Create Custom Ringtones for your iPhone

Dear Mach,

How do I create a custom ringtone for my iPhone?

Raring for Ringtones

Dear Raring,

Ah, finally, an iPhone related question. Well, there are already a few good guides out there to do this and here is the basic process:

  • create a sound file
  • export it from iTunes as an “.m4a” file (AAC Encoder)
  • delete the sound file from iTunes
  • rename the exported file’s extension to “.m4r”
  • double-click the “.m4r” file to bring it into iTunes
  • sync your iPhone

The one detail that you might need is that if you don’t see a “Create AAC Version” item when you right-click on the original sound file, that means you have to set your preferences. Go to “iTunes -> Preferences …” and in the “General” tab, look for the “Import Settings…” button. Then set “Import Using:” to “AAC Encoder”.

Just for fun, here’s a ringtone of me saying, “Ring Ring”. Enjoy!

3 Responses to “Create Custom Ringtones for your iPhone”

  1. scarymike Says:

    there is a site that will let you upload an mp3, edit it a bit and then save it as the correct format. All you then need to do is add it to itunes.

  2. Mach Says:

    Thanks for the tip!

  3. judi Says:

    Creating ringtones from imported files in GarageBand is simple, which you can export to iTunes as m4r files. Adding additional tracks to the original file is a great way to freshen up an otherwise dull ringtone.