Free Create Custom Ringtones for iPhone 5

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.

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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:

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custom ringtones for iPhone 5

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.

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  2. FANTASTIC – At last simple easy to follow instructions to convert my purchased songs into ringtones, One up on Apple
    Just need some instuctions on how to convert file extension (simple to do but needed other website to get instructions)

      • hai this venu , i need some information about creating ringtone, i have create ringtone but it didn’t take .m4a to .m4r
        please give me reply
        thankyou

  3. when i right click on the file to go to properties at the end, there is no name and extension option to change to.m4r….help please!!!

      • I do not have the name and extension option either and I have tried to locate the “hide file extensions” but do not know where the folder options is? please help.

      • I do not have the name and extension option either and I have tried to locate the “hide file extensions” but do not know where the folder options is? please help.

  4. Is this only for mac or something? I am trying to turn the Song “Welcome Home” into a ringtone. I make starting at 1:05 to 1:30. I do convert to AAC. I drag it to desktop and delete the file in iTunes. When it says to rename it from .m4a to .m4r, its only entitled “Welcome Home”. Theres nothing to change. I tried putting .m4r at the end but it just went back into my iTunes library.

  5. Alex or anyone, have you figured out how to fix that? mine works fine but my husband’s iTunes does the same thing. when converted into AAC, it only shows the song title. we both have PCs. thanks in advance!

  6. When the file extension is not shown, then it is hidden. Go to folder options, then view, and then uncheck “hid extensions for known file types”

  7. So, im still confused, i did everything but rename the extention thing… i get its hidden.. How do i unhide it? please use detail. im not dumb. just a little SLOW. haha. ok peace. THANK U

  8. Hey, I have windows vista and i don’t know where to find the option to un-tick “hide extensions for known file types”.
    Can anyone help me out please, it would be much appreciated!
    Alex

  9. To those that can see it in the Ringtones folder in iTunes, but can’t sync it to your phone properly, the song has to be 40 seconds or less.

  10. I am doing this on a PC and it’s not showing up in the ringtones section. I am using Itunes 7.7.1.11 and I suspect this upgrade has squashed this method. Any ideas anyone?

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  12. to those of you whom keep getting it stuck in the music folder do the following go all the way through the guide at the top up until you get to the part where it says to add the edited format ringtone back into itunes. before you do this delete the original file that you converted the ringtone from but keep it in its folder JUST DELETE IT FROM ITUNES. Then click on the ringtone add it and then go back in and add the original file back into itunes. worked for me when i had that problem

  13. I think the problem people are having is un-hiding the .m4a extension(if all you see is the songs name). Follow all the steps for converting the file to AAC. Then, before you change the file name to .m4r, go in your itunes music folder click on Tools>Folder Options>View and then un-check the box = hide extensions for known file types. This will reveal the .m4a which then can be changed to .m4r.

    • I don’t see Tools anywhere..I feel so stupid where everybody says..go to “Tools” but there isn’t Tools in my folder nor when I go to my computer

    • Apparently I am a moron with this… I’ve done all of the steps and tried with multiple songs downloaded from iTunes directly, uploaded from CD’s and downloaded from various other places. But every time I get to the option where it says to convert the file to AAC I have to stop. I don’t have an option to convert to AAC. (And yes I went back into preferences and made sure the Import Setting option said to allow AAC Encoding)

      So now what? Do I just have a retarded version of iTunes or is it user error?? (I’m going to assume the latter) PLEASE HELP! I can’t handle another minute of the Piano Riff!!

    • venu :
      hai this venu , i need some information about creating ringtone, i have create ringtone but it didn’t take .m4a to .m4r
      please give me reply
      thankyou

  14. how many custom ringtones can u have on ur iphone?? i got one but when i tried to make another one it woundt work any help please…

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  17. It does not appear to work with iTunes 7.7.1.11

    The file is converted, a 25 second ringtone. Everything appears like it should work however iTunes simply seems to ignore the .m4r file and refuses to add it to the library. It kinda fakes like it will for a split second but then nothing appears, no error message or anything.

    Can anyone confirm this working with the very latest version of iTunes?

  18. hi there I have just bought a 3G iphone and downloaded th 7.7 version of itunes. I cannot seem to get any ringtones onto my itunes and then in turn my phone at all and is very frustrating. y computer uses microsoft 07. Someone please help me as th conversion above tp m4r does no work for me. Thanks

  19. Fantastic, thanks!

    For PC users – open up any folder such as My Computer. Click on Tools/Folder Options. Click the View tab, and uncheck Hide extensions for known file types. Once this is done, follow the steps above and then you’ll be able to see the full file name and type which you can then change.

  20. Showing the extension in MacOS, Windows XP, Windows Vista, location of iTunes music folder

    In MacOS X, ctrl+click the file, choose Get Info, and under the Name section, check to see extension.

