How to make a ringtone on itunes

Q: “What’s the best way to add custom ringtone to my iPhone? I have followed the guide of making ringtone with iTunes. But when I tried to convert iTunes songs to AAC format, it couldn’t work and noted me that the music cannot be converted because protected files cannot be converted to other formats. Anyone who can help me? Thanks a lot.”

It is undoubtedly cool to have a distinctive ringtone for your own on your iPhone. And you must be familiar with this problem mentioned here if you have tried to set songs from iTunes music as iPhone ringtone. As it is known to all, because of the DRM protection of iTunes/Apple Music, you cannot set iTunes/apple music as iPhone ringtone directly. Then how to solve this? You can follow the helpful solution here to remove DRM Protection from iTunes Music with professional DRM removal program and then make it with simple steps.

  • Part 1. Remove DRM Protection from iTunes Music with Leawo Prof. DRM
  • Part 2. Set DRM-free iTunes music as iPhone Ringtones step by step

Part 1. Remove DRM Protection from iTunes Music with Leawo Prof. DRM

(1) Introduction of Leawo Prof. DRM

Leawo Prof. DRM is specifically designed as an ideal iTunes DRM removal program and an all-in-one DRM media converter which is peculiarly working for removing DRM from iTunes video/music/audiobook purchased or rented, and converting those iTunes protected M4V files to MP4, or iTunes M4B/M4P files to MP3 for enjoying on ordinary media players or mobile devices. It is obvious that you cannot make iPhone ringtones from DRM-protected iTunes Music. Therefore, to set the song got from iTunes/Apple Music as iPhone ringtone, you should firstly remove the DRM of iTunes Music and then convert the music to MP3.

Moreover, Leawo Prof. DRM works in 5X fast speed which is much faster than other similar program and it can still reserve the original quality completely. You can just download and install Leawo Prof. DRM, and then start it to enter the main interface, and follow the guide to remove DRM Protection from iTunes Music and convert.

(2) Guide to remove DRM and convert iTunes Music to mp3 with Leawo Prof. DRM

Before the program starts to work, you should be noted that your PC should be authorized the by signing in with your Apple ID to play the iTunes Music file purchased or rented. And you should know that you are not allowed to open iTunes during the iTunes DRM removal process.

STEP 1. Add iTunes Music to the Program

When you enter Leawo Prof. DRM, you can click “Add Files” button on the interface to add iTunes songs on the pop-up “Add File” panel. Choose the target iTunes music file and click “Add” to import iTunes music into Prof. DRM.

Note: You can also directly drag and drop the iTunes music to the middle of the interface.

How to make a ringtone on itunes

STEP 2.Choose Right Channel, Sampling Rate and Bit Rate

After importing the iTunes music, you can view the files under the music category. And then you are able to select a music file and click the “edit” button to freely choose the right Channels, Sampling Rates and Bit Rates you need for the output MP3 audio file.

How to make a ringtone on itunes

STEP 3. Set Output Directory for the Converted MP3 File

Then you can set an output directory for containing the converted MP3 file by clicking “…” button at the bottom of the Home interface.

How to make a ringtone on itunes

STEP 4. Remove DRM of iTunes music and Convert it to MP3

Click the blue “Convert” button at the bottom to remove DRM from iTunes music file and convert iTunes music to MP3. And the iTunes DRM removal and conversion process will be completed soon.

How to make a ringtone on itunes

Note:If you have not authorized the computer yet, you will be required to authorize the computer for playing the iTunes video before converting.

How to make a ringtone on itunes

STEP 5. Check the Converted MP3 Files

When the program finished the converting, you can find all the converted MP3 files listed on “Converted” panel, where you can click “Open file” option at the end of a target file to open the output MP3 file for playback.

How to make a ringtone on itunes

Now since you have removed the DRM of iTunes music and converted the music to the widely accepted DRM-free MP3, you can set songs from iTunes music as iPhone ringtone in simple steps.

Part 2. Set DRM-free iTunes music as iPhone Ringtones step by step

To set iTunes/apple music as iPhone ringtone after you removed the DRM of iTunes music, you can follow the step-to-step guide here.

STEP 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC

Unlock your iPhone and tap the “Trust” option on its screen to confirm your computer to be trusted if you haven’t previously connected your phone to iTunes on that PC. You’ll be prompted to enter your PIN.

