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iPhone And iPad In iOS 11.3: How To Set Custom Ringtones

If you can edit even the tiny details of your font style and color, on any iPhone or iPad in iOS 11.3, why wouldn’t you be able to edit something as important as your call or message notification ringtone? The thing is that you can and, with a short step-by-step tutorial, you’ll soon enough master this technique. But many people don’t even know that they have this option.


Coming up next, we’re about to change all that, at least in your particular case. Read and learn how it’s done. We will start with the instructions on how to prepare your favorite song to become a file that you can select and set as a ringtone. As for the actual association between a contact and a ringtone, it’s even easier. You’ll have to do it for every contact, however, but let’s get there first.


The main steps of setting a custom ringtone on iPhone/iPad in iOS 11.3:

  1. Update your iTunes;
  2. Edit your song;
  3. Create and edit the AAC version;
  4. Update the iTunes and sync it with the phone;
  5. Then set the new ringtone.


It seems simple from a distance, but if we are to take every single step and look at it in detail, you’ll see that there are quite a lot of instructions to follow. Here they are.


To edit the song that you want to use as a ringtone…

  1. Select your favorite song and keep in mind that the ringtone won’t last more than 30 seconds of it;
  2. Use the CTRL-click or the RIGHT-click command on the song;
  3. Select the Get Info menu from the drop-down list to create its start/stop times.


To create and edit the AAC version of the ringtone…

  1. Go to the same ringtone and use the same CTRL-click or the RIGHT-click command;
  2. Instead of selecting the Get Info option, select the Create AAC Version option;
  3. Copy the newly created AAC version and delete the original version;
  4. Edit the extension of the AAC file changing the current “.m4a” into “.m4r.”;


The final details…

As suggested above, you will have to add this file to iTunes, synchronize your iPhone, and go to Settings and Sounds, to select the new Ringtone.


What you just did with all the steps from above was to edit the ringtone of a single contact from the agenda of your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11.3. For all your other contacts to benefit from custom ringtones, you will obviously have to repeat these steps. Manually. With every single one of them.

Until you do that, the unedited contacts will keep their initial, default song. It will take a while until you set everything in place, but it is sure worth the effort of getting to know who’s calling you on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11.3 just by hearing the song, without having to look at the display.

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