One of the ways to personalize your mobile phone is through changing your ringtone. On Android, the “set as ringtone” option is just right there for you to set any song as your ringtone. But you can’t find such an option on iPhone. However, it is not impossible to set a song as ringtone on iPhone. It is completely free and completely easy. But you definitely need to use iTunes to do so.
Aside from the personalizing factor, setting custom ringtones for different contacts allows you to know who’s calling without the need to even look at your phone.
Setting a song as your ringtone on your iPhone is not something difficult to do, however, the process of doing so got a little tricky in the latest versions of iTunes. But it can still be done and you can take some steps to set a song as ringtone on your iPhone. So, if you are running iTunes 12.7 or later versions, this guide will walk you through the steps of setting any song from your music library as your ringtone on iPhone.
Can I use my music as a ringtone on iPhone?
The answer to this question is YES! You can set a song as ringtone on your iPhone, you can even choose the exact part of the song as your ringtone, and it is completely free. But what you need to know is that you definitely need to use your iTunes and there is no way around that! There are many “ringtone maker” apps on the App Store which claim they can help you to create ringtones for your iPhone. But to tell you the truth, none of such apps work the way they claim and this is because Apple restrictions require you to sync your iPhone to your iTunes. The most reliable way to make your ringtones is to use iTunes itself. And good news is that it is not difficult to do so.
Steps to set a song as ringtone on iPhone
Apple has made the process of making your own ringtones somewhat difficult and this is because Apple wants you to buy ringtones from its store. It has even updated iTunes and has removed the whole Tones section to make it far more difficult than before. However, if you are determined to set your favorite song as your ringtone, there is a way you can do that even on the latest version of iTunes.
Note! If you are running iOS 10 on your iPhone and you use versions earlier than iTunes 12.7, I recommend that you don’t update it for now as the process of making ringtones is way more difficult on the later versions.
1. Get your song ready
The first step to set a song as ringtone on your iPhone is to make the song available on your iTunes Library. Using your computer, you can easily import any Mp3 or ACC file to your iTunes. So, once you’ve got your song imported to iTunes, right-click on the song and select Get Info or Song Info.
2. Set timing for the song
After selecting Get info or Song Info, choose the Options tab. Now check the Start and Stop boxes and enter the time at which you want your ringtone to start and end. The time must be at most 30 seconds. So, make sure to listen to the song beforehand and take note of the exact beginning and ending time for your song. Once done, click Ok to close the window.
3. Edit the file to create the ACC version
In versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, you can just right-click on any song to see the “Create ACC version” option. A duplicate track will be created and you can spot it by the fact that its length is 30 seconds.
If you have iTunes 12.4 and later, you cannot use the Create ACC version as Apple has removed it. What you need to do is to click on the song and go to Files menu. Click Convert and then select Create ACC version.
In older versions, the song will appear in the same album, but in later versions, the song might appear in a new album.
4. Untick the start and stop top
Right click on the song that you originally chose, click on Get info/Song info and untick the start and stop boxes that you chose on the first step and then click Ok.
This is because if you don’t untick the boxes, it will play only 30 seconds of that song every time you play it and you definitely don’t want that!
5. Change the file extension
The next step to set a song as ringtone on your iPhone is to change the file extension. In order to do so, right-click on the short song that you created on the previous steps and click Show in Windows Explorer (its Show in Finder on MAC).
Right-click on the file in the opened menu and select Rename. Now change the extension from .m4a to .m4r and select Yes when prompted.
6. Import your ringtone to iTunes
With iTunes 12, click on the three-dots icon and choose Tones from the menu.
In iTunes 12.4 (until 12.7), click on the “Music” button, then Edit Menu… and tick the box next to Tones. Click Done, then click the Music button again to see the Tones section.
In iTunes 12.7, there is no Tones section. what you need to do is to connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable. Now click on your phone icon on your iTunes to expand the list and to see the Tones section. By clicking on this section, you will see all your custom tones. Go to your File Explorer Window and copy the song. Go back to iTunes and paste the song. Now the song must appear in your list of tones and it will automatically sync with your phone.
7. Sync tones with your iPhone
In iTunes 12.4 (until 12.7), click and drag your ringtone to your phone icon and, as you do so, a panel will open on the left-hand side. Simply drop the tone onto your iPhone to sync them.
In previous versions of iTunes 12, your phone when you connect it via USB. Simply select the tones you want. Click and hold on any one and drag them over the phone icon and a sync should begin.
8. Select the ringtone
You have now successfully imported the new tone to your iPhone. The next step is to set it as your ringtone. Here are the steps you need to take:
- Open the Settings app on your phone
- Scroll down and select Sounds & Haptics (or just Sounds)
- Select Ringtones
- Your custom ringtone will appear on top of the list and on top of your default ringtones
I hope you found this tutorial article useful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to mention it in the comments section.
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