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STEP 2: Go to iTunes for adding Ringtone file

Click the device icon in the left of “Library” on the navigation bar in iTunes to enter the “Tones” section under On My Device in the left sidebar. And then you can drag and drop the converted ringtone file from its folder to the Tones section in iTunes. Then iTunes will sync the ringtone to your iPhone immediately.

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STEP 3: Choose the Ringtone for your iPhone

You can now get your iPhone and go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone where lists all the custom ringtone you’ve added, and you can choose your favorite ringtone then.

How to make a ringtone on itunes

To sum up, Leawo Prof. DRM offers you the solution to make iPhone ringtones from DRM-protected iTunes Music. With this program, you can simply remove DRM Protection from iTunes Music and get the iTunes music converted so that you can easily set the song got from iTunes/Apple Music as iPhone ringtone as soon as possible. The problem like “cannot set songs from iTunes music as iPhone ringtone” will never trouble you anymore. Besides, the powerful Prof. DRM can also remove DRM from iTunes audiobook and video and convert them to DRM-free MP3 and MP4. You can check it if required.

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    Love “Shake It Off” so much you wish you could wake up to it every morning? Don’t waste money buying a ringtone from the iTunes store. Any song in your iTunes library can be made into a ringtone. Just open iTunes and follow these steps.

    1. Figure out which part of the song you want for your ringtone. You’ll need to remember the start and stop time down to the second.

    2. Right click on the song and select “Get Info.”
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    3. Select the Options tab. Remember those numbers from Step 1? Plug them in for the start time and stop time, then click OK.
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    4. Listen to the song again. You’ll need to make sure it’s the length you want, so adjust the start and stop time until it’s perfect.

    5. Right click the song again and select “Create AAC Version.” After you do this, you’ll notice that there are now two versions of the song in your iTunes library.

    6. Right click on the new file. Select “Show in Finder” if you’re on a Mac That’ll open up a new window and bring up both versions of the song in the iTunes Media folder. The one you want will be highlighted.

    7. Right click, select “Get Info” and rename with .m4r. We need our file to be in this format so it can be recognized as a ringtone. My song currently reads “06 Shake It Off 1.m4a,’ so I change it to say “06 Shake It Off.m4r.” Then I hit enter.

    Once you do so, it’ll ask permission to say it will be a different file type. Select “Use .m4r.”
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    8. Copy the .m4r file to your desktop. Go back to iTunes and delete the shortened version of the song by right clicking and selecting “Delete.”

    9. Drag the file from your desktop to your iTunes library under Music. It will then appear in your Tones section.
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    10. Sync your iPhone to your computer. While still in your iPhone menu on iTunes, go to Tones and select Sync Tones. Then hit “Sync” or “Apply.”
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    Now, the ringtone is ready to go. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone and your new tone will be above the built-in ones.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    Before you start showing it off, you have some quick cleaning to do: We need to get your original song back to normal. Get back into iTunes on your computer and find the original song, which is still there. Right-click on it and select Get Info > Options. Uncheck the boxes next to Start Time and Stop Time.

    You can also make ringtones on the iPhone itself with the free app GarageBand. For a tutorial on that method, check out this video.

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly described a method for creating a ringtone on a Windows computer.

    Learn how to change the sound that you hear when you get a call, text, email, or other notification on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Choose from a variety of built-in sounds or buy ringtones from the iTunes Store.

    How to change your ringtone

    1. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.
    2. Under Sounds and Vibrations Patterns, tap the sound that you want to change.
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    3. Tap a ringtone or alert tone to hear and set it as the new sound.

    Set a ringtone or text tone for a contact

    1. Open the Contacts app and tap a person’s name.
    2. In the upper-right corner of the person’s contact card, tap Edit.
    3. Tap Ringtone or Text Tone, then choose a new sound.
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    Buy ringtones from the iTunes Store

    1. Open the iTunes Store app.
    2. Tap More.
    3. Tap Tones.
    4. Find a ringtone that you want to buy, then tap the price.
    5. Choose an option to automatically set the ringtone. Or tap Done to decide later.
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    6. You might need to enter your Apple ID password to complete your purchase.

    Store availability and features might vary by country or region. Learn what’s available in your country or region.

