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[2 Ways] How to Set Ringtone on iPhone from Music Library

You may wonder how to set music in your music library as a ringtone on iPhone. Here are two ways you can try in this guide to set ringtone on iPhone from music library with or without iTunes.

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By Demi / Updated on June 28, 2024

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I would like to set a new ringtone of my choice instead of the phone’s tone. If it is possible, please tell me how to set songs in my iTunes music library as a ringtone on my iPhone.

- Question from Apple Community

Consider the following scenario: You’re out in public and an iPhone starts ringing. Will you take your iPhone out to have a check? After all, you’re using the same iPhone ringtone as everyone else.

If you’re once in such an embarrassing situation, you may want to set a personal ringtone for your iPhone . If the song you want to set as a ringtone is just saved in the music library, you can try the two methods about how to set ringtone on iPhone 13/12/11 from music library in this guide.

Way 1. How to Set Ringtone on iPhone from Music Library with iTunes

If you are familiar with the steps to transfer iTunes music library to iPhone , it cannot be a hard job for you to set a ringtone on iPhone from music library with iTunes. You may need to convert the song to a ringtone format, then sync it to your iPhone, and finally set it as a ringtone on iPhone. Here are detailed steps.

Step 1. Convert the song to a ringtone format 1. Open iTunes, locate the song that you want to set as ringtone > Right-click it and choose Song Info .

2. In the prompt window, click Option > Set the Start and Stop time of the ringtone > Click  OK to confirm. Please be noted that the ringtone is up to 30 seconds.

3. Select the original song, click File > Convert > Create AAC format . Your song will now get duplicated.

4. Select the AAC version of the song, right-click and choose Show in Windows Explorer  > Change the extension from .m4a to .m4r .

Step 2. Sync ringtone to iPhone 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via USB > Click the phone icon  in iTunes.

2. Click Summary > Check Manually manage music and videos > Click Apply .

3. Click the Tone tab > Drag and drop the ringtone from desktop to iTunes > Then, wait for the sync process to finish.

Step 3. Set ringtone on iPhone When the sync task is finished, unplug your iPhone from the computer. Go to the Settings app > Sound & Haptics > Ringtone to locate and set the ringtone.

Hope everything goes well and you can successfully set ringtone from music library on iPhone. Just in case, you may encounter the iTunes sync greyed out  issue when trying to sync ringtone to iPhone. Then, you can try the second method to change the ringtone on iPhone from music library without iTunes.

Way 2. Easier Way to Change Ringtone on iPhone from Any Source via FoneTool

If you have problems editing songs to ringtone or syncing the ringtone to iPhone, then you can try the method introduced below. You can transfer the songs you like to iPhone and set the songs as ringtone on iPhone. Without syncing by iTunes, you can rely on the professional transfer tool - FoneTool  to transfer custom ringtones to iPhone from music from computer no matter they are in iTunes music library or not.

With simple steps and fast speed, you are free to choose the songs you want to custom to ringtones for iPhone. Let it help you make and import unique ringtones to iPhone in 3 steps.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via USB > Launch FoneTool, click  Toolbox  > Choose  Ringtone Maker  option.

Step 2. Choose  From Computer  to launch music file you'd like to convert to ringtone (Click  From Device  to import music from iPhone) > Click  Select  to confirm.

Step 3. Edit the ringtone as per you like, like the duration and effect > Give it a name, and click  Save  > Finally, click  Save to Device  to finish the process.

When it is finished, you can unplug your iPhone from computer, and set your new iPhone as the way you used to do by going to iPhone Settings > Sounds & Haptics  >  Ringtone  > Select the ringtone you just added to your iPhone.

That’s all for the two ways about how to set ringtone on iPhone from music library. You can make use of iTunes to sync ringtone to iPhone. You can also transfer songs to iPhone using FoneTool and edit ringtone iPhone with no effort. Hope this guide can help you.

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Introduction to personalizing your iphone experience.

Customizing your iPhone to suit your style and preferences can make your experience with the device more enjoyable and personal. One of the simplest yet most effective ways to do this is by setting a unique ringtone that resonates with your personality or mood. With a vast music library at your disposal, you can choose a song that not only alerts you to incoming calls but also brings a smile to your face every time your phone rings. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of setting a ringtone on your iPhone from your music library, ensuring that your ringtone stands out in a crowd.

