Create free ringtones for your iPhone 5 using only iTunes and songs you already have on your computer.
Note: You can also download and install Free Ringtone Maker App to your iPhone 5 to make free custom ringtones directly. This app lets you import songs from your Music Library, record your own voices, upload songs from computer via iTunes File Sharing, and even download songs from Dropbox, to create free ringtones for your iPhone 5.
To create custom ringtones using only iTunes:
1. Right click on the song you are going to make into a ringtone and select “Get Info”.
2. Go to the “Options” tab and go down to the “Start Time” and “Stop Time” check boxes. Check both boxes and input the time you want your ringtone to start/stop. The ringtone has to be 40 seconds or less. Click “OK” when you’re done.
3. Right click on your newly “clipped” song and select “Create AAC Version”. Or directly click the “Advanced” tab on the main menu of iTunes and select “Create AAC Version” from the drop-down list. The song will be re-encoded using the start and stop times specified.
Note: If your menu item does not read “Create AAC Version” and reads “Create MP3 Version” or some other format, please go to “iTunes -> Edit -> Preferences -> General” and refer to the graphs below:
4. After the song is done encoding, navigate to your iTunes Music folder, locate your song, and drag it to your desktop. After the song is on your desktop go back to iTunes and delete the clipped version from you iTunes library (It won’t delete it from your desktop, it will only remove it from iTunes).
5. Go back the song on your desktop and right click on your song and choose “Properties”. Go to the name and extension section and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r (or you can just change the extension right from your desktop).
6. After the extension is changed simply double click on the file to add it to your iTunes library under Tones section. Sync your phone with iTunes and you’re done!
If the Tones section isn’t available, please click “Edit -> Preferences” and tick “Tones”.
Note: Remember to go back into iTunes and uncheck your custom start and stop times for the original version of your song.