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How can I disable iPhone ringtone?

April 19th, 2013 1 comment

I need to know a way to disable iPhone ringtone so that it only vibrates. The switch can go down easily, and sometimes in the worst times.

Easy way: settings > sounds
turn vibrate on for ring and silent, turn phone ringer down all of the way in ring (non-silent) mode. Set to silent for good measure if you have personal ring tones for certain friends or contacts or text notifications.

Thorough way (free):
Record some silence and set that as your ring tone.
In windows you can use start > accessories > entertainment > sound recorder
I’m not sure what you’d need for a mac.

After you have recorded nothing from your computer you can then follow the procedure for making a custom ring tone out of that silent sound file. However, it should be noted that ring tones set for specific people will not be affected, so in conjunction with the easy way you should be assured only vibrations and no ringing unless your phone volume accidentally goes up, the switch is removed from silent position, and a friend with a custom ring tone specific for them calls.

To be eligible to be an iphone ringtone it needs to be in aac format which usually has the m4a extension (but needs m4r for a ringtone.) You can download audacity for free from You may also need to grab the lame mp3 decoder for audacity since your ringtone is in mp3 format. You will probably need the ffmpeg plugin for audacity as well. (However, that plugin might only be needed to save to mp3.) There should be a link after you download for the plugins. You will then have to install audacity onto your computer and load the songfile into audacity.

After you have done this select the song portion you would like and select edit>trim, then file>export…, finally save as (aac) m4a. Then simply rename the file extension to m4r and throw it into itunes and it will recognize it as a ringtone.

After that, just make sure it is set to synchronize with your phone under the ringtones tab when you plug in your device.

To summarize:
get audacity (free and open source) with lame mp3 and ffmpeg
file > open ; select area of song wanted ; edit > trim ; file > export ; save as (aac) m4a
rename *.m4a to *.m4r
put into itunes

Thorough way (paid):
I have heard there are apps from the app store that allow you to record something and use it as a ring tone without a computer. I’ve never used them, but I conjecture that you could record something very quiet/silent for the same purpose.

How to Make an Iphone Ringtone

May 21st, 2012 7 comments

Ever wanted to know how to make an iPhone ringtone?

Well, there is a neat way and the method described below is primarily for Windows, as if you have a Mac, you can use GarageBand to create a custom ringtone.

So, this is how you do it. Open up your iTunes software and search for the track you have decided will do nicely as your new ringtone. Remember it has to be a DRM-free track; one without digital locks (known as Digital Rights Management technology). Okay, so you’ve selected the appropriate track, the right-click on it and further click on the option which says Get Info tab.

Next you get the chance to select the part of the song you want as a ringtone by pressing the Options tab and finding the Start Time and End time choices. Ensure your portion is less than 30-seconds in length, then tick both of the boxes and click Okay when finished.

Okay so far? Next step is to right click on the song you’ve just hacked about and select the Convert Selection to AAC option. As soon as that’s finished, and the song has fully converted to the new format, just quickly check that it is actually less then 30 seconds long.

Now move to your iTunes music folder and search for your song, which will designated by a Q icon. You have to be able to see .M4A file extension (make sure your haven’t got the Hide Extensions box ticked, otherwise you won’t be able to see it).

Then copy the file to your desktop. Rename it so that you can recognise it as your newly created ringtone. There must be no symbols (hyphens etc) in the file name, otherwise it won’t work.

Okay, done all that? Back you go to iTunes, select File, Add File to Library and then browse for the file as you did above. It should be there and if so, press Open and it will then be automatically placed in the right part of your library.

The final step is syncing your iPhone with iTunes. Once complete, your new ringtone should be on your iPhone. If it hasn’t worked, just ensure that your iPhone and iTunes sync set-ups are configured properly to accept the ringtone.

Pretty nifty hey? And you can go about loading hundreds of ringtones all at no expense. So go and get cracking.

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