Ringtone (melody) on iPhone: how to make and install using a computer


Surely you also had to take out your iPhone several times to answer an incoming call, and then it turned out that the call was not addressed to you, but to the person nearby. It’s all to blame for the standard iPhone ringtones.

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The popularity of Apple smartphones only continues to grow, and there are more and more such situations. It’s time to personalize! In this article we will tell you in detail about creating and setting your own ringtone for an incoming iPhone call using a computer.

Since with the release of macOS Catalina in 2019, Apple decided to abandon the app iTunesby moving its functionality to standard programs Finder and Music, we will detail all the existing options for old and new Macs, as well as Windows computers.

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In what format are iPhone ringtones (melodies) used?

Unfortunately, using the popular MP3 format as ringtones for iPhone will not work. Apple has created its own format for storing ringtones called M4R (iPhone Ringtone File). These files are identical to the AAC or M4A formats (the only difference is the format name).

Ringtone files in format M4R thanks to special methods of data compression they are smaller. It is also necessary to note the minimal loss of quality during compression. The main difference between MP3 and M4R with regard to the compression algorithm is that the latter supports acoustic masking technology, which allows the compression process to be performed by removing audio information that the human ear cannot perceive.

Using the function converting audio file to M4R formatwhich is present in the application iTunes (for Windows and macOS Mojave and older) and Music (macOS Catalina and newer), users can create ringtones or sound alerts from any audio file, such as MP3.

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Where can I find the MP3 of the song that I want to make an iPhone ringtone?

Try googling a search term like: download (artist and song title) MP3… We are sure that in most cases, Google will be able to help you find the desired MP3 song.

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How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

1. Open iTunes on your Windows computer (you can download iTunes here).

2. For ease of use, create a separate playlist for the MP3 files from which you will make ringtones. To do this, go to the menu File and select New playlist

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

3. Add music from a folder on your computer (those songs from which you will make ringtones) to the created iTunes playlist. To do this, simply drag and drop MP3 files into the playlist window.

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

4. Select the desired song from those transferred to iTunes. Right-click on its name and select the menu item “Song Details”

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

5. Open the tab “Parameters”… Check the boxes next to the items “Start” and “The end” and indicate the time of the required segment. Click OK.

Please note that the duration of the ringtone should be no more than 30 seconds (it is best to set 29 seconds).

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

6. Highlight the song, go to the menu File and click on the menu item Convert -> Create AAC Version

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

7. Specify a folder (in our case, we created a folder in advance Ringtones) to save the resulting file and press the button Folder selection

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

8. Open the folder where the converted file was saved.

9. Click on it with the right mouse button and select “Rename”

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

10. Change the extension m4a on m4r, click Enter and confirm by pressing the button Yes

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on Windows computer?

In case the file extension is not displayed, open StartControl PanelFolder options. If paragraph Folder options not in the list, type in the search.

How to change file extension in Windows

How to change file extension in Windows

In the window that appears, go to the tab View and uncheck the box next to Hide extensions for registered file types… Click on Apply and OK

How to change file extension in Windows

Done! You have created an iPhone ringtone in. It remains only to copy the melody to the device.

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How to download ringtone to iPhone using iTunes on Windows computer?

1. Open iTunes if it was closed.

2. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a cable.

3. Make sure iTunes detects the connected iPhone. At the top of the application (to the left of the section Mediathek) a black and white icon with a phone image should appear.

How to download ringtone to iPhone using iTunes on Windows computer?

4. Click on the icon that appears, and then on the color image of the connected smartphone or its name.

How to download ringtone to iPhone using iTunes on Windows computer?

5. On the side menu, select Sounds

How to download ringtone to iPhone using iTunes on Windows computer?

6. Open the folder with ringtones in.m4rthat you did in the previous instructions.

7. Drag and drop ringtone files in.m4r out the window Sounds

8. The ringtones copied to iPhone will be displayed in the window Sounds

How to download ringtone to iPhone using iTunes on Windows computer?

9. Open the app Settings on iPhone and go to menu Sounds, tactile signals

10. Go to the menu Ringtone… At the very top of the ringtone list, you will see the ringtone you have created and downloaded.

How to download ringtone to iPhone using iTunes on Windows computer?

11. Select the created ringtone for all calls or for an individual contact (details).

How to download ringtone to iPhone using iTunes on Windows computer?

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How to create an iPhone ringtone on Mac (macOS Catalina and newer)?

1. Open the program Music on a Mac with macOS Catalina or later installed. You will find instructions for older versions of macOS below.

