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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. Tario70's Avatar
      Tario70 -
      Very cool that it now works for text tones. I've been using Audacity to create my own tones with effects (such as fade in & fade out) for a while now. Looks like I'll be making text tones soon!
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      This is old news. I believe I've been doing this since the first iphone.
      +1,000,000 lma0
    1. Fender's Avatar
      Fender -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      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.
      Android is open, I'll give it that. But its rough. It lacks the refinement that an iOS and because of that, I'll use a blackberry before I'll use android.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Or after you jailbreak it, go to Cydia and download ringtones. Just sayin
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      I like Unlimitones because it allows you to edit the parts of the song you want to be your ring/text tone. It just cuts the section out you want and you can also edit to fade in and out so you don't get that loud harsh beginning or ending. It's pretty cool.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      This is old news. I believe I've been doing this since the first iphone.
      author just found out about this shhh give him credit for writing nice instructions
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      People, custom text tones are brand new in 5.0. Custom ringtones yes have been around for a while but text tones have not been on the iPhone. He was just bringing back a guide on how to do it for text tones.

      Read the first couple sentences:
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      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.
      So please move past the "I've been doing this for years already" and help newer users that actually find this guide useful.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Thank you Cer0, that was getting annoying. Goes to show you how much people don't read the entire article. I for one have been doing this for a year.... With the help of a jailbreak. Lolz
    1. rayzah_blade's Avatar
      rayzah_blade -
      newsworthy? I think not.
    1. Nintendo Tim's Avatar
      Nintendo Tim -
      I was able to get a MGS Codec ringtone on my phone as my text tone (to remove one more thing from the "ZOMG, i need untether jailbreak now!" list), but the jingle happens twice, not once; basically, I want to shorten it.I changed the extension to .mp3 to throw into GarageBand to shorten it, but GB says "nuh-uh, we can't use MP3s; are you kidding?". Well, when I made my custom ringtones using song snippets, they were MP3 files, so how is it GB can't do what it's supposed to?(slight off-topic post is off-topic).

      [EDIT] Uhg. Nevermind. Figured it out.

      Quote Originally Posted by kickerman65 View Post
      This is old news. I believe I've been doing this since the first iphone.
      How so, because iOS 5 added in native, custom text tone support.
    1. sTrAnGe mOdS's Avatar
      sTrAnGe mOdS -
      Same here. Except I edit mine with Audacity, export as .m4a and change it to .m4r, then import into iTunes.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by rayzah_blade View Post
      newsworthy? I think not.
      Then go find something you deem newsworthy to troll and stop naysaying this post.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sTrAnGe mOdS View Post
      Same here. Except I edit mine with Audacity, export as .m4a and change it to .m4r, then import into iTunes.
      I used the method above before for rintones and then used Audacity also. Now I just grabbed a $.99 app in the mac appstore. It has a really easy method of creating ringtones or now texttones that my wife could do instead of me having to listen to some of the music she does while I make it lol.
    1. Afa's Avatar
      Afa -
      Alright, I'm stuck!

      Any ideas?

      I was able to create a ringtone no problem, following the above procedure, BEFORE I updated to iOS 5.0 on my iPhone 4. Now, I don't seem to be able to. Everything works fine up until reopening the file in iTunes after converting to .m4r format. When I reopen in iTunes, the new .m4r version is nowhere to be seen, but the old .m4a version starts to play instead. The .m4r version is not in ringtones section either. I can't seem to solve it!

      Much obliged if you can!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      People, custom text tones are brand new in 5.0. Custom ringtones yes have been around for a while but text tones have not been on the iPhone. He was just bringing back a guide on how to do it for text tones. Read the first couple sentences
      I tried that about 3 times, don't worry about it Cer0
      Many people only skim and look at the pictures and title most of the time, they don't bother reading the piece. If they think they know it all already and they skip this guide, then it's their loss.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Afa, did you delete the original m4a from your iTunes library? If it is not completely removed, it will not appear as a ringtone but rather as the original file.
    1. Rcooley617's Avatar
      Rcooley617 -
      Ok I know how to make ringtones but how is this guide helping me get txt tones?
    1. Afa's Avatar
      Afa -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      Afa, did you delete the original m4a from your iTunes library? If it is not completely removed, it will not appear as a ringtone but rather as the original file.
      Thank you Donnutt!!! Yes all good now, that little step solved it.

      I'm not sure why I haven't had to do that before iOS 5.0, as I have had all my original .m4a and the corresponding .m4r files still on my iTunes. But i'll know now for next time, thanks again.
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      Sweet! I did not knows this. But I still like rocking the old school Nokia ringtone, it throws people off when they hear it. lol
    1. Fender's Avatar
      Fender -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcooley617 View Post
      Ok I know how to make ringtones but how is this guide helping me get txt tones?
      If you look in your sounds folder on your iPhone you'll see that the tones are available for use as a text noise.