navigate to your iTunes Music folder, locate your song, and drag it to your desktop. After the song is on your desktop go back to iTunes and delete the clipped version from you iTunes library (It won't delete it from your desktop, it will only remove it from iTunes).

    5. Go back the song on your desktop and right click on your song and chose "Properties". Go to the name and extension section and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r (or you can just change the extension right from your desktop).

    6. After the extension is changed simply double click on the file to add it to your iTunes library under the ringtones section. Sync your phone with iTunes and you're done!

    Note: Remember to go back into iTunes and uncheck your custom start and stop times for the original version of your song.
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
  3. emmove macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2010
    Or you can just visit and do it all there. Easy.
  4. ItsJustafnPhone macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2010
    or download iRinger.exe for free, choose audio file, choose start and stop time = makes m4r file

    really not that hard
  5. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
  6. ihav0frnds macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2010
  7. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    better yet, just download unlimtones from cydia (uses audiko) and it puts it straight into the iPhone.:cool::D

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