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How To Create Ringtone for iPhone on iTunes 10

With the debut of iTunes 10, it is widely reported that Apple has removed the “create your own ringtone” feature. The feature was first introduced in 2007 after the launch of the original iPhone. It allows iPhone users to create custom ringtone from a track purchased from the iTunes store for $0.99.

As MacLife realized, the feature is still found on iTunes 9.2.1 but is no longer built into iTunes 10. For ringtone fanatics, don’t worry. You can still use a manual method to create custom ringtone for your iPhone using iTunes 10. And, most importantly, it is completely free.

If you want to create your own ringtone for iPhone, simply follow the step-by-step procedures. As I am a Mac user, the guide is written particularly for Mac user. That said, it should also work for those using Windows. I have highlighted the difference (if any) so Windows user can also follow.

What if you are using the older version of iTunes (say, iTunes 9)? Despite the guide is specifically written for iTunes 10 user, you can also follow it to create ringtone on older iTunes version. The procedures are very similar.

Okay, let’s get started.

Step by Step Procedures to Create Free Ringtone on iTunes 10

1. Launch iTunes and pick a song you want to convert to ringtone

2. Right-click on the song and click “Get Info” to view the song properties

3. Select “Options” tab. Check and fill in the “Start time” and “Stop time” to extract the portion of song you want to create as ringtone. Ensure the length is not longer than 30 seconds. Otherwise, iTunes will not recognize it as a ringtone. When you are ready, click “OK” to confirm.

4. Again, right-click on the song and select “Create ACC Version”.

5. iTunes then automatically extracts the portion of song you have instructed in the previous step. The new song file is just 30-sec in length. That’s the song you work on from step 6 and onwards.

6. Next, right-click on the song and select “Show in Finder”. This will launch Finder and locate the song file you just created.

Note: For Windows user, you should choose “Show in Windows Explorer” instead.

7. Rename the file extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r”.

8. Next, go back to iTunes. Right-click on the song you have created and select “Delete”.

9. Click “Remove” to confirm the removal and then click “Keep File” when you’re prompted. This instructs iTunes to remove the song (the 30 sec version) from iTunes library and keep the actual file.

10. Go back to Finder and double-click on the ringtone file (.m4r) you have just renamed. The ringtone will automatically add it to iTunes’ ringtone library. You can now sync it to iPhone using iTunes. Enjoy your new ringtone!

Does the procedures work for you? In case you have any problem, feel free to leave us comment.

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968 Responses to How To Create Ringtone for iPhone on iTunes 10

  1. slah September 6, 2010 at 3:09 am #

    hi simon,

    i was wondering if you could help me out with this one.
    i dont get the option to create an aac version.
    i do get an option to create an mp3 version though.
    but when i do and change it to m4r. it does not show
    up in itunes when i add it or drag it in.

    • Danny September 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

      This has always looked at what your default import options are set to. Change that value in options, and you will see that new value show up when you click on the file.

      • K-la October 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

        Hi, I too am stuck here. Could you be more specific where exactly I can change this option?

        • Jason November 3, 2010 at 4:25 am #

          Edit>Preferences

          Under the General tab, there’s a section in the middle that says “When you insert a CD” Beside the drop down box there’s an Import Settings… box. Click it. Under Import Using, choose AAC Encoder. Setting: use iTunes Plus. Then OK twice. Then when you right click, the option will say AAC instead of MP3.

          • cinder. November 6, 2010 at 6:11 am #

            Jason –

            SO AWESOME! Thank you! When I updated to the latest iTunes it removed all of the ringtones that I had created using the same exact method described above. When I tried remaking them I was faced with the “Create MP3″ option instead of the AAC option.. I just figured Apple caught on and made an irreversible update. THANK YOU so much for letting me know that it’s simply an option I had to update on the Preferences tab.

            Many, many thanks!!
            M

          • Kenneth Corber April 25, 2011 at 1:45 am #

            I have my options set to choos AAC encoder, but I do not get either option (MP3 or AAC) when I right-click on the song.

          • shanna May 29, 2011 at 3:51 am #

            THANK YOU JASON

          • Emma August 23, 2011 at 12:39 am #

            When I tried to put the AAC Encoder setting on there is ony one ok I can click, so it never saves. It always just goes back to MP3…what do I do?

            • Drake December 23, 2011 at 12:11 am #

              Youve gotta change that in settings

          • poshe March 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

            This was the most useful piece of info that i’ve been looking for for the whole day! Thank you, Jason!

          • chantal June 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

            once i have made my new ring tone and changed the format to 1.m4r and put it back into my Itunes music page tones doesn’t appear in the top left coner this is the first time that I am doing this help

      • Teresa Phan February 5, 2012 at 1:30 am #

        im so lost when it got to the .m4a to .4mr because i have a windows and idk i made the section of the song i wanted but then my ringtone is still under mpeg-4 and idk what import settings and all that stuff is. HELP PLEASE

        • Brett April 11, 2012 at 5:34 am #

          I had this problem to. After hours of frustration, I found this to work. When you move the file to windows explorer, go to tools >folder options. Click the view tab. Uncheck the box that says “Hide extensions for known file types.” After I did that, I had success

          • after April 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

            it did work, cheers …

            • Brenda July 26, 2012 at 2:43 am #

              now my question is, how do you set the ringtone to play when someone calls you?

              • Bob July 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

                Brenda, Goto settings on your iPhone, then sounds, and select the ringtone sound you want! :)

              • dave lynn September 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

                go to contacts, choose your contact, then edit, then choose ringtone

          • HoboJonesy April 19, 2012 at 7:57 am #

            AWESOME again! I also got caught up at the move to Windows Explorer…the “uncheck hidden extensions” worked awesome!

          • Rose April 27, 2012 at 10:33 am #

            I finally got the extensions changed but, now when i go to I tunes to the delete portion I don’t have that option I have:
            Copy
            Uncheck Selection

            The delete option is missing.

            • Avril June 9, 2012 at 7:09 am #

              Hi Rose,
              I think you can not see the delete option because you are in the recently added rather than the music?
              Hope this works
              :)

          • Julia May 3, 2012 at 4:50 am #

            THANK YOU!

          • Angel May 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

            I had this same problem and saw your comment, used your method and it helped! Thanks so much:) I have been at this for an hour! lol

          • apm May 26, 2012 at 9:31 am #

            Where exactly do you look for tools? on itunes or the windows explorer?

          • Vickie June 19, 2012 at 5:52 am #

            I had the same problem. Thank you so much for the solution.

          • Taysianichole June 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

            Where is tools?

          • Jason B July 27, 2012 at 5:48 am #

            Brett’s idea worked for me!!!!!!

          • Candice July 29, 2012 at 12:24 am #

            Help!! I have opened the explore part but dont know where the tools part is, all I want to do is change the A to a R

          • cmbro August 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

            Thank you for the tip!! This worked for me!

          • Jade October 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

            where can I find Tools ? Is it on Itunes ? or Window Explorer ?

          • Cher October 3, 2012 at 8:18 am #

            Once I unchecked the box to stop hidiing extensions for known file types. BAM. Thank you!!!!!

          • sam October 11, 2012 at 6:09 am #

            This did not work for me. I don’t have anything that says tools in the window

          • Carly J November 20, 2012 at 4:53 am #

            THANK YOU!!!! I was going NUTS trying to figure this out!

          • Jamie December 3, 2012 at 2:15 am #

            THANK YOU!!

      • Diego August 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

        ATTENTION ALL PC USERS:
        HERE IS THE ANSWER!

        Step 6.5: In “Windows Explorer”, click “Organize” on the menu bar, and there is a button called “Folder and search options”.
        You basically want to unhide the extension name for the files.
        Go to “View” and UNCHECK “Hide extensions for known file types”. Then you will see “Yoursongname.m4a” instead of “Yoursongname”.

        Continue on with step 7, rename the “Yoursongname.m4a” to “Yoursongname.m4r”.

        Once you click enter, YOUR FILE SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY CHANGE ITS TYPE TO “RINGTONE” INSTEAD OF A “MPEG-4″ FILE.

        Hope this helps!!!

        • amaiz October 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

          hye thanks Deigo, it really help me

      • kenza September 13, 2012 at 12:17 am #

        why my itunes did exist ringtone in my library?

    • Michele June 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi there! Thanks so much for this information! GREAT INSTRUCTIONS! Only one issue… The last step (#10) doesn’t seem to work for me. I can’t get the file to show up in my ringtones! What am I doing wrong?

      • april August 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

        I had the same problem – got through all steps but it will not add to my ringotnes list – can anyone give me some advice on how to add it now that I have created it?

        • Nabby November 13, 2011 at 9:02 am #

          Make sure under Preferences -> Advanced you have it checked to let iTunes keep your music organized and to copy it into the library. That seemed to work for me.

          • Julie November 18, 2011 at 4:15 am #

            On a PC, got the ringtones extension changed and added back to iTunes, but can’t get them into ringtones. Tried the Preference advice. Mine was already set that way.

            • quinton November 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

              just change the file extension to m4r and double click (while in windows)

              • anon - January 30, 2012 at 5:03 am #

                HI im having trouble changing the file type to an m4r, ive tried renaming the file and it does not work. :(

          • joshua April 5, 2012 at 4:40 am #

            I had this same problem but this fix (Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> check “Keep iTunes Media folder organized then “OK”) worked great. A quick sync and the tone is on my phone.
            Thanks!!!

            • maureen April 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

              after following the instructions and checking every step (including this one) over and over, i’m not having any success. am i looking for the ringtone in the wrong place, maybe? it’s in my “music”, but not in my “sounds”. any other suggestions?

            • carol April 20, 2012 at 4:48 am #

              I have a mac and I cannot figure out how to rename the file extension from m4a.

              • Bob July 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

                Carol, I’ve noticed most people having trouble are pc users (go figure). Unless I’m missing something, your problem is too simple. In step 7 of the good instructions, just click once on the file name. It should become ‘selected’. Now put the cursor right behind the “a” in m4a and do one backspace (delete), then type an “r”. Click out of the file name and BINGO … You’ve changed the extension to .m4r
                :)

          • Bryan June 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

            That worked, thanks Nabby! :-)

      • Padmaja January 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

        i have got the same problem.. :(

        • tracey harper February 20, 2012 at 12:01 am #

          me too – any ideas?

        • Puddle October 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

          ***IF YOU HAVE A PC AND THE SONGS ARE STILL APPEARING IN ITUNES AS MUSIC****

          The problem is likely not iTunes! In the window where your file is saved, select TOOLS > FOLDER OPTIONS and click on the VIEW tab. Scroll down in Advanced Settings until you see “Hide extensions for known file types”. Make sure that is unchecked and hit apply! File types should now show and your file is likely named “(Name of file).m4r.m4r”! When you tried to rename it for the file type, it just added to the name without actually changing the type! make sure there’s only one .4r (just like any other ringtones you might have in the folder!) and double click it when you’re done. It should open in Ringtones now.

          If you want to turn off the file extensions from showing, you can go to that same setting and recheck the box!

          Hope that helps :)

      • April January 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

        The same thing is happening to me. I managed to only test trial one ringtone and it worked, but when I tried to make another one, none of them managed to show up in the ringtone section, i even tried to copy and paste them but they disappear. HELP!

        • Seetharam March 12, 2012 at 10:31 am #

          The ringtones show up on my mac but i cant find them in my iphone 4s under sounds > ringtones.. so how can i set my custom made tone as my ring tone??

      • Jen February 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

        I’m as well unable to get the last step to work! Please Help!!!

      • David October 24, 2012 at 10:58 am #

        I had the same problem, the newly created ringtones were not showing up on my iPhone 4s after synching. I opened “tones” in itunes and then manually dragged and dropped the new tones to my iPhone, and this solved the problem.

        • Spencer4hire December 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

          Thanks David,
          That worked for me. DRAG and DROP….

    • eddz June 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      i tried the steps mentioned above,but when i sync my iphone ringtones,none of the ringtones appear(in my iphone so i can set as a ringtone).i really need some help on this

      • Al June 26, 2011 at 4:04 am #

        Try making sure that in the ringtone section when you plug your phone in you have the “sync all ringtones” checked instead of “sync selected”. had the same problem till I realized what it was doing

        • Shecal June 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

          I chose “sync all rigtones” and the sync semmed work, but my ringtone did not appeared in my iphone. What more should I do?

        • Shecal June 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

          I chose “sync all rigtones” and the sync seemed work, but my ringtone did not appeared in my iphone. What more should I do?

        • mrstella October 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

          Thanks for this suggestion. I synced but the new ringtone wasn’t on the phone. I made the sync option change as you suggested and synced again. Now it is on my iPhone. Thanks.

          • Dave Bennett October 29, 2011 at 3:07 am #

            Where did you find this sync option? I cannot find any reference to ringtones at all on my Mac’s iTune’s iPhone sync page.

        • Gina November 3, 2011 at 10:50 am #

          When I go to my iphone settings on the the computer and try to check sync ringtones, it tells me that all of my music on the iphone will be deleted if I choose to sync the ringtones… Help?!

        • Alex February 6, 2012 at 11:16 am #

          My computer won’t even show a ringtones option for my iPhone. I have the tones tab in my library but not for my phone, any ideas?

        • Little Teeth March 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

          Thank you! This was such a simple step that caused so much stress because I overlooked it. Thank you thank you thank you!

        • Noelle May 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

          Oh, thank you! This is what I was doing wrong!

        • Heather June 24, 2012 at 3:25 am #

          This advice worked for me. I hadn’t noticed that there was a separate “tones” sync button. Clicked it and it worked like a charm. Thank you!

      • andrea September 5, 2011 at 12:02 am #

        eddz , i face the same problem too !

      • Spins November 15, 2011 at 3:13 am #

        I noticed that in itunes under DEVICES/RINGTONES when I had me phone hooked up,that the ringtone would not play, however it did play in LIBRARY/RINGTONES. So I deleted the ringtone in devices and drug the peice from Library into the devices, synced and Bay-yam! there it was. Happy Days

        • Priscilla November 26, 2011 at 4:50 am #

          This worked for me! Thank you! I upgraded my iPhone4 software and had lost my custom ringtone. I had spent hours trying to get it back, searching for solutions all over the internet, and it wasn’t until I did what you suggested that the ringtone finally returned to my iPhone. Thanks again!

        • Claudia December 12, 2011 at 12:43 am #

          Thank you! That worked for me :)

        • WhoMe? December 27, 2011 at 7:04 am #

          This worked for me, too! (After I’d run all my software updates on my Mac and officially “set up” my iPhone). The ringtone has to be in “Devices/Tones.” Thank you!

        • Helious March 16, 2012 at 2:37 am #

          this work for me too. need to put the .m4r inside the library first then drag to device yes. thank you.

        • Michelle May 13, 2012 at 2:44 am #

          Great advise! I was having problems in having the ringtone reflect on the phone! Thanks!

        • jose September 4, 2012 at 5:21 am #

          This trick works! Finally, thank you for sharing.

