How to Set A Song as A Ringtone on iPhone

Wonder how to make a song as ringtone on iPhone? Follow this guide to easily make any song of yours on computer and iPhone as your favorite ringtone right now.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 30, 2019

Default iPhone ringtones can be easily set in Sounds & Haptics of Settings. For example, the new default ringtone on iPhone X is called “Reflection”, the previous one was called “opening”. Additionally, Marimba is another favorite one for some users. While, many people prefer to change their iPhone’s default ringtone to something they like better. And a custom ringtone makes your phone experience more interesting.

Then, how to make your own ringtone on iPhone? You need to use iTunes or other software to help you, because Apple doesn’t provide any built-in app or method for setting your existing songs as ringtones. Here in this post, we will introduce two ways for you to add ringtones to iPhone. Next, you can set in iPhone to personalize your iPhone using the music that you love.

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How to Make Ringtones on iTunes

The first choice to make own ringtone for iPhone users is iTunes. You can set a variety of global songs as ringtones from iTunes Music Library.

Here are the detailed steps to create iPhone ringtones in iTunes:

Cut a Song Clip as Ringtone

1. Open iTunes > Tap Songs button under Library, then choose a song that you like and right-click on it > Click the Song Info option.

Choose a Song from iTunes Library

Choose a Song from iTunes Library

2. In the Song Info box, click the Options tab > Enter the time you want the ringtone to start and stop, only a 30-second period can be applied into ringtone. Next, click OK to finish this song clip.

Choose Up to a 30-second Period of the Song

Choose Up to a 30-second Period of the Song

Apple limits your ringtone to 30 seconds. So in the start and stop fields, you can not have any song ringtones longer than 30 seconds.

3. After you cut a 30-second song clip, click File on the menu column > Tap Convert > Tap Create AAC Version. iTunes will immediately convert the 30-second audio you just trim.

Convert the song's format to AAC Version

Convert the Song’s Format to AAC Version

4. When you finished AAC version, the 30-second ringtone is in iTunes Library. Next, select create aac, and right-click on it, choose Show in Windows Explorer/Show in Finder on Mac.

5.  Now, you need to change the song’s file extension from .m4a to .m4r (That’s because Apple uses a .m4r extension for ringtones instead of .m4a.).

Add the Ringtone to iPhone

Connect your iPhone with the computer with a USB Cable > Tap the phone icon> Click the Tones category, in the section On My Device > Copy (Ctrl+C) the ringtone file in your computer and paste (Ctrl+V) it to the Tones folder. The new ringtone should sync with your iPhone immediately.

Set the Ringtone in iPhone

Open Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone > Find the custom ringtone you made > Select it and set it.

In this way, you can turn many songs you love into the 30-second audio clips and set it as ringtone on your iPhone. But you need to follow the fundamental steps to find the song and change the song’s format, then sync it to iPhone, finally, you can set the ringtone in iPhone. A little complicated? So, here we provide you another software to make a ringtone.

1. iPhone comes with ringtones that play for incoming calls, clock alarms, and the clock timer. You can also get ringtones by purchasing from songs in the iTunes Store.

2. If you want to assign a different ringtone from one contact: Open the Contacts > Select a contact > Tap Edit > Ringtone > then choose a ringtone.

Create Ringtone for iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS

The software is AnyTrans for iOS, which is a great helper for all kinds of iOS data management. Surely it is also good at making a song as ringtone on iPhone, just like you want. Here are some features you may interest in:

  • No matter the songs stored on computer, or on iPhone, AnyTrans for iOS can make all of them as your customized ringtones.
  • With it, you can choose any snippet of the song as the ringtone, with duration options of 25 seconds, 40 seconds, and the original length of it.
  • You can also easily transfer ringtones from iTunes/computer to your iPhone, without erasing any data.

The detailed steps to create ringtones for iPhone are following below:

Step 1. Download and install AnyTrans for iOS on your computer, then connect your iPhone to it.

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Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Click Ringtone Maker > Next, import the song you want to turn into a ringtone (you can import from Computer/iPhone/iTunes Library).

Click Ringtone Maker to Start

Click Ringtone Maker to Start

Step 3. After choosing a song from iTunes, you will view the interface below. (The song will be set as a ringtone by default. If you want to customize the song as Text Tone, you can select the “Text Tone” option. )Then drag the slider to choose your favorite period while playing the song. After completing customizing process, click Audition button to listen to the ringtone. If you like it, click to Import to Device.

Customize Ringtone Using AnyTrans for iOS

Customize Ringtone Using AnyTrans for iOS

Step 4. When you import the personalized ringtone to your iPhone, you can open Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone > Find the custom ringtone you made > Select it and set it.

Set Custom Ringtones on Your iPhone

Set Custom Ringtones on Your iPhone

The Bottom Line

Here we show you two methods to personalize your iPhone using the music that you loveAs you can see, with AnyTrans for iOS, no matter songs on computer, or on iPhone and in iTunes, you can easily make them as ringtones on your iPhone as you want. Why not download it now? If you have any questions about the way to make a custom ringtone, you can leave your comment below.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.