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How to make your own portal-style sound clips

How to make your own portal-style sound clips

To add music or sound effects to your Create project, you can either use the Add Media button, or drag and drop the file from your computer into the media area. See below for images and instructions.

If you would like to add audio from the stock library instead, please see: Adding stock music and audio.

Create doesn’t currently support the recording of audio using your computer’s microphone, however we are working on adding this feature.

NOTE: You can also add computer-generated voiceovers to your projects using our Generate Voiceover feature.

How to add an audio file from your computer

You can add audio to your project from your computer in two different ways:

Option 1: drag and drop the file into your media area

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Option 2: click the plus to add your media

Click the + (plus/add) icon.

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Then click Browse my files, or your online storage (Gdrive and Box) and choose a file from your computer.

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Click Open. The audio file will now appear in your media library. To start working with the file, add it to the timeline (see below).

How to add audio to the timeline

Once the new audio file appears in your media library, drag and drop it into the timeline below your video track.

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A new audio track will appear with the file in it.

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How to trim or split audio to fit

You can move, split or trim the audio clip to fit the length of your video, or adjust it to your preferred length.

For example, in the below example we’ve zoomed out, moved the white cursor where the video ends, clicked on the audio clip (so it’s highlighted), and then clicked split (the scissor icon in the top left).

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Then we clicked on the remaining part of the audio and hit the delete key to delete it.

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Now the audio will only play until the end of the video.

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Try it out

Head over to Create to try out audio for yourself:

Video is much more than just images. The right music can take a video from being acceptable to perfect. Music can add tension to a dramatic scene, or become the iconic sound of your brand. Finding the right music is most of the challenge, the rest is applying it to the video. Learn how to add music to your video with Pinnacle Studio in the guide below.

Pinnacle Studio’s ScoreFitter automatically creates background music in the category of your choice.

1. Install Pinnacle Studio

To install Pinnacle Studio video editing software on your PC, download and run the installation file above. Continue following on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

2. Select Clips

To create music for a particular set of clips, select those clips (To select your whole movie, use Edit > Select All or press Ctrl+A.)

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3. Open ScoreFitter

Click the Create Song (Ctrl+7) button to open ScoreFitter.

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4. Choose a Song

In ScoreFitter, choose a category, song and version from the lists provided. Each category offers its own selection of songs, and each song its own selection of versions

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5. Preview

Use the Preview button to audition the song while the tool is open

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6. Name and Adjust Duration

Enter a name for the clip in the Name field and adjust its duration with the Duration counter, if desired. The music clip you create will be adjusted to fit exactly the duration you select

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7. Add to Movie

When you have made your choice, click the Add to Movie button. Studio creates the new clip on the active track beginning at the current time index (as shown by the timeline scrubber and the preview frame in the Player).

Note: The total length of the selected clips will determine the initial setting for the music duration, but you can modify the value at any time by trimming the clip on the timeline or by editing the Duration counter in the tool.

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Pinnacle Studio does more than just add music to video

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Поймайте момент

Начать очень легко — просто коснитесь красной кнопки записи и удерживайте ее. Можно записать видео или сделать фотоснимок, а затем увеличить его, чтобы рассмотреть поближе. Также можно добавить клип или фото из медиатеки Вашего устройства.

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Превратите свой мир в нечто невероятное

Сцены селфи делают приложение Clips еще увлекательнее. Погрузитесь в красивые анимированные ландшафты, декорации фильмов или произведения абстрактного искусства. Каждая сцена создается в формате 360 градусов, так что при любом перемещении устройства она будет окружать Вас со всех сторон.

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Озвучьте свои мысли

Добавляйте анимированные живые заголовки, просто произнося текст. Когда Вы говорите, на видео появляются титры — синхронно с Вашими комментариями за кадром. Запись Вашего голоса может воспроизводиться вместе с живым заголовком. Эту функцию можно отключить.

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Больше анимации

Выражайте свои эмоции с помощью Memoji — анимированных персонажей, которые говорят Вашим голосом и повторяют Вашу мимику. Перевоплотитесь в свое любимое животное или персонаж или используйте персонаж Memoji, созданный Вами в Сообщениях.

How to make your own portal-style sound clips

Заявите о себе

Готовы похвастаться своим мини-шедевром? Вы можете выбрать один из вариантов отправки, предложенных Clips. Видео также можно отправить разными способами, например, по Почте, в сообщениях или в Instagram.