Understanding iPhone’s Ringtone Capabilities

Before diving into the steps, it’s important to understand what your iPhone can do in terms of ringtones. The iPhone allows users to set custom ringtones for individual contacts or for general incoming calls. However, it’s worth noting that not all audio files can be used as ringtones. The iPhone requires ringtones to be in a specific format (.m4r) and not longer than 30 seconds. With this in mind, let’s explore how to convert and set your favorite tune as your ringtone.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Your iPhone Ringtone

Setting a ringtone from your music library involves a few steps, including selecting a song, converting it to the correct format, and syncing it to your iPhone. Here’s a detailed walkthrough:

Selecting Your Song

First, choose the song you want to set as your ringtone. It could be your current favorite hit, a classic tune, or even a soundbite from a memorable movie scene. Keep in mind the 30-second limit, as you’ll need to select a specific part of the song to use as your ringtone.

Converting the Song to a Ringtone File

Once you’ve selected the song, you’ll need to convert it into an .m4r file, which is the format Apple uses for ringtones. This can be done using various third-party apps or software. Here’s a general outline of the process:

  • Open the song in an audio editing software.
  • Select a 30-second portion of the song that you want as your ringtone.
  • Export the selection as an .m4r file.

Syncing the Ringtone to Your iPhone

After creating your .m4r file, the next step is to sync it to your iPhone. This can be done through iTunes or Finder (on macOS Catalina and later). Connect your iPhone to your computer, open iTunes or Finder, and follow these steps:

  • Drag and drop the .m4r file into the ‘Tones’ section of your iPhone.
  • Sync your iPhone to transfer the ringtone.

Setting the Ringtone on Your iPhone

With the ringtone now on your iPhone, you can set it as your default ringtone or assign it to a specific contact. To do this, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Sounds & Haptics’ > ‘Ringtone’ and select your new ringtone from the list.

Advanced Tips for Ringtone Customization

For those who want to take their customization a step further, there are advanced techniques you can use to create truly unique ringtones:

  • Use voice memos or recordings as ringtones for a personal touch.
  • Mix and match different songs or sounds using audio editing software for a custom mashup.
  • Add fade-in and fade-out effects for a more polished ringtone.

Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

While setting a custom ringtone is straightforward, there are common pitfalls that users may encounter. Here are some tips to avoid them:

  • Ensure the song is legally obtained to avoid copyright issues.
  • Double-check the .m4r file duration to ensure it’s no longer than 30 seconds.
  • Always back up your original song file before editing.

FAQ Section

Let’s address some frequently asked questions related to setting ringtones on an iPhone from the music library.

Can I set a song as a ringtone without using iTunes?

Yes, there are third-party apps available that allow you to set a song as a ringtone without the need for iTunes.

Is it possible to set a ringtone for text messages?

Absolutely! The process is similar to setting a ringtone for calls. Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Sounds & Haptics’ > ‘Text Tone’ and select your custom tone.

Why can’t I find my custom ringtone on my iPhone?

If you can’t find your custom ringtone, ensure that it has been correctly synced to your iPhone and that it’s in the .m4r format.

Conclusion: Embrace Your Creativity

Setting a custom ringtone on your iPhone is a fun way to express your individuality and enhance your user experience. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily convert any song from your music library into a ringtone. Remember to keep it legal, be creative, and enjoy the process of making your iPhone truly yours.

  • How to customize your ringtone on Apple’s official support page
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Tired of the preset ringtones on your iPhone and want to return the good old days of custom ringtones? We've got you covered.

With iOS 14 setting a song as your ringtone on iPhone is easier than ever before. It does involve a bit of work, though.

To set a song as your ringtone it needs to saved in your Files app or must be purchased and downloaded on your phone. You can't use songs that you just have saved on Apple Music or another streaming service such as Spotify.

The easiest way to do this is to pick out your favorite song and save it to files using an mp3 converter or buy it in the iTunes Store. Then you'll have to create a loop of that song in GarageBand and export it as a ringtone. Don't worry, the process is quite easy, and we'll talk you through the steps.

First, download the song you'd like and save it to your iPhone. The easiest way to do this is probably by downloading the song you'd like from YouTube , and converting that to an mp3. Click the link above if you need help with that.

Follow the steps below to set a song as your ringtone on iPhone.

How to set a song as your ringtone on iPhone:

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Step 1: Download GarageBand .

