How to Set Your Music in Your iPhone as Your Ringtone

If you have a favorite song on your iPhone that you would like to hear more often, you can use iTunes to turn that song into a ringtone. Unlike most of the songs in your music library, ringtones are limited to 30 seconds in length. Apple uses Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and a unique three-digit extension reserved specifically for ringtones. As long as your music is not restricted by Digital Rights Management, you can edit your music to the required length and change its formatting so it is recognized as a ringtone by your iPhone.

Instructions

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      Download and install the most recent version of iTunes to your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer. Wait for iTunes to sync with it. This process will copy songs on your iPhone to your computer.

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      Select "Music" in the "Library" menu on the left of iTunes. Double-click on the track that you want to use as a ringtone. As it plays, choose a clip from the song, up to 30 seconds long. Make a note of the start and stop times in the status menu.

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      Right-click the track and select "Get info." Click "Options." Type the start and stop times into the fields provided. When you are finished, click "OK."

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      Right-click on the track. Select "Create AAC Version." This will create a copy of the file in a format used by your iPhone for ringtones.

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      Delete the new copy from your iTunes library without deleting its file from your computer by clicking the "Edit" menu and selecting "Delete." A pop-up window will open asking if you want to keep the song in the iTunes Media folder. Select "Keep File."

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      Open your "iTunes Music" folder in Explorer. Songs are arranged in folders by the performer's name, then by album. Locate your song by going to the appropriate folder. If the song is not there, you can find it in "Unknown Artist."

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      Click on the music file to highlight it. Then click on it a second time to rename the file. Change the extension from "MFA" to "M4R" to change it from a music file to a ringtone file. A pop-up window will warn you that you are changing the file. Click "OK."

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      Drag the renamed file onto "Ringtones" in the "Library" section on the left of the iTunes window. Then click the "Sync" button in iTunes. When the sync operation has finished, disconnect your iPhone.

    • 9

      Tap the "Settings" icon on your iPhone. Tap "Sounds." Tap "Ringtone." Scroll to your new ringtone. Tap it to select it as your new ringtone.

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