How to Make Custom Ringtones for iPhone with/without iTunes?

iPhones are incredibly easy to customize. Not only are you able to change your iPhone's background, menu layout, and lock screen, but you can also change your ringtone. But, up until recently, iPhone owners were limited to either using the default ringtones or ones that they had downloaded from third-party websites. Fortunately, we're going to show you how to make custom ringtone for iPhone without the help of iTunes.

How to Make Custom Ringtones for iPhone without iTunes

The best program that you can use to make your own ringtone is iMyFone TunesMate. When it comes to creating a ringtone, you can use TunesMate for the following tasks.

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  • It allows you to customize songs from any music stored on your computer/iPhone.
  • You can select your favorite part of the track as a ringtone.
  • You can preview the created ringtones before saving to computer/iPhone.
  • It allows you to edit and delete iPhone Ringtone without iTunes.
  • Transfer ringtone to iPhone without syncing with iTunes.

Windows version    Mac version

As you can see, there's a lot of flexibility when you are using iMyFone TunesMate to make custom ringtone for iPhone. So, to help you create your own ringtones, here's how to use TunesMate.

Step #1 - Open iMyFone TunesMate on your computer and connect your iPhone.

Step #2 - At the top of the program, click on "Music" and then select "Ringtone" from the list of playlists on the left.

Step #3 - To convert a song into a ringtone, click on "Ringtone Maker". A window will appear which provides you with all of the tools that you need.


Step #4 - Click on either "Local Music" or "Device Music", depending on where the song that you want to use is stored.


Step #5 - Using each of the editing features that are shown on-screen, adjust the song appropriately so that it can be used as a ringtone.


Step #6 - After editing the song, click "Save to Device" and as soon as it has been transferred, you'll be able to set it as your ringtone.


In just a few minutes, you'll have created a custom ringtone using iMyFone TunesMate. This is an easy method to follow, is very flexible, and gives you the freedom to create exactly what you want.

More About iMyFone TunesMate

Before we move on and show you how to make a custom ringtone for iPhone using iTunes, here are some of the other features that iMyFone TunesMate includes.

  • Freely transfer data between your iPhone and computer without iTunes.
  • Transfer files to your iPhone without the existing data being overwritten.
  • Manage your music, photos, videos, and iOS apps freely.
  • Uninstall apps on your iPhone in bulk without any hassle.
  • Highly recommended by many professional software review webistes, such as GetintopcGeekreply,, etc.

All in all, iMyFone TunesMate is a fantastic program which can be used as a ringtone maker or just a general iTunes alternative.

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How to Make Custom Ringtones for iPhone Using iTunes

On the other hand, if you don't want to use iMyFone TunesMate and you'd rather stick with using iTunes, you can use the method below. Before you follow these steps, make sure that the song you want to convert into a ringtone has been added to your iTunes library.

Step #1 - Open iTunes and, if the song is stored on your iPhone, connect your iPhone now.

Step #2 - Enter your iTunes library and locate the song that you want to use.

Step #3 - Right-click on the song and click on "Get Info".

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Step #4 - When the info window has appeared, click on the "Options" tab. Check the boxes "Start Time" and "Stop Time", and set an appropriate 30-40 second time limit.

Note: ideally, your ringtone should be no longer than 40 seconds.

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Step #5 - Press the "OK" button and when the window disappears. Open File menu, click on "Convert", then select "Create AAC Version".

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Step #6 - Next, right-click on the newly created AAC version of the song and click "Show in Finder". If you're a windows computer user, click on "Show in Windows Explorer".

Step #7 - When the finder window has shown, click on the M4A file and change the extension to M4R.

Step #8 - A warning will be shown on your screen. Click on "Use .m4r" and a newly created ringtone will be available.

After following these steps and creating the M4R file, you can delete the AAC version from iTunes and remove the time limit that we placed on the original file. All you have to do now is add the M4R file to iTunes as a ringtone and you're ready to go.


We don't recommend using this method as it is clearly significantly more complicated, takes a lot of time, and is simply tedious. Instead, use iMyFone TunesMate and make your life a lot easier.

Bonus Tip: How to Put and Set Custom Ringtones on iPhone

How to Add Custom Ringtones to iPhone

You can add your custom ringtones to iPhone using iMyFone TunesMate without hassle. Here are the steps on it.

Step #1 Connect your iPhone and launch iMyFone TunesMate

Step #2 Click on Music tab and choose Ringtones at the left sidebar.


Step #3 Now choose Add>Add File, then locate the ringtones at your computer.


Step #4 Click on Open to put custom ringtones on your iPhone.


How to Set Custom Ringtones on iPhone

Now that you've created a custom ringtone the next thing that you need to do is set it on your iPhone. This is very easy to do but, if you haven't changed your ringtone before, here's how you can.

Step #1 - Unlock your iPhone and open the "Settings" application.

Step #2 - Swipe down and tap on "Sounds & Haptics".

Step #3 - Swipe down again and tap on "Ringtones", and you can then select your newly created ringtone.

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There's nothing complicated involved here - Apple has made it very easy to change an iPhone's ringtone!

To Conclude

In this guide, we've explained everything that you'll need to know in order to make custom ringtone iPhone including the different solutions that you can use. Our recommendation is that you use iMyFone TunesMate. Not only is the ringtone maker easy to use but the program itself is equipped with a wide range of useful features, all of which are just as easy to use.

Windows version    Mac version