How to Use iTunes to Create a Ringtone for Your iPhone

We’ve done several ringtone-type videos recently. It seems that people everywhere are demanding easy and free ways to get ringtones on their phones. Domenic has discovered a simple way to create iPhone ringtones from your own music library by using iTunes.

Go into your iTunes preferences, and make sure you are using the AAC encoder. You can double-check this by going to Advanced, then Importing. Now, browse to the song you want to use to create your ringtone. Right click on the file, and choose Get Info, then Options. Under the Options tab, select the start time and stop time to create a 30-second clip. Once your 30-second clip is selected, right-click the song and choose Convert Selection to AAC.

Once the conversion is completed, you will get a 30-second song of the same name. At this point, you can edit the original file back to its normal length. Now, browse to your iTunes music folder. You should find the new clip in the same folder where the full-length song is. Notice that the clip has an extension of .m4a. Simply rename the extension to .m4r, then select it. It will automatically be added as a ringtone in your iTunes library.

139 thoughts on “How to Use iTunes to Create a Ringtone for Your iPhone”

  1. Pingback: OS X Fanatics
  2. Did all of these steps and it’s not automatically showing as a ringtone once I’ve changed the extension. any more tips?

  3. I’ve followed the instructions above but iTunes won’t let me move the file to the ‘Ringtones’ folder, therefore my iPhone can’t see that there is a new ringtone to sync to. Is there a way to move files into the Ringtone folder now that they meet the ringtone requirements (30 sec < + m4r)?

    thx,
    k

  4. Hmm, I can convert it to a ringtone but it doesn’t show up in my list of ringtones in iTunes. Did I miss something?

  5. This did not work for me. It is the last step where it did not work. I selected the ringtone file and nothing happened. I tried it several times with different songs. I am using an iMac.

    Andy

  6. well you see I did all that but for some reason it won’t let me cut the songs down to 30 sec. Im running leopard on a g4 and everytime I tryto cut it down it just beeps and that’s it.

  7. i got this to work, u need to move the new file somewhere else eg diskaid, change the name to .m4r in there then put it on your desktop and then import it from itunes

  8. i did this – even the suggestions at the bottom and it tells me that it can’t be imported because it doesnt seem like a valid exported flie

  9. This works! However, in Windows XP, you MUST unhide your file extensions or you cannot complete the change.

    To do this, perform the following steps

    In Windows 2000 (and more recent):
    – select Start | Settings | Control Panels | Folder Options
    – select the View tab
    – check “show hidden files and folders”
    – UNcheck “hide file extensions for known file types”
    – Click OK to finish
    (steps taken from http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/security/trojanext.html)

    Once you do that, locate the file as the original instructions mentioned and replace .m4p with .m4r then drag the file to iTunes and drop it – it will appear in the Ringtones section automatically.

    Kudos to the author of this article – you will save me hard-earned cash for music I already have rights to!

  10. I had to use the File -> Import from iTunes after I created the .m4r file. ( I also moved the .m4r file to a temp location before importing. ) Then I consolidated my iTunes Library and it worked like a champ. Deleting the Temp folder afterwards to keep it clean!

    Win XP, iPhone 2.0.2.

  11. Even I did get it all the way up to my Itune Library but my iphone is just not seeing it. I can’t Sync it on to my phone!! can anyone help?

  12. Even I did get it all the way up to my Itune Library but my iphone is just not seeing it. I can’t Sync it on to my phone!! can anyone help? I have Iphone 3G,16G

  13. ok for you guys that got to the last step. you got the ringtone on your itune but you can’t sync it!!! you can’t see it on the sync!!

    I found out why!!!

    You will need to make sure your song is not longer than 40 Sec!!!!!!!!!!
    if it’s over 40 sec it will not appear on your iphone!! goes for old and new iphone!!

    Ok I hope this help

  14. ok this is really cool i diid all that u mentioend it works but it does not sync with my iphone 1.1.4… please advise… :(

  15. maybe i’m just retarded becuz i’ve tried this several times and no matter what i do i cant get the ringtones to show up in the ringtone folder of itunes.

