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Create iPhone ringtones with iTunes: complete guide

Changing the ringtone is one of the easiest ways to personalize your iPhone. It only takes a few steps and everyone can put songs as an iPhone ringtone, if these are present on iTunes (both PC and Mac). Leaving aside the pleasant part, the ringtones have a very useful purpose: if you don't have an Apple Watch, setting a personalized ringtone for each contact allows you to recognize who is calling you without taking your iPhone out of your pocket.

The process of setting a song as an uncomplicated iPhone ringtone. Compared to the past, however, with versions of iTunes 12.7 and above, this step has become slightly more difficult. This is due to Apple's removal of the ringtone section. In this guide you will see the method for create iPhone ringtones and set it on your smartphone using iTunes 12.7 or later. If you have an older version of iTunes, you can use one of our guides on the site.

How to make iPhone ringtones with iTunes

Select and edit a song

If you don't have iTunes, download the latest version from this link. In order to use this procedure, you must first import the song to use as an iPhone ringtone into iTunes.

PLEASE NOTE: Apple Music songs cannot be used to create ringtones. Therefore, if you use Apple's streaming music service, you need to import the song in mp3 format into iTunes.

  • The first thing you need to do to put songs as iPhone ringtone choose a song in iTunes to set as ringtone.
  • If you want to select only part of the song, right click on it and then select Track information -> Options. Put a check mark on the items Start is end and enter the time interval to extrapolate to create your own ringtone. If you do not know what values ??to enter, start the song playback and mark on a sheet of paper the exact minute and second you would like to start the ringtone and then the time you would like to stop it. Enter these two values ??in the field respectively Start is end song settings. Confirm by pressing the button Ok.

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  • Select the song again and then in the menu bar click on File -> Convert -> Create AAC version. iTunes will create and duplicate the song. The new file will have a length equal to that defined in the previous point. If you had previously set Start is end of the original song, remember to deselect these fields, otherwise when you listen to the song through iTunes it will be played in a reduced version.

Change the file type

In the previous step you created a duplicate of the song to be used as a ringtone. Now you need to change the extension of the new file to make it compatible with your iPhone.

  • Click with the button on the previously generated song and select Show in finder / Show in folder (this entry may change depending on whether you are using a Mac or a Windows PC).
  • The folder containing the two versions of the song will open. The new file will have the same name as the original file with a 1 at the end of the name. Furthermore, its size will be smaller than that of the entire song. Right click on the file to be used as a ringtone and rename it, changing its extension from .m4a to .m4r.

This fundamental step, as we are going to define the new file as an iPhone compatible ringtone. Now move the ringtone to your computer desktop and delete the file from iTunes.

Import iPhone ringtone into iTunes 12.7 or higher

In order to transfer the newly created ringtone to iPhone, you still need to use iTunes.

  • Connect your iPhone to PC / Mac and select its icon in iTunes (it will appear at the top left).
  • From the drop down menu on the left, select the item Ringtone. You can recognize it thanks to its bell-shaped icon.
  • Now you just have to copy your ringtone (which you previously moved to the desktop) and paste it, by clicking the right mouse button, inside iTunes on the item Ringtone that you find on the sidebar as in the next image.
  • To complete the procedure, click on the button Synchronizebottom right to transfer the ringtone to iPhone.

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How to find ringtones created with iTunes 12.6 or lower

If you had created ringtones before updating to iTunes 12.7, you are probably wondering why they are no longer visible. Don't worry, they haven't been eliminated. They are not visible in iTunes but are still present on your computer.

You can easily find them by accessing the iTunes folder (you should find it in the folder Music) and then iTunes Music -> Tones. In this folder there are all the ringtones generated with previous versions of iTunes. Now you just need to follow the steps highlighted in the previous paragraph to transfer them to your iPhone.

Set new iPhone ringtone

If you followed all the previous steps correctly, now on your iPhone the new ringtone is present. But still not the new default ringtone, for you can change it quickly and easily.

  • On your iPhone go to Settings -> Sounds.
  • Under the heading Vibration and sound patterns you will see a list of events with the name of the set ringtone alongside. By selecting one of these voices you can choose a new iPhone ringtone. Among them is the one you created and transferred a few minutes ago.

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The new iPhone ringtone can be set not only for incoming calls but also for incoming mail, messages or calendar alerts.

Set different ringtones for each contact

You can also decide to put songs as iPhone ringtone for each contact in your address book. Do this very simple.

  • Open the app Contacts and search for the person you want to change the ringtone for.
  • Select Edit at the top right and then click on the item Ringtone.
  • From the menu that appears, select the ringtone to set for your contact.


As you have seen in this guide, creating iPhone ringtones with iTunes is very simple. You only need a few steps to get what you want. You may also find this other guide useful that allows you to set songs as an iPhone ringtone without iTunes.

If you have questions, doubts or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us through the comments section at the end of this article.