How to Create Custom Ringtones for an iPhone Using Windows

Posted December 5, 2007 at 5:23pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 198712 views

Using iTunes 7.5 you are able to create custom ringtones for your iPhone. This method may not work after a firmware update but for now everything works great. This tutorial is for Windows users. If you are a mac user please use the original tutorial for Mac users.

Follow these instructions to make your ringtone and put it on the iPhone.

Step One
Open iTunes from your program list.

Step Two
Check to see if you have a Ringtones category within your Library. You will find this on the left side of the iTunes window. If you DO have Ringtone category then you can skip to Step Four.

Step Three
Quit iTunes then click to open the Start menu from the bottom left of the screen. Select Music from the Start menu.

Double click on the folder iTunes to open it.

Double click on the folder iTunes Library to open it.

Create a new folder and name it Ringtones.

Step Four
Click to open the Start menu from the bottom left of the screen. Select Control Panel from the Start menu.

Select Classic view from the sidebar on the left. Then double click to open Folder Options.

Click to select the View tab. From the list of options uncheck the box next to Hide extensions for known file types. Then click the Apply button.

Step Five
You can now restart iTunes. I still didn't get a Ringtones category on the left sidebar. So don't be worried if you don't see one yet.

Step Six
Select Preferences from the Edit Menu.

Click to select the Advanced tab. Click to select the General sub-tab. Check the box next to Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library.

Now click to select the Importing sub-tab. Make sure the Import Using dropdown menu is set to AAC Encoder. Click the Ok button to save your changes.

Step Seven
Select a song from your library that you would like to use as a ringtone.

Right click the song you have selected. From the popup menu select Get Info.

From the window that appears select the Options tab. Check the box next to Start Time and enter a start time for your ringtone. Check the box next to Stop Time and enter a stop time for your ringtone. NOTE***: The first time i tried this I attempted a ringtone 36 seconds long. It would not sync to my iPhone. I'd recommend you keep your ringtone at around 30 seconds long.

Step Eight
Press the play button to test your ringtone and make sure it sounds okay. If it doesn't you can go back and modify the start and stop time till it does. Once you are satisfied then Right Click the song and select Convert Selection to AAC from the popup menu.

You will notice that a copy of the song appears in your library. This copy is the shortened song to be used as your ringtone.

Before you forget go back into the original song's options and uncheck the Start Time and Stop Time so it will play normally.

Step Nine
Right click the newly created track and select Show in Windows Explorer.

With the newly created track still selected in iTunes press the Delete key on your keyboard. A popup will appear asking to confirm its removal from the library. Click the Remove button. Another popup will appear asking you what to do with the file. Click the Keep File button.

Step Ten
Rename the file opened in Windows Explorer to .m4r from .m4a. Do this by Right Clicking the file then selecting Rename from popup menu. If a warning popup appears asking to confirm the file name change click the Yes button.

Step Eleven
Once you have renamed the file on your desktop add it back to iTunes by double clicking on it. You will notice that the track now appears under the Ringtones category in iTunes.

Step Twelve
Connect your iPhone to the computer. In iTunes select your iPhone from the list of Devices on the left. Then select the Ringtones tab.

Check the box next to Sync Ringtones and select to either sync All Ringtones or to sync only specific ones.

Finally, click the Sync button at the bottom right to sync your newly created ringtone with your iPhone. If you have made changes to the sync settings you might have to click the Apply button before you can press to sync.

Step Thirteen
To use your new ringtone with your iPhone select Settings from your iPhone's springboard.

Select Sounds from the Settings menu.

Select Ringtone from the Sounds menu.

You will see your newly created ringtone under the custom category! Press to select it!

Add Comment
SRASC - February 11, 2013 at 4:32pm
Still needs updating though. The process is largely the same but has changed since just over 5 years now
Clare Wood - January 6, 2013 at 2:34pm
A tedious process but it WORKS!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it all out for us :)
Priyanka - November 5, 2012 at 5:48pm
Awesome, It really helped.. Though it is mess every time I would like to use my ringtone..but hats off to you man..Your step by step explanation was amazing. cheers :)
Anonymous - May 30, 2012 at 3:34am
Thank you so much! This really helped alot. Thank you!! :)
Aime - June 18, 2012 at 10:50am
I use to make free ringtones for my iPhone.
Mr Famps - April 26, 2012 at 2:58pm
Thanks. It works. I am using itunes 10 and iphone 4. Original ringtones bye bye...
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