    In Windows Vista, open ANY Explorer window, even Start->Documents or Computer will do, then type the “ALT” letter on the keyboard. By that I mean press and release it like you would a normal key, don’t hold it down. Now you get the menu bar back and can do as in Windows XP.

    In Windows XP, in any Explorer window, open the Tools menu and choose Folder options, then the View tab and in the scrolling panel locate the option to “Hide extensions for known file types”, set it to Show.

    Locations of the iTunes Music folder
    Generally, in iTunes you can ctrl+click (Mac) or right click (Mac+Windows) any song and choose to open in FInder or Explorer.

    Beyond that:
    Your iTunes Music folder in Vista is C:/Users/yournamehere/Music/iTunes
    On Mac its under your harddrive icon, usually Macintosh HD/Users/yourusernamehere/Music/iTunes (basically MacOS and Vista use same folder structure)

    Windows XP: C:/Documents & Settings/yournamehere/My Documents/My Music/iTunes

  21. People please help me, i follow al the step and i can see under libary there is ringtone folder, then i click on my i phone ringtone, clik on sync, but nothing happen

  22. hi had a problem with converting the file to acc, itunes will not allow it due to it being protected. but does allow me to change it to a m4r manually, it even changes the icon to be a ringtone icon, but then still wont let me add to the ringtone folder

  23. Hi, can change the file and everything and put back into itunes but it will not let me drag the song into the ringtones playlist, anyone know why?!

    PLEASE help!

    Many thanks!

  24. i converted it to .m4r itunes, adds it as a ringtone, i sync’d my ringtones with my phone, my itunes says my iphone has the iringtone but when i go to make it my ringtone it’s not on the list!

    any ideas?

  25. For everyone saying they sync their phone but they don’t see the ringtone on the handset.

    Make sure you delete the clip from itunes after you drag it to your desktop, That’s where I was failing.

    Double click the .m4r ringtone on your desktop. For me it didn’t show up in my iphone ringtones in itunes, I synched and it was on the phone. :)

    i’m using itunes v7.7.1.11 with iphone 3G version 2.0.2

  26. (1) The ringtone can be exactly 30 seconds. I tested one file at 29 and 30 seconds.

    (2) Convert to AAC.

    (3) Copy original song file to desktop

    (4) Copy AAC/m4A song to desktop.

    (5) Delete the original and the AAC song file out of itunes (just do it, you can add it back because you did #3 & #4.)

    (6) Rename the .m4a to .m4r

    (7) Double-click the m4r

    (8) Upon double-clicking, itunes should have put that file in the ringtones block. Syncing will put the ringtone automatically on the iphone.

    (9) (a) Double click the original song file or (b) drag/import it.

    I hope that is comprehensive. However, my reply is ~64 and I tried the previous 62 things before Smith at 63 finally solved my problem. oy. robthecomputerguy-dot-com is new but hopefully up and coming.

    • I had no problem creating ringtones when I had the 3G. Now that I have the iPhone 4, only a few of the ringtones that I created was carried over. Any ideas how to convert ringtones using an iPhone4?

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  28. For those of you without “Ringtones” under your “Library” in Itunes.
    Close itunes, and double click on your newly created ringtone file (someRingtone.m4r) that will add it the ringtone list, and the ringtone.

    • Milions of thanks, ebaG!! I needed such a simply explanation to solve my problem without my “Ringtones” folder uner my “library”.
      Everything’s fine now!!

  29. Hi , I’v done each and every step including deleting the clip from itunes , it also appears in my ringtones in itunes . But after i sync it it does not appear in my iphone ringtone tab ,upon checking my “My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music” folder i find there is no Ringtones folder too . Could you please tell me where i am going wrong ? Am using itunes v7.7.1.11 with iphone 3G version 2 ,really appreciate a reply Tks :)

  30. Hi, my itunes doesnt show ringtones under library anymore… and it doesnt have a convert to AAC just convert to MP3 and convert ID3 Tags… got the updated itunes? anyone know what happened?

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  33. TALK ABOUT WORKING LIKE A CHARM! I got everything up to the file extension change as many of you also had trouble with. If anyone is still having trouble with that… I went to my File Explorer (Hit the key with the Windows picture on it and the letter “E”) and when the screen popped up with all of my drives and folders I went up to the top where the menu bar is, Hit “Tools”, “Folder Options”, “View”, and unchecked the “Hide extensions of known file types”. After that I exited, went back out to my Desktop, right clicked on my song clip and changed the extension to .m4r . Double clicked on it and it went straight to my Itunes ringtones. Works great! Sorry I’m not a techie so I couldn’t describe it better to you guys

  34. Alright, so my first ringtone is 40 seconds and it synced without any problem. I cannot get my other ringtones to sync. They appear in iTunes but not on my 3G or on the syncing list.

  35. hey,

    i am using Itunes 7.7.1.11 on vista and i can convert the song to .m4r and get it into the ringtone section, and they will transfer on my iPhone (ver. 2.0.2), i can see the ringtones in iTunes but i cant see them when i go into the ringtone on my phone. i have tried a few times now and still nothing.

    can anyone help??

