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  • [HOW TO] Make Your Own Free Ringtones/Text Tones in iOS 5

    iOS 5 now comes with the ability to make your own text tones.

    You will need:
    1. A music file.
    2. iTunes 10.5.
    3. An iDevice running iOS 5 to sync it to.

    The ability to make your own ringtones has been a around for quite some time. With the release of iOS 5 yesterday, Apple seems to have let it slide under the door that you can make your own free text tones the same exact way that you can make a ringtone. This guide will explain how to do it.

    First, you need to get a music file that you want to convert to a text or ringtone. For text tones, I only recommend 3-5 seconds since if you pick a song you will hear the entire song every time you get a text message. For this guide, I will be using Dethklok's Deth Tone, available for free as an .MP3 file here. I downloaded the file to my desktop:


    After you have saved the music file that you want, right click it and click, "open with" and select iTunes:


    So now, the .MP3 file should be in your iTunes library. The next step is to right click the file you just added to iTunes and click the, "Create AAC version" option, as shown below:


    iTunes will convert the .MP3 file into a .M4a file. Once the process is complete, you can delete the .MP3 file from both your desktop, and from iTunes, this will leave only the .M4a file in iTunes. Once you do that, click and drag the .M4a file from iTunes to your desktop. This should leave you with a .M4a file on your desktop, shown below:


    Now that you have the .M4a file on your desktop, you need to change it to a ringtone file. To do this, simply right click it, and select, "Get Info" as shown below:


    When the get info window appears, you need to rename the file from .M4a to .M4r so that iTunes will recognize it as a ringtone file instead of a music file. To do this, look at the image below:


    Changing the file extension makes the file a ringtone file instead of a music file. So now, you can just right click it, select, "Open With" and pick iTunes, shown below:


    When the file in imported to iTunes you will notice that it appears in the Ringtons section instead of the Music section. This indicates that when you sync your iDevice, the ringtone you just made will me available in the ringtones section of your iDevice. Your iTunes should look something like this:


    How many of you want to try making your own tones? Leave a comment below!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [HOW TO] Make Your Own Free Ringtones/Text Tones in iOS 5 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      This is old news. I believe I've been doing this since the first iphone.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      ToneFXS!!!
      Changes all your tones!
    1. smudge9123's Avatar
      smudge9123 -
      does this work on windows 7 ????
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      This is old news. I believe I've been doing this since the first iphone.
      But not every one is as clever as you!
    1. Zamphire's Avatar
      Zamphire -
      It's like he said at the beginning of the article, Kickerman65. Doing this for ringtones has been around for quite a while, the new feature is you can now do it for texttones as well.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      This is old news. I believe I've been doing this since the first iphone.
      Actually, that only worked for ringtones. iOS 5 brings this feature to text tones as well. This was stated at the beginning of the guide.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      You also have to make sure that you have your import settings set for AAC and not mp3 or something else. You can also select a start and stop time under the 'get more info' menu. Always loved this little trick.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Yup, been able to do this for years
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      agree?
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      This is old news. I believe I've been doing this since the first iphone.
      Meeeeowww! Shred, rippp.... with your claws.
      He said "iOS 5" and "creating a text tone" Not ringtone.

      Slow your roll dude. You're too uptight.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Yup, been able to do this for years
      No.

      Custom Text Tones are brand new.

      The only thing you used to be able to change are Ringtones.

      Now you can make your own noises when you are texted. You could not do that in iOS 4 without the aid of a jailbreak tweak.
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      For anyone who isn't aware you can clip out the part of the audio file you want to use before converting it to an aac by just right clicking and selecting the start end end points to the song.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by manickbarry View Post
      But not every one is as clever as you!
      Someone please pass the flamethrower lmao!
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Or get an Android phone and have that built in. Oh wait, thats just one of those features that you will one day get with the iPhone 7.
    1. Fender's Avatar
      Fender -
      ZOMG's sweet! Making ringtones was always fun but having my own text tones... well now that's just the jam on the toast then, eh?
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      I've been doing this since 2008. But it's never worked for text tones. I'm gonna try it.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Kind of misleading in that it says create them in iOS5. You still have to use your computer though.

      And yes, been doing this for a couple years now.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Garage band does this better
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      Kind of misleading in that it says create them in iOS5. You still have to use your computer though.

      And yes, been doing this for a couple years now.
      I suppose it should say "for" instead of "in".
    1. Zach B.'s Avatar
      Zach B. -
      Custom Ringtones without jailbreak - Since iOS 1.0 (2007)
      Custom Text tones without jailbreak - Since iOS 5.0 (2011)

      It took Apple 4 years to finally incorporate a modern idea! I'm not the one for custom text tones though, the only time I will use a custom text tone is when my friend comes over and always brags about his Droid X. Whenever I get a text it goes "DROID!" and he get's angry about it. What can't an iPhone do? Haha.

      Also check out audiko.net for custom ringtones/text tones for your iPhone, its quick and easy if you don't want to deal with converting and changing file extensions. (even though it's not that hard. )