  16. Works for me. I did 30 seconds for my ringtone size. Also think that you may need to simplify the name sometimes. I did 1 word, no caps, no symbols and it came out fine.

  17. worked for me, simply right click on the file and click show in explorer, then drag the file to your ringtones…. done

  18. I followed all the steps but can’t figure out how to covert the file from .m4a to .m4r. Where is this done?

    Michael

  19. It works great..

    I converted the file to AAC (its length was 14 second I didn’t try longer files) and changed the extension the dragged it to the itunes and it fell in ringtones synced to the iphone and Im enjoying it now..

    thanks..

  20. Like many, I made the ringtone without trouble, 30 seconds, titled “New World Man” and it even appeared to sync succesfully but wouldn’t show in the iPhone when trying to set. I went back to iTunes, renamed the ringtone “RushNWM” and then did another sync. 10 seconds later I was listening to it on the phone perfectly. It shows up at the top of the Ringtone list in a Custom section above the Standard section.

  21. so is it correct that this does not work with anything above 7.4.5 as I am completing all steps on this version without results, I would appreciate it if somebody could let me know the version they are having success with.

    thanks, James.

  22. Works great! If you’re handy with dos, just rename the .m4a to .m4r from dos since extensions are not hidden there.

  23. James I am using 8.0 with no issue. Rename the extension correctly and I promise all you will need to do is drag the .m4r into ringtones. I just took a 30 second clip of Beck’s Cellphone’s Dead. Very easy…too many hoops for a ringtone IMO…but easy hoops.

  24. Used iTunes 8 and it works.

    For those having problems, check to see if iTunes if is automatically adding the song to the library after you create it. If it is, remove the song from the library but make sure to keep the file. Then rename the song file and add it back to iTunes. Works every time.

  25. I have the first generation iPhone, I converted it the file and got it to show in my iTunes under Ringtones, but it does not show up in my iPhone, any ideas?

  26. I have the first generation iPhone, I converted it the file and got it to show in my iTunes under Ringtones, but it does not show up in my iPhone, any ideas?

  27. OK! i got it to show up in my iPhone! I changed the lenght to 15 seconds! and it works, but one thing that I did notice, that when you call the phone it takes a couple of rings for it to come up and get the call….anyone having the same issue?

  28. OK! i got it to show up in my iPhone! I changed the lenght to 15 seconds! and it works, but one thing that I did notice, that when you call the phone it takes a couple of rings for it to come up and get the call….anyone having the same issue? bah!

  29. I have iTune v8.0, iPhone v2.1, Mac OS 10.4.11
    Here are what I did

    -Choose a song that you want
    -Click control+I to get the info of that song
    -Click Options, put the time you want to start and stop the song, it can’t be longer than 30 second. Then click OK
    -Play the song to see if it starts and stops where you want. If not make some adjustment
    -Click Advanced, and Create AAC Version
    -Open Finder, go to iTune Library, search for the song you have cut short.
    -Change its file extension from .m4a to .m4r, click Use .m4r on a pop up window
    -Drag it to Desktop, delete one in your iTune Library
    -Import the one from Desktop
    -Tadaaaaa…. now it will show up in your ringtone folder in iTune. And is ready to Sync to your iPhone

    Hope this helps

  30. Or an even easier way:

    Just go to http://audiko.net/ you can either download ready made iphone ring tones for free, or upload an mp3 cut if where you want and it will convert it for you. Just add to itunes and it will appear in the ringtones section.

  31. I changed file ext, etc, then it goes into itunes, syncs to iphone 3g, shows up in ringtone list, i can selct it, but when the phone rings it plays ‘Marimba’- any ideas why or how to change it?

  32. If the itune name for the ringtone is too long, it will not appear on the iphone. “I heard it through the grapevine” did not work until I renamed the listing to “Grapevine” inside itunes. While “iphone ad ring” worked just fine unmodified. So at least 13 chars is ok. Many folks have listed an appearance on the iphone problem. Hope this helps.

