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How to Create Custom Ringtones for an iPhone Using Windows

Posted December 5, 2007 at 5:23pm · 46 comments · 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
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 http://Ringer.org to make free ringtones for my iPhone.
Mr Famps
Mr Famps - April 26, 2012 at 2:58pm
Thanks. It works. I am using itunes 10 and iphone 4. Original ringtones bye bye...
kaka - April 7, 2010 at 3:51am
Hi... i have tried all the steps that are mentioned, i am using iphone 3gs, i am using itunes 9.0 version but still i cannot find importing sub tab in advanced in preferences. and moreover i couldn't get ringtones subcategory on the left hand side of the itunes section.... can you please help me with the issue...
npadam - April 7, 2010 at 9:25am
Yes, I found the same with iTunes 9.1. The solution is to click Advanced/create AAC version. It worked for me.
Matt - July 14, 2009 at 11:05pm
I synced the ringtone to my phone, there is no custom section under ringtones. Any ideas please?
andee - June 13, 2009 at 5:24pm
thank you thank you thank you!!!! all the details were well worth it! job well done to you! :) thanks again!!!
Margaret - June 11, 2009 at 10:54pm
Wow, great walk through! I would have never been able to do this without this guide! Thank you!
bette - April 1, 2009 at 10:13pm
your have just saved me from all the boring ringtones!!!!!!!!!! thanks sooooooooooooo much
james - March 23, 2009 at 10:01am
everything works with me up to the importing step cos my itunes doesnt have that section in advanced, wat do i do ?;/
UpRising - December 3, 2008 at 3:20pm
Wow nice job mannn !! Too Good. Keep up the good work !
Willis! - September 29, 2008 at 10:04am
This worked REALLY good, but after the huge iPhone update it doesn't work anymore. I mean, I can still see the ringtone I made in the "Ringtones" section of my iTunes but when I sync it nothing knew from my "Ringtones" section goes through anymore....help?
Sonic - September 25, 2008 at 6:31pm
For the people having the problem, of ringtones having all the same names (and also playing the same song, n mather wich one you click on the phone) -> Using more than one song on the phone, is (in my findings) only possible if you NOT synch manually. You have to use the auto-synch function, then it works like a charm... This part is mostly left out in all of the video tutorials....
mike b
mike b - September 25, 2008 at 6:19pm
VV to the idiot below me its the same thing on a mac just the folder options part is different
Sonic - July 20, 2008 at 6:48pm
To get rid of the "same name for all" problem -> In Itunes, right click each of your ringtones -> get info -> wipe out all song data (genre, composer, ...) except for the title. Be sure to go trough all the tabs, so that the only thing left, is the song name. That way, problem is solved ;)
Flipppppyyy - July 14, 2008 at 12:07pm
Thanks a lot this is really helpful. I'm never going to pay $2.00 for a ring tone especially if its already on my phone. Works great with iTunes 7.7 and a 3g iPhone.
wtf is this vista shit?
wtf is this vista shit? - July 13, 2008 at 8:45pm
Vista sucks, plz use other OS that is more common (many more iphone carriers have macs or use XP than your piece of shit OS). None of your instructions can be applied to my situation because I have a mac. Thanks!
Nicole - March 7, 2008 at 8:57pm
hey, does anyone know how to make custome text alerts?
Nick - March 4, 2008 at 3:49pm
nice bro...very nice...finally something that is really useful without havin to pay for some stupid stuff just to mess up your phone...thanks bro..props
Joe - February 28, 2008 at 9:58am
Do you have any thing for 1.1.3.......This version does not work Everything is good right up to when u hit sync ringtones..... nothing sync any help??
mike b
mike b - February 2, 2008 at 9:02pm
i made a video tutorial about this .. might help some that are stuck VVyoutube search VV Mbrusco103
Yurigi - January 31, 2008 at 12:57pm
Works great, thx. I just started thinking... how do I remove these ringtones? What is the path to their folder?
Js - January 30, 2008 at 8:49pm
For those that do not see the song in the custom submenu is because you didnt follow the instructions. the SONG CANNOT last longer then 30 sec. Do putting a hole song will not work! Cut it down like explained!