Step 2: Open GarageBand.

Step 3: Swipe to "AUDIO RECORDER" and select.

Screenshot of the Audio Recorder function in the Garage Band app.

Step 4: Tap the gray lines in the upper left hand corner.

Screenshot of the Audio Recorder function in the Garage Band app.

Step 5: Tap the blue metronome in the upper middle of the screen.

Step 6: Tap the gray loop in the upper right hand corner.

Screenshot of the Audio Recorder function in the Garage Band app.

Step 7: Find the song you want to use as your ringtone in "Files" or "Music" at the top of the screen.

Step 8: Hold down on the song and drag it into the workspace.

Step 9: Tap the small gray plus arrow in the upper right hand corner.

Screenshot of the Garage Band app.

Step 10: Change the section length from eight to thirty.

Screenshot of the Section Length function in the Garage Band app.

Step 11: Hold down on the song and tap "Trim" to customize the thirty seconds of the song you want to be your ringtone.

Screenshot of the Trim function in the Garage Band app.

Step 12: Tap the gray arrow in the upper left hand corner and select "My Songs."

Screenshot of the Garage Band app.

Step 13: To rename your song double tap it.

Step 14: Hold down on your song and select "Share."

Screenshot of file options in the Garage Band app.

Step 15: Select "Ringtone."

Screenshot of the Share Song function in the Garage Band app.

Step 16: Tap "Continue."

Screenshot of the Garage Band app.

Step 17: Select "Export."

Screenshot of the Export Ringtone function in the Garage Band app.

Step 18: Tap the option you want the ringtone to be and select "Done."

Screenshot of the Garage Band app.

Elena is a tech reporter and the resident Gen Z expert at Mashable. She covers TikTok and digital trends. She recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in American History. Email her at  [email protected]  or follow her  @ecaviar_ .

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If you’re tired of the default melody your iPhone plays when someone’s calling, you can select a new ringtone from a few different built-in options. If you don't want the built-in options, you can download ringtones from the iTunes Store or create a custom ringtone in iTunes. Here's how to set ringtones on an iPhone.

Things You Should Know

  • To set ringtones on an iPhone, go to "Settings" → "Sounds & Haptics" → "Ringtone" → select a new ringtone.
  • You can purchase ringtones directly from the iTunes store or create one in iTunes or the Music app.
  • You can also set individual ringtones for each contact you have.

Step 1 Tap the Settings icon on the home screen.

  • You’ll see several different sound events you can customize.

Step 3 Tap the current ringtone.

  • If you want to change the tone you hear when you receive a text, tap Text Tone instead.

Step 4 Select a ringtone from the list of built-in options.

  • The new ringtone will be set immediately.

Step 1 Know your options.

  • If you don't have the iTunes Store app, download it from the App Store .

Step 3 View the ringtones available for download.

  • Tap Set as Default Ringtone to make your new ringtone the universal sound for all incoming phone calls.
  • Tap Assign to a Contact to choose a person in your contacts list who you'd like to be associated with this ringtone. This means that every time that person calls you, you’ll hear this new ringtone. All other calls will still use the current ringtone.
  • Tap Done to simply download it without changing your ringtone. If you choose this option and later want to change your ringtone to this file, open the Settings menu and select Sounds then Ringtone . You’ll now see this ringtone file as an option. Tap it to set it as your ringtone.

Step 1 Open iTunes on...

  • If using a Mac, open the Music app.

Step 2 Select the track you want to turn into a ringtone.

  • Take note of when your 30-second segment begins and ends.
  • The exact time is right beneath the song information at the top of the screen. If the part you like begins when the timer is at 1:40, that’s the number you’ll write down.
  • Keeping the 30-second limitation in mind, decide where you want to stop. Write down the stop point timer number. If you want to end the song at 2 minutes and 5 seconds in, write 2:05.

Step 3 View the song’s detailed information.

  • For example, “UnclePhranc.m4r” if the name of your song is “Uncle Phranc.”
  • The extension .m4r will convert your file to a ringtone.

Step 9 Add the song back to the iTunes library.

  • If you’re using iTunes 11 or earlier, click the Tones button on the top right of iTunes and make sure Sync Tones and All Tones are selected. Click Apply .
  • On Mac, open the Finder and select the General tab. Drag and drop or copy and paste the .m4r from the Finder window into the General tab.