  33. This worked fine, you people that it didn’t work for probably made wrong steps, re-read it and give it another go.

  34. Hi, took a while, but I was successful with one tune. Tried to do it with another purchased tune but says it is a protected file. Is it possible to check which AAC file type (protected or not) before its bought? Tried the Getinfo choice in iStore but it doesn’t say.

  35. Its definitely something to do with the naming of the file…. I shortened “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” to HBFS within iTunes and then synced and it showed up right away

  36. Ahhh Duhhh People!!!! You have to double click the .m3r file… once you do that it will load into the ringtone folder in iTunes!!!!

  37. This is totally fun! As others have done, I also had to shorten my filename. Didn’t play with it – just went straight to a single-word title and it worked great. Thanks so much!

  38. goes smooth on my macbook and iphone 3G, guys..
    thanks for the instructions ü
    ringtone: Billy Cobham – Stratus / 3:10,8 and 30 secs from there..

  39. yes the last step DO NOT work..It doesnt automatically go into ringtone…SO u will hav to move it to an outside itune file ie, music folder in my document or sumthing like that. then u will see it in ‘.m4a’ file (ie. bring me to life.m4a), now u have to rename it to “.m4r”(ie. bring me to life.m4r). THEN drag that ringtone that u have converted to “.m4r” to ‘ringtone’ in itune again. PS: you should delete the old file in itune before u re-import the new fil into it (the new one is “.m4r”)

    DONE!!!

    hope u understand me :-)

  40. i’m on a mac and was they weren’t importing into ringtones until i discovered I was not deleting them from itunes first.

    here’s what worked for me, with the step i was missing highlighted

    -Choose a song that you want
    -Click control+I to get the info of that song
    -Click Options, put the time you want to start and stop the song, it can’t be longer than 30 second. Then click OK
    -Play the song to see if it starts and stops where you want. If not make some adjustment
    -Click Advanced, and Create AAC Version
    -Open Finder, go to iTune Library, search for the song you have cut short.
    -Change its file extension from .m4a to .m4r, click Use .m4r on a pop up window
    -Drag it to Desktop,

    **DELETE THE ONE IN YOUR ITUNES LIBRARY**

    -Import the one from Desktop
    -Tadaaaaa…. now it will show up in your ringtone folder in iTune. And is ready to Sync to your iPhone

  41. This is awesome. There was no reason for iphone to have this type of restriction so this workaround is great. Follow Darren’s steps and you will be there.

  42. Works great.Just play it in windows explorer after you changed the extension and it will load into ring tones folder. Many thanx

  43. So I got the 30 sec song to my “Sample Music” folder. But…can ANYONE tell me how to change the .m4a to .m4r??? PLEASE!!! I’m Desperate! LOL

    (Details Possibly!!!)

  44. thanks guys I can now get ringtones for my IPHONe and it works.

    What I want to do now is my daughter sent me a ringtone to my phone by MMS how can I use it ??

  45. To find the file extension go to your control panel and find folder options (I had to type it in search) Click show hidden folders and UNCHECK hide file extensions. Works like a charm after that!!! Then just rename file.

  46. I’ve downloaded a ringtone from iTunes and when I selected it for my ringtone it fails to ring….it only vibrates. To make sure the phone wasn’t faulty I then put my original ringtone back on and had no problems. Can anyboby help?????

  47. It works fine, and I ended up having to change the name of my ringtone from Wasted Years to just Wasted. That made it show up on my phone before that it wouldn’t show up. Trick is to make sure you change the length of the song first, then convert to ACC. Don’t convert to ACC first and expect to be able to change the length. After the conversion is complete, go back to the original song and change the length back to the original length. Then What I do is right click, copy the file to my desktop. Go into windows explorer and find the file. click on the file twice slowly to rename the file. Change if from m4a to m4r. Open Itunes back up and then open Windows explorer in a smaller window and just drag that .m4r file into Itunes. It will automatically become a ringtone. Then just sync your phone, but make sure your file name is short. I was quite confused until the post above said try renaming the file. For the most part the steps in all the other post are the same as mine and they will work. I am on version 9 using Windows XP PRO. Go ahead and delete the ACC file you created just to clean things up since you now have the ringtone m4r file saved.

