How to Make Message Tones for iPhone

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How to Make Message Tones for iPhone
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The iPhone comes standard with preset messaging rings. If you wish to make message tones for your iPhone, you must have a jailbroken iPhone using a program such as BlackRain. You will also need to have afc2add and Winterboard installed on your jailbroken iPhone. Once your iPhone is jailbroken and these programs installed, you can create and download message tones for your iPhone.

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Things you need

  • Jailbroken iPhone
  • Computer
  • USB cable
  • afc2add
  • Winterboard
  • Internet connection

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  1. 1

    Download Audacity and DiskAid onto your Mac or PC. Audacity will be used to help create the message tones while DiskAid will be used to install the tones onto your iPhone.

  2. 2

    Open Audacity on your desktop and then find a sound file stored in your computer that you would like to use. This can be any sound or any song that you have stored on your drive.

  3. 3

    Drag the sound file and drop it into the Audacity window.

  4. 4

    Edit your file by lengthening or shortening the file and adjusting the volume. You should probably consider making the file fairly loud so you can hear it well, and not more than three seconds long.

  5. 5

    Save the file as an "AIFF" extension on your desktop in a new folder.

  6. 6

    Open up the folder on your desktop that was just created and create another folder inside that one. Name the folder and then save your original file again in the new folder. Use whatever name you want, but make sure to save the file with a "CAF" extension.

  7. 7

    Open up DiskAid on your computer and connect your iPhone to your computer.

  8. 8

    Select "Root folder." Navigate to "Library," "Themes," then click "Copy to Device."

  9. 9

    Select the folder from your desktop with the CAF file and click "open." Your ringtone is now created and ready to be activated using Winterboard.

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