To Customize Your Own Ringtone in iTunes

Maybe you have also been tired of the rigid iPhone default ringtone and you desire to customize your own ringtone with your favorite song, but you just don’t know how to make this happen. Well, not any more. Now you are able to customize your own special ringtone following this step-by-step tutorial.

All you need to prepare beforehand is a PC with iTunes installed, your favorite song, and your iPhone.

Now let’s get to it!

get info

In iTunes, find your favorite song and Right-click it then select ‘Get Info’.



Once you’re in the info view, navigate along the top to “Options” then you will have to select both a start and a stop time. After finding where exactly you want it to start, you can trim it down, and then click OK – keep in mind that it can’t be longer than 40 seconds.

Tip: You may need to check the Start and Stop time boxes first if they are unchecked.



Afterwards, right-click again on the track and click on “Create AAC Version”. This will automatically duplicate the track, and will create the file you will be working with from now on. You’ll notice a difference in the time of the track compared to the original. You’ll probably want to go back to the original file and remove the start and stop times of the song if you want it to return to normal.


show in finder

Then you should locate to the file of the track by right-clicking the new version and select “Show in Finder”. You will see a file with the extension .m4a and one with .mp3.  The next step you should do is to rename the .m4a file by replacing the “a” with a “r” and comfirm. A popup will ask you if you are sure, click “Use .m4r”.

m4r popup

Tip: Don’t close this Finder window, you’ll need it again in a few minutes.


Go back into iTunes once more, right-click and delete the AAC Version (the shorter duplicate of the original). Click “Delete Song” and “Keep File” on the popups.


Finally, you should go back to Finder and double-click on your ringtone file (.m4r), which should automatically copy it to the Tones section of your iTunes library.


Now your customized ringtone should show up on your phone. You can try to call your phone and check if the default ringtone is replaced. Next time if you want to change the ringtone agian, you still follow these steps.




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