Creating a ringtone for your iPhone from your favorite song can be a challenge, but it's not necessary. Here's how to quickly create a new tone that kills directly on your phone.
There are many ringtone apps in the iOS app store. We have checked about a dozen of them, and they all have a similar feature. All the apps we tested required loading music to the iPhone via iTunes instead of downloading it from a cloud or streaming music service. It remains to be seen how the removal of iTunes will affect these applications in the future. A surprising number of these apps are also looking for a weekly subscription update to unlock all the features, which seems a little dirty.
Finally, we went with Designer 2.0 Ringtone. Ringtone Designer 2.0 has all the basics you need – the ability to import a track and determine the positioning and duration of the clip (30 seconds maximum). It also adds the ability to melt the clip in and out.
A professional upgrade option is available, but it is a one-time purchase of $ 0.99, not a subscription. The pro option allows you to create longer tones, up to 40 seconds. It also allows you to use your device's microphone to record any sound used as a ringtone.
With or without the professional upgrade, it is an easy to use application.
How to create a ringtone with Ringtone Designer 2.0
When you launch the application for the first time, you get a splash screen with a "Start" button. Touch that.
You will be directed to your iTunes library. For this tutorial, we will use a track from the very curious U2 album from a few years ago. Navigate to the song you want to convert.
When you find your song, tap it to open it in the editor.
Once you have selected the song, you can cut out the desired section. The interface is quite simple: swipe left or right to move the song position, use the arrows on each side to adjust the position of the song, then use the input buttons to change the duration of the clip.
The buttons at the bottom of the interface control the entire clip. Press the button in the lower left corner to switch from a text tone to a phone ring tone, seven seconds instead of thirty seconds. Press the button in the lower right corner to show or hide the clip fading, which makes the experience less shocking when your phone suddenly starts ringing at full volume. Once you have determined the perfect tone, press the Play button to listen to it.
Once you have defined, 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 the ringtones section of your iPhone.
To do this, you need to connect your phone to a computer with iTunes. Ringtone Designer 2.0 includes a link to a video tutorial this covers how to import this ringtone. This video is relatively obsolete. Here are some updated instructions using the latest and greatest version of iTunes, about to be removed. We will update this article with new instructions when this happens. For now, connect your phone to your computer and launch iTunes. Once iTunes is open, click on the device icon in the upper left corner.
In the left column, click "File Sharing" and then tap the Ringtones application. Click the ringtone that you created, and then click the Save button.
Choose a location to record the ringtone. We recommend your office.
Once saved, click on "Tones" to the left of iTunes. Drag your desktop ringtone to the Tones area on the right side of iTunes.
After that, just sync your iPhone. The ringtone is now on your iPhone.
How to set your new ringtone
To set the ringtone, go to Settings> Sounds.
Tap on "Ringtone". Select your ringtone from the list and you are ready.