Loads of ringtones are sold by iTunes store that you can choose for your device anytime. The thing that obstructs the way is that these ringtones and alert tones, mostly, cost you money. Naturally, you’d want to switch to something cheaper in that case…something like turning your favorite song into a ringtone. Sounds great? If yes, walk through this step-by-step guide we’ve brought for you to discover how to set a custom ringtone on your iPhone.

Set a Custom Ringtone

Step 1: Prepare Your Song

Before you begin the process, make sure your MP3 or AAC song is in your iTunes library. If it’s not there, import it. All set and done, open iTunes on your computer. Go to the Music library and right-click on the song you wish to turn into a ringtone. Select Song Info to bring up the info menu.

Step 2: Select Timings

Set a Custom Ringtone-Select TimingsFirst of all, listen to the song and note the time at which you want to start the ringtone. Then, select the stop time which must be within 30 seconds. On the Song Info menu, select the Options tab and check the boxes next to Start and Stop areas. Put entries with your noted times in the areas. Click “Ok” to finalize.

Step 3: Create AAC Version

Set a Custom Ringtone-Create AAC VersionFor iTunes versions before 12.4 & 12.5.1: Head to your song and right-click on it. Select Create AAC version to convert the song. A duplicate track of up to 30 seconds will be created in the same album.

For iTunes 12.4 and later: Select the song and head to the File menu, and click Convert > Create AAC version. You’ll be able to see the new track of up to 30 seconds as a new song or album.

Step 4: Import Using AAC Encoder

For iTunes versions up to 12.4: First off, check if your CD rip settings are set properly. If not, make it right by clicking on the menu in the top-left corner of the screen and selecting Preferences. From here, navigate to “When you insert a CD” and click Import Settings. Then, select Import Using: AAC Encoder.

For iTunes 12.4 and later: Click Edit menu and select Preferences to proceed further the same way as above.

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Step 5: Readjust Original Track Settings

Readjust the settings for the original track. To do so, head to the original track and right-click on it. Open the Get Info menu > Options tab and untick the boxes next to Start and Stop times. This will take these times back to their original state. Then, click “Ok”.

Step 6: Find Your Tone File

After readjusting the original track, head to the short ringtone you’ve created. From here, click Show in Windows Explorer > Show. In case you’re using a Mac, go to Show in Finder.

Step 7: Change File Extension

Set a Custom Ringtone-Change File ExtensionOnce the next window appears, you’ll be able to see your file name highlighted. You need to right-click on it and select Rename. Take your cursor to the end and delete .m4a to make it .m4r. Click Yes when your system asks for confirmation.

Note: In that case, you cannot see your file with an extension; you will have to unhide file extensions by using Windows Explorer (or File Explorer on Windows 8).

Step 8: Import Your Ringtone

The next step requires you to import your created ringtone to iTunes. All you need to do is simply open the Tones section in iTunes and drag the .m4r file into it.

Step 9: Delete AAC version

Next, you will have to remove the AAC version of the track from your iTunes library.

Step 10: Sync Your Ringtone

Set a Custom Ringtone-Sync Your Ringtone

As you start clicking and dragging your ringtone, a panel will show up on the left. Drop your Ringtone to your iPhone icon to sync them both. Now head over to your iPhone to set a custom ringtone.

Step 11: Set Your Ringtone

In order to set a custom ringtone on your iPhone, you’ll have to launch the Settings app on your device and then tap Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone. Tap on the name of your custom tone at the top of the list above your device’s default ringtones.

Step 12: Set Your Alert Tone

Set a Custom Ringtone-Set Your Alert ToneNot only ringtones, but you can also set your custom tone as an alert tone for text messages, voicemails, reminders, Facebook posts and many more. To make your tone an alert tone, you need to tap the Settings app > Sound & Haptics > [your desired alert tone type] > [your custom tone].

Would you like to set a custom ringtone on your iPhone? Which song will you choose to do the task? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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