How to install a Ringtone (.M4R file) into your iPhone

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These instructions use iTunes® running on your computer to install an M4R Ringtone on your iPhone®! (M4R is the "native" Ringtone format for the iPhone®. If you have files in MP3 format, use these instructions)

  • Important: You may receive an error message from iTunes® when you try to sync if the ringtone is too long (usually if it is more than 30 seconds long). Ringtones under 30 seconds long sync just fine.
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  • Launch iTunes® on your computer
  • From the FILE menu, select "Add File To Library"
  • Find and select the Ringtone (.m4r) file
    • If the Ringtone doesn't have the ID3 Tags set, a new file will be created in the "Unknown Artist" section; otherwise it will be saved using the Recording Artist/Album that is set in the file by the ID3 Tags
    • You should also be able to verify that the file is the AAC format (the desired format) by right-clicking on the file and selecting "Get Info"; it should say "AAC audio file"

  • iTunes® will then import that file into the iTunes® Music Library
  • After the import, the .m4r file will be located under the Ringtones section in the Music Library!
  • Sync up your iPhone®
  • You should now be able to choose the ringtone for any of your contacts, and you're DONE!!
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