How To Create Ringtones For Your iPhone Using iTunes

How many times have you heard a chorus somewhere and want that could be your ringtone? But after looking around, there is no place to purchase or download it. Too bad, right?

But do you know that you can convert any audio file or song into a ringtone and sync to your iPhone with iTunes? It’s a very easy method to follow, and it will not cost you a dime.

In this article, we will tell you how to create a ringtone with your favorite song and iTunes.

Simple Method To Create An iPhone Ringtone Using iTunes

First, you need to download the song or audio file you want to be your ringtone and save on your computer.

Next, open iTunes on your computer and select that song or audio file, right-click on it and select “Get Info”.

Get Info iTunes

If the song or audio file haven’t added to iTunes library yet, let add it to the library. On Windows, you can press Ctrl + O and then select it to add to your iTunes library.

In “Get Info” window, click on “Options”, select “Stop” and “Start” time of the song.

Start Stop Time

Please note that the ringtone length can’t exceed 30 seconds. Just choose the time of the song that you want to be your ringtone.

For example, we want a ringtone with 30 seconds from 0:14, then the “Start” time must be 0:14 and the “Stop” time must be 0:44.


If you want to be sure, play the song or audio file to hear first to determine what time the chorus of the song starts. Then use that time to be the “Start” time. After entering the “Start” and “Stop” time, click “OK” button.

Next, right-click on that song again and choose “Create AAC version”.

Create AAC version iTunes

A new song with the same name should show up right next to the original song in iTunes, but with a different length.

The New Song

Right-click on that new song, choose “Show in Windows Explorer” or “Show in Finder” if you are using a Mac OS X computer. That new song will appear in your Windows Explorer window as a .m4a file.

Show In Windows Explorer

You have to rename its extension from .m4a to .m4r! It’s an important step. By renaming that 30-second song from .m4a to .m4r, you will turn it into a ringtone.

Change extension .m4a to .m4r

Now, go back to your iTunes program, right-click on the new song and select “Delete” to delete it, but still keep the file, do not remove the file.

Delete Song On iTunes

Go back to your Windows Explorer (in the previous step) and double-click on the .m4r file, the file you have renamed from the .m4a extension. For now, this new ringtone will automatically add to the iTune’s Tone library.

iTunes Tones

Next, you need to connect your iPhone to iTunes, choose the “Tones” tab, choose “Sync All Tones” and then click on “Sync” button. When the sync process is done, this new ringtone will show up in the Ringtone section on your iPhone. You can find it in Settings > Sounds > Ringtone.

Apply and Sync Your iPhone with iTunes

Do you like any other song to be your ringtone? Let do it again!