Have you ever heard someone else's iPhone ringing and did you think it was yours? Of course you did it. iPhone ringtones are iconic, but not varied. If you use one of the more popular iOS sounds, you will probably encounter it multiple times in the wild. Why bother if you can create your own custom ringtones directly on your Mac.
Before continuing, you should know that this manual is exclusive to those using macOS Catalina, the latest update from Apple for the Mac. If you use macOS Mojave or have a PC, we have a guide for creating custom ringtones directly in iTunes. Since iTunes does not exist with Catalina, we need to look at how this process works in the new Music app, as well as with the new responsibilities of Finder.
You should also know that this method does not work with DRM-protected song files, which means that you cannot use Apple Music songs to make ringtones. You must also ensure that the song in question is downloaded to your Mac. If you see a download icon next to the track you want to use, you must click it before following the steps below.
: choose time parameters for the song
Did you know that you can set a start and end time for a song in music? When you do this, Music will only play the selection of the track that you have chosen. Although this feature is not explicitly intended for creating ring tones, it is perfect for capturing the correct length of a future tone.
We want to be careful how long we choose our number. Ring tones are limited to 40 seconds or less. If you make your choice longer, the ringtone does not even appear on your iPhone. Not only that, 30 seconds is the limit for warning tones, including sounds for texts, e-mails, calendar appointments, etc. If your ringing tone is longer than 30 seconds, you cannot choose the sound as the warning tone. It only appears for ring tones.
We recommend that you keep your tones at or below 30 seconds for maximum compatibility.
If you know how much of your song you want to use, open the song's information window. The fastest way is to mark the track by clicking on it once and then pressing Command-I on the keyboard. You will also find "Number Info" when you click on (•••) next to the number, by right-clicking on the number or via the Number option in the menu bar.
Click on "Options" if you are in "Number info". Here you will find "start" and "stop" boxes. Enter your specified time in the field next to each and make sure that both check marks are checked before you click "OK" at the bottom of the window. For clarity's sake, you do not have to click the check mark if the start time is 0:00, or if the end of your ring tone is the end of the number.
AAC is actually a better version of MP3. It is the same bit rate as MP3, but with better compression, so that your tracks sound better and take up less space. It is a win-win.
You must convert your number to AAC to make it a ringtone. When you convert to AAC, you create a version of the number that contains only the time parameters you choose. If your original number was 4:26, you'll see the copied version read 0:30 or whatever time parameter you chose.
To begin, click "File" in the menu bar and then "Convert" and then "Create AAC Version." This option makes a copy of the song in ringtone format in AAC. Don't worry, the original number remains untouched.
As you can see, Music appends the AAC file directly below the original, with all except the time stamp that distinguishes the two. Before you go, return to the "Song Info" page of the original song and change the start and stop times back to normal. That way you will not be surprised when you hear how your ring tone plays in Music.
Converting to AAC has just changed the encryption of the file. We now need to change the file type to .m4r, the format that Apple recognizes for ringtones.
The first way to tackle this is to drag the file to your desktop. You can also right click on the file and choose "View in Finder" to bring macOS u to the file in Finder. Now right click on the file and choose "Rename", then change the extension at the end of the file name to "m4r" and then choose "Use .m4r" in the pop-up.
Now connect your iPhone to your computer using your Lightning to USB-A or Lightning to USB-C cable. If you are synchronizing wirelessly, connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer. Although Finder takes the lead in Catalina when it comes to syncing your iPhone with your Mac, music also has some limited sync options. Interestingly, the following can be achieved in both apps, so choose the most suitable one for you.
If you sync in Music, all you have to do is take the .m4r file and drag it over your iPhone under Devices or through your iPhone's sync window. Music synchronizes the ring tone with your iPhone almost immediately. Once it's done, you can use your ringtone immediately.
If you sync in Finder, you'll see your iPhone under Locations . If your iPhone does not appear, open Music and then click on your iPhone under Devices . Select "Synchronization Settings" here and Finder will open accordingly. Now drag your ringtone file into the Finder sync window, exactly as you would in Music.
Step 5: Set your ringtone on your iPhone
If everything goes well, you must find your new ringtone in Settings -> Sounds & Haptics -> Ringtone. You will find this tone and other custom tones above the standard sounds. Just tap the new ringtone and it applies to all contacts except all contacts for which you have set a custom ringtone.
As we mentioned earlier, you can use this ringtone as a warning tone and for all options listed on this page. Remember that the tone must be 30 seconds or less, otherwise you won't find it as an option in these sections.
If you only want to apply this new ringtone to a select number of contacts, you can do that too. First open the contact page for the person in question, choose & # 39; Edit & # 39; in the top right corner of the page, choose & # 39; Ringtone & # 39; and then choose your custom tone. The same applies to "Text Tone", as long as your number is only 30 seconds or less.
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