Long gone are the days of having to shell out some money to get yourself a custom ringtone of your favorite song or audio clip. If you have a clip of something that you want to use as your phone's ringtone, then it's never been easier to cut the clip just as you want it.

The best part is that you don’t need to download any shady programs to help you either; you can do everything you want to do online, with ease.

The only things you need are the song or sound clip, knowing what selection from that sound you want, and Kapwing.

  1. Upload Your Sound Clip to Kapwing
  2. Edit and Cut the Sound Clip
  3. Export New Clip
  4. Upload Ringtone to Phone

Step One: Upload Your Sound Clip to Kapwing

In order to cut your ringtone, you will want to upload the original sound file into Kapwing’s editing studio.

Head to Kapwing.com in your browser on any device and click Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, you can click the Upload button to find the audio file on your device, or paste the link to audio stored online in places like Google Drive or SoundCloud.

Step Two: Edit and Cut the Sound Clip

When your audio file has been uploaded to the Studio, you will see the audio file sitting in the timeline for cutting.

The Kapwing studio layout for audio editing.

Kapwing comes with a ton of tools and effects that you can use to change up the sound, if you want to. You can speed it up or slow it down, adjust the volume, and more.

But the most important thing is to cut the clip so that it is the proper length for a ringtone. Now, the length of a ringtone differs depending on what kind of phone you have: iPhones limit ringtones to 40 seconds, while Android phones restrict them to 30 seconds.

Click and drag the left end of your clip in the Timeline to adjust where it starts. To cut time from the end of the clip, click and drag the right end. You can see the length of your clip displayed above the timeline.

To remove a section in the middle of your audio clip, select your clip, move the vertical tracker to any point in the middle of the clip, and click Split just above the Timeline. Now, you can click and drag the ends of the separated clips to cut out sections in the middle.

You can see how long your clip is as you cut it.

You can also add a Fade In or Fade Out effect to your audio clip. Just select the clip in the Timeline, then use the Effects tab in the editing menu on the right.

Step Three: Export New Clip

You can export the ringtone as an MP3.

Once the ringtone is just how you want it, look to the top-right corner of your screen to see the red Export Video button, with a downward arrow to the right of it. Click on this arrow and open up a new drop-down menu, then select Export as MP3.

The ringtone will be sent to Kapwing’s cloud service for exporting, and once it’s done, click Download to save the ringtone to your files.

Step Four: Upload Ringtone to Phone

Once you have your ringtone ready to use, you need to upload it to your phone, which can be a different process depending on what kind of phone you have.

Different smartphones have different ways of uploading custom ringtones.

If you're creating a custom ringtone for an Android device, look over this guide for setting up custom Android ringtones. And if you're working with an iOS device, I recommend using this online audio converter to turn the MP3 you downloaded fro Kapwing into an M4R ringtone file.

With that, your new ringtone is ready to be put onto your phone put to good use. It’s as easy as that. As you get your ringtone set on your phone, check out Kapwing on YouTube and Instagram for more online tutorials, as well as follow us on Twitter for updates and news for our online video editor.


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