How to Record a Ringtone on an iPhone

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There’s no reason why your iPhone ringtones should sound like everyone else’s, not with hundreds of special ringtone-making apps available from the App Store. These apps enable you to extract and edit ringtones from your music library and audio recordings -- even mix them together for more distinctive tones. User interfaces vary from app to app, but the process of recording ringtones is generally similar. Simply choose a well-rated app with which you’re comfortable. Then, record new ringtones of 40 seconds or less for syncing to your iPhone via iTunes later on.

Record Ringtones From Music Library

  • Tap the “Ringtone Designer” app, followed by the musical note icon to display your Music Library.

  • Choose your preferred song. Next, tap “Ringtone” to create a tone of up to 30 seconds long, or “Text Tone” for a six-second clip. You will see the track’s graphic waveform, along with an Editor Screen overlay.

  • Slide the waveform left or right to navigate to a specific song section and drag the Editor screen over your desired ringtone segment. Tap the “Play” button frequently to confirm your selections. Adjust the Editor Screen’s start and end points to set the ringtone’s final position and length. Optionally, tap the “Fade” check box for a fade-in/fade-out effect.

  • Tap the “Save” icon. Connect your iPhone to your computer to sync the ringtone with iTunes.

Record Ringtones From Audio Recordings

  • Tap the “Ringtone Maker” app, followed by “Record.” Then, draw your device close to a sound you’d like to convert into a ringtone – for example, your child laughing or dog howling. Touch the “Record” button to begin the recording and a second time to end it.

  • Name your recording and tap “Done.” It will show up on the Record screen. Touch its “Play” button to review it. If you’re not satisfied, swipe leftward over it and tap “Delete.” Otherwise, touch its directional arrow to proceed to the Editing screen.

  • Drag your recording’s start and end points around a circular waveform to select a clip of up to 40 seconds long. Use the icons immediately below the waveform to lengthen, shorten or move your selection by two seconds at a time. Use the buttons flanking the “Play” button to set your fade-in and fade-out volumes.

  • Tap the arrow in the upper-right corner. Touch the “Play” button. Adjust the selection’s audible pitch and speed using either the displayed preset buttons or sliders.

  • Tap the “Save” icon. Connect your iPhone to your computer to sync the ringtone with iTunes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Other well-rated ringtone apps offer more than just ringtone extraction and editing capabilities. Check out, for example, the Dring and Ringtones for iPhone apps. Dring provides a way to remix your music and recordings into a unique ringtone, while Ringtones for iPhone offers a massive library of ready-made tones and sounds you can use immediately.
  • To avoid annoying ads popping up at every stage of ringtone production, get a free ringtone app’s paid version.
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