Creating a ringtone for your iPhone from your favorite song can be challenging, but it does not have to be. Here's how to quickly and easily create a new killer sound on your phone.
There are many ringtone apps in the iOS App Store. We've tried about a dozen of them, and they all have similar functions. All apps we've tested require that you download music to iTunes with iTunes instead of downloading it from a cloud or streaming music service. It remains to be seen how iTunes's resignation will affect these apps in the future. A surprising number of these apps are also looking for a weekly subscription upgrade to unlock all features.
Finally, we chose Ringtone Designer 2.0. Ringtone Designer 2.0 gives you all the basics: You can import a track and set the position and length of the clip (up to 30 seconds). It also offers the option to show and hide the clip.
There is a per-upgrade option available, but it is a one-time purchase for $ 0.99, not a subscription. The Pro option lets you create longer sounds ̵
With or without Pro Upgrade, this is an easy-to-use app.
How to Create a Ringtone with Ringtone Designer 2.0
When you launch the app for the first time, a splash screen appears with the Getting Started button displayed. Tap.
You will be redirected to your iTunes library. For this tutorial, we use a track from the curiously popular U2 album a few years ago. Navigate to the song you want to convert.
When you've found your song, tap it to open it in the editor.
Once you have selected the song, you can cut out the desired section. The user interface is quite simple: Swipe left or right to move the song's position, use the arrow keys on both sides to tweak the song's position, and then use the drag buttons to change the length of the clip ,
The buttons at the bottom of the interface control the entire clip. Tap the button in the lower left corner to switch from a text tone to a phone ring tone – seven seconds instead of thirty seconds. Tap the button in the lower right corner to show or hide the clip. This makes for a less annoying experience when your phone suddenly rings at full volume. When you've set the perfect tone for you, tap the Play button to hear it.
When you're done, tap the check mark in the upper-right corner to save your clip.
How to get your new sound on your iPhone
At this point, you need to load the ringtone into your iPhone's ringtone area.
To do this you need to connect your phone to a computer running iTunes. Ringtone Designer 2.0 includes a link to a tutorial video that explains how to import this ringtone. The video is pretty outdated, so here are some updated instructions for the latest and greatest version of iTunes, which will be discontinued shortly. In this case, we will update this article with new instructions. First connect your phone to your computer and start iTunes. Once iTunes is open, click on the device icon in the upper left corner.
In the left column, click "File Sharing" and then the Ringtones app. Click on the ringtone you have created and then on the Save button.
Select a location for the ringtone. We recommend your desktop.
After saving, click "Sounds" on the left side of iTunes. Drag your ringtone from the desktop to the Sounds pane on the right side of iTunes.
Then, just sync your iPhone. The ringtone is now on your iPhone.
To set your new ringtone
To set the ringtone, go to Settings> Sounds.
Tap "Ringtone". Select your ringtone from the list, and you're done.