Last Updated: April 24, 2014
We've already covered the best paid iPhone ringtone apps, but what if you don't want to spend any money to get your tones? With these free apps, you can create ringtones from your existing iTunes music library. The biggest downside? Most of these apps contain ads and some of them have difficult-to-use interfaces. Keep in mind that while these apps are free, you'll still need to pay to download songs from iTunes or rip them from CDs in order to create tones from them.
Ringtone Maker is free app that includes unlimited custom ringtones. Unlike some of the apps discussed above, you can create tones of up to 40 seconds (without paying extra). For many songs, the app includes popular start times to streamline the editing process. Even better, you can use this free app on any iPhone running iOS 4.0 or later.
5 Stars out of 5
Ringtone Designer works much like the apps discussed above, although the ringtones have a maximum length of 30 seconds. This free app is easy to use -- simply select a song from your music library and select the section you want to use. You can create unlimited tones and add custom sounds for each person on your contact list. By upgrading to the paid app, you can create longer ringtones and remove advertisements.
5 Stars out of 5
In addition to creating tones from your music library, the free Myxer Ringtones app has a library of ringtones to choose from. That is a convenient feature, especially if you are sick of your existing music. For popular songs, you can also see the sections other users have picked, which makes the editing process a little bit faster. The latest version of the app has rebuilt the ringtone-creation process and added streaming radio.
4.5 Stars out of 5 (review is of an older version of app)
Ringtone Converter is a great choice for creating unlimited free tones from your existing music library. Like most free apps of this kind, Ringtone Converter creates ringtones up to 30 seconds long, and the app itself is very easy to use. The interface isn't as sleek as some of its competitors, but Ringtone Converter is still a solid choice.
4.5 Stars out of 5
5. Ringtone DJ
3.5 Stars out of 5
If you want to use music for tones but don't have many downloaded songs to work with, RingtonesX is worth a look. Instead of creating ringtones from your existing music, RingtonesX has thousands of popular "hits" to choose from. The only problem? All the songs are covers and not sung by the original artist. Some sound pretty decent, but other songs sound pretty far from the original.
2.5 Stars out of 5
The Ringtone Maker app is a free way to make ringtones from your existing music. Each tone can be up to 40 seconds long, and you can fade in or out for a more professional-sounding effect. However, you’ll need an iPhone 3GS or later (and iOS 4 or later) to take advantage of this free app.
Create Ringtones also features custom tones, but it adds some nifty features. You can create a unique recording using your iPhone’s microphone or email your ringtones to friends. On the downside, you’ll have to pay $0.99 to make ringtones up to 40 seconds long. As with the Ringtone Maker free app, you’ll need an iPhone 3GS or later to use Create Ringtones (the fourth-generation iPod touch and later is also supported).