    • i have the same problem, my itunes 9 and phone 3g if you cannot fine the AAC is under ADVANCED, i have all my ringtones under 30 sec. and m4r, i can see on the list of ringtones but when i go to my phone i cannot get them, Please Help!!!

    • how did you get more than one ringtone? after i apply and sync all of the ringtones, only one shows up under sounds. HELP!

  36. good advice the only problem is, I can only get as far as coverting the file into a ringtone, then i can’t get the last step…getting the file to go to ringtone folder of itunes it wont go there? then i go iphone go to ringtone tab check tone created for syncing and the file is empty but i can see the ringtone in my itunes library.Do you have any suggestions i bought a iphone that’s a year old 8gb and has version 2 installed and i only have silly sounds for the phone ringer
    and no ringtone.plz Help me

  37. I have a pc and itunes 8.0 and I could do everything but cannot change the extension to .m4r once I hit this step I’m stuck. I right click on the song that I already drug to my desktop and hit properties but it doesn’t give me the option to change the extension. Please help.

  38. and to mars… you have to make sure the file extension is songname.m4r not m4a. you need to also make sure you delete the song clip out of your itunes library after you put it on your desktop. To unhide the file extenstoin to change it you go to my computer> tools> folder options> view> look through the list and make sure the box that says “hide extensions for known filetypes” is unchecked. then you should be able to see the extension of the file on your desktop and change it to songname.m4r and drag it right into the ringtone section of itunes…. if that makes sense?

  39. James: I have the same prblem as you do, but i can only convert ring tones downloaded from zedge.com. Try is website, download free ring tones and they will work and transferred to the iPhone. Don’t download the new iTInes 8.0 it will remove your conversion to AAC and I can’t located it anywhere under the new version.

  40. Doesnt seem to work on new itunes. Did it on the old one, but when you have chosen the length of the song no new song is made and you are left with say a 4 min song but only 30 secs play. Before a brand new song was made

  41. I have just tried making two ringtones on the following
    iTunes Version 7.7.1.11
    iPhone 3G Version 2.0.1
    It works fine for me, this is the first time I am doing it.
    Thank you.
    I have deleted all files in iTunes before double clicking on the new created Ringtone, it will show in my iTunes under Ringtone. I managed to Sync it to my iPhone
    Both were 40 sec, was wondering can I go anylonger than that?

  42. I created four 30 second .m4r files for my G3 using iTunes 8.0 on my PC. I can sinc one ringtone no problem but when I add a 2nd or more I end up with a number of identical ringtones all named as the last uploaded and all sounding the same. Anyone know why? Any solution to this problem would be much appreciated!
    Marc

  43. Ok, sorry for the multiposts but i just want to help out since i had the MOST problems and finally figured things out.

    1. make sure the file is an m4a. it doesn’t work with mp3.

    2. make sure that the file you copy onto your desktop is in fact the ringtone and NOT the full song. this is the tricky part. pay attention – when you click “create acc” it seems like the file is converted and the thing you just clicked on is the shorter version. wrong. instead, do a search in your music folder, find the version of your song that is the 30 second version, and drag THAT onto your desktop.

    3. before adding back in the ringtone to your itunes, delete the songs from your itunes AND empty your recycle bin.

    after i did all this, the song finally showed up as a ringtone and finally showed up in my ringtones library and finally was able to sync with iphone. phew!

    all this so i don’t have to spend 2 bucks! ;)

  44. to change extentions all .m4a files copy in c drive go to run enter “cmd” then press enter,, all .m4a files copy in c drive and then write this command c:\ ren “filename.m4a filename.m4r ” press enter

  45. hi all,

    im trying this for the first time, i have read all 102 posts and thought i had it down pat (the correct way to do it) but it didnt work for me.

    i have a 3g iphone (2.0.2) and itunes 7.7.1.11, i have done all the steps, got the 30 second clip, transformed it to aac, dragged it to desktop (well i made a folder on desktop and put it in there), renamed it to .m4r deleted the .m4a out of itunes AND the recycle bin. added the .m4r to itunes and itunes made the ringtone ‘section’ for me and it appeared in there. I connected my iphone to my PC (using vista), my iphone appeared on the list, i went throught the tabs until i found ringtones, the ringtones were listed there, i clicked sync all ringtones, then apply and sync.

    itunes went through the sync process, a rigntones ‘section’appeared on my iphone list (on the left hand sinde in itunes) and when i highlight that ringtone ‘section’ the names of files are ‘greyed out’.

    HOwever – when i disconnect my iphone and go to Settings->Sounds->Ringtone – the filenames i gave the ringtones are not in the list, only the original ones are there (ie Alarm through to Xylophone)

    can anyone help ??

    thanx in advance

  46. You can only download multiple ringtones to your iphone if you automatically sync your phone that will include everything in your library. So if you’re manually adding songs to your phone you will only be able to add one ringtone.