  48. Thank You… it help me alot… May i also ask is it able to play facebook game on Iphone? if yes what do i need to do?

  49. I was having the same problem as Kyle – iTunes would not let me drag and drop the file from the iTunes Ringtone folder into the iPhone Ringtones folder. You just need to drag and drop it to the iPhone (the top of the folder hierarchy) – it will then put it in the Ringtone folder.

  50. You MUST delete the original AAC file in itunes before it will let you import as a ringtone. spent days trying to figure out why it wasnt working. As soon as i deleted the 30 sec AAC file, i could then drag in the converted .m4r and it went straight into the ringtone section.

    Hope this helps others out

  51. Thank you!! I was doing everything correctly but didn’t realize why renaming the file didn’t go exactly how you described it. I then went to control panel and folder options and unchecked file extensions and showed hidden folders. After this I attempted one last time to rename and it finally showed that it was still saving as a m4a file. I renamed to m4r and double clicked it and Wallace! Showed up as a ringtones. Thank you! FYI I’m using itunes9 and windows xp and it still worked!

  52. I did it! Deleted it from the music library, kept the m4r file on my desktop and went into the Ringtone library. Selected File “Add to Library” and selected the file off my desktop….voila!

  53. big up to michelle, altho ive used this method before, it was on a different computer and i was completely confused why it wasnt working, till i did the “show file extension” thing. perfect!!

  54. Does NOT work—have tried dragging from desktop and opening and adding to library and still NOTHING will appear in ringtones file. SO aggravating. Can anyone help? File extension is m4r

  55. Right Click Song -> Get Info -> Options tab
    Select Start/Start time (chose any 30 seconds of the song)
    Click OK
    Click Advanced -> Create AAC Version

    Open up the folder where you keep all your m4a files
    You will see a new one “SongName(1).m4a” along with the original (check file size, choose the smaller one)
    Right click -> Rename
    Rename to SongName(1).m4a to SongName(1).m4r
    Double click m4r song to open in iTunes
    Double click original m4a song

    Click Ringtones in iTunes (New rt will be there)

    Go back to original song, right click ->Get Info ->Options, and unselect Start/Stop time.

    Your all set

  56. took me so long to find out how to do this… but i did it after about an hour and it WORKS!! using vista! thank you xxx

  57. My itunes doesnt have anything with create AAC version…it has create mp3 version only…what to do???

  58. Wow, deleting the orignal AAC file did the trick. Works fine in Itunes 9 and Iphone 4. Thanks

  59. Diana you have to go to >preferences >general >import settings. Then change it to AAC, not Mp3.

    My problem is I can make a ringtone in the iTunes ringtone folder. But I can’t drag it to the iPhone ring tone folder!!! Help!!!!!!

  60. This seems to be driving everyone nuts! I have followed all the steps and the file is in my ringtones folder. I’ve synced my phone but I can set it as my ringtone on the phone by using Settings – sounds – ringtones. It doesn’t appear in the list. Any ideas? It’s driving me mad trying to figure it out ;o)

    (am using iTunes 9 and iPhone 4)

  61. Mike, if you do everything up to adding it to your itunes library by changing it to the right file and it shows up as being on your phone, just make sure the file name is short and resync. It will work. Great discussion – thanks for the help guys!

  62. Thanks so much! We struggled with this for so long last night, and then today I found your very concise & clear instructions and it was a matter of minutes!

    Thanks again

  63. so YES this does work after an hour (+) of fooling around with itunes to desktop then back to itunes

    does anyone else of the problem of…JUST ONE RINGTONE in your CUSTOM LIST?

    it seems that the iphone only has room for ONE custom ringtone (above the standard marimba list down below…

    and when you drag drop ringtones in the ringtone folder on itunes (on your iphone ;) ) it just seems to be the last song you dragdropped that shows up as the ONE ringtone in your customs ringtones!!!!!

    is it possible to add more?!
    any thoughts?!

