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Use Fission 2.4 to Save Custom iPhone Ringtones

If you have an iPhone or even an iPad or iPod Touch, you may already know how much fun custom ringtones can be. Using custom tones, you can set the special song you share with your spouse to play whenever they call you. By assigning unique sounds to specific contacts in your address book, you can tell exactly who’s calling or texting, without even looking at your device. Custom tones even work with the iOS alarm clock, so you can wake up day after day to Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” (or any other song you like).

Unfortunately, Apple recently broke the way custom tones work in iTunes. With the release of iTunes 12.7, Apple dramatically slimmed down what the app does, removing some redundant functionality. One problem with this change is that it broke the way applications previously passed ringtones to iTunes. Even Apple’s own GarageBand app is now incapable of saving tones to iTunes.

This change also affected our audio editor Fission, which offers its own custom tone saving. With Fission 2.3.3 and lower, the “Save as iPhone Ringtone” option is unable to pass your custom tone to iTunes 12.7 for loading onto your device. Thankfully, we’ve managed to work around this issue!

Today, we’re releasing Fission 2.4 with revamped ringtone saving. Using Fission, you can once again save custom tones for use on your iOS device. While the new iTunes makes it much less obvious, it is indeed still possible to load custom tones onto your iOS device, right from your Mac.

The changes made by Apple in iTunes 12.7 mean that you now need to manually drop your custom tones directly on to your iOS device in iTunes. Fortunately, the process is quite simple, and we’ve posted a quick, step-by-step guide in our Knowledge Base.

Get Fission 2.4 and make fun custom tones for your iOS device. If you’re new to our audio editor, you can learn more about Fission, and take it for a test drive. If you’re already a Fission 2 user, just select “Check for Update” from the Fission menu to download this free update.1


  1. Mac App Store users should watch for an update coming as soon as possible. We’ve submitted to Apple, and we’re waiting on their approval now. ↩︎

5 Responses to “Use Fission 2.4 to Save Custom iPhone Ringtones”

  1. Chip says:

    That was fast. Much appreciated.

  2. Ixcaneco says:

    Thank you very much for this explanation of how iTunes 12.7 is treating Tones and your update

  3. Ixcaneco says:

    How do you save tones that are on your phone to your Mac?

  4. Brett B says:

    You guys rock so hard and thank you for the fast update. I just ran head first into the issue you described then updated Fission to fix it. Amazing!

  5. Wolf says:

    I watch this thread in the hope that some nice person would point out a good site for ringtones… (I’m so uncreative in that respect that even Fission won’t do any good…)

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