2. For ease of use, create a separate playlist for the MP3 files from which you will make ringtones. To do this, go to the menu File and select New playlist

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

3. Add music from a folder on your computer (those songs from which you will make ringtones) to the created program playlist Music… To do this, simply drag and drop the MP3 files into the playlist window.

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

4. Select the desired song from those transferred to the Music application. Right-click on its name and select the menu item “Intelligence”

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

5. Open the tab “Parameters”… Check the boxes next to the items “Start” and “The end” and indicate the time of the required segment. Click OK.

Please note that the duration of the ringtone should be no more than 30 seconds (it is best to set 29 seconds).

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

6. Highlight the song, go to the menu File and click on the menu item Convert -> Create AAC Version

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

As soon as you select this action, iTunes will immediately create a copy of the file in your library with the duration specified in the previous paragraph.

To quickly find it, right-click by original file and press Show in Finder… In the opened folder, along with the original file in MP3 format, the created ringtone file in the format .m4a

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

7. Click on it with the right mouse button and select “Properties”

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

8. In the block “Name and Extension” change the extension m4a on m4r… In the same window, you can rename the ringtone.

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

In the pop-up message, select “Use .m4r”

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

Done! You have created an iPhone ringtone in. It remains only to copy the melody to the device.

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How to move a ringtone created on Mac (macOS Catalina and newer) to iPhone

1. Open the program Musicif it was closed.

2. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a cable.

3. Make sure that the program Music identified the connected iPhone. A section should appear in the side menu of the application Devices with a black and white phone icon. Click on it. If the connected iPhone doesn’t show up, the solution is here.

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

4. The connected iPhone window will open.

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

5. Open the folder with ringtones in.m4rthat you did in the previous instructions.

6. Drag and drop ringtone files in.m4r into the window of the connected iPhone.

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

7. Ignore the ringtones copied to the connected iPhone MAY NOT BE DISPLAYED in the program window Music

8. Open the app Settings on iPhone and go to menu Sounds, tactile signals

9. Go to the menu Ringtone… At the very top of the ringtone list, you will see the ringtone you have created and downloaded.

How to download ringtone to iPhone using iTunes on Windows computer?

10. Select the created ringtone for all calls or for an individual contact (details).

How to download ringtone to iPhone using iTunes on Windows computer?

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How do I create iPhone ringtones using iTunes on Mac (macOS Mojave and older macOS)?

1. Open iTunes on Mac.

2. For ease of use, create a separate playlist for the MP3 files from which you will make ringtones. To do this, go to the menu File and select New playlist (in our case, we created a playlist Ringtones).

3. Add music from a folder on your computer (those songs from which you will make ringtones) to the created iTunes playlist. To do this, simply drag and drop MP3 files into the playlist field.

How to Create iPhone Ringtone on Mac

4. Select the desired song from copied to iTunes. Right-click on its name and select the menu item “Song Details”

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

5. Open the tab “Parameters”… Check the boxes next to the items “Start” and “The end” and indicate the time of the required segment. Click OK.

Please note that the duration of the ringtone should be no more than 30 seconds (it is best to set 29 seconds).

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

6. Go to the menu File and click on the menu item Conversion → Create AAC Version

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

As soon as you select this action, iTunes will immediately create a copy of the file in your library with the duration specified in the previous paragraph.

To quickly find it, right-click by original file and press Show in Finder… In the opened folder, along with the original file in MP3 format, the created ringtone file in the format .m4a

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

7. Click on it with the right mouse button and select “Properties”

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

8. In the block “Name and Extension” change the extension m4a on m4r… In the same window, you can rename the ringtone.

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

In the pop-up message, select “Use .m4r”

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

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How do I move a ringtone I created on Mac (macOS Mojave and older versions of macOS) to iPhone?

1. Open iTunes on your computer.

2. Connect your iPhone using a USB cable. The device should be identified in iTunes, which will be evidenced by the appearance of an icon with an iPhone image. Click on this icon.

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

3. Open the menu Sounds at the very bottom on the left side of iTunes. Drag and drop the generated ringtone files with extension .m4r out the window Sounds

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

4. The ringtones copied to iPhone will be displayed in the window Sounds

How to create iPhone ringtone using iTunes on computer?

5. Open the app Settings on iPhone and go to menu Sounds, tactile signals

6. Go to the menu Ringtone… At the very top of the ringtone list, you will see the ringtone you have created and downloaded.

7. Select the created ringtone for all calls or for an individual contact (details).

How to Delete Ringtones from iPhone?

We have dedicated a separate detailed article to removing ringtones from iPhone, which you can read on this page.

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