How To Create Apple iPhone Ringtones With iTunes For Free

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How to make your own iPhone ringtones? Unlike other mobile phone, Apple’s iPhone 3G does not allow you to set your mp3 as ringtone, by forcing user to purchase ringtones from iTunes is outright daylight robbery. GeckoandFly has discovered and compiled a list of do it yourself iPhone ringtones.

How To Create iPhone Ringtones Using iTunes For Free

Method 01

  • Step 1 – Edit the mp3 by trimming out the thirty seconds of the song using music editing software such as Audacity for Windows and Garage band for Mac.
  • Step 2 – Open the song in iTunes, in iTunes, right click on the song and export to .aac format or iPod format.
  • Step 3 – Open the .aac song and rename it, change the extension from .m4a to .m4r (iTunes’ ringtone format).
  • Step 4 – Delete the original mp3 you created in your iTunes library, once you’re done, re-add the newly changed .m4r song into iTunes and drag it into your iPhone ringtone section. Remember, delete and re-add your song!

Method 02

The guys from Rogue Amoeba has this cool application for mac user, its called make iphone ringtones and as the name implies, it create ringtones for your iphone with a simple drag and drop task, just drag and drop!

  • Step 1 – Convert your .mp3 file to .acc format, use ‘Fission’, another free software by Rogue Amoeba, or convert it in iTunes, as long as the format is .acc
  • Step 2 – Simply drag and drop your new song to the “Drop AAC Files Here” window in the MakeiPhoneRingtone software. Magically, the ringtone will appear inyour iphone during your next sync.

Method 03

Here is another drag and drop application without the need to convert it from mp3 to acc, if all the above free method fails to create your iPhone ringtone, do give this shareware a try, it’ll set you back by $15. ‘Ambrosia iToner’ enables you to quickly transfer custom ringtones for your iPhone – without modifying, hacking or having to reset your iPhone. Simply drag and drop your MP3, AAC, WAVE, or AIFF audio files on iToner’s window, click the Sync button, and you’re done.

Method 04 – The Best Solution

Just drag any movie or unprotected music file onto ‘PocketMac RingtoneStudio’ and it does all the rest. It is the simplest method I’ve come across, the easier!

  • If the movie or song is less than 30 seconds in length, PocketMac RingtoneStudio converts it automatically into the proper ringtone format.
  • If it’s longer than 30 seconds, PocketMac RingtoneStudio will open up a preview window so that you can select the exact 30 second clip you’d like.
  • PocketMac RingtoneStudio will place your completed ringtones into iTunes’ “Ringtones” folder.
  • The next time you connect your iPhone, your ringtones will be automatically synched.

22 comments on “How To Create Apple iPhone Ringtones With iTunes For Free

  1. Sharon Cummings September 26, 2008 at 9:56 am - Reply

    I have spent 4 hrs with this stupid phone. Iphone 3g. I can make ringtones and even download them. When I try to drag them or sync them to my phone, I get the message that I can’t play them on my phone because the original file can’t be found.

    Any help is appreciated.

  2. MIcah October 18, 2008 at 2:21 am - Reply

    I have spent 4 hrs with this stupid phone. Iphone 3g. I can make ringtones and even download them. When I try to drag them or sync them to my phone, I get the message that I can’t play them on my phone because the original file can’t be found.

    Any help is appreciated.

  3. Lovemachine December 2, 2008 at 3:20 am - Reply

    I have spent 4 hrs with this stupid phone. Iphone 3g. I can make ringtones and even download them. When I try to drag them or sync them to my phone, I get the message that I can’t play them on my phone because the original file can’t be found.

    Any help is appreciated.

    • Emil Protalinski April 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      use your iPhone to buy and download 256 kbps ringtones from the iTunes

  4. arviedmongie February 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    watch and follow instructions from youtube..much easier..try it!

    • Melanie Pinola April 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

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  5. Sarfaraz April 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I dont know how to download ring on my iphone 3g

    • Victoria Justice April 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      How to sync ringtones to ipad?

  6. Melissa May 27, 2009 at 10:06 am - Reply

    this was really helpful, iphones and macbooks work so well together!
    thanks :)

  7. billy June 3, 2009 at 7:51 am - Reply

    it takes days until now that i cant download ringtones. i dont know what to do..worse is that my iphone doesnt ring anymore..what shall i do?
    pls help.
    thanks

    • Wikipedia April 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      How do I set the songs on my iphone, is this legal?

  8. tar August 9, 2009 at 4:49 am - Reply

    OMG thankyou so much, i just followed method 1, i edited the song i wanted to 30 seconds, and then i imported it to itunes, converted to AAC and then cut and pasted it in my documents, edited it by right clicking and then renamed it in properties, and then just re added it to itunes… im a 16 yr old girl and technology isnt my strongest subject, but this was easy!! thankyou

  9. rathish August 12, 2009 at 2:15 am - Reply

    hello people pls let me know from which site do i download the software to create ringtones on my iphone 3g

  10. justin August 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    is it possible to do method 1 if you just have a standard computer not a macbook

    • Daniel Nations April 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      apple iphone ringtones free download

  11. Maria C August 28, 2009 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Can be easy way ,haw can i downloaud ringtones to iphone?

  12. Santiago September 9, 2009 at 10:19 am - Reply

    IS IT ANYWAY TO SYNC RINTONES WITHOUT ERASING MUSIC FROM MY IPHONE????

    Hello ppl, I just created a ringtone using itunes, (changed time to 30 sec, converted to acc, moved it into the desktop and renamed it, erased the file at itunes and added the new one from desktop back to itunes), however every time I check the “sync rigntones”box under the ringtones tag at itunes a message keep coming up saying that all of the music videos and tv shows will be erased…. Im not sure if I am missing a very obvious step but can somebody make this clear for me… is it any way to sync ringtones without erasing the music in my Iphone???? Thank you very much

  13. TrimKing December 26, 2009 at 5:37 am - Reply

    I have the same problem! Cannot choose the sync ringtones option without Itunes wanting to delete all music and viideos etc. from the phone. Why on earth would this event even exist? What a stupid program… what am I doing wrong here… I clicked the sync ringtones thinking that the warning couldn’t mean what it said, and sure enough in a matter of seconds over 9 gig of music and videos were deleted off the phone

    • Lisa July 31, 2011 at 2:12 am - Reply

      I know, same here. I had to reload everything again. Don’t know any way around it. Otherwise my ringtones were not loading.

      • microsoft April 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

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  14. Jesindee April 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    How to download songs from Internet to ma iPhone 3gs , can any1 plz help me

  15. Madhusmita sahoo February 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I am also getting same problem. Plz help i want to download songs, ringtones, mUsic.. But iam unable to do. Help me out

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