      • Parkeso February 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

        Hey I found out that if the “tones” tab isnt in your itunes, you have to turn it on through preferences. Once you do that, you have to go through the steps that are mentioned above. Make sure that you dont have an already created ringtone of the same song. Delete the ringtones that appear in the regular library. Then do those steps and it will appear in the “tones” tab. Then sync it to your phone and you will have it available to use as a ringtone! =)

    • BobdaBuilder June 28, 2011 at 1:02 am #

      It should show up in your ringtones folder in the Itunes interface

      • Christy July 4, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

        I’m having the same problem. It does show up on iTunes under my phone, but not on the phone itself. Another link said it should show up under ringtones/custom, but it doesn’t. I’ve synched repeatedly, unchecked, rechecked, re-synched, shut down, powered up, re-synched…nothing.

        Full disclosure – I’m new to iPhones and just got this one 2 days ago.

        • Amelia August 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

          I am also having the problem where it shows up in Ringtones on my iTunes, but not in my phone. I used this method before with an iPhone 4 and it worked just fine, but I just got a new iPhone 4 and it won’t work now. Ideas??

        • T-bomb October 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

          I had the same issue, not sure if it was covered already, but I had used exactly 30 seconds, I changed it to 28 seconds, and now it shows up in my ringtones on my phone…so something to try at least

          • Carola November 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

            Worked for me. Thanks!

          • Helen November 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

            Thankyou to all help… i’ve had hours trying to get a song as a ringtone. Changing to 28 secs finally sync -ed to give a custom ringtone.

            i”m very grateful!

          • Justyna January 27, 2012 at 4:09 am #

            After several trials, indeed that was about the length… 29 sec solved the problem of not-syncing. Thank you!

          • Wendy May 17, 2012 at 1:49 am #

            that did the trick for me too. even though the ringtone came up in the tones folder on itunes it did not show up on my list of ringtones on my phone. i changed the end time to 28 sec and it worked! thank you!!!!

      • Julie November 18, 2011 at 4:31 am #

        It doesn’t

    • Tiah August 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

      this happens for me aswell. its really annoying

    • Shannon October 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      You have to change your import settings. CD import settings can be changed between AAC and .mp3. After you change your import settings then you can see the “Create mp3″ or “Create AAC” in the drop down menu.

      • dennis October 20, 2011 at 4:10 am #

        my problem is that when i click on AAC (or mp3), a window says that i cannot convert the song since it is “protected.”

        i have no idea what this means, aside from the obvious fact that i cant create ringtones.

        since i am not particularly literate on these things, would someone please let me know how to proceed.

        thanks.

    • Ben December 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

      I could only get convert to aiff file. After a bit of searching, I found that you need to change the itune setting. As listed in this link. http://www.creationrobot.com/2005/04/convert-mp3-to-aac-easily/
      After that, it will allow you to convert to aac. Good luck!

    • Ahadeki99 December 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

      The instructions worked perfectly. The major :-( problem I had is that the songs I converted are ruined. They play for exactly 30 seconds and stop on my iTunes and my iPhone. Howevere I synced one of them with my blackberry and it played well. Help!

      • Heynertch December 23, 2011 at 10:24 am #

        Just right-click on the ruined song in iTunes, then get info, options and unchecked the start and stop time that you had previously set.

    • purepr December 20, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      This worked for me: Deleted from both iphone and itunes the custom m4r tone I originally created. In Windows, shortened the m4r file name to 18 letters. Dragged the file back into the itunes library and did another sync. Success, but not sure why.

    • Wei Hao December 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

      Hey Simon, wonder if this website is still visited by you, but I’ve problem creating this.
      I’ve done all the procedures, but when I right click on the AAC version of the song, I clicked ‘Show in Window Explorer’ and the song I wanted came out in a new folder, but its still the same name, not in .M4R or anything. So I rename it to ___.M4R and when I did, I went to itunes and deleted the AAC version of song and double click the one showed on the folder but it doesn’t appear as ringtones. It appeared as a normal songs in itunes. How? I need help.

      • melinda February 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

        In windows 7 it does not allow us to change the extension type. I have tried as well and no luck.

        • Charles Bash February 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

          That’s curious melinda. I made my ringtones using Windows 7! I think the problem is that you have extensions of known file types hidden. See comments elsewhere in this chain on how to show extensions.

          • Manhster February 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

            Thanks Charles bash!!

            Showing the extensions fixed the problem, now I can change it to (.m4r)

          • David March 31, 2012 at 12:18 am #

            Charles…thank you…I knew it had to be something simple

        • Oliver May 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

          you can change the file extension, search “show file extension” and click “show or hide file extensions” then uncheck the box labelled “hide extensions for known file types” now you can just rename the file with the new extension

      • nikhil June 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

        i having same problem if u find such solution then tell me….

    • savy January 21, 2012 at 1:55 am #

      i get the same problem whay did u do to solve this prolem pls help ?

    • savy January 21, 2012 at 1:55 am #

      i get the same problem what did u do to solve this prolem pls help ?

    • kiwi April 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      Hey slash, actually it’s because your import preferences are set to mp3, what you need to do is go to your preferences (itunes menu=>preferences) in the “general” tab; then click on “import settings” and set it to “AAC encoder”.

    • steve April 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

      I am a Windows user and have the latest version download of iTunes. I cannot find a general tab to change mp3 to aac. Can anyone assist me. I am totally lost in the whole procedure. Thanks!

    • Diego August 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      ATTENTION ALL PC USERS:
      HERE IS THE ANSWER!

      Step 6.5: In “Windows Explorer”, click “Organize” on the menu bar, and there is a button called “Folder and search options”.
      You basically want to unhide the extension name for the files.
      Go to “View” and UNCHECK “Hide extensions for known file types”. Then you will see “Yoursongname.m4a” instead of “Yoursongname”.

      Continue on with step 7, rename the “Yoursongname.m4a” to “Yoursongname.m4r”.

      Once you click enter, YOUR FILE SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY CHANGE ITS TYPE TO “RINGTONE” INSTEAD OF A “MPEG-4″ FILE.

      Hope this helps.

  2. Diablo September 6, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    You are the man Simon I have iTunes 10 and a MacBook Pro and an iPhone 4 and all is working perfectly, thank you and keep the excellent work

  3. Forrest September 8, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Good info to help to create free ringtone.

    How about making one iPhone app to do that ?

    • Simon Ng September 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

      @Forrest,

      You can check out the earlier review of Ringtone Designer Pro. Let me know if the app works for you.

      • Savy January 22, 2012 at 7:23 am #

        Simon,

        after follow step by step of your ringtonr procedure it working good. but the problem is when somesbody call me they don’t hear the ringtone the i create only myself hear that .do you have any idea what wrong with it pls help?

        Savy

        • Crystal February 10, 2012 at 7:53 am #

          your creating a ringtone not a play back tone so the person calling you is not suppose to hear the music. You want an answer tone where the person calling you can hear music call your cell company

  4. hakiem September 9, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    fantastic!! thanks for very straight forward tutorial.
    works like charm =)

  5. Jim Gardner September 10, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Great tutorial. Very new to iphone4,
    I am using window vista, when I rename the file with the extension it works, but when you look up the properties of the file the m4a is still in the name. Windows does not show the file extension and I cannot seem to find how to view them in any format.
    I assume if this is not working then when I double click it it goes back into Music folder in itune, I do not have a ringtones folder in my library. ??

    • Emily March 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

      I’m not sure why it still says m4a, I’m having the same problem…but I can tell you about the ringtones folder not being there cause mine disappeared too…go to edit then preferences (it should open up to the general tab) then click on the Ringtones box and click ok and it will show up

      • Jill June 30, 2011 at 4:24 am #

        Thank you Emily!! I couldn’t find my ringtones folder

    • Victoria June 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

      I am having the same issue. Also in Vista. No matter how many different ways I try, it won’t change to M4R. Just renames it rather than changing the format. So when I double click, it still just adds it back as the clipped M4A.

      • Heather December 1, 2011 at 7:01 am #

        I have the same problem Victoria. Did you ever figure out how to change the format? I haven’t found any guidance on this issue yet, but will keep wondering through this blog…

      • KatieAnn January 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

        Victoria,
        You need to change your file settings to show commonly used file extensions (control panel in ewey-GUI win vista n 7). Then you can see n edit the extension. Otherwise your pc thinks the .m4r is still part of the file name.

        Also, do you have admin rights on your PC to modify & delete files? (right click folder to see properties) I’m assuming you do – usually ppl do by default n that one is removed specifically rather than not given @ the start, but depending on where the file is located (I.e. folder in a network?) you need not only read, but also write access.

        Just some thoughts for whats going on there. If you don’t have write access in THAT folder, try copying to another loc (like desktop), then rename, then copy n paste new file back in. Clearly if you got to the step b4 that you can create/add files, so this is a possible alternative.

        But based on your description I’m guessing it’s the file extensions issue I mentioned first. Should be quick n easy once u have file ext showing.

  6. gina September 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    After doing everything, I dbl click on file and it does not show in my ringtone file. I have a MacBook Pro and the itunes 10 version. What am I doing wrong?

    • Simon Ng September 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

      @Gina,

      Make sure you have changed the file extension to .m4r. If double-click does not work for you, you can choose “File” -> “Add to Library…” in iTunes and select the ringtone file to add it into the library.

      • BJ November 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

        Hi Simon,

        Thanks for all your information – I have itunes10 and iphone4. After doing everything you suggested… m4r etc…and ensuring that ringtone is enabled in preferences, I still cannot get it into the ringtones folder on the iphone. These are ringtones I have purchased through itunes!

      • stig July 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

        My problem is that when I synchronize I am told that it can’t because the ringtone is too long, – even if its only 15 seconds?

      • CQ December 9, 2011 at 1:05 am #

        I did get to do all the changes but neither double clicking or adding manually to the tone library won’t work :(
        It’s doesn’t do anything!

        • RM October 12, 2012 at 5:44 am #

          Same problem CQ. I am at a loss.

  7. Jim Gardner September 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    All good – found where to change view options to get ringtones to display. Changed my setting in MY COMPUTER to show file extensions. All works well, THANKS.

    • Heather December 1, 2011 at 7:10 am #

      Jim, Thanks so much for that advice!! Everything was going smoothly, but I didn’t know how to get the file extensions to show in Windows. As soon as I got that straightened out, everything continued on like clockwork!

  8. wes September 12, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    gina….I’m a Windows Vista user and I had the same problem. In order for me to get it to show up in iTunes you can go to File->Add File to Library and navigate to the file location in step 7 above. I got it to show up after manually adding the file.

    • Kelsey September 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

      thank you wes you were so much help!!

  9. Jim September 13, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    Everything works fine in Windows 7 up to point where you add it to the iTunes library. I doesn’t add to the library and you can sync it to the iPhone.

  10. David September 13, 2010 at 3:46 am #

    Hey thanks simon, worked great. Now if I just could convert some of the songs I purchased from iTunes to ringtones.

  11. Schmidty September 13, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Try Unlim Tones, it saves the ringtone to your iPhone in the app and also (my fab feature) allows you to use the ring tone as your text alert. This to me is the best ring tone app out there, you can dowload tones as well as customize any song in your itunes library

    • Tara September 4, 2011 at 5:55 am #

      I can’t seem to find this app…can you give me more info on it

    • Tara September 4, 2011 at 6:11 am #

      I can’t seem to find this app Unlim Tones…can you give me more info on it

  12. Sharon September 14, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    Hi Simon, I have a problem. After I click on “Show in Finder”, I see 2 files — 1 with an AIF extension name and the other with MP3. I changed the AIF into m4r but when I double-click it, nothing happens.

    Please help! Thanks in advance!

    • Simon Ng September 14, 2010 at 9:48 am #

      @Sharon,

      I suggest you to go through the procedures again. There should be a file with .m4a extension created.

      In case you still have problem, I suggest you to try out Ringbuilder which allows you to create the ringtone on iPhone.

      • Terina-Lee March 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

        This happened to me too, there’s no ‘create AAC Version’ anymore, it’s now ‘Create AIFF Version’

  13. Aisling September 15, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    I can’t even get past step 3! When i try to change the length of the song, it keeps defaulting back to the full length.

    • Deb October 22, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      I have the same problem… I did several months ago and it worked. Now the time won’t stay. I don’t know what is going on or if they changed something in the program

  14. Alice September 15, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    Hi Simon, It works. Awesome!

    Mac, iTunes and iPhone…Thanks for your straightforward, simple and clear way of explaining ringtone making…

    cheers..

  15. David September 15, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    Aisling, make sure you check the boxes beside the start and finish times and then click okay.

  16. Orko September 15, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    On Itunes I have 5 different custom ringtones (I followed Simon steps), after sync I do have the 5 custom ringtones listed on the iphone on itunes but then I can find only 1 on the iphone, how can have the 5 on the iphone?

    • Eric October 18, 2010 at 9:32 am #

      I have the same issue. I have several custom ringtones, but my iPhone 3GS only lets one play. The others show up under edit, but when I click save, Marimba is selected. I am on iOS 4.1 and iTunes 10.

  17. Stefanie September 17, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Hi,

    Can i check why my iTunes 10 do not have the ringtones category ? What’s go wrong ?
    So once i create a ringtones it will be added to the music cat which is not correct as the ringtone will not appear in my iphone 4

    • Simon Ng September 25, 2010 at 1:49 am #

      @Stefanie,

      You can check out this post about how you can enable ringtones library in iTunes 10.

  18. Boism September 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    in my itunes 10 doesnt have the ringtones category, can you show me the way to create it?

    • Simon Ng September 25, 2010 at 1:48 am #

      @Boism,

      You can check out this post about how to enable ringtones library.

  19. ed September 19, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    theres no create a ACC version optionin my itunes, just MP3 version option…..

    • Simon Ng September 20, 2010 at 12:20 am #

      @ed,

      Try to go to “preferences” -> “import settings”. Change your import format to “AAC Encoder”. Then you can convert any current song to AAC.

  20. jbrown September 22, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    Diligently followed insturctions (5 times; ugh) I do not show the tone in ringtone folder on Itunes.
    thanks

    • Simon Ng September 25, 2010 at 1:47 am #

      @jbrown,

      Probably you haven’t enabled ringtones in iTunes. You can check out this post for the resolution.

  21. jbrown September 22, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    I should have mentioned the ringtone does show up in the “music” folder of itunes. The rigtotne itslef is one my iphone, in the ringbuilder app, but not in the ringtone folder of settings on iphone.
    Thanks

  22. jbrown September 25, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Simon – Thanks for the response. I do have rignotnes enalbes. It seems the problem is in the “Click “Remove” to confirm the removal and then click “Keep File” when you’re prompted. This instructs iTunes to remove the song (the 30 sec version) from iTunes library and keep the actual file.” part. The window I get (windows 7) ask to remove to the recycle bin, and does not ask to save the file. I delete the original and save the new one, then nothing happens opther than it plays in itunes when I double click it. Thanks

  23. Babs Jordan September 28, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    After step 5 … adds 30 sec song to my RECENTLY ADDED folder.
    Found it there .. launched Win Exp to find song on step 6. For step 7 – I do not see an option to change to .m4r file.
    So I am stuck there ..
    However, on to step 8 .. I also do not have ‘delete’ function when I right click on song.