Step 10 Sync your ringtone.

  • If you’re using iTunes 11 or earlier, click the Tones button on the top right of iTunes and make sure Sync Tones and All Tones are selected. Select Apply and the sync will begin.
  • If you’re using iTunes 12 or newer, click the Tones button at the top left of iTunes and then drag your ringtone over to your iPhone to sync.

Step 11 Set the ringtone.

  • You can also set a custom vibration pattern for your contacts. On the Ringtone page, tap Vibration and then choose a Standard one or make your own by tapping Create New Vibration near the bottom of the screen.

Step 5 Tap Done.

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How To Set A Music Library Song As Your Ringtone [iOS]

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Back when feature phones were mainstream, changing ringtones was easy. If you had an even marginally good Nokia phone, you could set a song as your ringtone. Nokia’s OS played nice with  MP3 files. This still holds true for Android phones. There are no hoops that you have to jump through if you want to use a song as your ringtone. It’s not the same with iOS. iOS ringtone files are in the M4R format, and you can’t just save a file to your device and use it as your ringtone. There are quite a few hoops to jump through unless you have a jailbroken device . The good news is, Apple has made GarageBand free for everyone and you can use it to create ringtones. Specifically, you can use it to turn a song from your music library into a ringtone.

Download GarageBand from the App Store (link at the end), and open it.

Audio Recorder Tool

GarageBand has lots of recording tools. For our purpose, we need the Audio Recorder tool. Tap the plus button at the top of the app, and select ‘Create new song’. Swipe through the tools you see and tap Audio Recorder.

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Add Song Section

Tap the tracks button at the top, and tap the metronome button. By default, this button is blue to indicate that it’s active. When you tap it, you turn it off which is what you need to do.

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Now that metronome is off, tap the plus button below the gears button at the top right. This will add a song section. Tap it, and set it’s length to automatic and go back by clicking ‘Done’.

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Select Song From Library

Back on the main Audio Recorder screen, tap the loop button next to the gear icon.

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Go to the ‘Music’ tab. Tap and hold on the song you want to use as your ringtone. Tap and hold it until it is added to the Audio Recorder tool. Make sure the song starts at 0 seconds. If it doesn’t, drag it to the start.

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Export Song As Ringtone

Tap the downward pointing triangle button at the top left. Select ‘My Songs’.  The song will be saved as a project to your songs in GarageBand. Tap select at the top right, and all songs will start shaking like they do when you delete apps from your home screen.

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Tap the song you want to export, and tap the share button at the top left. From the share menu, select ‘Ringtone’. Enter a name for the ringtone. GarageBand will automatically clip the song to 30 seconds, the correct length for a ringtone, and export it to your sounds.

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Set Ringtone

Open the Settings app. Go to Sounds>Ringtone, and select the song you want to set as your ringtone, and you’re done.

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How to create a custom ringtone for your iPhone

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The iPhone comes with a number of ringtones you can use, but it’s your iPhone, why not use a custom ringtone for specific contacts? That way, when a certain someone calls you, you can immediately know who it is. For example, you can set a song that’s special to you and your spouse, so when your spouse calls, you’ll hear the song and know immediately who it is.

You can make a custom ringtone right on your iPhone with GarageBand or use your Mac, as long as you know the steps. Here’s how it works.

How make and install ringtones from songs on your Mac

If your music library is on your Mac, you can create ringtones using Apple Music . However, you must own the physical song file—streamed songs cannot be made into ringtones. Also, the files must not be copy-protected.

How to make a ringtone from a song in Apple Music

1. Launch the Music app.

2. Go to your music library and find the song you want to make into a ringtone. Play the song and keep an eye on the elapsed time at the top of the app. Note the time stamp where you want the ringtone to start, then note where you want it to end. (Note: Ringtones cannot be longer than 30 seconds.)

2. Right-click on the song and in the pop-up menu, select Get Info .

3. A window with the details of the song file will appear. Click Options .

4. In Options, there are timecodes for Start and Stop. Check the Start checkbox and enter the starting time from step 2. Then check the Stop box and enter the end time. Click OK .

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5. Select the file, and then click on the File menu and select Convert > Create AAC version . (If the only option you see is Create MP3 version , select it.)

