How to Import Ringtones to My iPhone

By Mario Calhoun

Your favorite tunes can become customized ringtones assigned to contacts on your iPhone, thanks to iTunes. As of December 2009, purchased music can be converted into 15- to 30-second clips for only 99 cents, or you can purchase a ringtone directly from the iTunes store application on your phone for $1.29.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • USB cable
  • iPhone
  • Computer

Convert a Song to a Ringtone

Step 1

Select a song for ringtone conversion. Click “Music” under the Library section of iTunes, and right-click the song you wish to convert into a ringtone. A message will appear if the song can't be converted. Otherwise, an audio bar will appear at the bottom of your iTunes window.

Step 2

Click and hold the adjustment bars. The adjustment bars at each end of the audio bar allow you to adjust the length of the ringtone clip and change the location of playback. Move your cursor to each end of the blue bar. Your cursor will change to a double-sided arrow when you reach the end. Use these arrows to adjust your clip.

Step 3

Click “Preview” to listen to your customized clip, and then click the “Buy” button if you're ready to buy. Enter your Apple ID and password, and click “Buy". Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable. Wait for iTunes to automatically start up if it's not already running, or click the “iTunes” icon located on your dock. Alternatively, you can click the “Finder” icon on your dock, click “Go” at the top of the menu and select “Applications” from the menu. Double-click “iTunes” to run the program.

Step 4

Click the name of your device under the “Devices” section. Click the “Ringtone” tab, check the box next to “Sync ringtones” and click the “Sync” button at the bottom of the iTunes window.

Import Pre-Made Ringtone

Step 1

Press the "Home" button on your device. Slide your finger across the screen to unlock the phone, and tap the "iTunes" icon on your screen.

Step 2

Tap the "Ringtones" button at the bottom of the screen, and select the song you wish to purchase by tapping the song.

Step 3

Tap the "$1.29" button and tap "Buy" to begin downloading. The ringtone downloads directly to your iPhone and is available immediately on your phone after the download completes.