Чтобы изучить Руководство пользователя Clips, нажмите «Оглавление» вверху страницы либо введите слово или фразу в поле поиска.

Turn a song, sound clip, MP3 file or just about anything else into your very own iPhone ringtone.

Does your iPhone ($900 at Boost Mobile) sound like every other iPhone? Does it play the default Waves ringtone, causing everyone nearby to pull out their own phone and see if it’s the one ringing?

Time to stand out from the crowd! You can create an unlimited number of custom ringtones for your device, using a virtually unlimited number of sources: songs, sound effects, MP3 files — you name it. Here’s a rundown of your options.

Buy ringtones in iTunes

You know you can buy apps, music and movies from the iTunes Store, but did you know it sells ringtones as well? It’s not immediately obvious if you don’t know where to look.

Open the iTunes app on your phone, tap More (bottom right corner) and then tap Tones. Voila! A whole section devoted to ringtones.

Many of these are songs, but if you tap the Genres button and scroll down to the bottom of the list, you’ll see categories including Dialogue and Sound Effects. That’s where you can score ‘tones like R2-D2 beeping and booping, a T. rex roar from Jurassic Park, and spoken-word clips from all manner of movies and TV shows. You can tap the thumbnail for any ringtone to hear a sample.

iTunes’ ringtones sell for 99 cents or $1.29. When you tap to buy one, you’ll see options including Set as Default Ringtone, Set as Default Text Tone (for text messages, naturally) and Assign to a Contact. You can, of course, modify any of these options later on, as well as tap Done to complete the setup later.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

This is the major advantage to spending money on ringtones: They’re automatically added to your phone, right on your phone, no conversion or hoop-jumping required.

DIY ringtones

If you’d rather not spend any cash, however, or you want music or sounds not available through iTunes, consider the DIY approach.

Here’s a great example. For my money, there is no better ringtone you can have for your phone than this. YouTube is really the only place to find it (and countless other clips, sound effects and more). Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to convert any YouTube video — or, for that matter, any MP3 or other audio track you own — to a ringtone.

If you’re starting with YouTube, the basic process goes like this: Convert the YouTube video to an MP3 or M4A audio file, convert that file to the M4R format, then use iTunes to copy it to your iPhone.

You can also hit up the App Store and search for “ringtone maker.” You’ll find loads of free apps that can convert your songs to the aforementioned M4R format — but you’ll still need iTunes for the final step. Let’s take a look at the whole process — if you’re starting with something other than YouTube, jump in at step 3.

1. Copy the YouTube URL to your clipboard.

2. Head to YouTube MP3, a free browser-based conversion tool, and paste that URL into the text field. Now click Download Music MP3. When the conversion is done, it will automatically save to the default downloads folder on your PC. (Note: There are any number of services that can perform the same task. This one is quick, easy and blissfully free of ads.)

3. Now we need to convert that file to the ringtone format M4R. For this, we’re going to hit up another site: Free Ringtone Maker. Click the blue Upload Files button and choose your MP3. (Note: This site has a lot of ad banners, some of which look like they’re part of the converter. They’re not. Use only the buttons mentioned here.)

When using Free Ringtone Maker, make sure to click only the buttons highlighted here. A lot of the ads are a bit deceptive-looking.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

4. Once the upload is done, use the sliders to choose (and preview) the snippet you want turned into your ringtone. Then click the M4R button and, finally, Make Ringtone. Once the conversion is complete, click the blue Download button to save the new file.

5. Now you have an M4R file that needs to make its way to your iPhone. If you don’t typically connect your phone to your PC, well, you’ll need to for this. Run iTunes, connect your phone, then look for Devices in the left-side toolbar. Click your phone to expand the options, then click Tones.

6. Now, open an Explorer window and locate your M4R file. Then simply drag it to the iTunes window and drop it. That’s it! There’s no syncing required; any M4R file you drag here automatically gets copied to your phone.

Once you’ve run iTunes and connected your iPhone, just choose the Tones option and drag and drop your converted M4R files.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

7. Finally, connect and sync your iPhone. It may be necessary to click the Tones option for your iPhone and enable Sync Tones, then sync again. But when you’re done, now you should be able to venture into Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone and choose your new ringer!

