2 Easy Ways to Set a Song As Your Ringtone on iPhone

This post teaches you how to create and install a custom ringtone on your iPhone by using iTunes. Once you’ve added the song’s ringtone to your iPhone, you can set it as the phone’s default ringtone or as the ringtone for a specific contact.

Part A – Creating the Ringtone
#1 : Open iTunes. Its app icon resembles a multicolored musical note (♫) on a white background.


  • If prompted to update iTunes, first click Download iTunes and wait for the update to finish installing. You’ll need to restart your computer after doing so.

#2 : Make sure that your song is in iTunes

You’ll need to use iTunes to trim the song that you want to use as a ringtone. You can add the song to iTunes by double-clicking its file if iTunes is your computer’s default music player.

  • If iTunes isn’t your computer’s default music player, you can add the song by clicking the File tab, clicking Add File to Library… in the drop-down menu, and double-clicking the music file that you want to use

#3 : Find the section of the song that you want to use

Double-click the song in iTunes to play it, listen for the beginning of the section that you want to use as the ringtone and note the start time, and listen for up to 40 seconds before noting the end time

  • You can see the time-stamp for the song at the top of the iTunes window when a song is playing
  • Ringtones cannot be longer than 40 seconds

#4 : Open the song’s information menu

Click the song to select it, click Edit (Windows) or File (Mac), and click Song Info (Windows) or Get Info (Mac) in the resulting drop-down menu. A window will open.

  • You can also just right-click the song and click Song Info (Windows) or Get Info(Mac) in the drop-down menu that appears.

#5 : Click the Options tab. It’s at the top of the information menu window

#6 : Check the “start” and “stop” boxes

They’re both near the top of the window, just below the “media kind” section. Doing so will place checkmarks in the respective boxes, allowing you to change the start and stop time for the song

#7 : Enter the start and stop time

In the “start” text box, enter the time in the song at which you want the ringtone to start, then do the same with the point at which you want the ringtone to end in the “stop” box

#8 : Click OK.

It’s at the bottom of the window. This will save the song’s changes and exit the information menu

#9 : Create an AAC version of the song

Make sure that the song is selected by clicking it, then click File, select Convert in the drop-down menu, and click Create AAC Version in the pop-out menu. A new version of the song that is the length of your ringtone will appear below the original song in iTunes.

  • For example, if your selected ringtone segment is 36 seconds, the new song will have “0:36” next to it instead of the full song length.
  • If you don’t see the Create AAC Version option, enable it by clicking the Edit(Windows) or iTunes (Mac) tab, clicking Preferences…, clicking Import Settings, clicking the “Import Using” drop-down box, and clicking AAC Encoder in the drop-down menu.

#10 : Open the AAC file’s location.

Select the AAC version of the song, then click Fileand click Show in Windows Explorer (Windows) or Show in Finder (Mac) in the drop-down menu. This will open the file’s location on your computer

#11 : Change the AAC file into an M4R file

This process will vary depending on whether you’re using a Windows computer or a Mac computer


  • Windows – Click the View tab → check the “File name extensions” box → click the “.m4a” version of the song to select it → click the Home tab → click Rename → replace m4a with m4r at the end of the song name and press  Enter → click OK when prompted.
  • Mac – Select the AAC version of the song (the “m4a” version) → click the Filemenu item → click Get Info in the drop-down menu → change m4a to m4r in the “Name & Extension” section and press  Return → click Use m4r when prompted.

Part B – Placing the Ringtone on Your iPhone#1 : Attach your iPhone to your computer.

Plug the USB end of your iPhone’s charging cable into a USB port on your computer, then plug the other end of the cable into the charging port on your iPhone.

#2 : Click the iPhone icon.
This iPhone-shaped icon is in the top-left side of the iTunes window. Doing so will open the iPhone’s page, as well as a list of the content on your iPhone in the left-hand side of the iTunes window

#3 : Click Tones

it’s a tab below the “On My Device” heading on the left side of the iTunes window. The Tones page will open

#4 : Add the ringtone to the Tones page

Click and drag the .m4r version of the song into the iTunes window, then drop it there. You should see the ringtone appear on the page

#5 : Click Sync

It’s a white button in the bottom-right side of the iTunes window

#6 : Wait for the ringtone to finish synchronizing

This should only take a few seconds. Once you see the progress bar at the top of the iTunes window disappear, you can disconnect your iPhone from your computer (if you wish) and proceed with setting the ringtone.

#7 : Open your iPhone’s Settings Image titled Iphonesettingsappicon.png

#8 : Scroll down and tap Sounds & Haptics

It’s in the same group of settings as the Image titled Iphonesettingsgeneralicon.png General option
  • On the iPhone 6S and earlier, you’ll just tap Sounds here.

#9 : Tap Ringtone

This option is directly below the “SOUNDS AND VIBRATION PATTERNS” heading in the middle of the page

#10 : Tap your ringtone’s name

  •  the “RINGTONES” section, tap the name of the ringtone that you want to set as your phone’s default ringtone. You should see a blue checkmark appear to the left of it, signifying that your phone will use your custom ringtone for all incoming calls.

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