How to Set Any Song as Ringtone on iPhone using iTunes

I like setting my favorite song as my iPhone ringtone. It not only stands out my device but also adds some fun to the play.

Unfortunately, the process of creating a custom iPhone ringtone from a track isn’t straightforward. But, if you are like me who don’t mind going through some pain as long as the end result is pleasing, you would find it great to create and set a chartbuster as your iPhone ringtone.

How to Create Custom Ringtone from Any Song or Music Track for iPhone

Step #1. First off, you need to connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step #2. Now, launch iTunes.

Step #3. Next, you have to click on Songs in the sidebar. You should see your music library with the songs you have synced to your device. Next, you need to locate the song which you want to set as your iPhone ringtone.

Choose Song you Want to Create iPhone Ringtone

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Step #4. Then, you need to right-click on it and select Get Info.

Right Click and Select Get Info in Song in iTunes

Step #5. From the dialog box, head over to Options tab and check the “start” and “stop” boxes.

Click on Options in Song in iTunes on Mac or Windows PC

Step #6. Next up, you have to enter the start and stop times (make sure to keep it less than 30 seconds) for the segment of the song. Make sure to click on OK button at the end.

Select Start and End Time for Song you Want to Set as iPhone Ringtone and Click OK

Step #7.  Now, you have to select the song in your music library.

Click on the Song you Want to Use as an iPhone Ringtone

Step #8. Next, head over to File and select Convert. Then, click on Create AAC Version. It will create a duplicate song file with the same name as the original.

Create AAA Version of the Song you Want to Use as iPhone Ringtone

Just in case you are not able to find out which song has the AAC file format, simply right-click on a particular song and select Song Info. Then click on File tab. Now, you will see the format of the song next to the kind label.

Step #9. Up next, you need to append the file format with .m4r extension. To do so, choose the song with AAC format in your music library and right-click on it and select Show in Finder.

Select Song You Want to Use as iPhone Ringtone and Click on Show in Finder

Step #10. Now, Finder will open the iTunes folder. It will show your newly created song with .m4a extension. Next, rename the song file and make sure it has .m4r extension.

Change Song Extension to .m4r

Step #11. Now delete the Song from iTunes; but make sure to click on Keep File.

Cick on Delete Song in iTunesClick on Keep File in iTunes

Step #12. Click on Tones and then you have to drag and drop the .m4r song file from the iTunes folder to the Tones pane in iTunes.

Note: Just in case you don’t find the Tones section, just drag and drop the ringtone onto the On My Device section in the sidebar. You will see a new Tones section in the sidebar with the ringtones on your iPhone.

Drag and Drop file from Finder to iTunes

If that too does not work, simply, double click the ringtone in Finder and play once.

Step #13. Close and reopen iTunes.

Step #14.  When the ringtone shows up in iTunes, it will also be transferred to your connected iPhone.

Step #15. Click on Sync.

Sync iPhone using iTunes

That’s done!

You have successfully created a custom ringtone and synced with your smartphone. Now, setting it as a ringtone is a breeze.

How to Set any Song as a Ringtone on iPhone

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device and select Sounds or Sounds & Haptics.

Tap on Settings then Sounds & Haptics on iPhone

Step #2.  Under Sounds and Vibration Patterns section, choose the alert for which you would like to set a custom ringtone → In the list of all the available ringtones, the custom ringtone you have just transferred from iTunes will be right at the top. Select it as the default ringtone.

Set Any Song as Ringtone on iPhoneThat’s it

From now onwards, the set ringtone will play whenever you get an alert of this type.

Wrapping up:

Follow through this same tutorial to carve out more impressive ringtones for your iPhone. Have any feedback? Feel free to share it with us in the comments below.

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