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Want to make your own ringtone for your iPhone? Well, we’ve got you covered. This guide will let you choose between three different programs for Macs and PCs, and guide you through the process of creating your own ringtone for each. Whether you’re more into iTunes, GarageBand, or Fried Cookies, we’ve got you covered!

Using iTunes to make ringtones (Windows/Mac)

Apple’s iTunes is a fantastic free way to create your own custom ringtones for your iPhone. The hands-on approach is relatively quick and easy and doesn’t require any other software other than iTunes. All you need is the program, your song, and our how-to guide to getting it done.

Step 1: Open iTunes

Pretty self-explanatory. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes before you continue.

Step 2: Select your ringtone song

Choose the song you’d like to use for your new iPhone ringtone. Keep in mind that iPhone ringtones continually run in 30-second (or less) loops, so don’t pick something that you are going to regret later.

Step 3: Select your favorite part of the song

Now choose which 30-second part of the song you want to be your ringtone. Memorize or jot down the start and stop times for the clip.

Step 4: Insert the start and stop times

Right-click or ctrl-click on the song you want and select Get Info. Then go to the Options tab and insert the start and stop times in the corresponding fields. Then check the the boxes to the left of both Start Time and Stop Time. Click OK.

Step 5: Create AAC version

Right-click or ctrl-click the same song again and select Create AAC Version. An AAC copy of the 30-second clip you selected will appear in your iTunes library beneath the original song.

Step 6: Copy the file & delete the old one

Click the new AAC version and drag it to the desktop or wherever else you may want to save the file. Afterward, delete the AAC clip in iTunes.

Step 7: Change the extension

Go to the desktop – or wherever you saved the file – and change the extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r.” Confirm the changes to continue.

Note: For Windows users, you’re going to want to change your computer settings if you can’t see the extension when trying to rename the file. Simply open the Control Panel, select Appearance and Personalization, then click the Folder Options. Then go to the View tab and uncheck the box for “Hide extensions for known file types.” That should do the trick.

Step 8: Add file to iTunes

Double-click the .m4r file or drag it into the iTunes source column in order to add it to your iTunes library. The new ringtone will automatically be added to the ringtones folder.

Step 9: Sync & set

Now just sync your iPhone with your iTunes library, go to your iPhone’s settings, and set the ringtone under the Sounds options.