  47. in vista, use the original set of steps and place the cut version in any folder ad use the alt key to see the toolbar and use the steps to show the common file names, change it to .m4r and drag it back to itunes ringtones folder in the itunes app, works like a charm and now it doesn’t show up in the music folder instead, synced with my phone and now it works like a charm!

  48. Hey. I’m having a problem with mine. I can get the ringtones in the ringtone section of itunes and they are listed there fine but when I actually load them on my iphone under the ‘custom’ ringtones section there is a list of how many ever ringtones I loaded but they are all just the same one repeated. Any suggestions?

  49. All the recommended steps were followed and seem to work, BUT I cannot get new ringtone to sync and appear on the phone. This is V8. The new 2 sec ringtone appears and plays in iTunes sections for Device and Library. Multiple re-sync’s, etc. don’t solve it..Any suggestions? Thank you all for your kind help. Rob

  50. Using ITunes 8.01 or whatever the version is as of today (10-4-08) it is still willy nilly what ringtones show up on my IPhone. They are in the folder in ITunes, and it doesn’t matter whether I say sync all or sync only the selected ones: out of the 15 custom ones in the folder, only 3 or 4 actually show up in the phone. Length of song doesn’t seem to matter, some are 17 seconds, some are 40 seconds. Some came from the MacMost ringtone podcast, some I have made using the instructions above on my MBP.
    Also, is there any way to delete the stock crap ringtones from Apple?

  51. FOR ALL OF YOU WHO DON’T SEE THE RINGTONES ON IPHONE’S RINGTONE LIST,

    MAKE SURE YOU CHECKED “SYNC RINGTONES” BOX FROM “RINGTONES” TAB ON TOP OF THE SCREEN
    WHERE YOU NORMALLY SYNC YOUR IPHONE.

    I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THERE WERE TABS.

    IT SOLVED THE PROBLEM FOR ME.

    (I’M USING VERSION 8 ITUNES)

    • Thank you Moai for your EXCELLENT TIP. Following your advice I have finally managed to get my custom ringtones to appear on my 3G Iphone. I only wish I could pass this info on to all those people who have had the same frustrating problem.

  52. hi all,

    if your having the same trouble i did (see post no. 103), i searched the web some more and came up with a soluton.

    Download a program called iRinger (free program), exe file is approx 3.5 MB, it does it all for you, all u need to do is press 3 buttons and your ringtone will be on your phone, easy as.

    cya

    Dan

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  55. holyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy mother,,,
    k pppl ,
    it took me 5 hours to complete this shit thing,,
    but m glad at last i succeded…

    yiippiii

  56. My problem is when the “double clicking” then its supposed to go into the itunes ringtones folder. Well it doesnt, it goes to my music folder and starts playing.

    Vista
    Im using itunes version 8.0.0.35
    and iphone 3g version 2.1
    Please help

  57. Well it’s October 21 and I’m unable to create ringtones! I’ve changed the extension on my m4a files to m4r and it’s not working. What’s strange is it was working last week and now NOTHING! Is there help out there for me? I see others had the problems earlier in the month, but I even was able to go to http://audiko.net/search/en.html?q=ringtone and get ringtones to add to my Iphone 3g! Hmmmmmmmmm…..I really would appreciate any help from someone out there for a moderately techie person like myself and probably others! Thanks in advance…

  58. I’d like to add to this to the original post, BTW…I have iTunes vers. 8.0.1.11 on my laptop. I haven’t been able to find any help online for this version at all:

    ORIGINAL POST: Well it’s October 21 and I’m unable to create ringtones! I’ve changed the extension on my m4a files to m4r and it’s not working. What’s strange is it was working last week and now NOTHING! Is there help out there for me? I see others had the problems earlier in the month, but I even was able to go to http://audiko.net/search/en.html?q=ringtone and get ringtones to add to my Iphone 3g! Hmmmmmmmmm…..I really would appreciate any help from someone out there for a moderately techie person like myself and probably others! Thanks in advance…
    BTW…I have iTunes vers. 8.0.1.11 on my laptop. I haven’t been able to find any help online for this version at all.

  59. For those of you having trouble getting more than one ringtone this is what i found. you can’t add them on one by one. and what i mean is you cant do song a then resync and do song b. when you sync you have to add all the previous ones. so if you want ringtones a, b and c then you have to resync selecting a,b, and c otherwise it’s showing that you only want c.

  60. I can do everything fine but when i sync my iphone on itunes it seems to be going on there but once i check it i can’t find it. i am looking in settings, sounds, then ringtones can anybody help me please thanks.

  61. i can do everything upto point 6, when i go to properties i dont have a section saying name and extension in order to change it from .m4a to .m4r can anybody help

  62. Just received my iphone yesterday and was really disappointed to note that I could not use my music for ringtones. found this page and all is great. Couple of glitches on the way but the same problems as others so all sorted. Thanks.

