Monday, May 2, 2016



(This can only be done thru iTunes, so you will need an account.... if you have your own songs on your computer, put them on the cloud and sync your phone/computer to share.  Also - my phone's an iPhone 6S so I don't know if this works for anything earlier.)

Before starting….. do the following so you can rename your music file in WINDOWS 10


Select the ‘VIEW’ tab….

Scroll down and UNCHECK the ‘HIDE EXTENSIONS FOR KNOW FILE TYPES’ (This is the 7th SQUARE)

Press OK (you can leave this setting – it won’t affect your computer)

And away we go….

1.  Connect your iPhone to the computer via the Lightning cable, and start up iTunes.

2. Go into the music section and select the track that you want to use as a ringtone. Play the track and make a note of the start/stop time for your ringtone (not to exceed 29 seconds) Play the song on iTunes and note when you want to begin and end the ringtone. You can choose the middle of the song if you like.

3. Right click on it and select 'Get Info'.

4. A smaller window will open on top: select the Options tab in it.
In the Options tab, enter the starting time and the stop time for your ringtone. Remember, you need to select a 30-second (or less) selection of the song. If you select a time slice that is longer, the ringtone will fail to register. In our case, we select the first 30 seconds (start time is 0:00, and stop time is 0:30). Click 'OK'. NEVER EXCEED 30 SECONDS, and 0:29 seconds or less is best.
5. Once again, right click on the song and this time select 'Create AAC version'.  Momentarily, a second track with the same name, but the shorter, 30-second duration will appear.

6. Right click on the new file and select 'Show in Windows Explorer'. 7. A new window will open on top that will show you the location of the ringtone. Shrink this window by stretching it and slide it aside – you will need the PATH to the song soon. Do NOT close it
The new file has a .m4a extension. Select it and rename the extension to .m4r

7. This concludes your work preparing the file for use as a ringtone.

8. Next, Click on the three dots in the upper left and then select the 'Tones'  (It has a bell icon)

9. Click in the top left corner on the top-left-most tiny icon.  (A tiny rectangle with a dark and light side)  Select 'Add File to Library'.

10. Add the .m4r file that you have prepared.  (Go back to step 6 if you cannot find its location – or look at the explorer window you shrunk down and highlight the path….. use CTRL and C for ‘copy’ and then CRTL and V to paste the file in #9 above location).

11. Almost done!  The last step is to click on the iPhone icon in the top left of the iTunes screen (It’s to the right of the three dots).

12. Select the 'Tones' section here.  Fill in the circle next to all the tones you want to sync on your phone.  Check 'Sync Tones' if it’s not already checked. 

13. Click APPLY in the bottom right corner of the screen, and then click SYNC.  Wait for the phone to sync up (this can take up to several minute depending on how many ringtones you’ve made).

14. Success!  The ringtone is now loaded onto your phone, but you still need to actually select it to use it.

15.  Open SETTINGS on the iPhone and scroll down to ‘SOUNDS

16.  Then scroll to the ‘RINGTONE’ tab and tap it (or TEXT tone, or EMAIL, etc)

17.  Your new ringtone appears above all the stock ones, separated with a line. Select it and you're done! Now, your phone will ring in your own unique style!

P.S. - I an NOT a techie but I got lucky and was able to do this and make personalized ringtones.... if you have trouble, ugh - I can't help you!  GOOD LUCK!

This is one of my favs..... the first 30 seconds of this one is my 'text alert'... takes you right up to the first lyric!

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