    Redownload ringtones purchased with your Apple ID

    1. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.
    2. Under Sounds and Vibration Patterns, tap any sound.
    3. Tap Download All Purchased Tones. You might not see this option if you already downloaded all the tones that you purchased or if you haven’t purchased any tones.
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    You might not be able to redownload some previously purchased tones.

    Use a custom ringtone

    1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer.
    2. On a PC, open iTunes for Windows. On a Mac, open the Finder.
    3. Drag and drop the ringtone to your device.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    How many times have you been sitting around with friends when their phone rings and you hear the opening theme to Knight Rider, or the subtle hum of the Starship Enterprise and thought to yourself, “Dang, I wish I had that ringtone.” Well, now you can and it won’t cost you a dime.

    You can convert any song or audio clip in your iTunes library into a ringtone with a few simple steps. We’ve got a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to create awesome ringtones that will make you the envy of the party…

    Note that there are different ways to create ringtones. In this post, we will show you how to create iPhone ringtones using iTunes.

    How to create an iPhone ringtone using a song in iTunes

    Step 1: Launch iTunes on your desktop or laptop computer.

    Step 2: Pick the song or audio file you want to use from your iTunes library.

    Step 3: Right click on the song and select “Get Info.”

    In the Get Info window, selection the Options tab and change the Stop and Start Time to read the segment of the song that you want to save as a ringtone. The ringtone length cannot exceed 30 seconds.

    If you want to start at the beginning of the song, set the start time to 0:00 and the end time to the number of seconds you want the ringtone to be.

    If you want to start at the chorus of a song, play it first to determine what time the chorus starts and then use that number as the Start Time, and no more than 30 seconds after that as the Stop Time. For example, Start Time – 2:15, Stop Time – 2:45.

    You have to make sure the check boxes next to the Start and Stop times are checked. This is very important.

    When you have entered the Start and Stop Time, click OK.

    Step 4: Click on the song to select it, and in the Menu Bar, go to File > Convert, and select “Create AAC version.”

    iTunes will take the segment you have just selected from the song in Step 3 and use it to create the new file. A second song with the same name but new length should appear right next to the original in iTunes. If it doesn’t appear right next to the original, make sure you sort the song title column in iTunes by alphabetical order.

    Step 5: Right click on the new song and select “Show in Finder” (if you are using a Windows-based operating system, select “Show in Windows Explorer). The new song will show up in your Finder window as an .m4a file. Click on it to select it.

    Step 6: Rename the extension of the file from .m4a to .m4r. Make sure you just rename the extension, not the file. This step is very important. Changing it to .m4r turns the file into a ringtone. If you don’t see the file extension, follow this tutorial to learn how to show filename extensions on Mac. Make sure to select Use .m4r when prompted to confirm.

    Step 7: Go back to iTunes and delete the newly created short song. To delete the song, select it and press the Delete key on your keyboard, or make a right click on the song and select Delete. iTunes will ask you if you’re sure you want to delete the song. Click Delete Song.

    When asked whether you want to move the selected song to the Trash or keep it in iTunes, select “Keep File.” This step is also important. If you do not remove this song, the ringtone will not save to iTunes properly.

    Step 8: Go back to Finder (or Windows Explorer) and double click on the .m4r file you created in Step 6 above. The ringtone will automatically move to your iTune’s Tone library.

    Step 9: Connect your iPhone to iTunes.

    Step 10: Select the “Tones” tab from the iPhone section.

    Under the Tones section, select “Sync All Tones” and then click on the “Sync” button at the bottom of the iTunes screen.

    When your iPhone is done syncing, the new ringtones can be found in your Settings app on your device.

    Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone, and select your new clip. These clips can also be used as text message tones, so you can really let your creativity shine.

    Now get out there and start making some sweet ringtones. I’m tired of hearing the same old “Marimba” song.

    Apps that let you easily create ringtones directly from your iPhone :

    Create a ringtone

    1. Select a track to use as the source. You cannot use an Apple Music item, or anything that is in the cloud.
    2. On the Get Info > Options tab set start and stop times no more than 40 seconds apart, or 30 seconds for text tones.
    3. Under Edit (Win) or iTunes/Music (Mac) > Preferences > General tab > Import Settings choose AAC Encoder > High Quality 128k. **
    4. Use File > Convert > Create AAC version.
    5. Reset the start and stop times on the original track.
    6. Right-click on the new copy and click Show in Windows Explorer or Finder.
    7. Delete the new entry from the library without sending to the recycle bin/trash. *
    8. Change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r. (You may need to adjust folder options to see the extensions.)
    9. If running iTunes 12.7 or later you should move the file into \Tones.

