Create iPhone Ringtones using iTunes

It has been a long time since I started writing about iPhone tricks but I just realized that I didn’t mention steps to create iPhone Ringtones for free.

Here is how to create free and custom iPhone Ringtones:

1.    Choose your favorite song and import it into the iTunes library.

2.    Now we need to crop that part of the song that should be the ringtone. To do this either you can cut the song in the default Windows Movie Maker or use iTunes library just remember that the maximum length of the ringtone can be 40 seconds.

If you want to do this from iTunes then Right click on the song in iTunes library, click on Get Info. Now in the Options tab, enter the start and stop time of the ringtone song, click OK.

3.    The song has been trimmed now, right click on it and click “Create AAC version”.

4.    You will see a new .m4a file saved in My Music-> iTunes Music folder (by default). To see the file extensions, you may need to enable the “view extension” option in Folder Options.

5.    Rename the file from .m4a to .m4r and delete the audio file from the iTunes library (this is important).

6.    After you have deleted the song, just double click the m4r ringtone file in My Music and it will get listed automatically in the Ringtones folder inside iTunes.


See the following Video Tutorial to learn step by step

So just sync the phone and get the ringtone on your iPhone.

5 Replies to “Create iPhone Ringtones using iTunes”

  1. hi,

    I tried this iphone ringtone tip but i cant get it on my phone. i deleted the original track and double clicked the .m4r file but it dsnt get into the ringtone folder…i have tried it so many times.could you please help me with this.


  2. @Jiya
    Try dragging the m4r file into the left side of iTunes that is inside the library.
    You may see the video tutorial updated just now.

  3. Great write up. The iPhone is truly revolutionary and I don’t like being without it. This time last year I had jumped in a pool with my iPhone and it was dead. I had to wait 10 days before I was able to purchasea new one. The phone I had was a cheap go phone. I really love all the games that can be downloaded to the iPhone. The best part about the iPhone to me is the ability to check emails on the fly. Thanks for the information.

  4. Good tip !!! I literally have been making so many iphone ringtones that my cell phone has been dying every single day. I bought a Charging Station just to charge my phone at work!! Mobile addiction over here.

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