By the way, you can accomplish the same thing with any MP3 file (i.e. not just YouTube-sourced MP3s) just by skipping right to step 3 — great if you have, say, a library of songs or sound effects to draw from.

And, of course, share your nomination for the world’s best ringtone in the comments. You already know my favorite.

Originally published on Oct. 29, 2015.
Update, July 23, 2018: The DIY section has been rewritten with up-to-date information.

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The iPhone has been around for a long time, and yet there’s still no easy way to add your own custom ringtones—but it is possible. If you don’t want to buy ringtones or use the ones that came with your iPhone, you can create your own with iTunes.

This process changed a bit with iTunes 12.7. The “Tones” library you could previously sync with your iPhone has been removed, but you can still manually place ringtone files on your phone. Any ringtones you had stored in iTunes are now located at C:\Users\NAME\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Tones\ on a PC or

/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Tones/ on a Mac.

Step One: Get iTunes

You almost never have to use iTunes with a modern iPhone, but adding your own custom ringtones still requires it.

On a Windows PC, you’ll need to install the latest version of iTunes from Apple. On a Mac, iTunes is already installed and ready to go. This process will work on either a Mac or Windows PC.

Update: Apple no longer offers iTunes for macOS Catalina. Here’s how to get custom ringtones onto your iPhone on the latest version of macOS. The instructions in this article still work if you’re using iTunes on Windows or if you have an older version of macOS that still has iTunes.

Step Two: Choose a Sound File

Of course, you’ll need a sound clip you want to convert and use as a ringtone for this. You probably already have some idea of what you want to use. if not, go ahead and find something you like. You can use absolutely any sound file you find.

Your ringtone file must be a maximum of 40 seconds long. iTunes will refuse to copy ringtones longer than 40 seconds to your phone.

If the file is long and you just want to use one part of it, you can cut it down to just the part you want using an audio editor. You can use any audio editor you like. We like the free and open source Audacity audio editor for audio editing, but it’s more complex than necessary for simple things like this—so we actually recommend a simple online tool like mp3cut.net. To use this website, click the “Open file” button and browse to the MP3 or other type of sound file you want to edit. It can also extract the sound from video files, if you upload those.

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Select the part of the audio file you want to use and click the “Cut” button.

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Download the edited clip to your PC. This is the file you’ll need to import into iTunes.

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Step Three: Convert the MP3 to AAC

There’s a good chance your sound file is in MP3 format. You’ll need to convert it to AAC format to use it as a ringtone. (If your sound file is already in AAC format or has a .m4r extension, you can skip this part.)

First, add the sound file to iTunes and locate it in your library. You can do this by dragging and dropping the file directly into the iTunes library. Look under Library > Songs for the file afterwards.

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Select the sound file in iTunes and click File > Convert > Create AAC Version.

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Step Four: Rename Your AAC File

You’ll end up with two copies of the same song file in your iTunes library: The original MP3 version and the new AAC version.

To keep track of which is which, right-click the headings in the library and enable the “Kind” column.

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You’ll see a new “Kind” column telling you which file is which. The “MPEG audio file” is the original MP3, while the “AAC audio file” is your new AAC file. You can right-click the MPEG audio file version (that’s the MP3) and remove it from your library, if you like.

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You now have your ringtone file as an AAC file. However, you need to change its file extension so iTunes will recognize it as a ringtone file.

First, drag and drop the AAC file from the iTunes library to your Desktop or any other folder on your system.

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You’ll get the ringtone file as an AAC file with the .m4a file extension. Change the file extension to .m4r. For example, if the file is named Song.m4a, change it to Song.m4r.

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Step Five: Add the Ringtone File to Your Phone

Finally, connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac with its included USB-to-Lightning cable—that’s the same cable you use to charge your iPhone.

Unlock your iPhone and tap the “Trust” option on its screen to confirm you want to trust your computer if you haven’t previously connected your phone to iTunes on that PC or Mac. You’ll be prompted to enter your PIN.

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In iTunes, click the device icon that appears to the left of “Library” on the navigation bar.

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Click the “Tones” section under On My Device in the left sidebar.

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Drag and drop the .m4r ringtone file from its folder to the Tones section in iTunes.