    * If you omit this step on a Mac iTunes/Music will remain connected to the renamed file as if it was a regular music track, and it may then ignore any attempt to manually add it to your device.

    ** In Music for Catalina or later the Import Settings option is found under Music > Preferences > Files.

    Add ringtone to device, macOS 10.5 Catalina or later

    1. Connect your device to your Mac, and open the general tab for it in Finder.
    2. Drag and drop your .m4r file from another open Finder window to the General tab for your device.

    Add ringtone to device, iTunes 12.7 or later

    1. Connect device to computer.
    2. Enable the sidebar in iTunes if hidden.
    3. Drag & drop * or copy & paste the ringtone from Windows Explorer or Finder onto the device where it appears in the iTunes sidebar (drop) or to the Music or Tones sections of the device when expanded (paste). Which method works seems to vary.
    • From iTunes 12.7 there is no longer a dedicated Tones section within the iTunes library.
    • Tones created with earlier versions of iTunes or purchased on and transferred from a device will normally be found in the Tones folder inside the media folder. Alternatively there may be a Ringtones folder in the media folder or the main iTunes folder.
    • Tones shared as a ringtone to iTunes with GarageBand for Mac or Logic may be in a folder called Import inside the media folder.

    * Some Windows users have noted that this method fails if they are running iTunes as the administrator. In some cases it may be necessary to exit the BTTray.exe utility, if present, before iTunes can be launched in non-admin mode. Mac users may find that omitting step 7 from the steps in Create a ringtone means that iTunes/Music is still attached to the ringtone file as an entry in the music library, if so it will be blocked from copying to a device.

    Add ringtone to device, iTunes 12.6.5 or earlier

    1. Move the file into the Automatically Add to iTunes folder inside your media folder, it will be added to the Tones section of the library and move into the Tones folder inside the media folder.
    2. If you don’t see Tones in the drop down media selection menu click Edit Menu at the bottom and add it.
    3. Connect the device, select its icon next to the media selection menu, then the device’s Tones tab, and set the sync options.
    4. Sync the device.

    Issues after updating iOS

    Some users have reported that existing tones will no longer play after an iOS update, or that they cannot add new tones. If this happens you may need to remove all existing tones from the device, reboot, and then reimport your ringtones.

    Remove tones using iTunes 12.7 or later

    1. Connect your iOS device to iTunes.
    2. Select it using the icon that appears next to the media selection drop down tool.
    3. Change to manual management if necessary on the Summary tab.
    4. Select and delete unwanted tones from On My Device > Tones.
    5. Switch back to syncing with selected content if desired.

    N.b. It should be possible to switch a synced device to manual management and back to syncing with selected content without existing content being removed or replaced, despite the warnings iTunes may give, as long as you are using the library previously used to sync content to the device.

    Removing hidden tones

    Some users have found that custom tones that are on their device don’t show in iTunes so cannot be removed using the method above. In such cases you could try iFunBox * or a similar third party utility to make changes in the raw file system of the device. In iFunBox try My Device > Toolbox > User File System (Win) or Raw File System (Mac) then iTunes_Control > Ringtones to locate the relevant folder. Any custom tones on your device show up there with random 4 letter file names and a .m4r extension. Deleting all the .m4r files in this folder should clear all custom tones from the list on the device, and you can then add back what you want using iTunes. You may also need to delete the .plist file found in this folder. Copy off the .m4r files first if you don’t have original copies of them on your computer.

    by Jenefey Aaron Updated on 2019-07-25 / Update for iPhone Tips

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    Tired with the ringtones that come with your iPhone and want to set your own favorite song as the ring? Actually, it is necessary to download any additional apps; you can make iPhone ringtones with iTunes on computer easily. Here we show you a quick guide to create a custom ringtone on Windows 10; the steps are similar on Windows 8/7 and Mac.

    How to Create iPhone Ringtones on Windows 10

    Step 1: Launch iTunes and choose the song you want to turn into ringtones, alerts or text tones. Click it and then press “Get Info” to go on.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    Step 2: Now you’ll see a pop-up iTunes window, click “Option” on the upper of the window. You are allowed to set the volume, media kind, start and stop time. An alarm ringtone can be of maximum 30 seconds. You can also make it shorter according to your needs. After that, click “OK”.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    Step 3: Right click on the song again and click “Create AAC Version”, there will be a copy in your iTunes library. Now you can listen to the AAC version to check it is correct or not.

