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How To Set Custom Ringtones On iPhone X/iPhone Xr/iPhone Xs/iPhone Xs Max

When you get constant calls on the iPhone X, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max, you often end up frustrated, asking yourself – Who’s calling now? At the same time, when you barely get a call on your iPhone, you end up surprised, asking yourself – I wasn’t expecting any call, who could possibly need something from me right now? Either way, the question gets an answer the moment you get to your phone and take a look at the display. Would you like to know who is calling you before you do that? Before you even look at the phone?


If you are willing to take the time and set up individual, unique ringtones for your contacts, we are more than happy to show you how. Below, you have a set of instructions that must be followed in order to customize one song: setting up the 30-second sequence, creating an AAC file, changing names and extensions plus a few other things.

By the end of it, one lucky contact will have one special ringtone to give you the heads-up whenever that person calls. After that, it is up to you if you want to proceed with other contacts as well or how far you want to take this customization process.


To create tailored ringtones for Apple iPhone X, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max…

  1. Launch the iTunes Store App and sign in with the option Use Existing Apple ID;
  2. Use the Check for Updates option to make sure that you are running the latest software version – install the new version if prompted and, afterward, proceed with the following steps;
  3. Select a song that you want to customize as a ringtone;
  4. Set the exact part of the song that you want to use, because you can only take 30 seconds out of it:
    • Use the Right-Click or the Ctrl-Click command;
    • When the menu extends, select the Get Info option;
    • Finally, set up the start time and the stop time;
  5. Next, turn that song file into an AAC file – this format, Advanced Audio Coding, offers higher-quality than the traditional MP3 format and uses the same or even less storage space from your internal memory:
    • Return to the menu with the Right-Click or the Ctrl-Click command performed on your song;
    • Tap on the entry Create AAC Version;
  6. Once the AAC song version was generated you can delete the old one;
  7. Edit its name changing the .m4a extension into .m4r;
  8. Copy the AAC file to iTunes;
  9. Sync the iTunes app with the iPhone;
  10. Go to the Settings app and access the Sounds and the Ringtone menus;
  11. Finally, select the newly created song as a ringtone for one contact.


If you find enjoyable this process of editing songs and turning them into AAC files for iPhone X, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max ringtones, go on! Repeat with every other contact you wish to personalize and with every other song that you want to turn into a customized 30-second ringtone.

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