Update: If drag and drop doesn’t work, use copy and paste instead. Select the ringtone file in File Explorer and press Ctrl+C, or right-click it and select copy. Next, click inside the Tones list inside iTunes and press Ctrl+V to paste it.

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iTunes will sync the ringtone to your phone and it will immediately appear under Tones here.

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Step Six: Choose the Ringtone

You can now grab your iPhone and head to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone, and choose your custom ringtone. Any custom ringtones you’ve added will appear at the top of the list here.

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You can also assign that ringtone to a specific contact, so you know who’s calling just by the sound.

To remove ringtones, reconnect your phone to iTunes and head back to the On My Device > Tones section. Right-click a tone and select “Delete from Library” to remove it from your device.

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Sometimes you may only need the audio clip in a video file. You can use the raw audio to create a remix, dub in another language, or insert it in another program. Thankfully, there are many ways you can extract audio clips from most types of video files. Let’s see some of the best for most popular platforms.

Use “Audio Extractor” Online

Audio Extractor is one of the best online tools to extract an audio clip from any video file. Apart from saving the destination file in MP3 or WAV, you can save it as an iPhone ringtone. Depending on file size, uploading the video does not take very long, and extracting the audio is just as fast.

1. On the site, click on “Open Video.” Choose your video file, then wait for the upload to complete.

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2. Choose the type of audio file you prefer. Audio Extractor supports the most popular ones, like MP3s, WAVs, and OGGs, and even has an option for iPhone ringtones!

3. Click on Download when the process completes and get your file.

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Use QuickTime for Mac Users

Fortunately for Mac Users, you can simply open the video file in QuickTime and export to save it as an audio file. Indeed, that is how it should have been designed with other media players!

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Use Android Apps

There are many apps for extracting audio from videos on Android. For this tutorial, we went for the freemium, quick, and easy-to-use Video MP3 Converter. To extract audio from your videos with it on your Android device:

1. Install Video MP3 Converter from Google Play.

2. Run the app on your smartphone.

3. If your video doesn’t appear on the app’s first page, tap on the magnifying glass on the top right and search for it. Then, tap on it to select it.

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4. If the Convert toggle isn’t set to audio, tap on it to select the music note. This will also change the rest of the options, allowing you to choose an encoding bitrate and the file format: between MP3 and AAC. Use the timeline selection nodes to define the beginning and end of your clip.

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5. If you want to define the output folder yourself, tap on Save As and select where you want to save the produced file.

6. Tap on Convert at the bottom of the screen, then wait for the app to extract and convert the audio.

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Convert/Save Using VLC Media Player

Most people forget that the popular VLC player is actually a media powerhouse that includes streaming and converting features. That includes extracting audio clips from videos.

To install VLC, pay a visit to its official site and download the installer for your OS.

To extract an audio clip from a video file with VLC on all platforms:

2. Choose “Media -> Convert/Save … “

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3. Click on the “Add … ” button with the plus symbol on the new window’s right and choose your video file.

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4. Place a tick next to “Show more” options to do that. Among them, you’ll find two fields where you can define the “Start Time” and “Stop Time” of the encoding. Using those, you can specify the clip you want to extract.

5. Click on the button’s pull-down section on the bottom right of the window, left of cancel. We don’t state a specific name because it may vary depending on your last action. Choose Convert.

6. Choose the type of encoding and filetype you’d like for your audio clip from the Profile pull-down menu. You can further customize each solution by clicking the wrench icon on the menu’s right. Click on Browse on the bottom right, set your destination file, and when you return, the Start button will be enabled. Click on it to begin the extraction and conversion.

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7. Press Play and give VLC some time to extract and convert your clip. It will show you its progress through the usual progress bar at the bottom of the window.

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Use Audacity

Audacity is one of the best software for versatile audio engineering requirements, and the best part is it is free and open source. For extracting audio from a video file, you only need to open the program. Click “Open Files,” and in the next window, you get to select the file from which you wish to extract the sound. You also get to choose the format to convert the sound.

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Something for Everyone

As you can see, there are plenty of solutions for extracting audio from your videos on various platforms. If you are a power Linux user, you can try using FFMPEG to manage your audio and videos.

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Turn a song, sound clip, MP3 file or just about anything else into your very own iPhone ringtone.