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    Step 4: Choose the copy and right click it and then select “Show in Windows Explorer”, a pop-out window will ask you to rename the newly created file. Click ‘Yes” to rename it and change the format into .m4r.

    Step 5: Go to File, Add File to Library in iTunes. Find the files you just created and add it to iTunes library.

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    Step 6: Then there will be a Tones folder under the iTunes library. Connect iPhone to computer and sync it with iTunes.

    Step 7: Go to Settings on iPhone, tap Sounds, Ringtone to find the custom ring you just added. Click the song to make a custom ringtone on iPhone successfully.

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    More Info: How to Cleanup iPhone Storage Space

    iTunes allow you to add and manage music to your iDevice conveniently. But sometime duplicate files can be made and redundant data can be accumulated on iPhone. We sincerely recommend you Tenorshare iCareFone, the most effective iPhone cleaning tool to clear out all the junk files, temporary files, large files, apps and Photos. Here’s how it works:

      Connect iPhone to computer and then choose “Speedup & Clean” on the main interface. Click “Quick Scan” to scan your device.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    After scanning, all the junk files will be listed out, click “Clean” to regain a net iPhone quickly.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    We have shown you a clear guide to create ringtone for iPhone from iTunes library. Now just turn your favorite music episode into the ring on your iPhone with the simple steps above. If you still have some confusion, contact us by leaving comments below.

    Updated on 2019-07-25 / Update for iPhone Tips

    by Jenefey Aaron Updated on 2019-07-25 / Update for iPhone Tips

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    Tired with the ringtones that come with your iPhone and want to set your own favorite song as the ring? Actually, it is necessary to download any additional apps; you can make iPhone ringtones with iTunes on computer easily. Here we show you a quick guide to create a custom ringtone on Windows 10; the steps are similar on Windows 8/7 and Mac.

    How to Create iPhone Ringtones on Windows 10

    Step 1: Launch iTunes and choose the song you want to turn into ringtones, alerts or text tones. Click it and then press “Get Info” to go on.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    Step 2: Now you’ll see a pop-up iTunes window, click “Option” on the upper of the window. You are allowed to set the volume, media kind, start and stop time. An alarm ringtone can be of maximum 30 seconds. You can also make it shorter according to your needs. After that, click “OK”.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    Step 3: Right click on the song again and click “Create AAC Version”, there will be a copy in your iTunes library. Now you can listen to the AAC version to check it is correct or not.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    Step 4: Choose the copy and right click it and then select “Show in Windows Explorer”, a pop-out window will ask you to rename the newly created file. Click ‘Yes” to rename it and change the format into .m4r.

    Step 5: Go to File, Add File to Library in iTunes. Find the files you just created and add it to iTunes library.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    Step 6: Then there will be a Tones folder under the iTunes library. Connect iPhone to computer and sync it with iTunes.

    Step 7: Go to Settings on iPhone, tap Sounds, Ringtone to find the custom ring you just added. Click the song to make a custom ringtone on iPhone successfully.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    More Info: How to Cleanup iPhone Storage Space

    iTunes allow you to add and manage music to your iDevice conveniently. But sometime duplicate files can be made and redundant data can be accumulated on iPhone. We sincerely recommend you Tenorshare iCareFone, the most effective iPhone cleaning tool to clear out all the junk files, temporary files, large files, apps and Photos. Here’s how it works:

      Connect iPhone to computer and then choose “Speedup & Clean” on the main interface. Click “Quick Scan” to scan your device.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    After scanning, all the junk files will be listed out, click “Clean” to regain a net iPhone quickly.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    We have shown you a clear guide to create ringtone for iPhone from iTunes library. Now just turn your favorite music episode into the ring on your iPhone with the simple steps above. If you still have some confusion, contact us by leaving comments below.

    Updated on 2019-07-25 / Update for iPhone Tips

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    The iPhone has been around for a long time, and yet there’s still no easy way to add your own custom ringtones—but it is possible. If you don’t want to buy ringtones or use the ones that came with your iPhone, you can create your own with iTunes.