  24. John October 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Have you heard about Ringbuilder ? It’s an easier way to create ringtones on iPhone, try it here : http://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/ringbuilder-creer-vos-sonneries/id388838108?mt=8 Oh I forgot, you can share your ringtones thanks to this app :D

    • Simon Ng October 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

      Thanks, John. I have already covered Ringbuilder earlier. You can find the review here and here.

  25. Alex October 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Hey i have a problem i was hoping someone could help me with

    I trimmed the original song, created an AAC version, showed it in Windows Explorer, but when i clicked it twice in a slow interval to rename it to .m4r it didnt change the file type, and when i double clicked it it just played as an MPEG-4.

    • sbruno10 October 31, 2010 at 3:08 am #

      I had the same problem. anyone know how to fix it?

  26. kevin Then October 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    hi,

    the procedure just doesn’t work in my itunes 10, i have follow all the procedure and success to get my file change to m4r but my itunes 10 doesn’t accept for import the file to the library from my mac book pro or my imac, any solution thanks

  27. jbrown October 7, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Simon – Tried againand it worked this time. thanks a lot

  28. Kevin then October 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Hi, it Still doesn’t work on my iTunes 10

    • Simon Ng October 9, 2010 at 1:05 am #

      @kevin,

      Alternatively, you can try to use Ringbuilder to create custom ringtone.

  29. Reid October 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    i have done everything you said but i cant figure out how to change the file extention to a .m4r
    how do you change the file and not just the name of the song?

    • Simon Ng October 9, 2010 at 1:04 am #

      @Reid,

      If you have problem with the method described in this article, you can try out Ringbuilder that automates the creation of custom ringtone.

  30. Tiffany October 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    I used the free app RingMaker and it will automatically make your songs into m4r files. The only problem I’m hitting is that iTunes 10 does not want to import the songs into my rintone folder. I’ve tried dragging the files into the folder, importing the library, and importing the songs individually. I even uninstalled and re-installed iTunes to no avail. Why isn’t iTunes acknowledging my m4r files?

    • Lynn October 20, 2010 at 11:23 am #

      I’m having the same problem! I even tried making them manually as explained in the article above, but it’s still the same problem. iTunes won’t acknowledge my .m4r files as a ringtone.

      • Simon Ng October 21, 2010 at 12:55 am #

        @Lynn,

        In case this method doesn’t work for you, I suggest you to try out RingBuilder. It offers a better way to create custom ringtone.

        • samz March 19, 2012 at 4:10 am #

          All my original ringtones are in Itunes on my computer in ringbuilder, but there is no ringtone any more on the left hand side where apps, radio etc are when I open itunes. I can’t get figure out where I can upload them as it doesn’t give option down at the bottom of the page under apps like before

  31. Mark Santos October 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    Hi. when I go to the finder to rename the file mo .m4r, there’s no rename option when i control click it.

  32. Rita October 16, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    Brilliant! I couldn’t figure out how to get iTunes 10 to actually see the files. This solution worked perfectly. Thanks!

  33. Teddy October 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    ummm. my show finder says show in windows explorer. After that it shows the song, but when i click on it to rename it it doesn’t show the m4a part at the end for me to change it. Please help me out. I use to do this before, but ever since i changed my pc. It just doesn’t go through.

  34. Thomas October 31, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    Why is it my iTunes was not able to find the Ringtones setting?

    • Simon Ng October 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

      @Thomas,

      You need to enable it in preference. Check out this post for details.

  35. mot November 1, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    Thx for great tutorial. I am having similar problems with adding ringtones to my Ringtone folder in iTune10. I even used Ringtone Pro to create the ringtone. Uploaded it to my computer (m4r) format. However, when I click on it, it does not show in the Ringtone folder and when I try to add it manually it does not work either!!!!!!! Any ideas. It is driving me crazy. I am on widows vista.

    Thx

  36. Jerry November 3, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Simon,

    I have followed these steps in the past and it worked like a charm. Something happened, I am not sure what, and all my custom ringtones went away. I followed these steps again; everything seems to work except when I got to change the ringtone on the phone, it does not show up. It is in the ringtones section of iTunes, but not on the iPhone. Any suggestions?

    iPhone 3GS, OS 4.1 iTunes 10.0.1.22 Windows XP SP3

    Thank you,

    Jerry

  37. Ping Lacson November 19, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    I followed these steps but when I’m on Step

    9. Click “Remove” to confirm the removal and then click “Keep File” when you’re prompted. This instructs iTunes to remove the song (the 30 sec version) from iTunes library and keep the actual file.

    -As soon as i click “Delete” it doesnt prompted me to “Keep File”. It was deleted without prompting me.

    I followed until the last step (even saw my Ringtone on “Ringtone” tab on itunes) and sync my phone, nothing happened. Cant find the Ringtone on my Iphone. Even though I can see my Ringtone on the itunes, still cant get it.

    Please help.

    Windows Vista User
    Iphone 3gs (Ver 3.1)

  38. Sanan November 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

    Awesome tip mate! Works in Windows as well. Instead of using finder, just use Windows Search to locate the .mp4 file and rename it to .mpr in Windows Explorer.

  39. Misty November 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Same thing happended to me as Ping. Didn’t get prompt to keep file. Now everytime I click song it plays the 30 sec version… How do I get the full song back?

  40. Paul November 25, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    Same as Misty, didn’t get the option to keep the file. Misty, you may have to add it to your library from your hard drive again.

  41. Misty November 25, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    So after looking and seeing file on hard drive and also in itunes folder I couldn’t figure out how to not hear 30 sec version. I then just clicked on song in itunes with the get info. and unchecked the start and stop time that I used to create ringtone and viola it is now working fine and both edited ringtones are in the folder working as well.

    • Ken February 5, 2013 at 12:10 am #

      I was so thrilled to see your post as i experienced the same thing. Had spent a good deal of time setting up all these ringtones, them started noticing that those songs would only play for 30 seconds! So glad to see the fix was so simple.

  42. Mike November 27, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    Works like a charm! Thank you!

  43. Sam November 29, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    I created the AAC file with the .m4r extension on the desktop and imported into itunes, but is shows in the main library and not as a ringtone. The file extension is .m4r…

    When I try to drag it, the pointer shows a circle with a line crossed through it.

    Any suggestions??

    Thanks

  44. Sam November 29, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    I created the AAC file with the .m4r extension on the desktop and imported into itunes, but is shows in the main library and not as a ringtone. The file extension is .m4r…

    When I try to drag it, the pointer shows a circle with a line crossed through it.

    Any suggestions??

    btw, i am working on Vista and itunes 10

    Thanks

  45. Heira December 5, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Great guide Simon!! I appreciate all the step by step information.

    I was having problems changing my file extension from .m4a to .m4r, whenever I changed it the file would still show up as a .m4a file. and what I found was that you had to disable the “Hide extensions from known file types”.

    1) In Windows Explorer –> Organizer –> Folder and search options –> View
    2) Under Files and Folder –> Disable “Hide extensions from known file types”
    3) Rename your music file extension, it’ll show up as, “Song name.m4r.m4a” which is why the rename wasn’t working. change it to, “Song name.m4r” and voila!

    Note. when you import the song into Itune, the ringtone will not show up under the Music tab, it’ll show up under the Ringtone tab.

    Hope that helps!

    • Lauren E December 28, 2010 at 2:16 am #

      THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!

      I have been battling this and reading comment after comment trying to find the solution for my problem of not being able to switch files from m4a to m4r. You’re comment is the first and ONLY comment to actually address this!!

      Thanks so much!!!

    • Melisa January 30, 2011 at 10:32 am #

      This was exactly what I needed to figure out, Thanks!!!

    • Pam February 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      Thank you so much Heira!!!! I don’t know why Simon was not telling us that!!!! I was trapped there and was losing all hope… LOl…

    • Marty August 21, 2011 at 11:05 am #

      Heira:

      You the man. Have spent hours trying to rename from .m4a to .m4r.
      Kept doing the same thing over and over expecting different results each time.
      Dittoes and many thanks.

    • DL December 2, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      Heira,

      I don’t get an organizer tab or anything in Windows Explorer. So I am lost at how to make the changes you are telling us about. I believe myself to be somewhat computer literate, but now I’m second-guessing that.

      Thanks for anyone that can help me!!!

    • laracroft December 3, 2011 at 7:31 am #

      I no u dont no me but i could kiss u! I have spent ages trying to get a ringtone on my iphone and thanks to you i now have one!

  46. Alistair December 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    Hi

    I have done everything that has been listed here and manage every step but when i synce with my phone it does not show up in ringtones it goes straight into ipod, it is list has a ringtone on my pc, Can anyone help?

  47. Scott December 9, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    I have tried moving ringtones into iTunes, adding them via File|Add to Library, copy & paste. None of the ringtones appear in my Ringtones folder in iTunes. I have followed your directions to the T and everything appears to be in order. Any suggestions?

    Thanks.

  48. Gem December 14, 2010 at 4:44 am #

    how do i change the file extention?? so confused. im using windows vistor and have an iphone 4 :) PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!

    • Simon Ng December 15, 2010 at 1:18 am #

      @Gem, I think the file extension is hidden for your Windows Explorer. You can follow these steps to enable it.

      1. Open a folder or open explorer
      2. Click the Layout button (to the left of the Views button)]
      3. Click Folder Options
      4. Click the View tab
      5. Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types
      6. Click OK

      Now you should be able to change the file extension. If you need further reference, check out this guide about showing/hiding file extension in Vista.

  49. Gibson December 18, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    Thanks – good lesson. One question:
    Songs (and selected parts of songs) have different volumes, making many newly-created ringtones either too quiet or too loud. Under “Options”, I make volume and EQ adjustments to the original files at the same time I modify the start/stop times, before creating the AAC. However, after changing the extension and creating the .m4r, the start/stop modification holds, but changes to the volume or EQ settings revert to their starting levels.

    Any thoughts on how to apply volume changes to the ringtones? If I can’t hear them I’ll miss calls, and if they’re too loud the baby cries, my dog barks, my wife is woken up, my mistress has to hide now that my wife is awake, my boss will yellow card me, the pastor will use me as an example of why to turn off phones before service, and I will lose at my daily hide-and-seek game as my phone gives away my position.

    :(

  50. Anne M December 19, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    Hi Simon,

    I have a problem that I’m hoping you or someone here can help with. I’m trying to sync between my iMac, iTunes10 and my iPhone 4.
    I’ve created the AAC version of the tune I want, which is under 30 seconds. I’ve also changed the file ext from .m4a to .m4r, but iTunes won’t let me delete the AAC file in the iTunes library.

    I thought I was doing something wrong so went though the process a few more times. I’ve now ended up with about 4 AAC copies of the 30 second snippet, that all say they are ringtone files, but I can’t delete any of them from the iTunes library and it won’t import it into the Ringtones folder.

    Do you have any idea what I’m doing wrong, and if so, what can I do to correct the situation, please?

    Thanks

    NB: Apologies for the double post, I accidentally posted the same question in the Missing iTunes library blog. The questions should obviously be here and not there.

    • Simon Ng December 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

      You can locate the .m4r in Finder. Just do a search for the .m4r file and you can double-click on it to import into iTunes. If you still got problems, I suggest you to try out RingBuilder, which also lets you create custom ringtone.

  51. Laura C December 21, 2010 at 4:16 am #

    Is there a way to fade out the song at the end instead of just cutting it off? I followed your directions and they worked for me! Thanks! I have a macbook pro and Iphone 4.

  52. Gibson December 23, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    Hello Simon. Any idea on how to adjust volume or EQ when making a ringtone?

    Thanks.

  53. paul December 25, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    i have a problem with the itune> You know i want to make ringtone whit itune10.
    Could tell me , when i show new window the song that i creat is not show the rename .m4a. that why i can not chang to .m4r

  54. areeys December 25, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    mine says “show in windows explorer”, is that the one? and i cant change the m4a to m4r. help please

  55. Tim M December 27, 2010 at 2:28 am #

    Hey man, ive tried this but my computers too old… but ive actualy bought a ringtone off itunes sync’ed it to my iphone (3gs) but i cant actualy make it my ringtone. It’d be great if you could point me in the right direction cheers

  56. kevin December 30, 2010 at 4:31 am #

    yessssssssss many thanks, thought i tunes had me on ringtones after the update, cheers

  57. Dave December 30, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    This didn’t work for me. When I got to step 7, I hit a deadend. Didn’t see any way to change the extension. When you open up the song in Explorer, it does not show the extension, only the song title. I even tried going into properties.

    I have Windows 7/64bit

    Thanks

    • Christina October 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

      To change the file type to .m4r on Windows 7, click on Tools in Windows Explorer. Next, select Folder Options. On the View tab, uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”. It’s idiot-proofed by default so that you can’t unwittingly create an unstable file. Click Ok. Now you will be able to rename the file to filename.m4r.

  58. Gim December 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Hi! I need help. I have an Iphone4 and I’m using itunes 10 on my macbook. So I have no problems with any of the steps. Got up to the point where I have already created a ringtone and it is already saved in my ringtones library. The problem is, no matter how many times I sync my iphone, the ringtone does not get transferred to my phone. Please help. Thanks! :)

    • Yuri July 27, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      On your itunes, go to “devices” (choose your iphone)–> “tones” (along the top next to summary, info, apps, TONES, music etc)–> check the box next to “Sync Tones”

  59. Mimi December 31, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    ok i am stuck on number 6. i have a window and when i click on window explorer i didnt see m4a just the song…

  60. Prem January 3, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    My import pref has been set to AAC encoder but I still don’t get “create AAC” when I right click the song after setting the play duration to 30 secs. My iTunes version is 10.1.14 on windows vista. Am using iphone 4. What cud be the issue?

  61. Stacy January 7, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    I just tried to do this but when I deleted the song and confirmed removal, it never asked me to “keep file.” So now I have nothing…nothing in my ringtones folder…help?

  62. Gem January 8, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    hey,
    followed your step by step instructions in making a ringtone…which are FANTASTIC!!! could never have done it without!! thanks.. however…
    can u make files into txt message tones? i would like to change my txt tone however there is nothing there for ‘custom’ like there is on the ringtone section….also the song that i took the 30seconds i took out for the ringtone will now not play all the way through from start to finish>! can i fit this??
    any advice much appreciated :) thanks.

  63. Dylan January 15, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    Hi there, I got this Problem. My Itunes Library tabs doesn’t have the Ringtone tab. MISSING. Theres still Music, Movies, TV shows, podcast, Apps, Photos But not Ringtone. Anyone have this Problem or Know how to solve this problem?

