The iPhone 5, iPhone 5 Apps, and iPhone 5 ringtones are all the rage right now, Although ringtones are readily available for purchase through Apple’s iTunes store, it is also possible to convert your songs to a ringtone format iPhone will recognize using the same iTunes software you use to sync your iPhone. When you have properly formatted your song, you can add it to your iPhone and set it as your ringtone.

What is the iPhone 5 Ringtone Format?

iPhone, along with all iOS devices, uses AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) as the default codec for audio files. Although audio “quality” is largely subjective it is accepted that the AAC codec provides better quality than MP3 at comparable bit rates. AAC is popular with smartphone manufacturers, supported by Android, Nokia and Blackberry amongst others.

Back to the iPhone, the file extension for such audio files is .m4a. So when you are listening to a track purchased from iTunes, or ripped from CD using iTunes default settings, you are listening to an .m4a. Ringtones simply use the AAC codec but with a different file extension – .m4r. It is most likely that Apple specified .m4r as opposed to .m4a for ringtones in order to exert some control over the use of such audio files.

How to Make Ringtones for iPhone 5

How to convert MP3 to M4R and how to make iPhone 5 ringtone? There are a lot of iPhone Ringtone Maker, iPhone Ringtone Converter applications now in the market.

iFunia iPhone Video Converter for Mac is just a useful iPone Ringtone tool and iPhone Ringtone Converter to convert almost all mainstream video/audio formats including AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, MP4, H.264/AVC, AVCHD, MKV, RM, MOV, XviD, 3GP, MP3, WMA, WAV, RA, M4A, etc. to M4R iPhone ringtone. please check the following instruction to learn how to make iPhone ringtones from any video/audio files.

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Step 1. Load any video or audio files into the program

Run the program and click “Add Files” button to select and open the video file you wish to convert as your iPhone ringtone. iFunia iPhone Video Converter supports most of the popular video formats, so you can easily convert AVI to iPhone  ringtone, MKV to iPhone ringtone, and even HD video formats like AVCHD M2TS MTS to iPhone ringtone format.

Step 2. Customize iPhone ringtone

If you want a certain parts of  the video as your iPhone ringtone, just select the titles/chapters you’d like to extract the music, then click the button ‘Edit’ to open video editing window. Move the slider bar to trim any segment of the video or audio file that you preferred; or just input the exact start and end time that you would like to delete. In a word, you can get the part you want in many ways. In order to sync the converted ringtone to your iPhone successfully, please make sure you’re the length of your converted file is not longer than 40s, which is the limit of iTunes.

Step 3. Choose M4R as output format

After you finish video source setup, you can select your preferred iPhone preset. In the right-hand section of the iPhone video converter interface, select an output format for each video file and specify a directory on your computer to save the output files.

Step 4. Activate iPhone 5 ringtone

After you created your own ringtones, sync them to your iPhone, to set your ringtone on your iPhone:
Go to Settings, choose Sounds, select your created ringtone under Ringtone section.

Note: This is for setting your incoming calls, Clock alarms, and the Clock timer.
And you can also customize a ringtone for specail persons: open Contacts, choose a person, tap on Edit button, press on Ringtone and select your target one.


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2 Responses to iPhone Ringtone Format – How to Make Ringtones for iPhone 5

  1. Leiah says:

    I followed these instructions, but encountered a problem. The ringtone shows up in my iPhone 4′s ringtone list when connected to iTunes10, but didn’t sync to my phone. Any ideas?

  2. Phytonym says:

    Just an idea, under the ringtones tab in your iPhone’s settings is it set to sync ringtones?

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