  64. The procedure to add custom ringers does work. But. For iPhone4 with already purchased and downloaded ringers, you must first delete them from the iphone, then resync using itunes. At that point you will see PURCHASED, CUSTOM and STANDARD ringtones. Learning this took me > 3 hours!

  65. After a lot of time spent reading everyone’s individual posts, I began to understand that this (while the steps may be simple) is not easy. You must do all the steps for it to work! I saved the below instructions for myself.

    To avoid frustration if you are using Windows (I have Windows 7), you MUST unhide your file extensions or you cannot complete the change.
    To do this, perform the following steps
    In Windows 2000 (and more recent):
    – select Start | Settings | Control Panels | Folder Options
    – select the View tab
    – check “show hidden files and folders”
    – UN-check “hide file extensions for known file types”
    – Click OK to finish

    Go into your iTunes preferences, and make sure you are using the AAC encoder. You can double-check this by going to “Advanced”, then “Importing”. Now, browse to the song you want to use to create your ringtone. Right click on the file, and choose “Get Info”, then “Options”. Under the Options tab, select the start time and stop time, to create a 30 second clip. Once your 30 second clip is selected, right-click the song and choose “Convert Selection to AAC”.
    Once the conversion is completed, you will get a 30 second song of the same name. At this point, you can edit the original file back to its normal length. Now, browse to your iTunes music folder. You should find the new clip in the same folder the full-length song is in. Notice that the clip has an extension of .m4a. Right click to rename the extension to .m4r, and then select it. It will not automatically load to your Ringtones library, you will need to delete the file from iTunes and re-load it.

  66. had trouble seeing it in my list of ringtones on my iphone then got rid of artist name and album name so there is only a short song title and works great! so stoked!

  67. i had the same problem…i would drag the new .mpr file into itunes but it would not show up in the ringtones area. what did the trick for me is i had to empty my trash (after deleted the original files from itunes)

  68. ONE SIMPLE SOLUTION:
    Don’t shorten your ringtone, don’t change the filename, none of this is neccessary!
    Click on your device in iTunes, and then the “Ringtones” tab in the main section.
    Check the “Sync Ringtones” option and choose whether you want to sync them all or just the selected ones.
    This option seems to change if you update iTunes. FYI – this was done in iTunes 9.

  69. im using the newest itunes on my mac. and when i go into itunes i cant find a “iphone ringtones” folder…. what does this mean?

  70. OK, here are the 2 steps, simplified.

    1) Ringtone must be less than 13 characters including spaces

    2) Must be a m4r file and less than 40 seconds. You can do this in Garageband in under 2 minutes

    Hope this helps.

  71. Hey everyone who got to the last step and it didn’t show up! This happened to me too, you need to DELETE the aac version from your iTunes library BEFORE you bring the m4r version in!

  72. How set up a song for a ringtone on a Droid.
    1. Go to your music library on your phone
    2. click settings
    3. select set as ringtone
    4. For a specific contact – You simple find the contact you want for the rington.
    5. select edit- more info- ringtone – select the song from your ringtone Library.

    iPhone, what a complete joke you have to go through all that nonsense to customize YOUR phone. But you people keep buying them up like sheep

  73. i had move the song from my computer to my i phjone,but i cant found the ringtone word to make it become a ringtone in my phone..hope u can help me solve it.thanks

  74. Wow, 45mins to create a 30sec ringtone, but it works. I couldn’t tell you how I did it, but I did not use garageband. I did pretty much what the 1st post said. moved the file to my desktop, then dragged it to my ringtone list on itunes (imac) i’m tired now. goodnight :)

  75. I had the problem where it was showing up in iTunes but not in my iPhone 4 Ringtones list, no matter what I tried.

    I finally got it to work by opening DEVICES in the left column of iTunes, so that I could see the Ringtones folder on my iPhone. Then I clicked on the Ringtones folder under LIBRARY in the left hand column so that I could see the ringtones I had added to iTunes. Then I simply dragged the ringtone I wanted from the list in the right column onto my iPhone Ringtones folder under DEVICES in the left column. It synced and now the ringtone is showing on my phone.

