Create iPhone ringtone from MP3

 An iPhone ringtone from an MP3

The iPhone is by default in a rather paradoxical situation since it can contain a large number of MP3 songs but only offers a very small number of ringtones. Why in this case cannot combine the useful with the pleasant by using your music files as a ringtone? This requires a few simple manipulations that we suggest you do here, whether for Windows users or Mac OS X users.

For Windows users

If you are using Microsoft operating system, we are going to give you a main 2 step method to simply make a ringtone for your iPhone from an MP3 file. Then we will give you some tips to perfect your work with Audacity.

Step 1: Create the ringtone file

  1. Get ToneShop from our software library and install it.
    2. Choose “Apple iPhone (AAC, .m4r)” from the first drop-down menu.
    3. Click on the “Load” button to load the MP3 file from which you want to create your ringtone.
    4. Do the same with the “Save” button to specify the directory for saving your future ringtone.

5. Specify the start and end of your ringtone, knowing that your selection should not exceed 40 seconds. To do this, start playing your file using the “Play” button and when you wish, press “Start” to start your selection and “Finish” to end it.

6. Complete the operation by clicking on “Convert”. Your file will be ready in seconds.

Step 2: Transfer to iTunes then to iPhone

1. Open iTunes and at the same time, the folder that contains your ringtone, defined in point 4 of the first step.
2. Make drag your file in the iTunes ringtone. If this does not exist, go to the Preferences menu on the Edit tab and check Ringtone in the Display section.

3. Then plug in your iPhone and sync it to iTunes. Your ringtone is now available in your device. Go to the settings of the iPhone, then menu “Sounds”, “Ringtone” and choose your creation.

Step 3: Improve your ringtone

If ToneShop has the merit of allowing the rapid creation of a ringtone for iPhone, it does not allow some refinements such as adding a fade in or/and out for your file. For that, we are going to use Audacity.

  1. Get Audacity from our software library and install it.
    2. In the “File” menu, click “Open” to find your original MP3 file .
    3. Enter, at the bottom of the window, the start and end values ​​of the selection as you did for point 5 of step 1. Note that by clicking on the arrow next to the selection, you can bring up a menu that will allow you to choose the stopwatch format (here, hh: mm: ss + milliseconds).

4. Then use the shortcut CTRL + T to eliminate what is outside your selection.
5. Apply a fade-in using the “Effect” menu. Do the same with the fade-out.
6. Save your song in the original format (MP3 for example).

7. Repeat steps 1 and 2 without making a selection with ToneShop, which has already been performed with Audacity.

For Mac OS X users

For apple brand lovers, there are also several methods to turn an MP3 file into ringtones for iPhone. The one we are going to give you here is simple to implement and requires operations quite similar to those we have just described for Windows.

Step 1: Create the ringtone file

1. Download the Mac version of the Audacity software.
2. Repeat exactly the operations seen in step 3 above in order to create a file of 40 seconds maximum with fades in and out in the MP3 format.

Step 2: Convert with iTunes

1. Then open iTunes and, in parallel, the folder containing your MP3 file worked with Audacity.
2. Drag and drop your file into the iTunes library.

3. Set the display of your library to list format and right-click on your file (or the CTRL + click combination). There, select “Create AAC version”. Your song will then be copied in AAC format in a directory that you can quickly find (right-click on the new file, then “Obtain information”: the path is listed at the bottom of the window).

Step 3: Change the extension and synchronize

1. Go to the folder in question and change the extension from m4a of your file to m4r. If the extension does not appear, perform the ALT + O combination, click on “Folder options”, then go to the “View” tab to uncheck the “Hide extensions for files whose type is known “.

2. Then drag this file into the iTunes library: it will be stored in the Ringtone part (to make it appear, see point 3 of step 2 of the Windows part). You can delete the AAC file from your library since it no longer exists.
3. Then plug in your iPhone and sync it to iTunes. Your ringtone is now available on your device. Go to the settings of the iPhone, then menu “Sounds”, “Ringtone” and choose your creation.

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