So you just have a brand-new iPhone 5 on hand? Why not making your favorite songs as free ringtones for your phone? Making free ringtones and transferring them to the iPhone 5 is not as easy as on other smartphones. The problem is that most users simply don’t know all of the steps involved. In the following guide, we will show you how to create your own iPhone 5 ringtones, convert them to an iPhone 5 preferred format, and then sync them to your iPhone 5 using iTunes.
Make a ringtone
First, you need to find a song or other audio file you like and pull a 1 to 30-second clip from the file. There are three easy ways to do this:
1. If your track is already in iTunes, right-click it and choose Get Info. Then, on the Options tab, choose a start and stop time no longer than 30 seconds.
2. If you want to extract audio from a Blu-ray or DVD movie, we recommend using Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper and save the output file as MP3.
3. If you have a wave or MP3 file you'd like to pull a more precise clip from, we recommend using Audacity for Mac or Windows. Be sure to export the finished file as an MP3.
Convert the ringtone
Now that you have an audio clip that is between 1 and 30 seconds long, you need to convert it to the appropriate format.
1. Drag your file into iTunes if it's not already in your music library
2. Highlight the file and click Advanced in the top menu
3. Choose Create Apple Lossless Version
4. Find the newly-created M4A file in your iTunes library
- On a Mac: User > Music > iTunes > iTunes Music > [Artist Name]
- On a Windows PC: My Documents > My Music > iTunes Media > Music > [Artist Name] (make sure "Hide extensions for known file types" within "Folder Options" is unchecked)
5. Rename the file so that the extension is M4R instead of M4A (ex: "ringtone.m4a" becomes "ringtone.m4r")
6. Drag the renamed file into iTunes
Sync the ringtone to your iPhone 5
Now you're ready to transfer the file to your iPhone 5.
1. Click on the Ringtones item in the left-hand menu column in iTunes - your new ringtone should already be there
2. Connect your iPhone 5 to your computer using the supplied USB cable
3. Once it appears, click on your iPhone in the left-hand menu column in iTunes
4. Go to the Ringtones tab and ensure that ringtones are set to sync
5. Sync your iPhone
Your new ringtone will now be transferred to your iPhone 5. To configure it as your current ringtone, simply go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone on your iPhone and choose the new file by name. That’s it!
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