18 December 2023

How to Add Custom Ringtones and Text Tones for iPhone

By Ronald Smith

Do you ever find yourself getting bored of the same old chimes and ripple tones on your iPhone? Well, I have a solution for you. You can actually create your own personalized ringtones using your favorite songs!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But wait, isn’t there a special file format I need for ringtones?” You’re absolutely right! In order for your iPhone to recognize your custom tones, you’ll need to save them in the M4R format. In this post, I’ll show you exactly how to take a snippet from your favorite song in iTunes and transfer it to your iPhone as a ringtone. Let’s get started!

Before we dive in, there are a few things you need to know. This tutorial is specifically for macOS 10.15 Catalina and above. You’ll also need the Music app. So make sure you have those requirements met before proceeding.

Step 1. Choose the perfect track

First, you need to choose the track, song, or audio that you want to make into a ringtone. Place the track in a location that is easy for you to access, like your desktop.

Important: You can use any track that you have ripped from a CD, but you cannot use any songs from Apple Music or iCloud.

Note: To keep things simple, we will refer to the track as “track” throughout this tutorial.

Step 2: Cut the track

How to Add Custom Ringtones and Text Tones for iPhone

To make your own ringtones, you’ll need to trim the track down to the desired part. If you’re familiar with audio editing, this should be pretty straightforward. But if you don’t have an audio editing app on your Mac, don’t worry! There’s a handy web service called Acutterpro that lets you edit audio for free.

Important: Make sure your final track is no longer than 40 seconds for the ringtone or 30 seconds for the text tone.

Here’s how to trim music using Acutterpro:

  1. Go to Acutterpro.com, click “Choose Files,” and upload your track. You can also drag and drop your songs onto the panel. How to Add Custom Ringtones and Text Tones for iPhone
  2. Follow these simple steps to save your final track:

    1. First, click on ‘Cut’ and then ‘Download’ to save the final track on your computer.
    2. Now, let’s create an AAC version of your track! Open the Music app and navigate to the Library section. Click on ‘Songs’ to access your collection.
    3. Next, drag and drop the trimmed track into the Music app.

    That’s it! You’ve successfully saved your final track and created an AAC version. Enjoy your music!

    How to Add Custom Ringtones and Text Tones for iPhone

    Alright, here’s what you need to do. First, select the track you want to convert. Once you’ve got that, it’s time to get things rolling. Head over to the menu and click on File, then go to Convert. From there, all you need to do is select Create AAC version. Just like magic, a shiny new copy of your track will appear, but this time it’ll be in the .m4a extension. Easy peasy!

    How to Add Custom Ringtones and Text Tones for iPhone

    Step 4. Turn your track into a personalized ringtone

    When you’re done, you can easily make your track into a unique ringtone by following these simple steps:

    1. First, right-click on the track you just created.
    2. From the options that appear, select “Show in Finder.”
    3. A new Finder window will open, displaying the location of your track file.
    4. Now, you need to change the file extension of your track from .m4a to .m4r.

    That’s it! You’ve successfully converted your track into a custom ringtone.

    How to Add Custom Ringtones and Text Tones for iPhone

    Let’s return to the Music app. Find the track you want to delete and give it a little right-click. A menu will pop up, and you’ll want to choose the option that says “Delete from Library.” But hold on! We don’t want to throw the file away entirely; we just want it out of our music collection. So, make sure you select “Keep File” to keep it safe and sound.

    How to Add Custom Ringtones and Text Tones for iPhone

    Step 5. How to Add a Ringtone to Your iPhone

    First, connect your iPhone to your Mac using the lightning cable. Then, open Finder and find your iPhone under Location on the sidebar.

    Once you’ve selected your iPhone, make sure to open the General tab. Now, all you have to do is drag and drop the .mr4 track into the designated area.

    And that’s it! You’re all set to find your new ringtone on your iPhone. Simply go to Settings > Sounds and Haptics > Ringtones to locate it.