Everybody wants to have a unique ringtone on its iPhone and the usual methods that everybody use are simply taking a song from the internet that they like and crop the desired part from the song so to apply it as a ringtone on your iPhone.
While the process is simple on a regular phone, on iPhones is a little bit harder.
There is a simple iPhone ringtone hack that is over three years old now but not many people know about it so it’s not widely used.
Even if this ringtone hack is old, it still works with the latest version of iTunes because it takes advantage of the “M4R” file extension that ringtones are assigned compared to normal song extensions known as AAC.
In a nutshell, the process is quite simple and the only thing you need to do is to take a file with free digital rights management that has a maximum run time of 30 seconds and rename it with the m4r extension after which you will add it to iTunes. Simple as that!
While this is all you need to do, there are people not so techsavy and the need of a step by step tutorial steps in.
I created a step by step tutorial on how to create these free ringtones using iTunes.
The first step you need to do is to open iTunes -> get the song info by right clicking on it and select the “get info” tab
After the first step is done, there should be two tabs named Stop time and Start time in the options menu so check them.
After you checked both boxes, think of how much time you want the song to play and input it in the start/stop tab.
Hit the OK button and proceed further
This should crop the song to your desired length after successful re-encoding. Right click on it and select the option Convert selection to AAC.
This means that the selected song will be re-encoded to the selected format and selected play times.
NOTE: as a side note, there are some iTunes menus that can show “convert selection to mp3″ instead of showing the normal “convert selection to AAC” but don’t worry because we have the fix: Go into the preferences tab in iTunes -> advanced -> importing -> change the import using X to import using aac encoder.
Wait until the song is successfully encoded and search your iTunes folder where music is saved, get the song and send it to Desktop (copy it there).
After the song is copied to desktop, navigate back and delete the cropped song from iTunes (the song will still remain on your desktop so don’t worry about that).
Again, go back to the song that should be on desktop and get the info again. Navigate to name/extensions tab where you will select the /m4r extension.
Alternative: you can easily change the file extension from your desktop by right clicking it-> rename -> chose a name and change the file ext. from “.m4a” to “.m4r”.
Make sure you successfully changed the extension and add it again to iTunes. It will automatically be placed in the ringtones section.
Sync with iTunes
Selecting the newly created ringtone is easy: Go to settings ->sounds >ringtones.
The ringtone should appear in the custom section and simply select it to set it as a default ring.
You just successfully created a free custom ringtone for your iPhone.
If you liked this tutorial, share it with your friends and let them know how they can also create a custom iPhone ringtone.
About the Guest Author: Sarah is literally obsessed with her iPhone and tries to find out any trick that she can use and note it down in easy step by step check-lists after she successfully unlocked her iPhone 5.You can also contribute to OSH by “Write for US”.