  63. fucken work unreal ! thanks boyz, so easy, if anyone is having problems just read all the examples above will fix all your problems ! thanks again !

  64. I have iTunes vers. 8.0.1.11, I’ve changed the extension on my m4a and mp3 files to m4r and it’s not working. I really would appreciate any help from someone out there. It will not allow me to put the file in itunes or double click it to use itunes to play it. I need help.
    Thanks in advance.

  65. Wicked spent hours yesterday trying to work it out, (must remember to change the start and stop times back). And for those on Vista go to folder options in control panel and you are able to uncheck hid extensions.:)

  66. Hi Jose it’s so frustrating when your trying to get something working especially a new gadget. Go to your control panel in the start menu, then select folder options, click on the view tab, scroll down till you see hide extensions for known file types. if there is a tick which i’m sure there will be uncheck it and bobs your uncle. If the file is already on your desktop right click go to properties the top bar should allow you to change m4a to an r and press ok. Hope this helps.

  67. To Md if you dont delete the converted track from your music libaray in itunes it will automatically go to that folder again, you MUST DELETE it once you delete it double click from your desk top and it will automatically appear in your ringtones libary. I think I have encountered every single trouble shoot possible between last now and about 20 mins ago, so shout if you need help people.

  68. Omg. I am going gaga here. It’s 3.36 am and I’ve been trying to figure this iphone thing out for hours.
    I do everything said, as I’ve read all 140 posts. (interesting reading btw.)
    Anyway, I do everything, in order..create the file, aac, yadi da…move to desktop. delete from itunes. rename to .m4r click on my iphone device go to the ring tones tab, check sync ring tones, all is highlighted. And the Itunes does the sync process thing. And i wait. It finishes as says I can now disconnect my iphone, but I don’t. I check my iphone settings –> Sounds –> ringtones, but there is nothing there! PLEASE.
    Some one help me before I go crazy.

  69. Omg. I am going gaga here. It’s 3.36 am and I’ve been trying to figure this iphone thing out for hours.
    I do everything said, as I’ve read all 140 posts. (interesting reading btw.)
    Anyway, I do everything, in order..create the file, aac, yadi da…move to desktop. delete from itunes. rename to .m4r click on my iphone device go to the ring tones tab, check sync ring tones, all is highlighted. And the Itunes does the sync process thing. And i wait. It finishes as says I can now disconnect my iphone, but I don’t. I check my iphone settings –> Sounds –> ringtones, but there is nothing there! PLEASE.
    Some one help me before I go crazy.

  70. I think the best buy Iphone 3g 16 gb. and install it on his software version 2.2. Its large
    touch screen and very comfortable realized sensory management. I bought a Iphone and happy!)

  71. ha! i figured it out. For all of those who have problems that have the ringtone in your folder and cant get it onto your iphone. goto your iphone on itunes, click on the ringtones tab, then click the sync ringtones box. it automatically sent all my ringtones to my iphones.

    HOORAY!!!

  72. i’ve done all of the above, it worked for the first two, but I made a new one tonight and it wont work. its in the ringtone tab and its 30 sec all the boxes have been checked and it still wont download. help please.

  73. Dont forget that once you have changed extension from .m4a to .m4r , you must double left click on the new .m4r file to make ringtone appear in your ringtone library.

  74. i use windows vista and when i do everything it says i can not find where to change the .m4a to .m4r. nothing is hidden and it still will let me not change it. i don’t know what to do and this fustrating me.

  75. Hey guys,

    I’m having the ‘cannot see custom ringtones in Settings –> Sounds –> Ringtones’ issue.

    I’ve got 2 iPhones synced to the same library with the same boxes checked in iTunes for both phones, and only one of them gets the ringtones.

    Does anyone know why some get them and some don’t? Is it possibly the software the iPhone is running? Note the one that doesn’t work is running 2.2. Has anyone got it working with 2.2? I’m a bit weary of updating the other phone to 2.2 because of this…

    Cheers for any help!

  76. OK, I’ve found a tool that seems to make it work for the phone that is having the issues (see post 149).

    Get this tool here:

    http://www.efksoft.com/products/iphoneringtonemaker/download.htm

    Install it and make the tool import the new ringtone into iTunes. Then sync your phone and wallah… it works. Don’t know what the difference between the 2 phones is but hey, this saves the frantic problem we have when we don’t see the new ringtone in Settings –> Sounds –> Ringtones and everything else is correct (even ringtones being checked in iTunes!!!)

    FYI: I’m running iTunes 8.02 and the iPhones had 2.1 and 2.2 installed on them. 2.2 was the problematic one…

    Cheers guys

  77. I successfully setup the ring tones on my iphone at receiver’s end.

    However, I want to get a custom ring tone instead of dial tone from the caller’s point of view.

