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A few weeks ago I showed you how to create your own customized ringtones for the iPhone using a handy software tool called ToneShop. But I recently discovered a very simple trick that enables you to convert your favorite MP3 into an iPhone ringtone right from the iTunes interface, without any third-party apps.

Launch iTunes and choose any MP3 you like. As the maximum ringtone length supported by the iPhone is 30 seconds, you'll have to trim it a bit (don't worry, this trimming doesn't change your original song and can be reverted at any time). Right click on the file, select Get info and click on the Options tab. Insert the file's start and stop time and click on OK.

use any MP3 file as a free iPhone ringtone

Now go back to your Library, right click on your chosen MP3 and select Convert selection to AAC. You'll get an AAC file with exactly the same name under the highlighted file. Open a File Explorer window and browse to your iTunes music folder (usually C:\Documents and Settings\username\My documents\My music\iTunes\iTunes Music). Locate the song you just converted, which will appear now as an M4A file, and change the extension to M4R.

use any MP3 file as a free iPhone ringtone

As soon as you change the file's extension, it'll appear as an iTunes ringtone that you can import into iTunes straight away with just a double click. The new ringtone will be show up on the iTunes interface, ready to be synced to your iPhone.

use any MP3 file as a free iPhone ringtone

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  • Etro |
    18/09/08
    Etro

    Many thanks for the very good work.

  • vic |
    05/10/08
    vic

    how to convert m4a to m4r. how to change the extension.

  • Tomas |
    06/10/08
    Tomas

    Vic, to change the file's extension you need to right click on the file and select the "Rename" command. The file's name will then become an active field where you can write the new extension. Press Enter and you're done :)

    But if you don't see any extension at all, do the following: open any File Explorer window and go to Tools > Folder Options. Then click on the View tab and uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types". Windows has this option enabled by default and that can make file renaming a bit confusing.

  • vic |
    07/10/08
    vic

    Elena, thank you so much for replying. I unchecked the "hide extension" and it WORKS !!! Appreciate it. :) wooohooo ... guess i will be busy converting ringtone for the next few days ;)

  • Nabil Hakim |
    20/11/08
    Nabil Hakim

    thanks much , this helped me solving the problem of having my songs as ringing tones on my iphone

  • Joseph |
    25/11/08
    Joseph

    Hey i converted the file and everything but I cant find it on the phone, I bought the phone from a friend and embarassingly enough just learning how to use it.

  • Tomas |
    26/11/08
    Tomas

    Hey Joseph,

    you need to tap on the Settings icon and then on Sounds. Select "Ringtone" and you'll see a list with all the available ringtones on your iPhone. The converted file should be among them. Tap on it to set it as your default ringtone. Hope this helps! ;)

  • FAHID |
    30/11/08
    FAHID

    HI PLEASE HELP ME I CANT SEEM TO KNOW WAT IM DOING HERE I TRIED CHANGING THE EXTENSION BUT DOESNT GIVE ME A OPTION TO DRAG TO MY RINGTONES WAT IM DOING WRONG PLEASE HELP M,E OUTY ]

  • Tomas |
    01/12/08
    Tomas

    Hi Fahid! After changing the extension you have to double click on the file, so that it's automatically imported into iTunes as a new ringtone. You don't need to drag anything, a double click is enough. Cheers!

  • E |
    06/12/08
    E

    Done everything except getting it into ringtones in itunes. It converted successfully to ringtones. i double clicked it and it shows up in itunes but cannot get it into ringtones to sync it to my phone. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, E

  • Jayne |
    22/04/09
    Jayne

    Hi there

    I'm having a similar problem. I've converted the file to m4r (and all the previous actions) but when I double click on it, it appears in music but not in ringtones. I can't drap it in there either. I have a mac - does this make any difference?

    Thanks

    Jayne

  • Alistair |
    25/04/09
    Alistair

    I found after converting drag it over your music file in itunes and it goes straight into ringtones hope this helps

  • Derrick |
    26/04/09
    Derrick

    After the creation of the m4a file u need to delete it from the music category then only double click the file. it'll then open under the ringtones category. cheers.

  • Jayne |
    26/04/09
    Jayne

    Yay it worked!!!!!!! Thanks guys x

  • katharine |
    04/07/09
    katharine

    Hi!!

    managed to convert the file to a ringtone, but now don't seem to be able to play the original in itunes, what am i doing wrong?

  • Ben |
    16/10/09
    Ben

    hi, im trying this but its not working. the files from itunes are mpeg4 files not M4A files like stated so its not doing anything. im probably being stupid but have no idea what to do. please help! thanks

  • Darren |
    26/11/09
    Darren

    Hello,

    Ive done all of the above and ive looked at the Q&A but I still cant get the ringtones to work,

    On one part you shoe the itunes page with Misuc movs and below the radio symbol is the ringtone section, i dont have that

    Can you help

  • Darren |
    26/11/09
    Darren

    Also when I try tolook at my ringtones on the itune page of my iphone I cant even acces the ringtones except on my iphone which doesnt have the newly converted files

  • ali |
    06/12/09
    ali

    I’m having a similar problem. I’ve converted the file to m4r (and all the previous actions) but when I double click on it, it appears in music but not in ringtones. I can’t drap it in there either. I have a mac - does this make any difference?

  • Rezza |
    27/03/10
    Rezza

    Hey man, I'm having some issues here. I am not able to convert to AAC bcos there is no tab for 'Convert to AAC' there's only for 'convert to MP3' any idea why??

  • Shah |
    01/04/10
    Shah

    But why when im sync my iphone, all date is gone. Include mp3 n ring tone. N than till now i cant install any ring tone to my iphone bcoz its not allowed me to do that n the ring tone not work properly. Thanks dude.

  • Coty |
    15/04/10
    Coty

    I cant even get it to "convert to AAC" it doesnt seem to appear in the field when I click the song. Any thoughts?

  • yinka |
    30/04/10
    yinka

    i have done all gone through all the steps converted it, and it has entered the ringtone on my itunes but after syncing it does not enter the ringtone on my iphone. hope it isnt because i am manually managing my songs

  • benny |
    04/05/10
    benny

    i went through all the process above but could not get it to work until i used a third party application which i use to sync my music to my iphone. it is called copytrans. google it...it is the best software for syncing. i used that to sync the m4r file to my iphone and it worked as a dream i hope this helps

  • Sheetal |
    18/08/10
    Sheetal

    i cant change the duration of the MP3 file. hence thought the converted file shows in my ringtone section it doesnt get dragged into the phone. wht do i do?

  • Asami |
    14/05/11
    Asami

    thank you :)

  • shahadah |
    05/02/13
    shahadah

    thank you guys!!!!it worked...

  • biggy landers |
    26/04/13
    biggy landers

    How do I use my videos or oudio music as my ringtones?

  • Mikkie |
    02/06/13
    Mikkie

    Not working for me Atall

  • vijay |
    19/08/13
    vijay

    is there any limitation on max number of ringtones can be made in iphone 3gs ? i cant make more then 3 ringtones.

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