5 Useful iTune Tips & Tricks for iPhone/iPad Beginners

iTune Tips and Tricks

Owning a new iPhone or an iPad is lot of fun. However, many of the new users are also equally frustrated with the functionalities in iTunes.

If you’ve been asking around on how to change your iPhone ringtone and exporting video to your iPad, you’ve found the right article. Here we will be covering the 5 most useful tips and quick tricks in using iTunes specially written for the beginners.

1. How to Change Your iPhone Ringtone

iPhone Ringtone

If you’re one the voices out there who complaining to your colleagues/classmates on why using the same ringtone as yours or you’ve been terribly sick of the xylophone sound, afraid not. Read further.

  1. iPhone and iPad only support ringtones format in m4r. So, google the iPhone ringtones and download the ringtone file in m4r. Mobile9.com has many ringtones available for free.
  2. Next, you need to sync the file to your iPhone/iPad. Connect your device and launch the iTunes.
  3. At the iTunes, click on the Ringtones tab on the right. Drag and drop your ringtone file into the list on left.

    iPhone/iPad Ringtone Drag Drop

  4. Then, click on your device (1), and go to the Ringtones tab on top (2). You should able to see the ringtone file which you exported earlier on (3). Click “Apply” button (4) will copy the ringtone to your iPhone.

    iPhone/iPad Change Ringtone

  5. At your iPhone, go to Setting > Sounds > Ringtones > Select your custom ringtone

    iPhone/iPad Change Ringtone

Test your ringtone in front of your friends and you can start to brag on how you did this in less than 5 minutes.

2. How to Customize iPhone Ringtone Using Your Favourite Songs 

Now that you already know how to change the iPhone ringtone, let’s bring it up one notch – to customize your iPhone ringtone using your favorite songs. We won’t question you where did you get your mp3s but we will teach you how to use your favorite song as your ringtone. Did we just heard some glee girls screaming in joy?

  1. As you may or may not know, iPhone / iPad ringtone only supports format in m4r. So the first step is to convert the sound files into m4a then rename it to m4r. Drop your favorite song into iTunes under Music.

  2. In the playlist, right click on the music file and select “Get Info

    Get Info

  3. A pop-up window will appear and then go to the Option tab. Input the “Start time” and also the “End time”. If you love the chorus and you want to make it as your iPhone ringtone, you have to key in the specific start time and end time. Please note that iPhone ringtone has to be 30 second or less. So if you plan to have the whole Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance song as your iPhone ringtone, just forget about it.

    Option Change ringtone mp3

  4. Next you need to convert the file. Right click at the file and select “Create AAC version”.

    Create Acc Version

    OK – Before you start panicking because you couldn’t find that option, do this .. Go to iTunes menu bar > Edit >Preferences > General> Import Settings. A small popup window will appear, at the “Import Using” dropdown menu, select AAC Encoder. Below it at the Setting dropdown menu select High Quality. This will enable the option of “Create AAC version” when you right click at the file.

    Acc Import Settings

  5. You are almost done. At your list, there should be two files with identical file name. The one that below is your new AAC version in m4a format. Now you need to rename the format to m4r. Right click at the file again and select “Show in Window Explorer”. This will save you time of locating the new file.

    Show in Windows Explorer

  6. Next, change your file name. That’s it. Now you have your iPhone ringtone in m4r format and ready to sync to your iPhone. Please refer to first part on “How to change your iPhone ringtone”. 

    Change File Name

3. How to import videos into your iPhone / iPad

Before you bought the iPhone or iPad, we bet you must be thinking about the memory size. True enough, many opt for bigger size like 32GB and 64GB. But after owning the iPhone and iPad for about a year or so, it seems like you’ll never used up the memory space! Then must be missing.. yes.. the videos.

Videos usually will take up a huge chunk of your memory space. So if you would like to make your money worthwhile and wanted to use up all your available memory, here is the easy manual on importing videos into your iPhone / iPad.

  1. In the iTunes, go to File > Add File to Library.
    Make sure your video selection is in either H.264 or MPEG-4 format. You can convert your video file with these free iPad video converters.

    Add File to Library

  2. Next, click on your device (1), go to the Movies tab on top (2), click to enable the Sync Movie (3). Your movie will imported earlier will appear at the Movies listing (4).

    Add Movie to iPad/iPhone

  3. Then all you have to do is click the Sync button. Next, get your popcorn & coke ready, you are all set for the movie!

4. How to sync your photos to your iPhone/iPad

Now you just came back from a holiday and you hundred or maybe thousands of vacation photos. So the question is how do you import all these photos into your iPhone / iPad to make your colleague or friends jealous of the great time you had?

  1. In iTunes, click on your device (1), and go to the Photos tab on top (2).  You have to enable the Sync Photos (3) and select the folder where contains your photos (4).

    Sync Photos

  2. Once you click on the Sync button, your selected photos will be copied into your device. Now you can start to show-off.

5. How to download and read eBook in iPhone / iPad

If you want to download and read an eBook through 3rd party websites instead of using iBook, here’s a quick start.

  1. In iTunes, click on your device (1), and go to the Books tab on top (2). 


  2. In the iTunes, go to File > Add File to Library.

    add ebook to library

  3. You have to enable the Sync Books and choose either "All books" or "Selected books".

    ebook sync

  4. Click the Sync button to start reading downloaded ebooks in your iPhone or iPad.

We hope you enjoyed this article and we welcome for any comments/questions that you have.

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Alexander Yong Alexander believes in outer space aliens and has passion in new technology. He is easily fascinated with new inventions which bring him contributing in this platform. Alexander enjoys sharing his knowledge as he knew; this is the only way to keep human form competitive with the fellow extra-terrestrials.

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