How to get a ringtone on your iPhone
Music for iPhone ringtones for FREE
There are many apps that will let you create ringtones for your iPhone. However, none of them have access to folders on the iPhone to save those ringtones directly. The one exception to this is Garageband, which can create and save ringtones on an iPhone without needing a separate computer at all.
If you use an Apple Mac then you could always use Doug’s Make Ringable AppleScripts for iTunes.
Of course you could buy the ringtones from iTunes but this costs 99p a time. If you already have the track in your iTunes it should be a simple (and FREE) process to use it – after all you already have the song.
Luckily, there is a way to create ringtones without Garageband that works on a PC and this tutorial will show you how!
How to Make The Free Ringtone
Before you begin you will need your iPhone, and the PC or Mac your synchronise it with. The screenshots below are for the PC but the Mac is similar you should be able to follow along.
1. Open iTunes 11 on your PC or Mac.
2. From your library, right-click on the song you want to use as a ringtone and then select Get info.
You may have to listen to the track first and note the time you want it to start. The stop time must be within 30 seconds, as this is the maximum length for a ringtone.
3. Select the Options tab and then tick the Start Time and Stop Time boxes. Enter times at which you want the ringtone to start and stop.
Click OK when you have finished.
4. Go into iTune preferences and click the General tab. Click the “Import Settings” tab near the bottom.
5. In the drop-down menu where it says “Import Using” Select “AAC Encoder” from the list. Click OK, then OK again, to save the settings.
6. Right-click on the track again, and then select Create AAC version. iTunes will convert the 30 second snippet of the song. It will appear as a duplicate track in iTunes which you can identify by the track length (30 seconds).
7. Right click on the original track, and then using the Options tab from the Get info menu, return the start and stop times to their original times.
8. Right-click on the short ringtone song and click “Show in Windows Explorer” on a PC, or “Show in Finder” on a Mac.
9. The file will be selected so now change the extension from .m4a to .m4r.
10. Go back to iTunes and delete the 30 second track you just created. When asked if you want to keep the track or add it to the trash or recycle bin say “Keep File”.
11. Return to Windows Explorer and double-click the ringtone to add it to your iTunes library. Then, in iTunes, click the drop-down arrow to select the Tones section of your library. You’ll see your ringtone there.
12. Connect your iPhone to your PC and click on iPhone when it appears on the right-hand side of iTunes. Make sure Tones is set to sync with your phone.
13. When the sync is finished, tap Settings on your iPhone, then Sounds, then Ringtone and select the new tone. It should appear at the top of the list, above the default Ringtones.
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