    This process changed a bit with iTunes 12.7. The “Tones” library you could previously sync with your iPhone has been removed, but you can still manually place ringtone files on your phone. Any ringtones you had stored in iTunes are now located at C:\Users\NAME\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Tones\ on a PC or

    /Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Tones/ on a Mac.

    Step One: Get iTunes

    You almost never have to use iTunes with a modern iPhone, but adding your own custom ringtones still requires it.

    On a Windows PC, you’ll need to install the latest version of iTunes from Apple. On a Mac, iTunes is already installed and ready to go. This process will work on either a Mac or Windows PC.

    Update: Apple no longer offers iTunes for macOS Catalina. Here’s how to get custom ringtones onto your iPhone on the latest version of macOS. The instructions in this article still work if you’re using iTunes on Windows or if you have an older version of macOS that still has iTunes.

    Step Two: Choose a Sound File

    Of course, you’ll need a sound clip you want to convert and use as a ringtone for this. You probably already have some idea of what you want to use. if not, go ahead and find something you like. You can use absolutely any sound file you find.

    Your ringtone file must be a maximum of 40 seconds long. iTunes will refuse to copy ringtones longer than 40 seconds to your phone.

    If the file is long and you just want to use one part of it, you can cut it down to just the part you want using an audio editor. You can use any audio editor you like. We like the free and open source Audacity audio editor for audio editing, but it’s more complex than necessary for simple things like this—so we actually recommend a simple online tool like mp3cut.net. To use this website, click the “Open file” button and browse to the MP3 or other type of sound file you want to edit. It can also extract the sound from video files, if you upload those.

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    Select the part of the audio file you want to use and click the “Cut” button.

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    Download the edited clip to your PC. This is the file you’ll need to import into iTunes.

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    Step Three: Convert the MP3 to AAC

    There’s a good chance your sound file is in MP3 format. You’ll need to convert it to AAC format to use it as a ringtone. (If your sound file is already in AAC format or has a .m4r extension, you can skip this part.)

    First, add the sound file to iTunes and locate it in your library. You can do this by dragging and dropping the file directly into the iTunes library. Look under Library > Songs for the file afterwards.

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    Select the sound file in iTunes and click File > Convert > Create AAC Version.

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    Step Four: Rename Your AAC File

    You’ll end up with two copies of the same song file in your iTunes library: The original MP3 version and the new AAC version.

    To keep track of which is which, right-click the headings in the library and enable the “Kind” column.

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    You’ll see a new “Kind” column telling you which file is which. The “MPEG audio file” is the original MP3, while the “AAC audio file” is your new AAC file. You can right-click the MPEG audio file version (that’s the MP3) and remove it from your library, if you like.

    How to make a ringtone on itunes

    You now have your ringtone file as an AAC file. However, you need to change its file extension so iTunes will recognize it as a ringtone file.

    First, drag and drop the AAC file from the iTunes library to your Desktop or any other folder on your system.

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    You’ll get the ringtone file as an AAC file with the .m4a file extension. Change the file extension to .m4r. For example, if the file is named Song.m4a, change it to Song.m4r.

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    Step Five: Add the Ringtone File to Your Phone

    Finally, connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac with its included USB-to-Lightning cable—that’s the same cable you use to charge your iPhone.

    Unlock your iPhone and tap the “Trust” option on its screen to confirm you want to trust your computer if you haven’t previously connected your phone to iTunes on that PC or Mac. You’ll be prompted to enter your PIN.

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    In iTunes, click the device icon that appears to the left of “Library” on the navigation bar.

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    Click the “Tones” section under On My Device in the left sidebar.

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    Drag and drop the .m4r ringtone file from its folder to the Tones section in iTunes.

    Update: If drag and drop doesn’t work, use copy and paste instead. Select the ringtone file in File Explorer and press Ctrl+C, or right-click it and select copy. Next, click inside the Tones list inside iTunes and press Ctrl+V to paste it.

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    iTunes will sync the ringtone to your phone and it will immediately appear under Tones here.

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    Step Six: Choose the Ringtone

    You can now grab your iPhone and head to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone, and choose your custom ringtone. Any custom ringtones you’ve added will appear at the top of the list here.

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    You can also assign that ringtone to a specific contact, so you know who’s calling just by the sound.

    To remove ringtones, reconnect your phone to iTunes and head back to the On My Device > Tones section. Right-click a tone and select “Delete from Library” to remove it from your device.