    Thanks in Advance.

    • samz March 19, 2012 at 4:04 am #

      Did you find an answer….I am having the same problem?

  64. sammie January 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    got a problem

    when i open file location, it doesnt say .m4a and when i rename, delete from itunesm and drag it doesnt make ringtones file.
    PLZ HELP

  65. Katie January 22, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    So I followed all the steps to create a ringtone, which worked so thank you. However, after deleting the 30 sec song I created, the original song is still there and should be playing the entire song as if I had never done anything to it, BUT it only plays the 30 sec I created. It shows at the top of iTunes that the song is supposed to be the entire song, but it only plays the 30 sec worth. Can you please let me know if you’ve experienced this? If so, what did you do to fix the problem?

    • Katie January 23, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      Nevermind I figured it out.

  66. Angela January 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Simon,

    Awesome tutorial!

    I’m a Windows user and thought it might be helpful if you added a few extra “Windows” steps into your tutorial.

    Between steps six and seven, it would be helpful to put a note in there (for Windows users) about the “hide extensions” option. It would also be helpful to add that after creating the AAC version, they should go back to the original version and uncheck the start/stop times, so the song will go back to its default time.

    • Simon Ng January 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      @Angela,

      Thanks for your comment. I’ll edit the post to incorporate your procedures for Windows user later.

  67. Cristina January 24, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    Simon thank u so much for this tutorial it helped me a lot. All though I had some trouble with the file extensions but I finally found a solution going to http://www.mediacollege.com/microsoft/windows/extension-change.html
    it works for windows.
    Now my next problem is to actually find my ringtone on my phone :( if u now of a solution I would really apreciate it.

  68. peter January 26, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    i have done all of the file change over but i don’t have the ringtone folder in the library section so i have no where to put it???

    help…

    • Megan June 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      same!

  69. Faiz January 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    simply awsm thnx a ton :D

  70. George January 30, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    Peter, I had the same problem. You need to go to file and manually locate the file in your itunes folder where you created the ringtone. From there, just double click on the ringtone file and it will automatically upload to your ringtones folder on Itunes. Now , just sync your phone and you should see it in a “custom” folder under ringtones on your phone. Hope this helps!

  71. Rhian January 31, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    I did all them steps just fine but my iphone isn’t regestring the ringtone, by this I mean when I try to change my ringtone the one I created isn’t coming up on the phone only the ones I’ve purchased? Pleaaase help its REALLY annoying me :(

  72. Phil February 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    I have followed your instructions to obtain a ringtone on iPhone 4 version 10. I get to the stage where I can conbvert to AAC and rename the file (in Windows) but then there is no furterh progress. The system does not instruct me to “Keep File” ( step 9) nor can I detect any folder in iTunes that is named Ringtones. Where do I look? I have right clicked on the”Name Bar” and also looked in View but there is no folder named Ringtones? How do I get it?

  73. Michelle February 13, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    When I try to convert files purchased from iTunes, it tells me protected files can’t be converted. Any way around this?

  74. Nkechi February 16, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    How do i change the file extension? just by changing the file name itself? and how do u actually upload the ringtone once its on my iphone? Im using Windows..

    • Simon Ng February 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

      I guess the file extension option is disabled on your Windows. You can follow these instructions provided by Heira, one of the commenters, to enable it:

      1) In Windows Explorer –> Organizer –> Folder and search options –> View
      2) Under Files and Folder –> Disable “Hide extensions from known file types”
      3) Rename your music file extension, it’ll show up as, “Song name.m4r.m4a” which is why the rename wasn’t working. change it to, “Song name.m4r”

  75. seeker February 20, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    After I click on get info and check the start and stop time, and then go back and create an AAC version, when I find the file, there is no extension on it. So I can’t change it from .m4a to .m4r. I have tried simply adding .m4r and it does not go to my ringtone folder. I must be doing something wrong. Would appreciate any input.

  76. seeker February 20, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    After writing my message, I went back and looked at the comments and the one from Simon on the hide extensions was exactly the problem. I’m downloading ringtones left and right. Thanks for the help.

  77. Samantha February 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Followed all the steps, and the ringtone shows up in my Ringtones folder in iTunes. However, when I sync it doesn’t seem to appear on my phone…. any help would be appreciated!! thanks =)

  78. seeker February 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    You have to click on your iphone tab in the left column when your phone is connected to itunes. Then go to the ringtones tab and make sure there is a checkmark in the box next to all your ringtones. Hope that works for you.

  79. Phil February 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Hi there. used your instructions to create the mini-file for a ringtone. My problem is how to get that file onto my iPhone without having to synch all the music again. Its probably very easy but my technical skills are limited in this area so any help given will be gratefully received.

    • Ginny Le February 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

      After finishing that step by step tutorial, In iTunes 10, in DEVICES (on the left) click on “…”‘s iPhone > click on Ringtones (on top) > check Sync Ringtones. You can sync all your ringtones or only selected ones.
      Hope it helps and sorry for my bad English ;)

  80. Phil February 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Sorry…just an additional comment ….as the Ringtones icon does not appear on my iTunes nor on my iPhone , I currently have no idea where I need to be looking, how I access the file and where I put it.

  81. seeker February 21, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    When you plug your iphone into your computer to sync itunes, there should be an icon on the left column that says something like “phil’s iphone.” If you click on that, you should see a ringtones icon.

    My ringtones file for itunes is on the left column under the library section. It is below music, movies, TV shows, podcasts and apps. The next one is ringtones.

  82. Phil February 21, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    Either I am stupid or we are looking at two totally different screens….In Library I have, Music,Films, TV Progs,Podcasts, Apps and Radio
    There is no icon there or bleow Philip’s iPhone for Ringtones… ?

    • ddarrenn February 22, 2011 at 7:48 am #

      to get the ringtone folder in windows, with iTunes 10, click Edit->Preferences->General. Then, make sure ringtones is checked under Sources.

      Hope this hellllpss.

  83. seeker February 21, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    Well, mine is AT&T so maybe that makes a difference. I’m puzzled about it not appearing on itunes. Maybe you can click on help and see if there is something there. I am like you — I’m challenged by all this. But I was able to get it done and I thought maybe what I had found out could help. I’m afraid it’s going to take someone much brighter about iphones than me to solve your problem. Sorry I couldn’t help more.

  84. Lenea February 21, 2011 at 5:41 am #

    Hi, what do I do if I have ringtones but cant upload them onto my iPhone because my iPhone isnt connected to this particular iTunes? It wont allow me to add ringtones…

  85. ddarrenn February 22, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Hi theree! I got everything to go wonderfully, but I can’t seem to get the ringtones from the ringtones library to the ringtone thingy on my iPhone.. Helllp?

  86. Ginny Le February 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial, it worked well to me. But there’s one more thing to do, remember to change the Start Time and Stop Time of the song back to their original settings. Otherwise it will only play in the 30 seconds.

  87. bob February 24, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Dear Simon,
    Everything worked perfectly until Step 8. iTunes did not give me the option to delete the file. Please respond.

    Bob

    • Simon Ng February 25, 2011 at 1:56 am #

      You can also press the delete button to remove the song.

  88. sahbean February 26, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    any word on how to create custom text tones as well? and thanks for the ringtone 411- it works beautifully!

    • eddie February 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

      Simon, until i followed your instruction until the sixth step when i clicked show in folder, the music is in MPEG 4 file, not in m4a. how’s it?

  89. Phil March 1, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    I have successfully got the ringtones icon now on the LHS of my iTunes screen.
    Two problems:
    First I cannot copy music from the music list into ringtones. It does not “allow” it. I followed the instructions for creating the 30 sec excerpt and that is showing in my music list but will not copy into ringtones.
    Second, there is no indication against any of the music in my Music folder that they can be ringtones. An earlier answer stated that if you right click in the top bar it would indicate which items were eligible for ringtones.Don’t seem to get any of this.
    Once I can get some items intot the Ringtones folder, then maybe I can see if they download to my phone when I sync.

  90. Jess March 1, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    These are the only instructions to have ever worked for me! THANK YOU!!!

  91. Ann March 1, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Once I sync it, I can’t find it on the phone. Any help? Gee. Droid is much easier.

  92. Laura March 5, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    FANTASTIC, THANKS!

  93. Janice March 8, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    I made the ringtone and it came up under ringtones but, I can’t move it from my Mac over to the ringtones under my iphone 4

    • Simon Ng March 9, 2011 at 1:51 am #

      Janice, did you mean you have already synced your iPhone with iTunes?

  94. Java March 10, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    I have seen a few ask this question but no replies…. I created the ringtone and that worked perfectly. Its under my ringtones in my iTunes, but after syncing, I cannot find the ringtone anywhere on my iPhone 3GS. There is only an old ringtone in there in addition to all the defaults. How do I get it on my phone? Thanks

  95. Shan Shan March 12, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    I try the same thing,but I don’t know why its not showing on my iphone4 and my iphone4 its shows that my iphone4 is version 4.2 something like that.

  96. Jack Bennett March 16, 2011 at 5:14 am #

    Simon,

    I’ve followed your instructions TO THE LETTER, but the final step — syncing — does not bring the ringtone down from iTunes onto the iPhone. It’s in the Ringtones folder in iTunes, but that’s as far as it gets. Suggestions for other things to try?

    Thanks.

    Jack

  97. Flo March 17, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Thank you so much Simon. You’re the best. I’m new to iPhone (from the bb) and I was sure that I was NOT purchasing ringtones after I already purchased the songs =)))

  98. tom March 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    Hi Simon ..I have itunes10.2.1 and osx10.6 .. I followed your steps and created the tone..When I plug in my new iphone4 it doesnt recognize the tone during the sync. I physically have to drag it from my itunes ringtones into my iphones folder on itunes.It then syncs and my phone recognizes it..When I choose it as my default ringtone the preview plays perfectly but..when someone calls the phone is silent..If i go to one of the stock ringtones provided by apple like marimba it works fine..Any suggestions???

  99. balaji March 24, 2011 at 5:07 am #

    hi :)
    ur tips were helpfull i got the ringtone in the itunes section i dnt know how to sync to my iphone :)

  100. ed broders March 25, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    i made the m4r file but couldn’t get it to my phone I’m using windows and the ringtone doesn’t show up. where do i look for it

  101. Tom March 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    I have see this post many times before yet have not seen the solution. I have my ring tone in itunes and they show under the ringtones tab yet do not sync? please help

  102. john March 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    hey okay well i got up to step 7 and then got stuck when you say rename the file extension from m4a to m4r i dont know what to do i im also using windows explorer so if anybody can help me out id apprecate it

    • janelle April 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

      i had the same issue. you need to go to the control panel and change your settings to show file extensions (i think it’s under folder options IN windows 7; i had to search for it). once you do that, go back to the file, right click to rename it and then change the extension. the rest of the steps worked perfectly. good luck!

  103. patrick April 1, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Thanks for the tip – I thought I was losing it when I couldn’t find the ringtone option anymore. One cleanup step that I think is necessary (at least it was for me): You need to go back to the original full-length song in your Music folder, right-click and choose Get Info, and go to the Options tab and change the start and end times to what they were before (start time of zero, stop time of whatever the length of the song is). Otherwise the next time you play that song it will only play the small clip that you chose for your ringtone.

  104. Onur Yasar April 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    i used this method ever since i had an iphone. weirdly, when i switched my library to an external hard drive, adding any ringtone to my library causes my itunes to start extremely slow, like in 4-5 minutes. i described the problem here but noone seem to have a solution yet: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2802772&tstart=0

  105. Mohammad Khaleel Gookhul April 4, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    Dear, Simon I already convertmp3 from itune to the ringtone for my iphone4 but the problem is i dont have the option to sync in my Iphone4 can you help me please?

  106. Scarlet April 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Thank you so much for the info!!

  107. kathleen April 17, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    I have an iMAC-version 10.6.7, iTunes version 10.2.1. When I select “Create AAC Version” I get this popup message “song” could not be converted because protected files cannot be converted to other formats”

  108. sam April 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Dear,
    I have problem on ringtone. I made the .m4r doesn’t show on the ringtones?

  109. Trini April 21, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    I finally got the ringtones to sync!!! I have iTunes 10, iPhone 4 and Windows 7 (32 bits).

    First, your device MUST be connected. Now, from your Library, in the Ringtones folder, select the ringtone you want to sync, drag and drop it under the Ringtones folder from your device, it will sync perfectly and appear in your phone.

    Thanks for the guide :)

    • Lola August 29, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      You go Trini! That did the trick for me! Thanks so much :)

  110. Q April 22, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    I finally got through all the steps and have the ringtone on the phone but it shows up only in ipod not my ringtones folder. How do I set it as a ringtone?

    Help please

  111. kathleen April 22, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    has anyone else gotten the popup from iTunes that says,”(the name of your song) could not be converted because protected files cannot be converted to other formats”…?

  112. caro April 26, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Everything works until the part where i have to open the file in windows.
    When i open it the file isn’t named ‘m4a”. therefore, then i want to rename is to “m4r”, it lets me, but the file doesn’t show in my ringtones folder even after i delete the shorter version in itunes.
    please help

  113. ob April 30, 2011 at 12:58 am #

    Top Man!

  114. coral April 30, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    I got stuck. i already converted it into an aac file, but i cant find where/how to rename the file extension. help?

  115. Vault-kid May 4, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    So I’ve done all the steps and I see the ringtone in my “ringtone folder” under devices but when I sync and check for the ringtone in my iphone4 it doesn’t show.

  116. Keith May 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    I just did what you posted step by step but still no ringtone shows up on my iPhone. When I go to ringtones on my phone there is no custom tones showed. I have a new iPhone 4 and a Mac laptop. Any suggestions?

  117. Keith May 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Okay, I just did what Trini suggested and I got it to work – however, I want to change my text tone. Any suggestions?

  118. Monique May 11, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    These instructions are awesome. I have the original iphone and have finally been able to upload my own ringtones from a previous phone using your procedure.

    One caution on windows 7. The system automatically defaults to “hide file extensions”. You will need to change this to unhide in order to change the file extension as required above.

    I am really happy with this, thank you.

  119. pete May 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    I am having a lot of trouble with this. I can create an .m4v and then change it to .m4r and it opens in itunes as a ringtone, but when i try to sync to my iphone it wont. Someone said to try and change it back to .m4v and then sync this allows the ringtone to be synced onto my iphone but when you go to change your ringtone in settings its not there.

  120. Danny G May 15, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    I dont get a choice to show in finder all i get is “show in Windows Explorer”

  121. shainabear May 16, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    I wanted to say thank you for this tutorial. It was very helpful. :)

  122. terry May 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    hi,,,i cant see the option ”show in finder” so i can not continue
    what can i do? i have windows 7 with itunes 10 on HP labtop

  123. faras May 21, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    i did all these things to make ring tone finaly i make it and i get in to itunes in ringtonr folder and snyc in iphone inthe end i could not find custom folder in my iphone i go setting and sound and ringtone not available plz can u help me how to add custom folder in iphone 4
    thanks

  124. mohed May 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    plz can u help me i did all these step finaly i get ringtone in itunes libraay in ringtone and i sync in iphone …the things is in my iphone when i go 1st settings 2nd sound 3rd ringtone but i could not fined custom ringtone folder .plz can u tell me how to create .
    thanks

  125. Jeff May 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    I tried to do this, but it is not working. I made the m4r version at 30 seconds, but Itunes does not create a ringtone folder. When I look at it in windows explorer it says it is a ringtone. I am using Itunes version 10.2.2.14 with an IPhone 4. They must have fixed the newest version of Itunes so people can not make ringtones anymore. I guess I’ll just have to download app and do it that way.

  126. Chris May 24, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Thanks a Million. I use Iphone 4 and your instruction is awesome.
    I now create ringtone for my iphone 4 like crazy. God bless you!

  127. phil astley May 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    what do i do with the copy on my desktop? i have a pc if i delete it it cant be found in my ringtones

  128. saife May 30, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    I have a weird problem here. I have windows xp and on step 6 i right clicked the song and clicked on show in windows explorer but in that folder the song does not have a file extension at all, i mean there is no m4a on the end of the song’s name so i cant change it to m4r. please tell me what i should do with this kind of problem

    • Jeff May 30, 2011 at 9:17 am #

      When you go into windows explorer to change the file extension click on tools on the nenu at the top of the folder screen, then folder opitions, then view, then in the window locate the option the says hide extensions for know file types, make sure it is not checked. click ok and the extensions for the files in that folder should be visable. This will only make the files in the folder with your ringtone in it, or whatever folder you are in, show their extensions. If you click on apply to all folders while you are in tools the file extensions will show in every folder you look in. Hope that helps :-)

  129. Amber June 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi. I’ve followed all the steps above and have synced it to my phone. Now where do i find them on my phone? They come up in a ringtones file under the ipod icon on my phone but i don’t no how to make them ringtones :(

    • Leo January 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      Heya,

      When you are in itunes you will see your iphone device. There is another ‘tones’ section there. Open the ‘tones’ library in the library section first then drag the tone into the device’s ‘tones’ section. Then when you go to settings then sounds in your phone you will see it is the first ringtone available. Just tick it and it’s selected.

  130. Amber June 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi, I follwed all the steps and have synced the ringtones to my phone but i don’t no where to find them. There is no ringtone icon on my phone. The tones come up in an album called ringtones under the ipod icon in my phone but i don’t no how to use them. Please help :(

  131. Steffi June 2, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    Hello friends,
    I’m also facing this Ringtone problem, I’m using iPhone 4 with iTunes 10 on Windows7… when iam converting it from .m4a to .m4r it gives me this prompt message
    (If you change a file name extension, the file might become unusable. are you sure want to change it ?) When i clicked on Yes.. it Changed.. but when iam deleting it from iTunes10 it just deletes.. no ‘KEEP FILES’ or any option.. and when iam trying to dragging it, it not shows in iTunes10 music library Please friends help me in this…

    Steffi

  132. Steffi June 2, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Hello friends,
    I’m also facing this Ringtone problem, I’m using iPhone 4 with iTunes 10 on Windows7… when iam converting it from .m4a to .m4r it gives me this prompt message
    (If you change a file name extension, the file might become unusable. are you sure want to change it ?) When i clicked on Yes.. it Changed.. but when iam deleting it from iTunes10 it just deletes.. no ‘KEEP FILES’ or any option.. and when iam trying to dragging it, it not shows in iTunes10 music library Please friends help me in this……..

    Steffi

  133. JMT June 3, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    Hi. I have iTunes 10.2.2 and iPhone 4 with PC, all updated.

    I have used to AAC to M4R before with no problems. However, now it will no longer accept 8 out of 10 ringtones I tried to make. When I try to add them to the iTunes library, they never show up under Music or Ringtones. Is it possible some of them are now protected under 10? Should I revert back to iTunes 9?

  134. JMT June 3, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    I have a PC, iPhone 4, and iTunes 10.2.2. I’ve made several ringtones using the AAC to M4R trick. With the new 10 update, my old ringtones work but when I try to make new ones converting AAC to M4R, they no longer work. They show up on my Desktop and will play, but when I click “File–> add file to iTunes” they do not show up in Music or Ringtones. Is it possible some are now protected? Should I revert back to iTunes 9?

  135. nathan June 3, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    I have done everything like it says to do, and i have done it countless times on my phone, but just purchased the hangover sound track and tried to convert the Stu song off of my purchase. Well it will not work, i do excatly what the guide states but when I try to put it into the ringtones tab it will not let me, then a exclamation mark pops up on the song in the library saying it can not find the location of the song anymore. I also noticed that the song is summary states it is a purchased AAC song, does this have anything to do with it not working

  136. nathan June 3, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    I have done everything like it says to do, and i have done it countless times on my phone, but just purchased the hangover sound track and tried to convert the Stu song off of my purchase. Well it will not work, i do excatly what the guide states but when I try to put it into the ringtones tab it will not let me, then a exclamation mark pops up on the song in the library saying it can not find the location of the song anymore. I also noticed that the song in summary states it is a purchased AAC song, does this have anything to do with it not working. It is also giving me a warning when i convert it to .m4r that it may become unstable if i continue, i did not remember it saying that before.

  137. nathan June 3, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    sry about the duplicate guys, internet waas messing up didnt see the post

  138. Shrey June 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Thanks for your help.

    You could also include a section which provides help on how to activate these options through preferences menu.

  139. Dan June 4, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    Hi Simon,

    Thanks for this! The volume reset problem described earlier by Gibson makes this unusable. Any ideas?

    Thanks again,

    Dan

  140. Heather June 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    If you are using a PC and having problems changing the extension to .m4r, you probably need to change your settings so it will show the file extensions. For more information, see http://neyugn.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/m4a-to-m4r/

  141. funwidmasti June 6, 2011 at 5:41 am #

    can u help me how to do it in itunes 9.1 there is no option to covert AAC??

    • Simon Ng June 6, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      I think the procedures also work on iTunes 9. If your music files are already in AAC format, you’ll not see the conversion option.

      • Nathan June 9, 2011 at 2:02 am #

        I have already changed the settings so that it no longer hides the file format, and even though the song info states it is a purchased AAC file I still have the option to convert to AAC, but even after I set the length and rename the file to .m4r it is not putting it anywhere into iTunes, in fact it is stating it can not find the file location, I don’t know what the heck is going on lol, I have version 10.2.2, did iTunes remove this with the latest update

  142. bunlongyan June 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    oops…what should i do ? if i didn’t see file extension how can i change to m4r?

  143. Roy June 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Well everything’s working fine but the new ringtone is not getting displayed in my iPhone; but in itunes the ringtone section in my my phone shows the new ringtone…..

  144. Steven June 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    I’ve got my ringtone done and visible in the ringtones folder.
    (macbook, itunes 10.2.2)
    I’ve instructed itunes to sync all my ringtones (I’ve only got 2)

    The ringtones appear in the ringtones folder on both itunes and my phone.

    But cant seem to set the new ringtone on the phone (iphone 4) itself.
    Only the original custom ringtone is there.

  145. steve June 16, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    didn’t work at all.

  146. Dakota June 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    When I double click it, it doesn’t appear in iTunes.
    I hear the music, but it isn’t listed.

  147. GazMG June 17, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    Worked perfectly. Thanks :)

  148. nicole bruno June 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    when i pick “show in windows explorer” i can’t change the file extension from m4a to m4r. help!!!

  149. amy June 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    whenever i do what you say, it never puts the 30 second song on itunes its only just the one song without the 30 second cut and i cant get it to work please help me

  150. Robyn June 20, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    I’ve done all the steps but when I try to sync the files to my iPhone, it says that the audio format is not supported by the iPhone. I’ve changed the file extension to m4r, I’m using iTunes 10, my iPhone is completely up to date and it’s an iPhone 4. ??????

  151. natarsha June 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    thankyou so so much its great and worked for me !!

  152. Iphone user June 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Dude!

    You Rock!
    People using windows, uncheck the “hide known file extensions” in folder options. And you rename m4a to m4r. Then double clicking works.

    Thanx again Simon!

  153. dvipol June 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Awesome tutorial!!!!!!

  154. Blythe June 24, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    Help! On a PC when you delete the file it just deletes it and doesn’t keep the file like on the Mac! It can’t even find the song anymore!

    • Blythe June 24, 2011 at 7:07 am #

      Make sure to add the file to your itunes library before deleting it!

  155. shelby June 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    when i do all the steps and go to sync it, a message pops up that it could transfer the ringtone because the file was to long, i went from 30 sec at first, all the way down to 10…is there a setting on my phone to change the amt of time aloud for ring tones or something? please help!

  156. Summer K June 25, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    This worked perfectly for me. Thank you for the incredibly easy step-by-step instructions!

  157. Faizan Ather June 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Thanx a tonne mann …
    u made things a lot easy for me :)

  158. Dazz June 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    FYI for anyone on windows 7 having issues go to control panel>appearance and personalization>Folder options>view and un tick “Hide extensions for known file types.

    this will allow you to change the file types to anything you want!

  159. Sam June 27, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    Hi, i have vista and latest version of itunes, at step 8 when i go back to itunes, right click the song i created, it has no option to delete. even the edit menu at top has delete faded, rendered unusable. Where am i going wrong?

  160. cherri June 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    after done to create the song but the last step of “sync to iphone” that is not working…why?

  161. AJ June 28, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    freaking awesome!! thank you!!

    • Tim June 28, 2011 at 6:29 am #

      Most of you guys have got a lot further than me.

      After altering the start and stop times and creating the AAC version the version that appears is 0 seconds long instead of 30. I have tried checking that I have correclty changed the start and stop times but it keeps on creating a song that is 0 secs long.

      Can you help? thanks

  162. Xmac June 30, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    I am using Mac and iPhone 3G. Buy fail at step 10. I tried everything that’s mentioned above :(

  163. DeeDee June 30, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Unbelieveable! Thank you soooo much! :) Worked like a charm!

  164. Dr Dre July 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    I am getting an error trying to convert this file… I don’t have the privilege to make this change. I am using MacBook Pro with iTunes 10.3.1(55)
    iPhone 4 and I am an admin on this Mac…. what is the problem…

  165. Dr Dre July 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I am getting an error trying to convert this file… I don’t have the privilege to make this change. I am using MacBook Pro with iTunes 10.3.1(55)
    iPhone 4 and I am an admin on this Mac…. the song is on the HD… what is the problem…

  166. Dr Dre July 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    sorry for the duplicate post

  167. Michael July 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Worked like a charm! Many thanks, Simon.

  168. Abby Shimona July 3, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Sweet! I converted Michael Jackson’s Siegfried and Roy Mind is the Magic and it is awesome! Worked like a charm!

  169. Loren July 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    Simon!!! You are freaking AWESOME!!! A thousand thank you’s to you!

  170. Navin July 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    thanx dear its work very easly and created lots of ringtones,
    and also want to know how to install videos in iphone 3 and which format its supports….

  171. Edi Matzel July 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I love you!!!! Finally, after all this time, haha, Time…I finally have a ringtone for “Time” by Pink Floyd of the amazing bell sequence at the beginning of “Time”….Did I mention, I Love You!!!

  172. RoozHD July 9, 2011 at 4:51 am #

    Awesome! Thanks, bro!

  173. comic July 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    thanks lol… it working thank you very much

  174. taylor July 20, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    it didnt work

  175. Chana Wojahn July 29, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    Hey, it wont let me rename the type to the m4r… it will only let me rename it, so i tried that and it didnt do anything…PLEASE HELP!!! i have a windows

    • Simon Ng July 30, 2011 at 12:25 am #

      You can follow these instructions provided by Heira, one of the commenters, to enable it:

      1) In Windows Explorer –> Organizer –> Folder and search options –> View
      2) Under Files and Folder –> Disable “Hide extensions from known file types”
      3) Rename your music file extension, it’ll show up as, “Song name.m4r.m4a” which is why the rename wasn’t working. change it to, “Song name.m4r”

  176. Emily B July 30, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    I’ve got iTunes version 10.4 and my boyfriend’s second-hand iPhone3G. I followed all the steps easily enough up to step 10, where the 30sec file doesn’t show up in the ringtones folder, which itself I had to find on the preferences list. I’ve tried a few apps, only to find they’re for iPhone 4, etc, so when I found this page I got excited. But yet again I’ve found myself disappointed. Is it something I’ve done wrong or will it just not work on the iPhone 3G?
    Please Help!! My current ringtones are horrific!

    • Emily B July 30, 2011 at 1:01 am #

      Actually, I’ve just realised I can’t change the file extention as it doesn’t show the extention when I change the name of the file. Is this because I have crappy Vista?

  177. kiki July 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    When i right click on the song, i don’t have the option to create anything…
    regardless of whether it is an aac or an mp3 (my setting is set to aac).

    under my advanced tool bar.. the create an aac version is faded meaning i can’t select it.

    i am running itunes 10.1 on mac

  178. Rowan July 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Hi,

    I cannot get step 8 complete. The option to delete is not highlighted. I also cannot drag it to the trashcan. The delete option does not show up when i control click the song ringtone either. In addition to that the original won’t play on my ipod.

    Thanks for the help.

  179. Stig Andersen August 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    My imac tells me, that the ringtone I try to sync. is too long (regardless of the length). So it´s not really working. Do You have at solution proposal?
    Thank You
    Stig

    • Simon Ng August 1, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

      @Stig, make sure your ringtone is of length not longer than 40 seconds.

      • Stig Andersen August 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

        Thanks Simon, – but like I said. No matter how long or short, even 15 seconds, is declared “too long”?

  180. Suman August 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi There!

    I am a I phone-3GS user, i am able to create customized ring tones successfully but, i am able to c only one customized ring tone under Customize in my i phone, and i can see all the ring tones i have created in the i tunes ring tone folder, when i create a new ring tone and sync with i phone the old one will be replaced with the new one, i nor under standing y its happening pls help me out

    Many Thanks

  181. greg August 2, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    k so i cant rename the file in windows i dont know y it wont let me change the type i could u some help cuz im getting angry lol

  182. KKK August 2, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    It WONT let me rightclick on the song what do i do? I’ve tried like 30 times and it doesnt do anything!!!!!

  183. Molly W August 2, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT CONVERT TO M4R:

    http://neyugn.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/m4a-to-m4r/

    follow this tutorial, it worked for me AND it showed up in my ringtone folder!

    • Neal August 13, 2011 at 3:59 am #

      Molly,
      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
      i was getting so frustrated at my computer cause i couldnt swith the .m4a into .m4r but your link help tremendously, again
      THANK YOU!!

  184. Suman August 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi There!

    I am a I phone-3GS user, i am able to create customized ring tones successfully but, i am able to c only one customized ring tone under Customize in my i phone, and i can see all the ring tones i have created in the i tunes ring tone folder, when i create a new ring tone and sync with i phone the old one will be replaced with the new one, i nor under standing y its happening pls help me out

  185. Emily August 3, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    hi thanks for the tutorial it worked up until I couldn’t find any of the ringtones on my iphone! i have ‘sync ringtones’ checked and ‘all ringtones’ checked as well under that. where do i find them on my iphone though?

  186. Sawyer August 6, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Is there a similar way to create a tone for incoming text messages? Most of the defaults are long bits of music, but I want something really short.

  187. Summer August 8, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Now when i listen to my music it stops and starts the song where the ringtone is. WHY??????

  188. DenisDenis August 10, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    The extension m4a does not appear to replace it…i have nothing to replace…what is wrong with my itunes….it’s the first time that i have this problem…please help.

  189. chandu August 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    Hi,
    Ive done all the procedure it was successful. but when i try to find in my iphone 3g, there are no customize tones. So wat needs to be done

  190. HHamilton August 16, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    Dear creater,

  191. HHamilton August 16, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    You might want to specify that on windows you must select Organize>Folder and search options>View and uncheck the box that reads “Hide extentions for known file types” ibefore you’re able to change .m4a to .m4r Other than that this works perfectly and now I can jam to Pumped Up Kicks when my iPhone rings. Thanks.

  192. Javier August 17, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    PERFECT!!!!!

    Thank You

  193. Emily August 19, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    Hey! um I cant rename the song to a “m4r” what should i do? Mine will only stay a “m4a”

    thanks emily

    • Simon Ng August 19, 2011 at 9:17 am #

      Are you using Windows or Mac?

  194. Hayley G August 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Thank you Jason!!! So AWESOME!

  195. Patrick August 23, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    Simon–

    Thanks for all the tips found in this thread. With a little tweaking I managed to defeat Apple and create my own ringtone (still not sure what I did exactly but I’m sure w/ practice I’ll get it down).

    P.S. Couldn’t help but notice that all of the other sites I looked on failed to mention the AAC feature. Could that be a make or break step?

    Thanks again!

  196. jason August 24, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Great! this worked beautifully!!

  197. ryan August 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    all fine up to the point when i have to change the file to m4r, i manage to find the file no problem, but it has no extention on it, iv tried just adding .m4r on the end but that doesnt work, any ideas…

  198. Ian K August 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    So I’ve been trying this, and it’s working fine for just one song at a time. If I add a second, it will only let me use the first one alphabetically. Is this what’s supposed to happen?

  199. Harun August 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Thanks jason, It’s work!

  200. Kinnari August 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Hi,

    After making the ringtone when i right click and do show in explorer they do show me the song but it has the same name they dont have .m4a written so then when i remane it to .m4r nothing happens.

  201. Heather September 2, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    yay thank you!!
    i have a samsung phone and simply needed to make them on iTunes, they didn’t have to stay there. steps 1-6 were all I needed

  202. Kevin September 3, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    OK… I did all the steps. New ringtone shows up on my iphone in iTunes. But I can’t find it anywhere on my iphone when I unplug it from my PC.

    How do I set the new ringtone?

    I went to a contact name, selected “Ringtone” but the new one I imported is not there.

    PLEASE HELP! Thanks!

  203. JAGAN September 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    HAI I CANT ABLE TO FIND THE OPTION RINGTONE ON MY ITUNES… HOW TOO???? CAN ANY ONE HELP ME????

  204. evelyne September 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    dude, thanks! i lost my previous instructions and yours saved my hide!

  205. Hu September 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Worked perfect!! So glad they are people like you out there. Knowledgeable and generous! Thank you!

  206. A Lau September 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Simon,

    Thanks for sharing the steps. I encountered some of the problems raised by several people in this thread before it finally worked for me.

    Suggest you edit your steps and add the following as Step 1B:
    Ensure the following are in place:
    a. Ringtones folder is seen in the Library. If not, go to Preferences/General – select Show Ringtones.
    b. Under Advanced tab, Create AAC Version option is available. If not, go to Preferences/General – Import Settings/Import Using, select AAC Encoder.
    c. If you are not prepared to lose the original tune/song, make a separate copy of it, and use this copy (rename it) to create your Ringtone file.

    Also in the step to change m4a to m4r — make sure it is the 30s file AAC encoded file that was created and not the original song; else, just changing the extension does not mean it becomes recognized as a ringtone file.

  207. shashank September 8, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    hey i am not able to get ringtone folder in i phone ..plz help me out

  208. shashank September 8, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    after all procedure ringtone is not going in ringtone folder

  209. steelcurtain September 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    I was able to make the AAC version and it is now in my ringtones folder, how do I get it to my iphone, it’s not showing up anywhere that I can see after I sync my phone with my itunes.

  210. dawn September 10, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    I made the ringtone fine, but when I go to edit preferences, all is lost. I click on AAC converter, however when I go back to create aac version, it has reverted to mp3. help?

  211. Natalie September 13, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    I have made a ringtone before following steps the same as these and it went onto my Iphone. Followed these steps again for a second ringtone and it WILL NOT TRANSFER FROM THE COMP TO THE IPHONE. Not looking for an answer beacuse there is none, one day it will just show up, just pointing out to Apple <== THIS FEATURE IS EFFING SHIT, ITUNES SHITS ME UP THE WALL!!!! RINGTONES FEATURE IS FULL OF GLITCHES! And i have an iphone 4!!!

  212. Mackenzie September 15, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    When I click delete, the “keep my files” button never comes up. What do I do to fix it?

  213. ranjeev September 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    hi
    while making the ringtone i m unable to put the start and end time..can u plz help me with that

  214. Ivy September 18, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    HI, Simon.

    I follow all of the steps, and the ringtone is created into my Ringtone folder on iTunes, but I sync it and it is not on my phone….. Don’t know why it doesn’t work….

  215. Brussels September 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Thank you! It works great!

  216. Karen September 20, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    Worked like a charm! THANKS!!!

  217. Ahmed September 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    For those who cannot see the created ringtones. Please resetart your iPhone. It worked for me ;)

  218. Kris September 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Works beautifully, just don’t forget to go back to the original song and reset the start/end times!

  219. Kouros September 29, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    I cannot follow the last step for a music I purchased from iTunes about five years ago. It is already in AAC and when I put it on the desktop it copies the entire song and even when I do a file->add to lib it does not show up in the ringtone window!

    • Christina March 21, 2012 at 10:04 am #

      I know this is old, but I randomly choose you so that perhaps my reply can be seen by others searching for this exact information.

      These steps are too difficult and there is an easier way.
      If you are a windows user….

      1. Go to start, type in search “folder options”
      2.Open, go to View
      3.Scroll down to where it says “Hide extensions for known file types”, Deactivate this (It needs to be unchecked)
      4. Click “Apply”
      5. Open Itunes, select your song
      6. Go to Get Info
      7 Click Options at top
      8. Change your music start and stop to consist of anywhere from 02-30 seconds of music
      9. Create ACC Version (This gives you your selected part of the music)
      10. Right Click, Copy
      11. Go to Desktop, Right click, Paste
      12. Change the extension (the text after the period in the title) (ex. rose.m4a) to m4r.
      13. It will warn you of changing the extension file, go ahead do it.
      14. Your icon for that music should say ringtone.
      15. Drag and drop this into your TONE section of the Library.
      16. Sync Idevice.

      DONE! Good luck.

  220. Nick Lucas October 1, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Great tip, clearly explained!

  221. andy October 3, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    i have windows so when i press the “show in windows explorer and i tried changing to m4a but there is no m4a just the title of the song

  222. Patrick October 5, 2011 at 5:55 am #

    O.k., I have file created and opened in windows explorer. How do I change the extension in windows? and then subsequently load to i-Phone and apply it?

  223. don October 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    EASY AND AWESOME! THANKS BRO1

  224. LIsa October 8, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    I dont seem to have a ring tones tab in my itunes so i can complete all steps to create a ring tone btu then have no where to pick it up from in itunes.is there anything i can do?

    thanks

    • Patrick October 8, 2011 at 4:47 am #

      Lisa, check out this video on youtube. Especially if you are using i-Tunes 10 on a Windows 7 platform.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_Fz-B4FHAg

      • Lisa October 9, 2011 at 2:37 am #

        Hi Patrick

        thanks for the tip, it worked and now i can see the ringtones folder and have moved my ringtone into this folder, but i cant sync it with my iphone as i dont have a ringtones tab under the device in itunes. i have tried syncing the whole phone but the ringtone i have created is not appearing on my iphone. Under the sounds setting on the phone i also dont have custom ringtone section – just standard…any advice?

        thanks

        • Patrick October 9, 2011 at 9:02 am #

          Lisa, I may be missing something, but I’ll try my best to help. Try shutting both systems down, phone and p/c. After your relaunch i-tunes, make sure you select you device (phone or i-pod), in the center below the display for the sync progress bar you should have a list from left to right that goes: Summary, Info, Apps, Ringtones, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Photos.

          Make sure you have ringtones selected, after that I usually try to be as specific as possible in my folder selection as I have about 20 gigs of music and I do not want it all on my phone.

          From there you should be able to select the ringtone of choice.

          If not, reply back and we’ll keep hammering at it till we get you up and running! :)

  225. Kas October 9, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Using an iMac and iPhone 4. I’ve created the .m4r file. The ringtone folders are showing in iTunes for both the phone and the computer. But both show as empty.

    I’ve tries importing into the ringtones folder by playing the m4r file, by importing, etc. I have following and tried every trick above, including running RingtoneMaker but though I can make the ringtone and it plays on the phone after a sync, it’s not showing in the SETTINGS to set it as a ringtone, and it’s not showing in either of the ringtones folders in iTunes.

    Help? This is really frustrating.

  226. keekee October 10, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    okay i cant change my m4a to m4r…how do i do that cus minez just pop up the name in im using windows.

  227. Miranda October 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Worked Great! Thank You So Much!

  228. Adam R October 14, 2011 at 4:00 am #

    Hi, I had this problem too, where you import your newly created m4r file into iTunes but it doesn’t show up in your ringtone section.

    The way you fix that is like so:

    Before you double click your new m4r file, change its name ever so slightly. If for instance, your file is called ‘PHONESOUND.m4r’ change it to ’01 PHONESOUND.m4r’ then try importing it again. So you add a 01 and a space before the file name

    Work now?

    • Adam R October 14, 2011 at 4:09 am #

      By the way, if your ringtone doesn’t show up in your iPhone, yet it’s said that it’s synced, you need to add a full bank of metadata to the ringtone file, then sync again. Look at other ringtones for an idea of what to include. Give it an artist name, album, artwork etc. Sync again, and it should be there

  229. Adil T October 14, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    Thanks .. works great !!

  230. Tanya October 14, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Just FYI. This method was working for me on all my music, none of which I had downloaded from iTunes. I downloaded one song from iTunes and wanted to make that into a ringtone, and IT WOULD NOT LET ME! I went through all the steps like I always have and I couldn’t get it to show up in the ringtones on my iPhone. I downloaded the song via another method (NOT iTunes) and went through this same process and it worked. It must have to do with something encoded in the iTunes verson (ie: they want to make more money and make you BUY the ringtone for the song you ALREADY purchased). So, go download your song in an mp3 format, rename it and import it into iTunes, THEN use this method to create your ringtone. Hope this helps some of you frustrated iTunes users!

  231. Virgil October 15, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Yesterday I bought the “R2D2: Curt” in the iTunes Store and never worked, but now, I just made a tone for my SMSs with this method and it worked perfect. thanks :D

  232. Latika October 15, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Thanks so much for this instruction sheet. Super easy and clearly explained for n00bs. Really appreciate it.

  233. alex October 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    acolo la LIBRARY eu nu am sectiunea RINGTONES sau cel putin nu mi apara la itunes 10.5

  234. SusanCnett October 16, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    I had no trouble creating the file but after I synched it, it is in my music list but it doesn’t show up in my ringtone choices.

    Is this because I am using iOS5?

    Am I doing something wrong?

  235. cristine October 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Thanks a lot.
    It can be done sucessfully~~~~

  236. alex October 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    i have iOS5 amd ,y problem is ive done everthing,read a lot of comments,but in the end under the ringtones setting in my iphone, there is not ringtone. it is in the music ingtones folder of itunes and the ringtones folder of my iphone, however, it still isn’t in my iphone ad ive shut off itunes and shut pff phone and started both again, still nothing.

    someone please help.

  237. Charles Bash October 18, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    Is there a problem with IOS 5? I followed the instructions, added it to iTunes (and it shows in the Library of Ringtones.) But when I synced my iPhone (4S if that makes a difference) and tried to use that ringtone, it doesn’t show on the phone.

    Thoughts about what a Blackberry escapee is doing wrong?

  238. todd October 18, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    doesnt seem to work—i double click and doesnt show in my ringtones and i even tried to hit file and add to library and nothing.

    • SusanCnett October 18, 2011 at 11:47 am #

      In iTunes, the ringtones showed up under Library (left hand column) but not on my phone. I selected it from the Library and dragged it to my iPhone (in the left column also) but they transferred.

      • Charles Bash October 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

        Yes, Susan, that’s my missing step. It’s necessary to tell iTunes you want this ring tone on your phone.

    • raine October 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

      same for me. I was able to do it before but it doesn’t seem to work now. Changed it to m4r but won’t automatically go to the ringtones… I did the add file still now use… Can’t seem to make step 10 or the last step work. HELP

      • heather October 20, 2011 at 4:24 am #

        I’m having the same problem with the last step. When I double click the ringtone, it adds it to my music library not my ring tones. I’ve read all comments and tried the different suggestions but nothing works. What am I missing??

        • Charles Bash October 20, 2011 at 4:49 am #

          raine and heather, you didn’t mention what platform you are using when trying this step. It makes a difference if you are using a Mac or a PC (unfortunately).

          • schanen October 20, 2011 at 8:11 am #

            I am a pc user and i got to the last time and had the same results. It shows in my iTunes library, but not as a ringtone. Please help!

          • heather October 20, 2011 at 9:38 am #

            Sorry Charles, I use a PC.

            • Charles Bash October 20, 2011 at 11:41 am #

              heather and schanen: Then we are on the same platform. I’m running on Windows 7 (which also may be a difference) using Itunes 10.5.

              in my experience, the 4 critical steps are:
              1. Save the file while in iTunes as an AAC file
              2. In Windows explorer, rename the ..m4a file to .m4r
              3.Double click on the m4r file and it will be now opened in the iTunes ringTones folder
              4. Drag the file from iTunes to your phone’s ringTones folder (in iTunes under the Devices folder.)

              If those steps don’t work, I’m as confused as you are.

              • heather October 21, 2011 at 3:01 am #

                Charles: after doing step 1 above, I go to windows explorer, the music file there is listed as mpeg 4 not m4a. Could this be the problem? These are songs I’ve added to iTunes are from Windows Media Player. When they are added to iTunes, they are converted to AAC. I still do step 1 as listed above, same as step 4 in Simonblog, with no problem.

              • Schanen October 21, 2011 at 8:04 am #

                Charles: Like Heather, my files were MP3 converted from Zune and the file format is Mpeg-4. When I right click and select rename, it add the .m4r to the end of the file name, but in the properties, the file still shows as being an Mpeg-4 file. Could this be causing my problem and if so, how can I resolve it? I am an IT, so I am very computer savy, just not familuar with iTunes as this is my first time using it. Thank you very much for your help!

              • heather October 21, 2011 at 9:12 am #

                Schanen, do the following, it worked for me, at least on one song! I’ll see about more. Good luck!!

                You can follow these instructions provided by Heira, one of the commenters, to enable it:

                1) In Windows Explorer –> Organizer –> Folder and search options –> View
                2) Under Files and Folder –> Disable “Hide extensions from known file types”
                3) Rename your music file extension, it’ll show up as, “Song name.m4r.m4a” which is why the rename wasn’t working. change it to, “Song name.m4r”

              • Schanen October 21, 2011 at 10:03 am #

                Heather: Thank you so much for the info! It worked all except getting it onto my phone. It shows in iTunes under Ringtones and shows under my iPhone under ringtons within iTunes, but on my phone itself, it is only showing under music. It is not under ringtones for me to select :( I still need help!!! Thank you so much!!!!

  239. randyk October 21, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    thanks to every one for their comments they have helped me a lot. heather tip on on disabling the hide extensions is what really cleared it up. once i was able to rename the file i could drag and drop to my ringtone in iTunes and when i opened up the ringtone folder its there. cool but it shouldn’t be this hard. sync my phone on ringtone and now its shows up in my phone settings. I wanted to make a silent tone for callers i dont want to hear from. i used voice memo to record 28 sec of silence
    ( i had to muffle the mic not perfect but will wrk for me) then i synced my phone music with include voice memos and that moved it to itunes all that was left was to follow simons instructions and now i have a silent ringtone. maybe this will help others and thanx again for everybodys help

    • heather October 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      Shanen I too had the same problem. The ringtones show in my iTunes under my iPhone > ringtones but when i sync only 3 went on. I did sync from my phone, settings>general>iTunes We-Fi Sync>Sync now, and that added 2 more but I can’t get the rest to sync…I’ll keep trying. Anyone else have any suggestions?? Doesn’t make sense only a few would sync when they are all in the folder!
      Glad I could help RandyK. Just reading earlier post help clear it up for me.
      Can’t find a solution in earlier post about why ringtones aren’t all syncing with my iPhone now.

      • Schanen October 22, 2011 at 7:43 am #

        Heather and everyone else having problems getting your ringtone to sync to your phone. I GOT IT!!! Thanks to Adam R above, he said to “1. Before you double click your new m4r file, change its name ever so slightly. If for instance, your file is called ‘PHONESOUND.m4r’ change it to ’01 PHONESOUND.m4r’ then try importing it again. So you add a 01 and a space before the file name
        2. By the way, if your ringtone doesn’t show up in your iPhone, yet it’s said that it’s synced, you need to add a full bank of metadata to the ringtone file, then sync again. Look at other ringtones for an idea of what to include. Give it an artist name, album, artwork etc. Sync again, and it should be there”
        So I changed the name of my file by right clicking the file and selecting Get Info and on that first tab, I changed the name, added a bunch of details, everything but grouping, save it and then sync’d again and it showed right up on my phone under ringtones. Tested and it works!!!! Hope this helps!!! Good luck and thank you to everyone!

  240. Varun October 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Followed the instructions and it worked like a charm! thanks!

  241. Erica October 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    I. Freaking. Love. You! thank you so much!

  242. Glyph October 25, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    all worked fine until #9 when itunes did not offer me ‘keep file’, only ‘delete’ with the warning that this would remove ot from eerything.. Got the clipped piece, in AAC renamed it, double click in finder and it is NOT in ‘ringtones'; tried dragging it to desktop and dragging it into ‘ringtones’. no go. The clipped piece got a separate line in itunes, with its short time noted, but I could not work with it. what to do?

    I m using macbook pro, itunes10 and iphone 5.

    • amya October 26, 2011 at 3:13 am #

      Just an FYI you dont have the iPhone 5 you have an iPhone 4S

      • Glyph October 26, 2011 at 3:20 am #

        @amya of course! I meant the system inside, which was just updated sorry, didn’t mean to be presumptuous.

  243. Glyph October 25, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    OH, wOw, I figured I could just re-import the song and remake the bit so DELETED the piece form itunes, and THEN it did work, AFTER the delete, up came the KEEP FILE offering at last. WORKS great if you follow all directions! Thanks!

  244. gameboix October 26, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    hey i just tried to do this and it wasnt working for me, i created the .m4r file and put it into my library but it doesnt recognize it and it says that this ringtone wont work with this iphone4 (not 4s)

  245. Bosnian DeviL October 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    there is an ALLOT easier way to this… if you had an older Iphone and had custom ring tones.. here is what you need to do to get the ringtones on the newer iphones with itunes 10.5 or later… just drag one of your custom ringtones to the music section and it will Automatically set up an Ringtones TAB.. click to Sync ringtones and you are allset.. any questions e-mail me [email protected]

  246. Bosnian DeviL October 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    GUYS ………there is an ALLOT easier way to this… if you had an older Iphone and had custom ring tones.. here is what you need to do to get the ringtones on the newer iphones with itunes 10.5 or later… just drag one of your custom ringtones to the music section and it will Automatically set up an Ringtones TAB.. click to Sync ringtones and you are allset.. any questions e-mail me [email protected]

  247. dalirumi October 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    I made “Crazy B$#@h” into a ringtone for my brother. Couldn’t find it any other way. Thank you. The tutorial was perfect!

  248. Andrea October 30, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Hi, I did everything as you implied. but it doesnt show on my iphone i have the 4s.?? please helpppp

  249. Tommy October 30, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Worked perfectly!!! Thanks a lot, you rock!

  250. Morgan November 1, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    This worked great! Thanks!

  251. Becky November 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Thanks so much! I’ve bookmarked this page and will be using it again! :D

  252. Pauline November 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Thank you so much! Really quick & easy. Just wish iTunes would make a “create ringtone” button that is all of this in one click!
    But until then, you have done a great job!

  253. Lawrenza November 3, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    i have tried many times to get a custom ringtone on my iphone 4s and it is sooo frustrating since i dont have a ringtone section in either my iphone devices section on itunes or in my libary. even if i input the .m4r it still doesnt work since there is no ringtone section

  254. Greg November 3, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Worked perfect except for one additional step. Mine would not sync to the phone. I had to drag it from the itunes ringtone list to the iphone over on the left. Then it sync’d it. Not sure if this is a new development or not but wanted to add it. Thanks!

  255. Arpan November 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Hey Simone,

    whenever i delet songs i created it doesnt give me next pop up message that u want to keep song and it just gets deleted. and when i play original song, it just give length of songs i created.
    anyidea why is it happening?

    also getting message from itunes that you do not have provilage to save files?

    Any idea why is it happening?

  256. Taylor November 5, 2011 at 2:33 am #

    I’m having trouble renaming the file, and when I removed it from iTunes and went to the Ringtones, it didn’t work when I double clicked the file. What am I doing wrong?

  257. Isabella November 6, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ringtone-designer-create-unlimited/id382373458?mt=8

    Hey Guys! This is the way! After trying Simon’s way, I wasn’t exactly sure how to do it all….so I googled and it led me to this FREE App. This app helps create a ringtone and has video to how to get the ringtone on your phone. It seriously works – I’m NOT joking. This works because I finally got my “I’d Lie – Taylor Swift” as my ringtone :) And now I’m super happy!

    Try it out, I guarantee you it works. The best thing about it is that it’s ALL free!

  258. Alaska Paul November 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Your instructions (and a few comments) worked great! Now I have a great gong and a rooster on my ringtones for my iPhone4s. Thanks very much.

  259. Asia November 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    i havet he file converted but my itunes wont sync now

  260. margie November 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Here is a nice guide to make ringtone longer than 40 seconds and make text tone for your iphone
    http://www.bigasoft.com/articles/how-to-make-iphone-ringtone-longer-than-40-seconds.html

  261. Jessica November 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    thanks for sharing this! you/this is so awesome.

  262. Scott Greenhut November 12, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    Was working like a charm – but then at the end I get an error message saying the file couldn’t be imported as a ringtone because it is too long (even though I made it 25 seconds).

    Also – if a try a song twice, the file is now “missing”

  263. kyli November 12, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    its in my ringtones library but it is not in my fingtones on my phone when i plug it in???

  264. bill chartier November 12, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Thanks so much for this Simon, super easy and now all my friends are Beatles tunes!

  265. KF November 12, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    thank you much! Simon!

  266. Jon November 12, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    i cant find out how to change it from mpa to mpr i have windows of anyone could help please

  267. Maggie November 13, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Thanks!
    Just got an iPhone 3 – took a few goes to get it on but eventually – changed to 26 secs. It was on ringtone folder but didn’t come on phone – deleted ones that didn’t work made new one & it worked – THANK-YOU!!

  268. thao November 13, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    hi Simon, when I’m in Windows Explorer then I click on the song I’ve made, it ends up in my Music section not Ringtone? :s

  269. Melissa November 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Hey I have a problem. I followed your tutorial to the letter (the only exceptions being the windows vs. mac things) everything worked until I tried to put the ringtones on my Iphone 4.

    The window is there when I look at my Iphone on screen but it says the ringtones are still syncing. Also because they are ‘still syncing’ I cannot delete them. Plus when I look at the Iphone itself it has no evidence of the ringtones I made. Even though they are perfectly fine and will play in the itunes library in their own folder.

    Please Respond as soon as possible. Thank you.

  270. Scott November 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Hey, im using the iPhone 4s, and when i try to rename as an .m4r it doesn’t let me, ive tried every way i know, does anyone have the same problem, or the solution?

  271. Sam November 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    I am running a PC system and I can follow everything perfect until I change the file format from .m4a to .m4r. For some reason that is not an option? Any help, please? Thanks

    Sam

  272. Paul November 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Thanks Greg, works fine. I did everything, showed up in ringtones folder, wouldn’t sync. Dragged it from Ringtones folder to iPhone and it synched. Thanks bro.

  273. Pedro Huerta November 14, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    wow great details step by step simple as that thank you so much I was able to create about sixteen ringtones. Just one question I was trying to create some songs but it kept telling me the song was protected. Protected by who me or Itunes?

    Thank you.

    • Charles Bash November 15, 2011 at 12:23 am #

      When you buy a song on a CD or iTunes, you buy the right to play that music. The author’s copyright however still abides, so converting commercially available to an ringtone with out permission may not be legal. iTunes remembers copyright data when it knows those facts, and restricts your modification of it.

  274. Bhum November 15, 2011 at 2:09 am #

    its superb…worling gr8 in my iphone 4 (4.3.5) with itunes 10.5… thnx…

  275. Annie November 15, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    Just tried this on my new iPhone 4S. Worked like a charm!

  276. joyce November 17, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    I followed your intructions for creating a ringtone for Iphone 4 on Itunes 10 but when I complete everything and double click Finder and select ringtone then sync to iphone it puts it in my ringtone but when I select it it doesnt play. It shows up sort of faded compared to my other ringtones with an arrow next to it. When I click on the arrow it wants me to go to itunes and download the song.

  277. joyce November 17, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    This isn’t working. I followed the instructions for creating ringtones with iphone4 in itunes 10. The last step “sync to iphone” it puts it in my ringtone but it comes up faded compared to my other ringtones with an arrow next to it. If I click on the arrow it wants me to go to itunes store and buy it. Plus when I click on the song to change the file ext. It doesn’t show m4a. It doesn’t even show an ext.

  278. missyb November 17, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Thank you, this worked for me today. Lost ringtones after update to ITunes 10. Added them back to ITunes from folder on PC and dragged them from library to phone in the ITunes screen.

  279. Jas November 18, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    Goodmorning, I bought iphone 4s 4 days ago and try to make my own ringtone , i am doing good till step 8. In step 9 when i press delete , it just delete from the folder it doesnot ask me to keep file or move to trash. and in 10 when i double click the ringtone it start playing but it doesnot go to my ringtone side , plz hlp.

    • Dimitris November 18, 2011 at 3:55 am #

      ..I follow every step you describe for my new I phone 4 S, but when i m trying to create AAC version, although it seems that something happens, there isn’t any new file, 30 seconds in length. I would appreciate any advice or suggestions

  280. Martin T November 19, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    Hey there.. I have a problem with the Iphone 4S. It doesnt seems to work.
    I make an acc version and make a 19 sek song. Rename it to m4r and it shows in my “Tones” i Itunes. But i cant find it anywere on my phone?? Could anyone awnser me on mail please [email protected]
    Tnx alot.

    • Chris K November 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

      IMPORTANT: Follow the instructions to the letter and it works fine. The biggest issue is your ringtone must be exactly 28 seconds long. Shorter or longer and iphone won’t recognize it (even though it will show up in itunes as a ringtone on your iphone).

  281. shags November 20, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    This was great….quick and easy to do, took 10 secs…..good work peeps.

  282. Deepak November 22, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    Thank you.. it works.. :-D

  283. nick November 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    thanks alot!! i get my ringtone

  284. Wendy November 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Perfect, thank you!

    Don’t forget to change the start and stop times on the original track back to the entire length of the song when you’re finished – couldn’t figure out why Moby kept jumping to Modest Mouse after only 28 seconds when I was playing music in iTunes after I’d created my lovely ringtones ;)

  285. Alex November 24, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    I ve an iphone 4 updated to 5.01 from iphone 4 s.and itunes 10.the problem is:Everything work ok till the sync when instead of ringtone I had a new button called “Tones: in Itunes but overthere no ringtones.I want to say that I follow all steps and before of updating the new version everything was ok.
    Please help with this..
    Thank you.

  286. Claudine November 24, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    hi,
    Just wondering. The ringtone works fantastically, however, I followed the steps and now the original song in my regular playlist is the 30 second version. I seem to have lost the original song. How do I get it back?

    Thanks, Claudine

  287. Syahid November 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Thanks. It works like a charm. (:

  288. Brooke November 25, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    I followed all of the steps given, all went well so far, except when I click on the song to play it so that it should show up in my ringtones tab, it doesn’t. I’ve also shortened the clip from 30 seconds to 28, and it didn’t help. Could it have something to do with the fact that when I rename the file it doesn’t end in .m4a? It was just the name of the song.

    • Syahid November 25, 2011 at 2:16 am #

      Brooke,

      I think you got everything right except renaming the file. Well frankly speaking I’ve never used Mac, so here’s a tip of which I used for my Windows.

      1. Open the “Windows Explorer”.

      2. Click “Organize”.

      3. Then click “Folder and Search Options”.

      4. When a window pops out, click on the “View” tab.

      5. Look for “Advanced Settings”.

      6. Under the “Hidden files and folders” you need to uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”.

      7. Apply the changes (Don’t worry because you can always restore it to default afterwards.)

      Then only you will be able to see the extensions:
      e.g. SongName.m4a

      So, rename it to e.g. SongName.m4r

      Finally open it with your iTunes and it will automatically be added as you new ringtone. Good luck!

  289. MaiTong November 26, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    oh hey i just wonder how to change the second of when it start singing.Like for explame the whole song was 3.45..and i want the second like 0:25-0:55…but i can’t change it…

  290. itsjsutabby November 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    okay so I’ve tried reading through all of these post but there’s a lot- I’ve done everything to get the ringtone onto my phone. It shows up under tones in my itunes, I’ve synced using all ringtone and just clicking the one I’ve wanted, and its only 26 seconds long. I can not get it to synch on my phone! Even during the synch where I can see it transferring on my computer.
    Someone please help me. I lost all of my stuff when I transferred.computers and I just want my ring tone. Thank you.

  291. Christina November 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    Ok I did all the steps with no problem except for step 7. I have a Sony Vaio Windows 7 laptop n how do i change the mp4 to mpr?? Help please.

  292. jon November 27, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Thanks!

  293. Ron November 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    I have created the ringtone, but when I sync I get the message “Ringtone not copied to iPhone because its duration is too long” I have specified 0:00 – 0:30. Any help?

  294. Ron November 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Created the ringtone as described, but then got the message “The ringtone was not copied to the iPhone (3GS) becuase its duration is too long. Any idea how to fix this?

  295. sopo November 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    i`ve done everithing well but when i come to the moment when i have to put my ringtone in the librery ,it doesn`t exist.how can i make ringtone folder in librery?

  296. Fon November 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Hi, I am using windows 7. when i tried to delete the 30sec created file from iTunes Music Library, it only prompt me that the file selected for delete will be removed from the library and will also be deleted from the devices that synchronised the library with. it didnt further prompt me to “keep file”. I saved all my songs in my personal folder (not the one in iTunes or related). kindly advise.

    Thanks =)

  297. Gil November 29, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    Hi! I did all the steps. I now have the regular song and the mr4 short (ringtone) version in my music file but it doesn’t appear in the tones folder.

  298. Mary November 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    I dont get the option to ‘keep file’.
    My options are ‘delete’ or ‘cancel’ ?

  299. Chris R November 30, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Mary, that’s what I’m getting, too. No option to Keep the File. When I double click on the file in the folder where I saved it, it does not create a ringtones folder. Anyone have any suggestions as to what we are doing wrong?

  300. Kim December 1, 2011 at 5:24 am #

    It works! Thank you so much for posting this :D Beat iTunes at their own game!

  301. Tim December 1, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    Does this work for the 4S?

    I have created the ringtone in my itunes but can’t drag it to my phone.

    • Steph December 12, 2011 at 10:22 am #

      Yes it does. Below the Library where it says ringtones as if your phone weren’t connected the ringtone is there. You simply just drag the ringtone from in there to the section on your iPhone where it says ringtones and it should be there.

  302. Ahmed December 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Hi Simon,

    Well, because of your articles I was able to do all the requirements (I managed to show the “Ringtones” in my library in itune)

    I did exactly everything, although the song is trimmed and in the ringtone section of my library in itune, I still can’t find it in my phone??

    I have iPhone 4 with iOS5.0.1 I am registered from Oman , so in my itune lots of stuff are missing.

    I don’t want to end up jailbreaking my iphone just for the sake of having my own custom ringtone.

  303. Mohammad Khaleel December 4, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    Dear Simon, am having problem with my ITUNES. I can create the ringtone but the problem is i dont have the ringtone option in my itunes. Even i have done Edit and Preferences still no option for ringtone. it give me option for music and tones only. when i finish to convert it for ringtone it plays on tone and when i syncrhonise it still no option for ringtone. can you help me please.

  304. Mohammad Khaleel December 4, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    Dear Simon, am having problem with my itune, i dont have the option ringtone in my itunes. i have done edit and preferences still no option for ringtone.am able to convert it for ringtone but dont have option for ringtone in my iphone. can you help me please?

  305. Holly December 4, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    I went through all the steps and when I got the final step of finding the song in the ringtones option in the Finder, it was not there. Can you help?

  306. MjkeG December 5, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    Worked like a charm. Hit a snag adding the ringtone. Took me a minute but If you don’t have “Tones” option under “Apps”, You’ll need to go to Edit – Preferences and check “Tones”

  307. anuj jain December 5, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    thanxx a lot…its really working even iphone 4s…i got the same problem then i opn my iphone in itunes n clicked the upper option of tones n then clicked to sync tones all…thanxxx

  308. Mike December 5, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Several years ago, I purchased a bunch of electronic “ringtones” through the iTunes store. I later learned, through Apple official help, that I needed to convert each of those ringtones-songs to ringtones to be played by iPhone. I believe the charge was 99 cents or something like that for each conversion. With the help of Apple’s online technician, I converted five of those “ringtones-songs” to ringtones and have been using one or another since. A few days ago, I updated my iPhone software to iTunes 10. Everything worked, except I no longer have those converted ringtones. The still show as “tones” in iTunes and I still have the original songs-ringtones in my iTunes library. But when I connect my iPhone and bring them up in “Tones” (all checked on the left side), and click “Sync”, the iTunes goes to synching steps and finishes, but none of those ringtones appear on the “Sounds” menu and ringtones on my iPhone. I find this very frustrating because I purchased the original ‘songs-ringtones’ through the iTune store and then paid Apple more to convert them to usable ringtones. Can you please help.

  309. Sally Cook December 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Simon ….. you’re a marvel. Followed your instructions word for word and it worked FIRST TIME. It’s great being able to pick and choose my own favourite tunes as the basis for my iPhone ringtones. Thanks heaps. Sally, Australia

  310. Daniel December 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    How do I change m4a to m4r?
    I dont see that option.
    Please help.

  311. Adam December 8, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    This doesnt work? I dont have a ringtones folder on my iphone when i plug it into itunes, nor do i have an option for custom ringtone on my iphone. Help. :o(

  312. Megan December 8, 2011 at 5:02 am #

    Hi There….
    I followed the instructions on How To Create Ringtone for iPhone on iTunes 10 and it worked perfectly. I just have one problem. When I was done and I synced my iPod and it only plays the song in the 30 second ring tone version not the full play song. I went back into the finder and deleted the smaller ring tone file and re-synced my iPod but it is still the same. Any suggestions?

  313. Tayna December 9, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    I have an imac and it worked perfectly! Thanks so much!!

  314. Dan December 9, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    This doesnt work? I dont have a ringtones folder on my iphone when i plug it into itunes, nor do i have an option for custom ringtone on my iphone. Help. ( i cant seem to get the ringtones to sync to my iphone ring tones

  315. Tantan December 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Hi Simon,

    Thanks for this information. I have already completed the steps until #9 however I’m stuck with step # 10 – there’s no Ringtones in my Itunes Library. Please help. Thanks in advance. God bless!

  316. Xman December 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    I have followed the steps outlined above very closely. The same instructions appear of several other blogs. I am able to follow them right up until step 10. Double clicking the file does not automatically add it to my iTunes ringtones library. Initially, I had no tones or ringtones option under either my library or iPhone in iTunes. I was able to make “Tones” appear under each by selecting it in preferences but I am still not able to make the ringtone file I’ve created appear in the tones section of the library in order to synch it with my iPhone. My file is only 9 seconds long, so it it not too long and I added a .m4r to it (I’m on a PC and not able to see any file extension on the file when I create it following the instructions above). Please tell me what I’m doing wrong as I’m desperate to have custom musical ringtones. Thanks.

  317. Frank White December 17, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    Worked like a charm… just bought 2 new iphone 4s’s and plan to surprise my wife with it for Christmas… used your work around to take a 30 sec sample from our wedding song… setting it up as her ring tone, gonna hang the phone in the Christmas tree… and a few minutes after we’re finished opening gifts, I’m gonna call her new iphone…

    Thanks and booyow from Baltimore!!!

  318. Sue December 18, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    I am trying to cut a song to start in a certain place for a slide show. Is it possible to use same method but not convert it to a ring tone? Thanks.

  319. sam December 18, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    everything works, but when i double click at the end.. it goes to my music not my ringtones. i dont even have a ringtones folder in my library. how do i make one or what can i do?

  320. brittany December 18, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    it still saves to my music and not ringtones

  321. Chris December 18, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    just bought a new 4… and can’t get this to work….. HELP

  322. SydneyH December 18, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    so, i created an ACC version. Then, it says to change the extension “m4a” to “m3r” . Well, mine didn’t have the mf4 extension in the first place. What do i do?

    • Sandra December 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

      I had the same problem. But the problem isnt with itunes. What you have to do is go to your start menu, then click on control panel. Then select “Appearance & Personalization.” Once ur in that menu there should be an option that says
      ‘Folder Options.” Once you click on that, another window should pop up, and click the “View” tab. From there, look for the option “Hide the extension for known file types” and DESELECT it. Once you do that, your files should read .mp3 and when you follow the steps at the top u will see the .m4a file which you can change then. Hope this was clear!

    • Sandra December 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

      I had the same problem. But the problem isnt with itunes. What you have to do is go to your start menu, then click on control panel. Then select “Appearance & Personalization.” Once ur in that menu there should be an option that says
      “Folder Options.” Once you click on that, another window should pop up, and click the “View” tab. From there, look for the option “Hide the extension for known file types” and DESELECT it and press ok. Once you do that, your files should read .mp3 and when you follow the steps at the top u will see the .m4a file which you can change then. Hope this was clear!

  323. Simona December 19, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    So, I bought an Iphone 4s yesterday and I tried to create a ringtone for it. I did everything like you said but there is no Create an AAC or Create an MP3 version whatsoever. I’m using ITunes 10.5.2 and I already changes my settings to AAC encoder and ITunes Plus. Any suggestions?

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  325. TommyM December 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    For me, there was one more missing step – I had to check “Manually Manage Music and Videos” towards the bottom of the Options section. Only then could I drag the ringtone I’d made, from the Library’s Tones Section, to the Phone’s Tones Section, as an earlier poster had explained. Thanks So Much!

  326. Matt December 24, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    when i save it to windows explorer it just comes up with the file name and no .m4a on it? and when i import it it just goes in my normal music libary rather than a ringtones one. Help please.

    • Sandra December 24, 2011 at 6:12 am #

      Go to ur control panel and choose the option “appearance and personalizations” then when u get to that menu u choose “folder options”. It will pop up a menu and look under the “view” tab. There should be an option that reads “hide the extension for known file types”, DESELECT that and then the .m4a should show on ur music files.

  327. Julie December 24, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    what do i do if i dont have a ringtones folder in my itunes?

  328. Jessie December 25, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    i followed all the procedures but i dont get the tab for ringtones on the side. HELLP!

  329. beth December 25, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    everything is good, all the steps except it going into the ringtones folder :/
    help?

  330. Anthony December 26, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    When I go into get options, everything is greyed out and will not let me click the check boxes, how do I overcome this? I purchased the song through the store.

  331. lola December 26, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Hi,
    When I double click the new m4r file in finder, it doesn’t open as a tone in itunes, it opens in music…. And I can’t seem to get it to the tones section, even though it does say it’s a ringtone in the files’ info…
    HELP!!! :)
    Thanks!!!

  332. Savannah December 28, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    I found that some of this blog was unhelpful for my pc, so I found an alternative. There is an app that you can download called music ringtone maker. You make your ringtones using the music on your idevice, and then follow simple steps to install it.

  333. Jack December 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    Somehow i couldn’t change the file extension. I followed your instructions and renamed the file by adding “.m4r” at the end of the file name. Did exactly as you said. then somehow, that 30 sec file will be renamed back to wt it was before (at no point was the file type be changed to m4r). what is wrong with it? i am using windows!

    • Brad December 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

      Like many of the windows users, I was having problems changing the file extensions. Windows disables the extensions in file names by default and you have to enable it.

      Follow the instructions in the this link to be able to change file extensions in windows:

      http://www.mediacollege.com/microsoft/windows/extension-change.html

      • Brad December 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

        After that it works fine. ^.^ Now I have my favorite ring tones on the iPhone and all is well!

  334. fernando December 30, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Ok, so I’ve made a few ringtones with you guide, simple enough thanks. But I’m wondering why is the quality of the ringtones so bad? could I make better sounding ringtones?

  335. Wadorange December 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Great instructions! This worked perfectly, even with my Windows laptop. Thanks for posting.

  336. Carly December 31, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    When i click remove (delete) after i right clicked, it isn’t giving me the option of keeping the file. It simply deletes it.

  337. Justin December 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    Hello i tried this but it doesnt work i have it in my tones and everything and i synced it but it wont appear when i go to setting and check it also a werid thing is on the box to the left of it when i check it i get .04 gb in my books but when i uncheck it it goes back to .06 it might have to do with something im not sure but yup help would be very appreciated. I Run Windows Vista

  338. Kristina January 1, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    THANK YOU!!!

  339. Sara January 1, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Hi! I am stuck on step 7. I am using a PC and I don’t see the option there to change it to a .m4r file extention. Thanks!

  340. Hemant January 1, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Thanks, it works awesome, I was puling my hair out before reading this article, not a big fan of iTunes.

  341. Tim January 1, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Hey,

    I tried this and got through all of the steps until it said to delete the file, which is where I got confused. Anyway, I renamed the .M4A to .M4R, and opened it in iTunes and synced, but it still didn’t show up. Also changed the Sync Selected to Sync All and still nothing. My last question is… am I looking in the wrong place? Went to Settings->Sounds->Ringtone, and its not there… Help, I’m confused. :/

  342. Russell January 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    when i went to delete the tone after i made it, i was never prompted to keep the files, i am on windows 7

  343. Jessica January 3, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    I’ve made ringtones this way before but I’m on a different computer and the ringtone folder on my iTunes isn’t popping up. When I go to rename the song to .m4r, the name doesn’t have mp3 in it but the icon shows MPEG 4. I don’t know why it won’t show the ringtone folder so I need help. I thought maybe the ringtone would show up wen I plugged in the phone but it just stored itself in the iPod. What can I do?

  344. Cstdj January 3, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    i have done all you said there and it came out perfect but i cant locate it in my folder when i go to change my ringtone? any idea?

  345. caleb January 4, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    i need help! i have downloaded the portal 2 ring/text tones for iphone but they wont move into itunes.

  346. Jayy January 4, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    hi, good job. just 2 things. I don’t have the “show in finder” option. Please, please help.

  347. Mohammed January 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Thannk you ….. it works…

  348. Hugo January 5, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    It worked like a charm. When my wife calls me she no longer sounds like a duck, she now wears “hot pants” by James Brown. She likes it a lot.

    thanks!