How to Create or Import Free iPhone Ringtones with iTunes

MakeUseOf | 3/23/2017 | Tim Brookes
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The iPhone has come a long way since it first made an appearance in 2007. Unfortunately, the process involved in importing and using your own custom ringtones and alerts has not.

This might be the reason you always seem to hear the same old iPhone tones, as there are quite a few steps involved in making it work. Apple still sells ringtones via the iTunes store, so we thought we’d remind you that there’s still a free way to add your own alerts to your iPhone.

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There are also a few other tones and alerts you can customize for a more personal device.

It should go without saying that you’ll need to choose a song or alert that you want to import, whether it’s the theme tune to M.A.S.H. or the second-long “you’ve been spotted!” noise from Metal Gear Solid. This is your source material, and it might come from an MP3 you downloaded, or a song that’s already in your iTunes library.

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For ringtones you’ll want to trim your song down to around 30-seconds, something you can accomplish with iTunes or any other audio editor. You can use any one of the methods below.

This will only work with music you have imported directly (from your own files), or music you have purchased from Apple (DRM-free) that’s tied to your Apple ID. If you’re using Apple Music, you won’t be able to grab just any song and use it as a ringtone.

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Find the song you would like to use in iTunes (import it if you haven’t already), right-click on it and select Get Info. Navigate to the Options tab where you’ll see Start...
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