  78. I LOVE YOU! THIS WORKED GREAT!

    “I think the problem people are having is un-hiding the .m4a extension(if all you see is the songs name). Follow all the steps for converting the file to AAC. Then, before you change the file name to .m4r, go in your itunes music folder click on Tools>Folder Options>View and then un-check the box = hide extensions for known file types. This will reveal the .m4a which then can be changed to .m4r.”

    “Showing the extension in MacOS, Windows XP, Windows Vista, location of iTunes music folder

    In MacOS X, ctrl+click the file, choose Get Info, and under the Name section, check to see extension.

    In Windows Vista, open ANY Explorer window, even Start->Documents or Computer will do, then type the “ALT” letter on the keyboard. By that I mean press and release it like you would a normal key, don’t hold it down. Now you get the menu bar back and can do as in Windows XP.

    In Windows XP, in any Explorer window, open the Tools menu and choose Folder options, then the View tab and in the scrolling panel locate the option to “Hide extensions for known file types”, set it to Show.

    Locations of the iTunes Music folder
    Generally, in iTunes you can ctrl+click (Mac) or right click (Mac+Windows) any song and choose to open in FInder or Explorer.

    Beyond that:
    Your iTunes Music folder in Vista is C:/Users/yournamehere/Music/iTunes
    On Mac its under your harddrive icon, usually Macintosh HD/Users/yourusernamehere/Music/iTunes (basically MacOS and Vista use same folder structure)

    Windows XP: C:/Documents & Settings/yournamehere/My Documents/My Music/iTunes”

    READ THESE TWO COMMENTS AND ITS SIMPLE AS ANYTHING! TY ALL!

  79. I tried this and it worked just fine the first 3 times. The 4th time, instead of adding the ringtone I was trying to add, it copied one of the three I had previously added. Now I have 2 copies. Anyone know how to remove it?

  80. your are the best took me 5 minutes.. last website i was on told me to do the same thing but didn’t mention it had to be 30 seconds or less. appreciate it so much and you are one smart individual or whoever figured it out. lata!

  81. okay, i have completed all of the steps and song is in my ringtones but when i plug in my iphone the song is not added to my option list…. HELP!!

  82. Thanks So Much…….It worked……I dont have US account but that does not stop me to set customized ringtone….

  83. I read all the posts, and finally made it work, through trial and error (and a few swear words!)
    Follow all the steps, as it DOES work, make sure you delete song from iTunes library and recycle bin before syncing, as mine worked after I did that.
    It’s now showing on my iPhone as a custom ringtone.
    Thanks everyone in here.

  84. I FIGURED IT OUT PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!! The main problem i had and i see others had when using XP, is you can’t change the file extension part of the name. open a folder and go to “tools” then click on “options” unclick the option that says something like hide known file extensions then everything else falls into place as described above. Thanks well i’m off the create more ringtones, ciao.

  85. i did everything and it went into itunes but it didn’t download into my ringtones section it went to my music section why?

  86. This worked great, Until today! I tried creating a ringtone today and when trying to “Create AAC Version” I got a message that reads “Protected files can not be converted to other formats” Why is this song go different than all the rest I made ringtones from?

  87. If the ringtones DO show up in iTunes as ringtones and you have already set iTunes to sync ringtones, but they still don’t show up on your iPhone, just drag the ringtones from your library to your iPhone. That’s what finally worked for me.

    Thanks to everyone for the great tips!

  88. Hello to all…

    I follow Jay and it works on me….

    (Jay says)

    I think the problem people are having is un-hiding the .m4a extension(if all you see is the songs name). Follow all the steps for converting the file to AAC. Then, before you change the file name to .m4r, go in your itunes music folder click on Tools>Folder Options>View and then un-check the box = hide extensions for known file types. This will reveal the .m4a which then can be changed to .m4r.

  89. SO basically this only works with songs you buy from itunes and not mp3′s that you dragged intoo itunes library yourself. Correct?

  90. well every 1 ive been doing this now for hours and im giving up mine keeps saying the following song could not be synced because the item could not be found im so pissed off ive been doing this hours!! ive read every comment tried all the websites nothing works!! x

  91. I just got my iPhone so im pretty new to it and i got the ringtone transferred into my iPhone but I cant find where it is on my iPhone…can someone please tell me where it is?

  92. I got the ringtone transferred into my iPhone but I cant find where it is on my iPhone. Can someone please tell me where it is?

  93. to change m4a to m4r right click the icon on desktop then rename. change just the a (m4a) to r. change default program to open file with as itunes (if not already) and open file from desktop. it should open in itunes as a ringtone. then… sync.

  94. Am having trouble with ringtones created in iTunes. Have created 11 so far, but only 9 are showing up in my iPhone. I have updated averything, and my phone is a 3G purchased last year.
    Need input.

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  96. I use this iPhone Ringtone Creator to help me make custom ringtones for my new iPhone 3GS. It can convert any music audio (including DRM protected) to m4r iphone ringtone and extract audio clip from video files as iPhone ringtones as well.

  97. Ok So I made the ringtone and now synced my phone and I can’t find the ringtone anywhere! Where does the tone go?!?! Please help!

