How to customize iPhone sounds for free: in-depth

Marimba is, without a doubt and with the permission of the Nokia Tune, not one of the world’s most recognized ringtones. It’s the default ringtone on every iPhone and the one we’ve had at some point from all the owners of the phone. This has a good part and a bad part. The good part is that you can recognize a “friend” of Apple by the ear. And the bad part is that when we hear the famous tone we think it may be our phone when it is not the one of the “friend” next door that is ringing.

To avoid these mistakes iOS brings, like all operating systems since Symbian, the feature of customize our alert and call tones . And although it should be easy to do, Apple puts a few obstacles in our way to play the song we want without having to go through the checkout. Today here in the MOBILE space we want to show you how to customize your iPhone sounds for free , without having to take out your credit card.

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How to customize iPhone sounds for free: in-depth
How to customize iPhone sounds for free: in-depth

In order to put the song we want as a ringtone or alert the first thing we have to do is obviously look for the song . We need the song to be in MP3 since the iPhone only accepts ringtones in AAC format, and it’s from the MP3 that we’re going to create it. This conversion can be done in two ways: through iTunes or with external programs. Here we will show you both ways, with the Apple program and with Audacity, a free sound editor available for all platforms.

Using iTunes

The way to do it with iTunes is a bit confusing but not at all complicated. Once we have chosen the song, we have to look for it in our library, right click on the song and select to obtain information . In the information window of the song we have to go to the tab Options. In it, in the inferior part we see some zones in which we can select the part where we want that it begins and finishes the song. That’s where we have to listen to the song again and choose the piece we want as a tone, as the iPhone only allows 30 seconds of tone .

Once we have chosen the beginning and end (remember that it is in minutes and seconds) we accept it, go back to the library and right click on the song. This time what we have to choose is Create AAC version . iTunes will then create a new song with the chosen time only, which will appear below the original. Right click on the new song and click on Display in the Finder (or display in Windows Explorer). Go to the Finder (or explorer) and move the song to another location and delete the new song from the iTunes library. That’s when we take the new song (which is somewhere else, remember) and rename it with the .m4r extension . Now we have our tone. What we have to do now is add it to iTunes and sync the iPhone to add it as a ringtone. After synchronization our song will appear in the ringtone area at the top, being possible to select it for any type of alert, message or call.

Using Audacity

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The second form, also completely free of charge, is through the Audacity sound editing software . To use it we have to download the program for free (available for all operating systems) from its website; then we will need two codecs to be able to work with MP3 and AAC, the first one we can install following these instructions and the second one, the one compatible with AAC and m4r, is the FFmpeg library that we can find in this link. It is possible that this last library is already installed by other software in our operating system. If so, there is no need to install it.

Creating our tone with Audacity is tremendously simple. All we have to do is open the song we want with the program, select the part of the song we want and copy it (CMD+C or CTRL+C). Then we have to open a new project and paste the previously copied song and then export it to .m4a from the File – Export menu. We have to export as .m4a for a simple reason, both this and .m4r are the same format, but Apple differentiates them with a lyric to see if it’s a ringtone or not. So what do we have to do to make it a ringtone? Very easy, change the extension and add .m4r instead of .m4a. Then it is exactly the same, open with iTunes and add the ringtone to our iPhone sync.

Vibration patterns, another option for customization

The vibration patterns are also an excellent resource for customizing the sound of our incoming calls. It consists of creating a vibration of our own for the calls we want. This means that we can create a way in which we want the phone to vibrate when a call comes in.

These vibration patterns are assigned to each contact separately (although later we can assign the same pattern to several) and are created very easily. We have to go to the contact we want to assign the pattern to, edit it and underneath where we can assign a personalized tone we will find the vibration field . When we give it to him we will be able to create all the patterns that we want, being able to record them with a tremendously simple interface based on short and long touches in the screen of the iPhone.

As you can see, there are many ways to customize our sounds on the iPhone. You can also create your own tone with programs and applications dedicated to them, which we will recommend another day.

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