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Step 1 of 15: How to set a song as a ringtone on your iPhone. Summary

To convert any song into an iPhone ringtone you must modify its start and stop in iTunes, convert to AAC, rename the .m4r file extension and then add it to the Ringtones section of ofTunes.

How to set a song as a ringtone on your iPhone: Step by step guide

Then we will see the process step by step and we will explain exactly how to convert any song or sound into a ringtone on an iPhone.

It takes a couple of minutes and it's very easy. We will use iTunes 11 and 12 (including 12.4) to easily and quickly convert any part of a melody into a ringtone or any other alert tone. It doesn't have to be a music track, it can be, for example, a voice recording.

If you don't like the idea of ​​using iTunes and prefer to use an app, you should know that none of those applications meets what it promises. No application can access the necessary folders on the iPhone and therefore the song in question cannot be added to your tone list. You will have to synchronize the iPhone with iTunes to get these tones to appear, so it is better if we use iTunes directly, don't you think?

Apple has not made the process easy, since it obviously wants you to buy the tune in the iTunes Store, so it is a bit more laborious than it should be. But, if you're determined to turn that catchy riff into your ringtone, we explain how to do it.

Step 2 of 15:

Open iTunes by double clicking on its shortcut or by searching the Start menu. Once in the library, click on the song you want to use as a ringtone and then select Get information. You can import any MP3 or AAC file into iTunes. The Iphone Voice Notes application forYou can be very useful when recording sounds or voices and then convert them in ringtones.

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Select the Options tab and then check the start and end boxes. Enter the world / second in which you want the ringtone to begin and end (because we all know a song that takes forever to start and maybe we are only interested in the chorus). To do this, you will have to first listen to the track and write down the minute you want it to start. The stop time must be within 30 seconds, since it is the maximum length Apple allows for a ringtone.

An advice: If you want to be very precise about the beginning of the ringtone, use a decimal point. For example, if the music section starts between 44 and 45 seconds, try entering 0: 44.5 in the Start Time box. You can even specify the start and end time in thousandths of a second, so you can write 0: 44.652

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Click OK For versions before iTunes 12.4, click on the track again, and then select Create AAC version. (If you can't see this, the solution is in the next step.) Then convert the song. Appear as a duplicate track but can be identified by the length of the track in a matter of seconds.

In iTunes 12.4: Apple has moved the option in iTunes 12.4. Now you have to select the track by clicking once on it. Next, go to the File menu, click on Convert and then Create AAC version. As with previous versions, the song you just created appears next to it, but it will show you the duration that establishes what should be easy to distinguish from the original.

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If you don't see an option to create the AAC version, it's because your CD copy settings have not been set correctly. To change this, click on the menu in the upper left corner of iTunes and select Preferences. Next, click on Import Settings, next to 'When inserting a CD' and choose Import using: AAC Encoder.

In iTunes 12.4, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences to see these options.

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Click on the song you have chosen and remove the start and end mark to return them to their original times and click OK, in the Options tab of the Get information menu. Otherwise, when you play the track in the future, only the section between the start and end will be played.

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Now right click on the shortened track and click Show in Windows Explorer. (This also works in iTunes 12.4.)

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The file will be highlighted. Right click on it and select Rename. Now change the extension from .m4a to .m4r. Accept when asked if you want to change the extension.

If you can't see the .m4a extension in the title (that is, you just saw 01 Dancing Queen and not 01 Dancing Queen.m4a), it's because Windows is set to hide the extensions.

If the file extensions are hidden, you cannot simply add .m4r when you rename the file. What we are doing is changing 01 Dancing Queen.m4a to 01 DancingQueen.m4r.m4a and this will not work. For Windows to show the file extension, you just have to follow these steps:

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Double-click the file to add it to the Tones section of the iTunes library (or add it through the "Add file to the library" menu option in iTunes).

In iTunes 12, the tone section is opened by clicking on the three dots and choosing the tone from the menu.

In iTunes 12.4, you have to click on the "music" button, then Edit menu and check the box next to Ringtones. Click Done and then click on the music button again and see the Tones section. The new tone should appear ah along with any other that you have previously bought or created.

For iTunes 11 (and earlier), click the drop-down arrow to select the Ringtones section of your library. If you don't have a Tones section, click on the menu in the upper left corner of iTunes and select Preferences and make sure the tone box is checked. Click OK and try again.

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For Windows users: It is not necessary to remove the "song" tone from the music library in iTunes for this to work, but you should do it as a cleaning task. If you leave it there, it won't play, since you've already changed the file name,

For Mac users: Sometimes tones are not shown in the Tones section. There are two things you can try here:

1- Delete the 'song' tone entry in your iTunes music library (do not delete the actual file on the hard drive – choose to keep it when requested). Then, double-click on the .m4r file in the Finder and it should appear in Tones.

2- If that does not work, try moving the .m4r file out of the iTunes folder on your hard drive (for example, on the desktop) and double-click on it.

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This is what you see when you select the Ringtones section in iTunes 12.4.

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For iTunes 11 and earlier: Connect your iPhone to the PC and click on 'iPhone' when it appears in iTunes on the right side. Click on the tone button in the menu at the top and make sure synchronization is activated. If you choose 'selected tones' instead of 'All tones' be sure to mark the tones you want to appear on your iPhone. Click Apply at the bottom to start synchronization.

iTunes 12 users – go to the next step

Step 13 of 15:

In iTunes 12, the phone – when connected via USB – appears as an icon to the right (the three horizontal dots near the upper left corner) Do not click on it.

You just have to select the tones you want (hold down the Ctrl key and click on each one). They will appear highlighted in blue. Click and drag on the phone icon. A list appears on the left: simply leave the tones on the device and start synchronization.

If you have trouble making a tone appear, you can force a synchronization by clicking on the phone icon and the tone section in the menu on the left. Make sure that another sync is not running and then dial the tones you want to transfer. Click the sync button at the bottom right of the iTunes window.

In iTunes 12.4: Your phone will appear as an icon to the right of the Tones button. You can click and drag the ringtone and, while doing so, a panel will open on the left side. Simply place the tone on your iPhone to synchronize them.

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Once the synchronization is finished, click on Settings on your iPhone, then Sounds, then tone. Your custom ringtones will appear at the top of the list, above the default ringtones.

Step 15 of 15: How to make an iPhone custom text tone

If you want to have a personalized tone for text messages, tweets, Facebook messages, new voice messages, reminder alerts or anything else, it is exactly the same process as the previous one.

The only difference is that you will have to select the corresponding section of sounds and vibration patterns on your iPhone. Select one, for example, the text message tone, and see the list of alert tones.

Scroll down and see the list of ringtones.

Obviously, we do not recommend using a 30-second song as a text message alert, but there is everyone's taste. And, in case you are wondering, no, there is no difference between a 'song', and a sound effect in iTunes, so there is no need to use a part of a song as a custom alert tone. As long as it has a sound effect in an iTunes import format (usually MP3), it treats it like any other song. Then repeat the same process to create and synchronize the sound effect of your iPhone.

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