If hell is other people’s ringtones, purgatory is being forced to choose from a preset list of ringtones for your own phone.
Most smartphones fall on the side of allowing you to choose any audio as your ringtone, but it’s not the simplest thing in the world to make them and transfer them to your phone — especially on the iPhone.
Brinked.com offers a nice web app for converting any MP3, WAV or OGG music file into a ringtone, but we were more interested to see that it’s also capable of grabbing the audio from YouTube videos and making ringtones out of those, for free.
The process is fairly self-explanatory, but we recommend creating an account before you get started, because the app didn’t work otherwise. Then, point your browser to Brinked.com’s ringtone creator, and off we go.
1. Choose the option for “Create from YouTube URL” and paste in the URL of the YouTube video you want to turn into a ringtone. You can also search YouTube from here if you don’t know the URL:
4. Now it’s time to name your ringtone. Mine is “Prisencolinensinainciusol;” for the purposes of this demo, I have agreed that this is not copyrighted material (although that’s a silly question, really, because any original recording is technically copyrighted):
7. Depending on your phone, you’ll have to follow a different process for getting the file onto your phone and activating it as a ringtone. It’s fairly straightforward on Android.
On an iPhone, you’ll need to drag the M4R file onto the Library section of iTunes, then connect your iPhone to your computer. Click on the iPhone in iTunes, and go to the Ringtones tab. Choose Sync Selected Ringtones, and check the box next to your new ringtone.
Now, sync your iPhone to send the ringtone onto it. On the iPhone, go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone and select your new ringtone. This last bit may not have been easy, but hopefully your excellent choice in ringtone made the whole process worth it.