Does your iPhone ($900 at Boost Mobile) sound like every other iPhone? Does it play the default Waves ringtone, causing everyone nearby to pull out their own phone and see if it’s the one ringing?

Time to stand out from the crowd! You can create an unlimited number of custom ringtones for your device, using a virtually unlimited number of sources: songs, sound effects, MP3 files — you name it. Here’s a rundown of your options.

Buy ringtones in iTunes

You know you can buy apps, music and movies from the iTunes Store, but did you know it sells ringtones as well? It’s not immediately obvious if you don’t know where to look.

Open the iTunes app on your phone, tap More (bottom right corner) and then tap Tones. Voila! A whole section devoted to ringtones.

Many of these are songs, but if you tap the Genres button and scroll down to the bottom of the list, you’ll see categories including Dialogue and Sound Effects. That’s where you can score ‘tones like R2-D2 beeping and booping, a T. rex roar from Jurassic Park, and spoken-word clips from all manner of movies and TV shows. You can tap the thumbnail for any ringtone to hear a sample.

iTunes’ ringtones sell for 99 cents or $1.29. When you tap to buy one, you’ll see options including Set as Default Ringtone, Set as Default Text Tone (for text messages, naturally) and Assign to a Contact. You can, of course, modify any of these options later on, as well as tap Done to complete the setup later.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

This is the major advantage to spending money on ringtones: They’re automatically added to your phone, right on your phone, no conversion or hoop-jumping required.

DIY ringtones

If you’d rather not spend any cash, however, or you want music or sounds not available through iTunes, consider the DIY approach.

Here’s a great example. For my money, there is no better ringtone you can have for your phone than this. YouTube is really the only place to find it (and countless other clips, sound effects and more). Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to convert any YouTube video — or, for that matter, any MP3 or other audio track you own — to a ringtone.

If you’re starting with YouTube, the basic process goes like this: Convert the YouTube video to an MP3 or M4A audio file, convert that file to the M4R format, then use iTunes to copy it to your iPhone.

You can also hit up the App Store and search for “ringtone maker.” You’ll find loads of free apps that can convert your songs to the aforementioned M4R format — but you’ll still need iTunes for the final step. Let’s take a look at the whole process — if you’re starting with something other than YouTube, jump in at step 3.

1. Copy the YouTube URL to your clipboard.

2. Head to YouTube MP3, a free browser-based conversion tool, and paste that URL into the text field. Now click Download Music MP3. When the conversion is done, it will automatically save to the default downloads folder on your PC. (Note: There are any number of services that can perform the same task. This one is quick, easy and blissfully free of ads.)

3. Now we need to convert that file to the ringtone format M4R. For this, we’re going to hit up another site: Free Ringtone Maker. Click the blue Upload Files button and choose your MP3. (Note: This site has a lot of ad banners, some of which look like they’re part of the converter. They’re not. Use only the buttons mentioned here.)

When using Free Ringtone Maker, make sure to click only the buttons highlighted here. A lot of the ads are a bit deceptive-looking.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

4. Once the upload is done, use the sliders to choose (and preview) the snippet you want turned into your ringtone. Then click the M4R button and, finally, Make Ringtone. Once the conversion is complete, click the blue Download button to save the new file.

5. Now you have an M4R file that needs to make its way to your iPhone. If you don’t typically connect your phone to your PC, well, you’ll need to for this. Run iTunes, connect your phone, then look for Devices in the left-side toolbar. Click your phone to expand the options, then click Tones.

6. Now, open an Explorer window and locate your M4R file. Then simply drag it to the iTunes window and drop it. That’s it! There’s no syncing required; any M4R file you drag here automatically gets copied to your phone.

Once you’ve run iTunes and connected your iPhone, just choose the Tones option and drag and drop your converted M4R files.

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7. Finally, connect and sync your iPhone. It may be necessary to click the Tones option for your iPhone and enable Sync Tones, then sync again. But when you’re done, now you should be able to venture into Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone and choose your new ringer!

By the way, you can accomplish the same thing with any MP3 file (i.e. not just YouTube-sourced MP3s) just by skipping right to step 3 — great if you have, say, a library of songs or sound effects to draw from.

And, of course, share your nomination for the world’s best ringtone in the comments. You already know my favorite.

Originally published on Oct. 29, 2015.
Update, July 23, 2018: The DIY section has been rewritten with up-to-date information.

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