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  100. I’m using Itunes version 8.0.0.35. Here’s my issue…When I go to convert whatever song i’m using for the ringtone into an AAC file, I lower the volume so it plays better on my iphone. I choose my start and stop time and it converts into an AAC file, that all works great. Now when i drag that AAC file to the desktop to change it from .m4a to .m4r and drag it back into itunes, the volume of the ringtone goes back to the default every time! I cannot figure out why it’s not keeping my ringtone volume setting when I import it back into itunes. Has anybody else run into this problem?? I’ve checked every audio setting in itunes and cannot figure out why when i import the ringtone file back into itunes it goes back to default volume level. Please help!!

  101. Hi,

    can somebody please give me your advice.

    I tried to use the method discussed here. But I couldn’t find the ‘convert to ACC file’, When I right-click on the song, I only saw “Create ACC file”. Are they the same??

    While presuming that they are the same, I create an ACC file of the song, and found that created song in my most recently added list.I dragged it to my desktop, and tried to change it to m4r, but failed to, as i couldn’t find a way to change it. Even if i changed the file name (by adding .m4r at the back), the file name now became XXX.m4r.mp4.

    Please kindly advice

  102. okay so i followed all the steps and the song came to my ipod part of my phone and its not coming to my ring tones how do i make i gotta a feeling into a ring tone .. someone said make it 40 minutes cause 30 minutes wouldnt work .. can anyone help me ?

    • Hi,

      I have iPhone 3GS (with 3.1 firmware) and iTunes 9
      I have the same problem as many others on this thread.
      After creating the .m4r file (from .m4a), and addig it to iTunes, it will not sync to my iPhone, saying that it cannot find it.
      Dragging the ringtone directly from library to iPhone also does not work.

      • I have to add, that it worked with small (or short) music, only longer music is screwed.
        Any idea, how to make a complete song to be a ringtone?

  103. hey, I have an iphone 3gs and the ringtone thing worked on my computer Itunes, but I can’t get it to go onto my iphone, I try to click and drag, then sync, but it doesn’t work ..help please?

  104. i wanna put like four songs and it shows up in my itunes as all four in my ringtones but in my phone it just shows one of the songs four times instead of all four different songs!! what do i do?? helllpppp!!!

  105. I have done everything up to the point where I need to change the file extension. I can’t find the section in properties that says name and extension.

    I’ve even unchecked “hide file extensions” as suggested above but it still isn’t showing the name and extension section under properties when I right click on the file on my desktop.

  106. ..uhm…sry but the step are too complicated to me …can you please explain it more carefully…..and i also try many time … can u please help me T.T

  107. I have an iPhone 3GS 3.12 and iTunes 9.0.1.8. I have many custom ringtones ready to add to my phone but I can only add 1 and that’s it. All my ringtones are iPhone compliant. Are there any limits as to how many ringtones I can have or is 1 the limit? Can anyone help please?

  108. Hi,

    My issue is that every thing is working fine, it shows up in the ring tone folder, I just don’t know how to choose it or even find it on my phone- only the default ringtones appear in the ringtone option under settings. How can I find it?

  109. I have the mp3 converted to m4a. I then converted to m4r and it shows up in my iTunes 9.0.1 rintone folder. My iPhone ringtone folder also shows that it is there but when I go onto my phone to change ringtones, nothing is there? Anyone know anything

  110. I figured it out for the folks who have done everything up to changing the extension to m4r and can’t find the ring tone on their phone. Change the time on your ringtone. I had mine at 30 seconds, it didn’t work but when I changed the stop time to 20 seconds and then I converted to ACC, dragged file to desktop and renamed extension to m4r, then I synced it and it finally loaded onto my phone. I guess if the file is too big, your iPhone won’t take the ringtone.

    • Hi Joe Vang, mine is only 10 seconds but still doesnt appear to be on my phone. Were on ur phone did you look once synced??? thanks

  111. Hi All, i think i am just being dumb but i have managed to convert the file and put it into the ringtones section in my itunes library and have synced but i cant find it on my phone!! any one have any ideas??? thanks in advance

  112. Having the same problem as loads of other people.
    It will only let me have a maximum of 2 custom ringtones on my iphone under settings-sounds-ringtones. Although I have more in my ringtones library on my computer and on my iphone ringtones library on my computer.
    A lot of people have said that I need to check the sync box at the top of the ringtone tab – but if I do that it threatens to delete all my movies, songs and TV shows off my iphone and cannot cope with loosing all that for a couple of ringtones!! Can anyone help!!!

  113. I have a problem. Where it says change the file .m4a to .m4r I see where it says .m4a but it doesnt let me change it to .m4r .. I dont get this ! Please help !!!!!

  114. hye.
    i tried to make the song starts at o:00 and ends at 0:30. It worked but it doesn’t works if try to make it starts at 0:50 and ends at 1:20, why is that? Please do help.