AlexJ - January 30, 2008 at 10:22am
I too have the same problem as Jonathan - I have iTunes 7.6 and 1.1.3 on the phone, and all worked well until I synced when I just ended up with loads of copies of one ringtone on the phone. all seems fine with the folders both on the iPhone and in iTunes library, so I don't know what has happened other than the software change has nullified this method? Thanks
Rajiv Varma
Rajiv Varma - January 29, 2008 at 12:31pm
http://www.efksoft.com/products/iphoneringtonemaker/index_af3.htm iPhone Ring Tone Maker
Kaps - January 27, 2008 at 1:41pm
Gr8 Tutorial, previously i am wasting time to find some ringtone making software but this way gr88888 many thanks
adam - January 27, 2008 at 12:22pm
I finally got it to work I had to uninstall itunes and reinstall. now everything works great.
abdliuae - January 20, 2008 at 4:32pm
I have 1.1.2 and i downloaded itunes 7.5 + used the following and worked for me: Shortly after the release of iTunes 7.5 users noticed that the main difference between ringtones and regular audio files were their file extensions. Regular AAC files have the file extension .m4a, while ringtones use the file extension .m4r. iTunes 7.5 will automatically create a new folder for storing ringtones in your music library the first time you open a .m4r file, provided you have the “Keep iTunes Music Folder Organized” option checked. This folder is where you’ll want to put your ringtone files, but first you’ll need to edit the song down to a suitable size. The size of an allowed ringtone on the iPhone tops out at around 3 megabytes. Windows users can edit audio files with the free Audacity. Pick the 20 to 30 seconds you want to use as your ringtone, and save the file as an MP3. 1. Add the shortened MP3 file to your iTunes library, then right-click on it in iTunes and choose “Convert Selection to AAC.” The clip will need to be an AAC file in order to be used as a ringtone. 2. Right-click on the AAC converted file and choose “Show in Windows Explorer” to locate the converted file. 3. Change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r, and double-click the .m4r file to play it in the “Ringtones” folder in your music library. This file will be added to your iTunes library automatically. (Some are reporting a size limit for the music file, so if you have trouble, using a smaller file may help) 4. Finally, click on your iPhone in iTunes, and go to the Ringtones section. You should now see your new ringtone. 5. If you want to be sure about the sync, feel free to click “Selected ringtones:” and check off the file explicitly, though this shouldn’t be required. 6. Now SYNC your phone. You’re Done! Since Windows like to hide file extensions, the renaming part can be tricky. Make sure you aren’t just appending a file extension to the hidden one. make sure the “Hide extensions for known file types” option in Windows Explorer is turned off. When you sync your iPhone, you should see the new ringtones displayed in your phone’s sound settings.
Jonathan - January 20, 2008 at 2:01pm
This is great, really is...but i have a problem. After i made the first ringtone i made a second one and everything seemed to be okay until i looked in my iPhone...the first ringtone that i had made came up twice and the second one wasn't there. Yet when I looked at the ringotnes part of my phone when it was connected to itunes both ringtones show up. Any thoughts??
abdliuae - January 16, 2008 at 2:30pm
the ringtone shows up in itunes but not under the ringtone sub tab for the iphone. what do i do???? ME TOO
adam - January 13, 2008 at 6:25pm
I folllowed all steps and it adds it to ringtones on itunes but no custom section on my phone. please help...
Dusty - January 5, 2008 at 3:46pm
Thanks! Works like a charm :)
MS.LK - January 5, 2008 at 2:10am
This was so easy to follow. Thanks for all your hard work. It worked like a charm!
theredjawa - December 31, 2007 at 1:56pm
I tried this method as it was explained on other sites and it never worked for me. They must have left a step out because the first time I tried it as explained here it worked. Thanks.
iPhone user
iPhone user - December 31, 2007 at 12:46am
Thank you! this saved my life
Shaka - December 26, 2007 at 11:53am
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO VERY MUCCHHHHH!!!!!!! At first i was hesitant but it worked out excellent once you follow the instructions. Thanks again!!
Mike - December 25, 2007 at 7:37pm
I have 1.1.2 and iTunes 7.5 and tried 4 times to get this to work but no luck. Everything goes fine until I double click on the .m4r file on the desktop and it never adds the ringtone to my iTunes library under Ringtones folder. I don't think I am doing anything wrong. If anyone can help I would really appreciate some feedback. aqxea@sbcglobal.net
LMP26 - December 24, 2007 at 12:26am
TY, TY, TY, TY, You're like Geico, you've saved me a ton of money
iClarified - December 12, 2007 at 12:53am
Cable, contact me at support@iClarified.com. I'll send u one of my ringtones so we can exclude any encoding issues and go from there...
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