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Three ways to make free custom ringtones for your iPhone

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You are in a public place and suddenly an iPhone starts ringing. Probably this is the moment when several people around you start fumbling in their pocket and have a quick glance at their iPhone. The best way to make sure that is really you who is receiving a call, is setting a custom iPhone ringtone. There are three good reasons to create custom iPhone ringtones: 1. It is free 2. It takes only a few minutes and 3. It is fun!

In this article we will show you three different ways to make custom iPhone ringtones. You can use websites like or, download one of the many free ringtone maker apps to your iPhone or use iTunes to convert songs to ringtones.

Where to download free iPhone ringtones?

The easiest way to get free iPhone ringtones is using one of the many websites to download existing ringtones. Most of them also offer the possibility to upload your favorite song to convert it into a ringtone. Once you downloaded the ringtone to your PC, you can add it to your iPhone via our free iTunes Alternative CopyTrans Manager. In the recent release, Apple got rid of the ringtones tab in iTunes. But even if you manage to add a ringtone to your iPhone, it’s impossible to remove it with iTunes. Lucky for you, CopyTrans Manager can delete a ringtone.

1. Websites to download and make free ringtones

Here is a small selection of websites to download and create free custom ringtones:


No matter what site you go for, the procedure to create custom ringtones is pretty much identical. In the following steps I used to download and create free custom ringtones for my iPhone.

The advantage of is that you can download existing ringtones for free and without having to create an user account. To download existing iPhone ringtones:

  1. Open melofania
  2. Search for a song in using the search bar in the upper right part of the page, or click on a popular ringtone like e.g. “Roar from Katy Perry” or “Lorde from Royals”
  3. In the next window select “iPhone” to download the ringtone in *.m4r format royals lorde free ringtone
  4. The ringtone will be saved to the Downloads folder on your PC and you can now use iTunes or our free iTunes Alternative CopyTrans Manager to add it to your iPhone download ringtone pc

Create free custom ringtones using your favorite songs

If you didn’t find what your are looking for, you can use, or any other website that I mentioned above, to create individual iPhone ringtones. To do so, follow theses steps:

  1. Back on click on “Upload” upload song to melofania
  2. Select the song that you want to convert into a ringtone and click on “Open” convert song to ringtone
  3. Wait until the website finished uploading and processing the file upload free iphone ringtone
  4. Now you can easily select the part of the song that you want to convert to a ringtone. Most sites allow ringtones with a maximum length of 40 seconds. Once you are done, confirm your choice in clicking “Create ringtone” edit iphone ringtone
  5. In the next window you can enter the artist and track name name ringtone
  6. Now, select the right file format “*.m4r” to download your free, custom iPhone ringtone to your PC download free ringtones
  7. The ringtone will be saved to the Downloads folder, from where you can add it to your iPhone ringtone upload


Add ringtones to iPhone without iTunes

To quickly add your custom ringtone to your iPhone, you can use our free iTunes Alternative.

  1. Download CopyTrans Manager from:

    CopyTrans Manager Download

  2. Install and launch the program
  3. Connect your iPhone to your PC and wait until its contents show up in CopyTrans Manager free itunes alternative
  4. Now, simply drag and drop the ringtone from the downloads folder into the open CopyTrans Manager window drag and drop ringtone to iphone
  5. Click on “Apply” and the ringtone will be saved to your iPhone save ringtone to iphone

How to set a custom iPhone ringtone?

Once you successfully added your custom ringtone to your iPhone you can set it like this:

  1. On your iPhone go to “Settings > Sounds > Ringtone” and select the ringtone. Usually you will find all custom ringtones on top of the ringtone list set ringtone on iphone
  2. That’s it!

How to backup iPhone ringtones to PC?

You may wish to have a safe backup of your custom iPhone ringtones before updating the iOS version or before moving to another phone. Whatever the case, use CopyTrans to back up the ringtones as described in this tutorial

Tutorial: How to backup iPhone ringtones to PC ringtones in copytrans

2. iPhone apps to create free ringtones

Open the iTunes Store and search for “Ringtone maker”. You will then get a list of different apps that allow you to create free ringtones directly on your iPhone. Unfortunately, though you will still have to use iTunes on your PC to move ringtones out of the ringtone maker app to the “Sounds-Section” of your iPhone.

The procedure to create ringtones on your iPhone is more or less the same, no matter what app you use. In this example we used the app out of the first link in the list above.

  1. Download, install and open the app on your iPhone
  2. Start by selecting a song. In Ringtone Maker you therefore just tap the musical note ringtone maker app
  3. Your native iPhone music app will open. Go to a playlist and select the song that you want to convert to a ringtone select a song on iphone
  4. Now you can set the stop time and length of the ringtone. In the free version of the app the maximum length is 30 seconds. If you purchase the app you get 10 seconds more. You can also define, if you want the ringtone to fade in and out. There are still some advanced options but these are only available in the paid version too. As soon as you are satisfied with your ringtone, tap the disk icon to save the ringtone to the app.

To be able to use the ringtone on your iPhone there are still some steps to take and you will have to switch to your PC.

  1. Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to the PC
  2. Select your iPhone, go to Apps and scroll down to File Sharing. Click on the Ringtone Maker App. In the right window you will now see the recently created ringtone. Select it and click on “Save to…” to save the ringtone to your PC file sharing apps itunes
  3. Go to the folder where you saved the ringtone and drag and drop it into the open iTunes window. This way it will be saved under “Tones” in your iTunes library add ringtone to itunes
  4. From within your iTunes library, select the ringtone and drag and drop it to your iPhone add ringtone to iphone 5
  5. Now you successfully added your free custom ringtone to your iPhone. To set the ringtone on your iPhone, go to “Settings > Sounds > Ringtone” and select the ringtone. That’s it!

3. How to make iPhone ringtones using iTunes

The third way to easily create ringtones and to add them to your iPhone is using iTunes itself.

  1. Open iTunes and select the song that you wish to convert into a ringtone. Click on the right button of your mouse and select “Get Info” get song info itunes
  2. In the appearing window go to the tab named “Options” and set the Stop Time to a value below 30 seconds itunes options stop time
  3. Close the window and right-click again on the song. This time select “Create AAC Version”. itunes create aac version Your song will now get duplicated. Note: Don’t forget to go back to the original to remove the Stop Time.
  4. Select the newly created AAC Version of your song, use one last time the right click and select “Show in Windows Explorer” itunes show in windows explorer
  5. Now, change the file extension from *.m4a to *.m4r. Ignore the warning about changing the file extension in clicking Yes. convert m4a to m4r
  6. Drag the newly created ringtone from the Windows Explorer window into the open iTunes library. You will now find the ringtone under “Tones” drag and drop to itunes
  7. Add the ringtone to your iPhone with Drag and Drop add ringtone to iphone with itunes
  8. To set the ringtone on your iPhone, go again to “Settings > Sounds > Ringtone” and select the ringtone. You are all set!

That’s it! Making custom iPhone ringtones is as easy as that. We wish you lots of fun with your new, free iPhone ringtones!