Customize your iPhone ringtone in a few steps

The lack of customizations has always been one of the biggest arguments against the iPhone. You may be one happy iPhone user but the one thing you’d like to control is how your phone rings whenever you get a call or text message. The many apps which claim to set your favorite song as a ringtone haven’t proven useful and they require the sync of your iPhone with iTunes to get those tones to your tones list.

Garageband app could help you avoid using iTunes to make ringtones, by creating and saving ringtones directly on your iPhone without reaching for your computer.

Check out this post to learn how to use iTunes to create your ringtone (or other alert tones, text messages included), and afterwards sync your iPhone to import the tones and set them as your ringtone or text tone. It’s not a simple process due to Apple’s restrictions but following the instructions below you should be able to set your favorite song as a ringtone.

These instructions are available for iTunes 11 and 12 on a Windows PC but they are very similar when using the older versions and on a Mac.

– Open iTunes by double-clicking its shortcut or by going into the Start menu.

– Once you’re in iTunes library, right-click on the song you want to use as a ringtone and then choose Get Info.

– Click the Options tab and then check the Start Time and Stop Time boxes. Adjust the interval you want to be played as your ringtone. Listen to the song beforehand and remember the specific time you want it to start. The ringtone can’t be longer than 30 seconds as Apple limits all ringtones files to this length.

Side note

If you need high accuracy when entering the starting point of your ringtone, you can use decimals. Let’s say you want your fragment of music to start somewhere between 44 and 45 seconds, then you can enter 0:44.5 in the Start Time box. More precisely you can type up to three decimal units as in 0:44:652.

– Click OK. iTunes will convert the song after right-clicking on the track and selecting Create AAC version. You will see the same track twice but the shorter one should be the one you will use it as your ringtone. If the option to Create AAC version is missing, make certain your rip settings are set correctly. To change the default rip settings go to iTunes menu and select Preferences. Then click Import Settings followed by 'When you insert a CD' and in the Import Using column check the AAC Encoder version.

– Go back to the song that you chose and right-click on it. Click Get info. In the Options tab section uncheck the start and stop times to discard changes then click OK. By doing this you can be sure that the next time you'll listen to this song it will be played from start to finish, without any changes.