Whether you’re using a Mac or PC, this guide will show you how to create music and set it as your Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone’s ringtone. Previously, the only way to get music as a ringtone was to buy it from a service provider. For around $1-2, this method is still optional today, but luckily you can create your ringtones and load them onto your device for free.
Music as a Ringtone
This method will help you turn any sound into a ringtone. You can convert any part of your favorite song (not just the chorus) or even audio from a YouTube video. If you use the latter, you can use this tutorial to extract audio from YouTube videos. Either way, make sure you have an audio file of the music you want to convert to a ringtone. To do this, follow the instructions for the appropriate mobile and desktop operating systems.
1. Prepare the song
Let’s start with the iTunes method for getting music as a ringtone. If you’re away from your computer or don’t have access to it, scroll down to learn how to make iPhone ringtones in GarageBand. Before you begin, the songs you want to use must be in your computer’s iTunes library. Tracks in Apple Music can’t be converted to AAC, so they can’t be used in AppleMusic. So, if you don’t have the appropriate content in your iTunes library, you’ll need to import at least one MP3 or AAC file into iTunes. The file does not have to be a song. You can use the Voice Memos app on your iPhone to record real sounds or turn people’s voices into ringtones.
Make sure you’re using the latest version (go to the Mac AppStore or Microsoft Store on Windows 10), double-click the shortcut, or launch iTunes from the Start menu. In your library, click on the album that contains the song, then right-click on the song you want to use and select Song Info as shown in the image above.
2. Select the time.
In the other window that opens, click on the Options tab, then check the Start and Stop boxes. Enter a time to start and stop the ringtone. If you need the song to start from the beginning, you don’t need to check the Start box. To know what time you enter this box, you must first save the time you listen to the track and start. This is the maximum duration of a ringtone, so the pause time should be less than 30 seconds.
Important for music as a ringtone: If you want to know exactly when the ringing starts, use a decimal point. For example, if your musical section starts between 34 and 56 seconds, try entering 0:45.0 in the Start Time box. You can also specify the start time and stop time in milliseconds, so you can enter 0:34.234. After setting the start time and stop time, click OK to close the window.