    I hope that helps!

  76. I also got your instructions to work all the way until I wanted to get the ringtone to show on the ringtone list. Finally I renamed the file to one word and drag+dropped it from Finder to iPhone menu in iTunes. Worked like a charm.

    I have iPhone 4.

  77. did not work for mine but what did happen is that i lost all my custom ringtones and cant get them back now

  78. It works fine, needed to follow more instructions above, especially when converting it to .m4r you need to;

    To avoid frustration if you are using Windows (I have Windows 7), you MUST unhide your file extensions or you cannot complete the change.
    To do this, perform the following steps
    In Windows 2000 (and more recent):
    – select Start | Settings | Control Panels | Folder Options
    – select the View tab
    – check “show hidden files and folders”
    – UN-check “hide file extensions for known file types”
    – Click OK to finish

    Once you have converted it, put it in a new folder somewhere and simply drag it from the folder to your iphone on itunes. It did not work for me to import file on itunes.

  79. works fine for me thanks :D

    a quick way of showing extension without going to control panel

    -go to your .m4a file in windows explorer
    -press Alt (this shows the menu bar at the top)
    -click Tools – Folder Options
    -click on the View tab at the top
    -UNCHECK “Hide extensions for known file types”
    -click OK
    -right click your file and select rename
    -delete the .m4a and replace with .m4r
    -press enter
    -double click the file (or right click, open with.. then select itunes)

    it should automatically play the ringtone and should be shown in the ringtone section

    worked perfectly first time for me, synced to iphone 4 and shows up in the ringtones section on the phone, using the latest iTunes and iPhone software

    hope this alternative helps some of you guys

  80. ok I did all the above, even renamed the tune to .mr4 no problem, then I SYNC’d the iPhone 4 but it only shows up in my LIBRARY/Ringtones on iTunes not in my DEVICES/Ringtones.
    ..
    any further ideas or help with this one ?

  81. Like a few said before you will need to uncheck the option to hide known file type extension before you can rename from .m4a to .m4r, ALSO (VERY IMPORTANT!) you will need to check the option in iTunes to sync your ringtones cuz if you dont….you wont have them on your iPhone even though you did all the other steps correctly. I realized this by accident :)hope it helps

  82. Sorry, but this doesn’t work. Tried many times. The problem seems to be that even if I type the m4r in the end, the file won’t change into a m4r-file but stay the same.

  83. After file has been renamed to .m4r in e.g. Finder, then in iTunes choose File->Add to Library… and select .m4r file.

  84. Drag the m4a file to your desktop, then change the file to an m4r. It will ask you if you want to do this. Then drag the file into your ringtones in iTunes on the left, under music, apps, etc. I’ve done a bunch of these.

  85. Hey I have all the steps done I can see the ringtones in the ringtones folder but it will let me sync…Message saying: “Some of the items in the iTunes Library, including the (name song), were not copied to the IPhone because you are not Authorized for them on this computer.

    To authorize this computer for the items purchased from the iTunes Store, choose Store> Authorize this computer.”

    Done this and it still will not Sync, any ideas anyone…….Thnx

  86. Yes from my media file on my computer…tried another song and I got it to work and it works like a charm!

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. well mine didnt automatically move to the ringtones!!!! its just sitting in the library gr.

  88.  I am trying to do this on my Mac and I don’t see the option where I can change the .m4a extension to .m4r

  89.  hi using iphone 3gs and itunes 10. ringtone shows up in list on itunes but wont sync to iphone. have used all the instructions below. Help :-(

  90. it does not give me the option of converting to AAC.. instead, it says convert ID3 tags.. wats that??

  91. it does not give me the option of converting to AAC.. instead, it says convert ID3 tags.. wats that??

