You’d think that with thousands of songs on your iPhone, making a ringtone out of one of them would be simple. Yes? No.
So here’s the trick:
- Go to your Import Settings in iTunes (they are in different places depending on Mac or PC). If it’s not already, set it to import files as AAC.
- Locate the track you want to use in iTunes. Many songs start out a little quiet – which is no good for a ringtone – so play the track and write down the times where the ringtone should start and finish.
- Right-click the track and click Get Info. On the Options tab mark the start time and then end time for your ringtone. Click OK.
- Right-click the track again and choose Create AAC Version. (This won’t be there if your import settings are set to MP3.) This will create a new track based on the times you have entered, in the same folder as the other track.
- Right-click the track again and choose Show in Finder (Or Show in Explorer).
- Locate the new file and change the filename so it ends in .m4r instead of .m4a
- Double-click that file and iTunes should then import it as a ringtone, not a normal track.
- Go to the settings in your iPhone and the new ringtone should t=be there under the Custom heading (after you have synced it of course!)
Phew! But it saves buying ringtones for songs you already own!