How to play music on the iPhone

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Hello all! Frankly speaking, I’m trying not to write about things that are already described many times on the internet. It’s boring to repeat the same thing over and over again. But sometimes I have to make some exceptions: first, someone will ask about creating ringtones (it’s much more convenient to give a link to my article rather than “googling” it), and second, instructions are never too numerous. Maybe someone will find them useful.

But the main reason for this article is something else. I recently came across a great song, I wanted to set it as a ringtone, but in the iTunes Store all the ringtones of this song are as much as possible useless. What to do? That’s right. To create a ringtone by yourself. And while we’re at it, why not write about it?

Attention! If something does not work or there are any errors, then feel free to ask your questions in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев. I will definitely try to help.

But first at least try to create a ringtone yourself by following these instructions. Believe me, there is nothing difficult (be careful and you will succeed). Here we go!:)

The length of the ringtone cannot exceed 40 seconds (here is such a restriction from Apple).

If your music file fits into these limits, you can safely skip steps 2 and 3. If not, follow all items in strict order.

General principle

In order to add a new ringtone to your iPhone, you must create an audio file in the m4r format, with a maximum duration of 30 seconds, and use auto sync to transfer it to the device and install it as a ringtone.

There are two rules for iPhone ringtones: they must be up to 30 seconds long and be in a special m4r format.

There are several ways to create such a file:

    With audio trimming services like Audiko or Ringer.Org. Upload your song file there, set the duration, select the m4r download format and download the resulting ringtone to your computer. Suitable for Mac OS users.



  • Open iTunes on your computer. Press File → Add File to Media Library. Select the desired audio file, then click OK.
  • Listen to the added song in iTunes and find the excerpt that will be the ringtone.
  • Right-click on the song and choose Details. Click the Preferences tab. Check the Start and End boxes and enter the start and end of the piece, for example, 0:46 and 1:13, in the boxes beside it. Click OK.
  • Right click the song again and choose Create AAC Version or File → Convert → Create AAC Version. The audio clip will appear below the original track.
  • Right-click on the shortened snippet and select Show in Windows Explorer.
  • This opens a folder with the file. On Windows, go to Control Panel → Folder Properties → Basic and uncheck Hide extensions for registered file types.
  • Go back to the folder, and you will see that the ringtone file has an extension.M4a. Right click on it and choose Rename. Change m4a to m4r (which is the format of iPhone ringtones) and drag it to another folder on your computer.

How to play a ringtone in your iPhone?

I never thought that you can’t just put your own ringtone on your iPhone. With Android, you can do it in a couple of clicks. Yes, Apple offers to buy a lot of ringtones from iTunes, but first of all, everything there is paid, and second, your favorite tunes probably aren’t there.

I never thought you could just put your own ringtone on an iPhone. On Android, it’s a couple of clicks. Yes, Apple offers to buy a lot of ringtones in iTunes, but first of all, everything there is paid, and secondly, your favorite ringtones probably aren’t there.

Nothing is impossible! There is a way that allows you to put on your ringtone whatever you like. And today I will tell it to you. In order to do the cherished thing, we actually need an iPhone and a computer (PC or Mac) with iTunes on board. Let’s go!

Basically, we just need to make a m4r.M4r file and load it into the iPhone. But let’s assume that all we have at hand is iTunes and the iPhone itself.

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  • Open iTunes. Press File. Add file to library. Choose the desired song there and add it. Alas, you can only make a ringtone from your music on the computer, you can’t do this with music bought with iTunes.

Let’s listen to the selected song and find the 38-second piece that we want to put on the ringtone. Alas, an iPhone ringtone can be up to 38 seconds long. Listen to the song and memorize the start and end time of the segment.

Now right-click on the song and choose “Info”. There we find the tab “Parameters”. Here we have to set the start and end time of the ringtone, which we have chosen in step 2. Do not worry, the song will not be cropped, it is necessary only for the ringtone, then you can simply remove the “Start” and “Stop time” checkboxes. By the way, here you can specify the time to the millisecond by selecting the exact period.

After setting the time interval, press OK.

  • Right click on the song you just “shortened” and select “Create an AAC version” there. After that, a second track will appear right away, trimmed to the size you set in step 3.
  • Before proceeding, if you have Windows, go to Start. Control Panel. Go to Folder Properties (Folder Options), click on the View tab, and uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”.

Now right-click on the excerpt you have created and choose “Show in Windows Explorer” (or simply drag the track from iTunes into any folder).

You will see the file with the “m4a” extension. We just need to change its extension to “m4r” (this is the format of iPhone ringtones).

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Now delete the trimmed version of the song from iTunes and uncheck the checkboxes in the original song settings.

Now just sync your iPhone with your computer and the ringtone will appear on your smartphone. If you have not synchronized your phone for a long time, the operation can be long, do not be afraid.

This is how you can easily create your own ringtones for iOS. Want to know about other useful? Subscribe to the Workshop blog and you’ll always know a little more than your friends.

P.S. Some people ask how do you put multiple ringtones on your iPhone? Same way! Just follow the steps above for a few songs, and then sync them all to your phone.