  115. i put the start time at 1:03 and the stop time at 1:27. when i convert it to acc, it starts at 1:03 but stops at the end of the song. any suggestions?

  116. It worked perfectly fine for the first sync. However, I’m unable to sync additional ringing tones eventhough it is showing in my ITunes list. Please please help!!

  117. Hi it worked fine with me from the first time !!!

    really thnx alot for sharing this with us

    The only problem is only one custom song shows in my phone :(

    So, is there any possiple way to have more than 1 song showing in the Iphone ?

    i have the latest software 3.1.3

  118. I have the file in iTunes, but now I’m stuck. I DON’T sync my iPhone because I like to manually add my music to my phone. If I “sync” ringtones, it comes up with a warning that by syncing the iPhone “all songs, tv shows and movies will be removed”. But since I’m only syncing the ringtones this shouldn’t happen…. right? I don’t want to lose my music. Plz help, it took me so long to get this far

  119. this is going to sound stupid. i followed all your instructions correctly. i then sync to my iphone.cant seem to find the ringtone on the phone.where would it be?

  120. I can clip the song like shown in the example, I press OK. But when I right click there is no “Convert Selection to AAC.” or any option for converting anything? When I “clip” the song should it appear as a second song or will it still only appear as the orignal one? It doesn’t say clipped – is tht just your IT term?

  121. i get everything expet the last part – where im supposed to transfer to the ringtones in itunes – help me please!!!! and thanks

  122. Thanks a lot, worked great after a few complications!

    To anyone having problems getting tone to go into ringtone library rather than music library: make sure you clicked ‘convert to AAC’ and NOT ‘convert to mp3′ when first copying the clicked track! This held me up because iTunes default import setting is mp3.

    Also I had to delete the track from the iTunes music folder and from iTunes itself keeping only a copy on the desktop before this would work so you may have to try that too!

    Thanks again for making it possible to actually have your own ringtones rather than the appalling range of choice on the iTunes store they have a nerve to charge for, and that unless you are a fan of chart music will not be remotely appealing!

  123. I follow every steps for convert song to the ringtone but nothing show on the ringtone column. What’s wrong? Please help

  124. Hi,

    I founr that the ringtones wouldn’t upload to my iphone cos I was deleting them from my desktop. I created a folder for them and stored them in there. Then played them. When I synced the iphone again (making sure all the ringtones are ticked) it worked fine.

    Good luck guys

  125. hi there i can’t seem to be able to rename them m4.r for some reason as have been able to follow the instructions till then as feel it’s so close that i can touch it. can you help ???

  126. Listen up folks, I have the 4G Iphone and I couldn’t get the songs to upload as custom ringtones. The 4G ringtone names must be renamed in you’re ringtones interface to be ONE WORD!

    4G Users, RENAME YOUR RINGTONES IN ITUNES TO BE ONE WORD and they will upload!

  127. where is the ringtones folder??? do i have to create it myself?? i can’t find it anywhere on my itunes! please please help..

  128. man i followed all the steps but the problem is the song converted into .m4r does not get dragged to ringtone section and moreover now my itunes does not sync with i tunes…some problem occurs
    wat now
    help

  129. hey guys i finally sorted out the problem —-

    the mistake which i was doing nd hundreds of u guys must also be doin -
    1) song should be in m4a format no MP3 which normally is..
    so first convert ur mp3 song into m4a….and later into m4r…
    rest all steps are described above….
    happy RINGING

  130. For all you people who cannot get custom ringtones to appear on your Iphone, I urge you to read Moai’s brilliant tip about selecting ‘sync ringtones’ in ITunes – see comment #117. It sorted the problem for me after many many failed attempts!

  131. Hi , I see you have the scherzo of Beethoven 9 as your example. Could I recommend the opening bars of his Eighth symphony? Andre Previn, (pre mobile phones) used it as the tune that members of his family ever got lost in a crowd…. :-)

  132. I’ve a problem about the ringtone…
    When I tried to synch with my iphone , it kept saying (-54) error … ?
    anybody knows what it means ?

  133. After I clicked on create aac version, the file type in my itunes folder is .aac not .m4a so what can I do? Please help

  134. I am trying to change the m4a to a m4r I have gone through each steps over abd over again but i still cannot change the file extension please help

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  136. Your instructions were excellent, and this is very helpful, but I think I may have messed something up, I get through the directions, and my 20 second clip is listed in my library as a ringtone under “kind,” but won’t show up in my “tones,” folder in my iTunes library or on my phone. I have the new lion operating system on my macbook pro, do I need to do something else?

  137. I have a Mac book and after I set my start & stop time I right click and there’s no option to “convert selection to AAC” what do I do?

  138. I am trying to change the .m4a to the .m4r and I am not able to do so. The version of itunes I am using is itunes 10. I am at the folder options and looked at hidden attributes and everthing and am stuck right there. Thanks the song that I am trying to make a ringtone is “Clones” by Speechwriters LLC, great song.

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