Feeling bored about your default Marimba ringtone on your iPhone? Know how to add custom mp3 ringtones to your iPhone the easy way by following this tutorial.
One frustration of being an Apple iPhone user is not being able to use directly our installed songs/audio files like Android users do. In return, we are stuck with using the default ringtones available in the device.
Though not as convenient as other non-iOS devices, there’s actually a way to add custom ringtone to iPhone.
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Things you will need:
- PC/Mac with iTunes installed (latest version preferred)
- iPhone cable connector
- Your iPhone (obviously :p)
- MP3/audio file you want to add
Note: I’m a Mac user so all of my screenshots are in Mac format. But it will also work on Windows!
Step 1: Select and import your audio file to iTunes
To do this, just locate your audio file on your local disk, right click on it then select ‘Open With‘ > iTunes (this will automatically import and play the song into iTunes).
Step 2: Trim the length of the audio file
If you want to trim down audio instead of playing the whole song, you may do so. On iTunes, right click on the song you’ve just added then select ‘Get Info‘ > Options > Start/Stop Time and adjust accordingly. Play first the song to help you identify the time portions of the song you want to trim.
Step 3: Convert the audio to ‘AAC’ format
Next step, we have to convert our selected audio to AAC (.m4a) format. This is important for us to sync it properly to our iPhone as ringtone. On iTunes, right click on the song/audio then select ‘Create AAC Version‘. It will create duplicate file in iTunes but on .m4a format. Next, delete the first (original) audio file on the iTunes list to avoid any confusion later on.
Step 4: Rename the converted file to .m4r format
Since iPhone only recognizes ringtones with .m4r file extension, we have to rename our converted file on the same manner. To do this, right click on the converted file on iTunes, then select ‘Show in Finder‘ (if you are using Mac) or ‘Show File Location‘ (if you are using Windows). In the opened window, create a duplicate/copy of the .m4a file then rename it to .m4r by (see image below for sample).
Now, repeat Step 1 to import the .m4r file to iTunes as a ringtone. You will now see it under ‘Tones‘ section in iTunes.
Step 5: Import and Sync with your iPhone.
Lastly, you may now sync with your iPhone to reflected the custom tone we’ve just created. Make sure though that the ‘Sync Tones‘ option is checked for it to be visible in your iPhone’s ringtone list.
That’s it! Check now your iPhone Settings > Sounds > Ringtone to change your current tone. I hope this detailed tutorial helps you to add custom ringtone to iPhone. Let me know if you encounter any problems along the way by leaving a comment below.
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