How to create a ringtone on your iPhone

Find and download any song or ready-made ringtone in MP3 format.

You can easily download almost any track on the web, and the new features of Safari in iOS 13 allow you to download any type of files.

We save the melody you like in the application Files. Another useful feature of iOS 13 comes in handy here.

Download the GarageBand app to your iPhone. Apple’s free music creation software gives you an easy way to turn your song into a ringtone.

Launch GarageBand and select Track. Audio Recorder.

Switch to the tracks editing mode.

Open object manager.

Choose a downloaded tune from the Files app.

Drag and drop it onto an empty track.

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Trim the tune, add filters, apply effects, and even mix it with another tune, as you like.

We go to the menu with created melodies.

In the context menu of the melody select Share.

In the export window select Ringtones.

In the last step, specify as which melody we want to use the track.

All! You can set your own ringtone for all incoming calls or for calls from favorites.

If you go to Settings. Sounds, tactile signals. Ringtone, you will see all the ringtones you have created.

Use a side swipe to remove unnecessary.


How to install a ringtone on your iPhone without iTunes

If you want to install your own ringtone on your iPhone, you can do it without iTunes. We’ll show you how to assign a ringtone yourself.

You don’t have to use iTunes to set your own ringtone on your iPhone.

Use another app instead of iTunes. Garageband lets you install ringtones directly without iTunes. Garageband is free, but it is heavy. It weighs just under two gigabytes.

So, the app is installed. Launch GarageBand and choose “Audio Recorder” from the “Tracks” menu. Then click the little plus icon in the upper right corner and select “Automatic” in “Section A”.

After that, uncheck the box above the red record button. To select the track you want from your iPhone, use the loop button in the upper right corner.

Cut a suitable piece of the track, but keep in mind: its length should not exceed 30 seconds. To do this, move the slider to the desired position within the track.

Click on the soundtrack and tap on the “Share” area. If you drag the scissors icon down, the soundtrack will be cut. Now delete unnecessary parts of the song.

In the upper right corner, tap the little arrow and select “My Songs”. Tap “Select” on the right and check the ringtone. Then use the download button to save the ringtone to as a ringtone. After that, give it a suitable name.

Now all that’s left is to set the track as a new ringtone in “Settings” under “Sounds and Audio”.


The first ringtone setting application for iPhone, which we will consider, is called Ringtoneum. To use it to put your music on an incoming call:

Since the iPhone doesn’t give apps access to the file system, you’ll have to add the tune you create to the sound list through iTunes.

  • Start iTunes, find and select the Ringtone app in the “Programs” list.
  • Copy the m4r file to your desktop, which is the ringtone you created earlier.
  • In the iTunes side menu, under Media Library, choose Sounds.
  • Move the m4r file to the “Sounds” area.
  • Synchronize your iPhone with iTunes.

To change the ringtone, open your iPhone settings, go to “Sounds” section, open the “Ringtones” submenu and select the downloaded song.

The same way AnyRing and Ringtones applications work. The only difference between them is the appearance of the interface; the process of creating and adding a ringtone is the same.

Use iTools

Itools is an alternative version of iTunes, but it is not created by Apple developers, but by third-party specialists. In a way, the program creates ringtones faster due to the fact that you don’t have to bother with the file format. However, using software that is not designed for the iPhone operating system can cause conflicts with the phone’s native apps, so you should be careful.

To set a ringtone to your ringtone using iTools, follow these instructions:

  • Find your ringtone and simply drag it from the folder to the program window. It will be added automatically.
  • Connect the device to your computer and click on “Import to device” to transfer the music to your iPhone.

The program is not Russified, so only the English interface is available.

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Setting a Ringtone for a Ringtone

We have learned how to make your own ringtone on iPhone via iTunes, now it remains to understand how to transfer it to your phone and set it as a ringtone. There should be no problem moving the file: just grab it with your mouse and drag it to the iTunes window. If the program has a “Sounds” section, go to it. Inside, you should see the added ringtone file.

If the file is not in Sounds, try deleting the track as an MP3 by selecting the Leave File option. Another reason for the ringtone not showing up could be problems in the original MP3 file from which you performed the conversion. Try to repeat the operation with other songs or use services other than iTunes for the conversion.

If the ringtone appears in the “Sounds” section, then connect your iPhone to your computer and sync:

After synchronization is complete, you will find the file in the “Sounds” section of the iOS. Mark it to put it on your ringtone.

If there is no “Sounds” section in iTunes, the transfer order will change slightly. You will need to first connect your iPhone, and then drag the track to your phone under “Devices” or under “On My Device” after tapping the smartphone icon in iTunes.

As you can see, the procedure is not simple, and the order varies with newer versions of iTunes. For example, if in version 12.6 you could still tweak the menus and add a Sounds section, but in iTunes 12.7 no longer has this option. Therefore, many users abandon the standard program in favor of iTools and iFunBox. It’s much easier and more convenient to transfer ringtones through these apps: you don’t need syncing, and the file is always in view. Trim the song beforehand, convert it, and drop it into a file manager with the iPhone connected. Itunes can’t offer such simplicity.

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