Create Custom Ringtones in iTunes 12.7

Starting from version 12.7, there is no iOS App Store inside iTunes and no possibility to transfer custom ringtones to iPhones and iPads. However, there is a way to drag them manually. And it will be possible to use them for any event, contact or another item you need to be notified about by a sound.

You have to keep in mind that only .m4r files can be transferred via iTunes. Trying to install a file in another format or with inappropriate

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size (if it is too big, for example, and lasts for more than 30-40 seconds) will cause an error.

Adding Custom Ringtones Manually

  1. Download a ringtone you want to use.
  2. Connect your device to your Mac via Wi-Fi or USB.
  3. Open iTunes from the Applications folder in Finder or via Spotlight.
  4. If everything is ok and iTunes has detected your iPhone or iPad, you will see the device icon in the upper left corner of the app’s window.
  5. Then click Tones in the iTunes If you do not see it, most probably it is hidden. Just click the View menu and choose Show Sidebar to make it appear. Then drag and drop the file you want to use as a ringtone onto Tones.
  6. If Tones is not visible, drag and drop the ringtone onto On My Device. Then a new Tones section will show up in the sidebar.
  7. When the file shows up in the iTunes app, it means that it is transferred to the device connected to your Mac.
  8. The process of adding more ringtones looks the same. You just have to repeat it as many times as you need to transfer all the files.

Then you need to set a default ringtone for chosen contacts and events.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your device after unplugging it from the computer.
  2. Then choose Sounds.
  3. There you can set up a custom ringtone from the list of available options for your contacts, calendar events, alarm clock, etc. The file you have manually transferred to Tones will be at the top of the list. Then just click on it.

Removing Custom Ringtones

  1. Attach your device to the computer.
  2. Open iTunes from the Applications folder in Finder or via Spotlight.
  3. Choose your iPhone or iPad icon on the app’s window.
  4. Select Tones in the sidebar. Unhide it if necessary in the View menu.
  5. You will see a list of custom ringtones used for various types of alarms. Look through them to find the one you want to remove.
  6. Right-click on it and then choose Delete from Library.

There is even a possibility to make a step back if you are not satisfied with the changes Apple has offered with the update. You can download and install iTunes 12.6 again. Before doing this, remove all the files and directories related to iTunes 12.7.