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How do I Make iPhone Ringtones Louder?

Updated April 17, 2017

One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone is that the speaker is not loud enough. Some customers found a solution to this problem by perforating the plastic speaker cover with a needle. Although this trick may produce a change in volume, it will also void your warranty. While the speaker may seem to be the culprit for missed phone calls, in reality Apple's stock ringtones are simply too quiet. You can increase the sound of your ringer by creating a new custom ringtone in iTunes. Choose a song, change the volume and transfer it right on to your iPhone.

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  1. Create a new folder on your desktop and label it "Originals." Open up iTunes, then drag and drop a music file into the new folder. This will preserve the original, while you edit the file as desired.

  2. Locate the song in iTunes and double-click on the title or hit the "Play" button to listen to the track. Find the spot where you would like the song to start and note the exact starting point.

  3. Right-click on the title and scroll down to "Get Info." Click to pull up the file's info dialogue box, then click "Options" on the top navigation bar. Click and drag the volume adjustment slider all the way to the right, to make the song louder. If it is a bass-heavy track, then set the Equalizer Preset to "Bass Reducer."

  4. Enter the exact starting point into the "Start Time" box. Count 30 seconds from the starting point and enter it in the "Stop Time" box. Click "OK" to save your changes.

  5. Right-click on the song title and scroll down to "Create AAC Version." Click on it to convert the file, and then double-click on your hard drive to bring up your computer's search or finder box. Type in the song title, and it should bring up the converted music file with the extension .m4a.

  6. Click once on the track's title to highlight it, wait for a few seconds and then click again. This brings up the cursor and allows you to change the song's name. Type in a new name, and change the extension to .m4r. Drag this modified music file into the "Ringtones" section of your iTunes.

  7. Sync your iPhone by plugging it into your computer via the USB cable. iTunes will automatically open; click on the name of your device and then the "Info" tab. Select "Ringtones" and then check the box titled "Sync Ringtones." Click "Apply" to start syncing, and iTunes will automatically transfer the new ringtone to your iPhone.

  8. Tip

    To add the original song back onto iTunes, open your "Originals" file on your desktop; drag and drop the title onto your iTunes icon or a playlist. If you don't see the option to covert to AAC, then go to "iTunes," then "Preferences" and click on the "General" tab in the upper menu. Click on "Import Settings" and change Import Using to "AAC Encoder." Click "OK."


    If a song is DRM protected, you may not be able to change it to a ringtone.

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Things You'll Need

  • iPhone version 1.1.2 or higher
  • iTunes version 10.1 or higher

About the Author

Sarena Fuller has been writing professionally since 2003. She has written for e-commerce sites, architectural firms, doctors and fashion companies. Her writing experience varies from technical writing to hair and beauty, alternative medicine and eco-friendly living. Fuller holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arizona.

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