  92. Thank you! I was wondering why it wouldn’t allow me to move it into my ringtones folder! YAY! 

  93. why can i download from itunes for a ring tone it works,but when i download from other sources it won’t allow me to drag across and sync,

  94. I have tried this multiple times and it won’t sync to my iphone4s.  Also, how do you set it as a ringtone?  Totally frustrated!!!  I have a mac, too.

  95. Thank you Jackie! After so much aggravation and searching, this worked. Why, oh why, does everyone want to make it so complicated? 

  96. But then what? I see it in my ITUNES library and it has the M4r extension and it even says “ringtone” but even after I synced my iphone, it doesn’t appear in my settings under ringtones. Hmmmph.

  97. Works….. just guys i think u cant rename file correctly , if u cant .rar it and rename inside rar file then unrar and add to itunes library

  98. Hi Chris,

    I tried following your earlier advises and it didn’t
    work; it seems with the latest OSX & iTunes program updates, things
    may have changed & got a bit more complicated… I hope you won’t
    mind me sharing my tried & tested method to help other lost souls.
    My Mac specs : 10.7.5 (Lion)
    My iTunes : 11.0.4

    Full correct steps should be like this :

    1) Select a favourite song in iTunes to be made into Ringtone.
    ——————————————————————————– —–

    2) “Get Info” on that song and make any 0:30 seconds portion of that song.
    (specify Start & Stop time to any 30-seconds duration and click OK)
    ——————————————————————————– —–

    3) Right-click or Ctrl-Click again on same song and select “Create AAC Version” and iTunes will create a .m4a file…
    (when done iTunes will create a Chime)
    ————————————————————————————-

    4) to locate the created .m4a file easily, Ctrl-Click again on same song and select “Show in Finder”
    (iTunes will automatically point the Folder location of the original mp3 & the newly created m4a files)
    ————————————————————————————-

    5) Select & change the .m4a file to .m4r as suggested…
    (rename to whatever you like, but you must change the extension to .m4r)
    ————————————————————————————-

    6) At this point, the m4r(original) file isn’t a “Ringtone” file yet… which we’ll need to change now…)
    (check under “Get Info” – “Kind” : it’s still “Apple MPEG-4 Audio”)
    1st by dragging that newly changed m4r(ori) file to somewhere out of that same default folder it was created by iTunes…
    ————————————————————————————-
    { this is where most confusions occur, take note here, it gets rather complicated }
    ————————————————————————————-

    7) Once it’s outside of that folder, Double Click the m4r(ori) file and iTunes will play
    (u can stop it playing immediately…) this is just needed to let iTunes automatically convert that m4r(ori) file into a new duplicate and places it inside the initial default
    folder where the original mp3 file is kept.
    ————————————————————————————-

    8) Locate that duplicate m4r(new & true) file, in the same .mp3 folder and now DUPLICATE-Drag (press Option while dragging to get the “+” sign) it to the “TONES” folder in your default apple folder structure.
    (check that under Get Info, your new .m4r File’s “Kind” should be a “Ringtone”)
    //to get to that “TONES” Folder : First Locate your iTunes default music folder –> usually in your Default “MUSIC” folder –> Navigate to “iTunes Media” –> Navigate to “Tones” !!Keep this window open to make the transfer manually !!
    ————————————————————————————-

    9) Once your duplicate is inside the “Tones” folder, double-click on that duplicate .m4r(true) file and let iTunes play, it should automatically place that file into the “Ringtone” sidebar List in iTunes program (check program to see)
    ————————————————————————————-

    10) There you go. Now you can Sync / Delete / Add the whole Ringtone contents to your iPhone as you wish.
    //Don’t forget to set SYNC on the iphone to iTunes under “Tones” tab in your
    iTunes – iPhone screen… and click SYNC button & wait for the magic.

    (Finally you can check inside your iPhone “Sounds” settings and hopefully if all steps done correctly, the bloodycomplicatedringtone selection will be there. Enjoy!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *