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How to Customize and Change iPhone Default Ringtone?

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Daniel Evans

March 6, 2018 (Updated: March 6, 2018锛

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Who wouldn鈥檛 want to get away from those old and boring, default iPhone ringtones? Since Apple only allows us to use the iPhone original ringtone without giving us the option of using any song of our choice, I鈥檓 sure you would want to make your own ringtone just like me. Don鈥檛 get me wrong, iPhone ringtones are okay and all, but they are just not good enough for the music lovers, and most of all for those who love customizing their iPhone to their taste. I see you pondering with lots of questions in your mind now like; is it possible to make custom ringtone iPhone? Is it even likely to make your own ringtone on your iPhone? Well, the answer to your questions is a resounding YES! You can make music ringtones for iPhone. We are going to show you how to change and customize iPhone default ringtone to suit your music taste.

Part 1: How to Change Default Ringtone on Your iPhone?

If you are tired of iPhone default ringtone, you can follow the easy step-by-step guide below to change default ringtone on your iPhone.

Step 1.Open your iPhone and click on "Settings".

Step 2.Select "Sounds & Haptics" (Sounds for some versions).

Step 3.Scroll down to "Sounds and Vibration Patterns" Section, and select "Ringtone" to enter ringtone list.

Step 4.From the list, tap your desired ringtone to select.


Part 2: Two Methods to Customize iPhone Ringtone

1Customize iPhone Ringtone with iTunes

To customize ringtone for iPhone, most people would use iTunes as like I stated earlier, Apple doesn鈥檛 allow iPhone users set any song outside their stock tones as ringtones except the iPhone original ringtone. Follow steps below to get custom ringtone for your iPhone.

Step 1.Select a song.

  • Make sure the song you want to use as your iPhone ringtone is in your iTunes library.
  • Locate the song and right-click on it. A drop-down list will come up; just select "Get Info".


Step 2.Set Start and Stop Time.

  • Select the Options Tab to set your desired duration for your iPhone ringtone.
  • Check the start and stop check boxes and then set your ringtone start and stop time (the maximum time you can set is 40 seconds).
  • Once you鈥檙e done click OK.


Step 3.Create An AAC Version.

  • Next is to create an AAC version of the song you selected. With the song selected, click on Menu Bar >> File >> Convert >> Create AAC Version. Doing this will automatically create a copy of that specific section of the song we altered.
  • Once this is done correctly, you should have a copy of the song, only a shorter version this time.
  • Go back to the original song and reset the start and stop time you set (very important).


Step 4.Locate the AAC Version.

  • Locate the newly converted song and right-click on it and choose Show in Windows Explorer (For PC), or Show in Finder (For MAC).
  • It鈥檒l show up in your finder window as an .m4a file extension.

Step 5.Convert to Ringtone.

  • Select the song and rename the extension from .m4a to .m4r by just replacing the 鈥渁鈥 with 鈥渞鈥.
  • Renaming the file extension changes it to a ringtone.


Step 6.Delete the ACC Version.

  • Go back to iTunes and locate the newly converted AAC version.
  • Right-click and select Delete.
  • You鈥檒l get a pop-up with three options "Cancel", "Keep File", and "Move to Trash". Choose "Keep File".

Step 7.Add to iTunes Tone Library.

  • Go back to Finder Window (For MAC) or Windows Explorer (For PC).
  • Double-click on the renamed file with the .m4r extension to automatically move the ringtone to iTunes Tone Library.

Step 8.Sync Ringtone to Your iPhone.

  • Connect your iPhone to iTunes.
  • Under your device, choose Tones and select Sync Tones.
  • Tap Sync at the bottom of your screen.
  • Open your iPhone, go to Settings >> Sounds >> Ringtone to find your newly created ringtone.

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Customizing ringtones with iTunes is very complicated as we can see from methods above. What's worse. before setting start and stop time, we cannot preview the ringtone to see if the section is exactly what we want. The transferring process of ringtone from iTunes to iPhone is a little bit confusing as well. Thus many people might prefer to a more convenient method.

2Customize iPhone Ringtone with Thrid-Party Program

When it comes to customizing music ringtones for iPhones, iMyFone TunesMate has proven to be the best option. Superb media management software that gives you room to make any song of your choice a custom ringtone iPhone. Flexible and easy to use, all you just need do is to select the song to begin.

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Key Features:

  • Perfect software that allows you to preview a ringtone before saving to your computer or iPhone directly.
  • During transfer, it automatically converts all incompatible music or video formats to make them compatible on your iPhone.
  • It gives you total control of the start and stop time for your ringtone.
  • It allows you to effortlessly organize your playlist or music (importing, exporting, backup, adding, editing, deleting, etc.).
  • It allows you to make your own ringtone from the lists of song you have on your iPhone or computer like mp3, wav, wma, aac, etc.

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Steps to Make Your Own Ringtone for Your iPhone with iMyFone TunesMate:

Step 1.Launch iMyFone TunesMate and connect your iPhone.

Step 2.Go to Music Tab >> Ringtones Tab >> Ringtone Maker.

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Step 3.Select your desired song from Local Music option (for songs in your computer) or Device Music option (for songs in your iPhone).

Step 4.Once it starts to play, set the start and stop time you want as the song plays. You can set the ringtone length up to 40 seconds.

Step 5.Click Ringtone Audition for a preview of your ringtone before you save.

Step 6.Choose "Save to Device" to transfer created ringtones to your iPhone. Of course, you can choose "Save to PC" if you want to store ringtones on your comupter.

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Once you鈥檙e done customizing, the next thing would be to change the iPhone default ringtone to the new one. As showed in Part 1, open your iPhone, and go to Settings >> Sounds & Haptics >> Ringtone to find your newly created free ringtones for iPhone.

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