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  1. Fausty82's Avatar
    After purchasing and installing a lot of apps on my iPhone and iPad, I discovered that there are some pretty cool sounds in those apps - many of which would make great text tones and other alerts for my iPhone. After a bit of exploring, I have discovered that these sounds can be extracted from the apps without too much effort. Since Im a Mac user, the file locations and conversion apps mentioned in this "how to" are OS X specific. If youre a Windows user, the location of the iTunes media should be similar, but youre on your own to find a suitable audio file conversion utility. (You can also use an online conversion service like

    The process seems to be a bit convoluted, but with a bit of practice, you can reap some really neat rewards. So, buckle up and lets get started.

    1. Locate the app that contains the tones you want to extract.
    2. Copy the app to your desktop. (Location of the app on your computer is Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications/<app name>.ipa). This is necessary to ensure you dont destroy/mess up the actual iOS app.
    3. Rename the file extension of the app to .zip file (myapp.ipa ->
    4. Double click on the .zip file to create a folder (myapp) on your desktop
    5. Open the folder and find the PAYLOAD folder
    6. Open the folder and find the APP package (
    7. Right click and choose SHOW PACKAGE CONTENTS
    8. From here, its a matter of finding the audio files. Typically they are in a folder named AUDIO. They can be in any number of audio formats, including .wav, .mp3, .caf or even something else.
    9. Copy the sound files to your desktop, or to another location where you will be able to find them.
    10. Convert them using a media converter (I have several installed Amersoft Converter, MTS Converter and SmartConverter. You want to create .m4a files.
    11. Rename the .m4a (audio) files to .m4r (ringtone) files.
    12. Copy the tones into iTunes (just double click them to play/add them to iTunes).
    13. Sync your device.
    Just_Me_D, Alli, Jaguarr40 and 7 others like this.
    08-23-2013 04:12 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    This guide contains valuable information, sir. Thank you for writing it....
    Last edited by JustMe'D; 08-25-2013 at 09:32 AM.
    Tartarus likes this.
    08-23-2013 07:25 PM
  3. awsom1's Avatar
    You're a genius. Thank you so much.
    12-05-2015 07:14 AM
  4. bairday's Avatar
    Seems a great way! I will have a try. Thanks!
    09-06-2016 09:51 PM
  5. jianrong's Avatar
    10-12-2016 08:28 AM
  6. Aldo L's Avatar
    Hello! I have used your method on a game app, but I didn't find any audio file, just a lot of .assets files... do you know any way to convert them?
    Anyhow, this is fantastic! Thank you so much!
    10-30-2016 11:53 AM
  7. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Hello! I have used your method on a game app, but I didn't find any audio file, just a lot of .assets files... do you know any way to convert them?
    Anyhow, this is fantastic! Thank you so much!
    Keep in mind the OP started this thread 3 years ago.
    10-30-2016 07:16 PM
  8. wkelly24's Avatar
    Very Cool!!! Thanks!
    11-02-2016 07:05 AM
  9. Ericclark4's Avatar
    Really Cool thanks!
    11-04-2016 11:28 AM

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