6. A new copy of your song file will appear under the original. Right-click on it and select Show in Finder .

Apple Music show in finder

7. A Finder window with the song file should appear on your desktop. Look at the file’s extension (the extension appears after the file name after a “.”). If you don’t see the extension, right-click on the file, select Get Info , and then look for the Name & Extension section. Then do one of the following:

  • If the extension is .m4a change it to .m4r .
  • If the extension is .mp3 , the file needs to be converted to .m4a. Open the file in QuickTime Player, which is in your Applications folder. Then in QuickTime Player, click on the File menu and select Export As > Audio Only . Name the file, choose a place to save it, then click Save . Then change the extension of the newly exported file to .m4r .

Now your ringtone file is ready for your iPhone. Below are the steps to install it.

How to load the ringtone from the Mac to your iPhone

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac via USB.

2. Open a Finder window (press Command-N).

3. In the sidebar under Locations, you should find your iPhone. Select it.

4. Find your ringtone file (the one with the .m4r extension), and drag it over to the Finder window that has your iPhone selected.

5. A green “+” icon should appear on your cursor and the file that you are dragging. That means you will be adding it to your iPhone. Drop the file to install it.

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And that’s it! To see the ringtone, open the Setting app on your iPhone, then tap Sound & Haptics > Ringtone , and it will appear at the top of the list with other custom ringtones (if you have others).

How to make a ringtone with GarageBand for iPhone

If you want to make your own unique ringtone, you can use GarageBand on the iPhone. You can start from scratch (we’re not going to show you how to make a song in this tutorial) or you can edit an existing sound file, which we’ll demonstrate here. The ringtone must be no longer than 30 seconds. 

Before you edit in GarageBand, here’s how to prep for the file you want to edit.

  • If you have an existing sound file, copy it to iCloud Drive.
  • If you want to edit a song, you must have the song file, either by buying it online or ripping it from a CD. If you have the actual song file already on your iPhone, you will be able to access it through GarageBand.
  • Copy-protected song files cannot be edited.
  • Streamed Apple Music songs or songs from another streaming service cannot be used as ringtones.

Here’s how to edit a sound file in GarageBand for iPhone and then save it as a ringtone.

How to make custom ringtones on your iPhone

If you don’t have or want to use your Mac, you can create a custom ringtone right on your phone with a little work. You can import a pre-recorded song—again, it needs to be an unprotected track that you own—or create something original using GarageBand’s instruments. Here’s how to get it done:

1. Launch GarageBand. If you don’t have it, it’s free in the App Store . It’s a big application, so give it some time to download.

2. Tap Tracks at the top of the screen.

3. Swipe through the screen left or right until you find the Audio Recorder section. Tap it.

4. At the top left of the screen tap the Tracks button. It’s the third button from the left.

Garage Band iOS Tracks Loops buttons

5. Tap the Loop Browser on the upper right. It’s the button with a loop icon.

6. A file browser window opens and you can navigate to the file you want to edit.

  • If your file is on iCloud Drive, tap Files and then tap the Browse items from the Files app link at the bottom.
  • If you want to edit a song file, tap Music , then navigate to your song file.

GarageBand iOS song import

Songs can be imported into GarageBand, but they must be on your iPhone and not copy protected

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7. Press and hold the file, then drag it from the browser window to the GarageBand workspace.

8. Now it’s time to edit the track down to 30 seconds.

  • If you want a visual cue to help you with the time, tap the Settings button and turn on Time Ruler . This will display the time in seconds at the top of the workspace.
  • Tap the Play button at the top to hear the song. Tap it again or tap the Stop button next to it to stop playing.
  • To trim a song, tap the track and trim bars will appear at the ends. Tap and drag a bar to the stop where you want to trim the song.
  • While we’re not going into greater detail here, you can perform other edits if you want. You can cut sections out, add effects, etc.

8. Once you’ve edited the song, you can save it as a ringtone. Tap the Navigation button in the upper left. It’s the arrowhead pointing downward.

GarageBand iOS trim song

Tap and hold, then drag the bar at the end of the song to trim it.

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9. In the pop-up menu, select My Songs . A window called “GarageBand Recents” will open, and your saved GarageBand Project will display as “My Song.”

  • If you want to rename it, tap and hold on the project, and in the pop-up menu, select Rename . Give it a new name.
  • To export the song as a ringtone, tap and hold on the project, then in the pop-up menu, select Share . The “Share Song” window will appear; select Ringtone . You’ll need to give the ringtone a name (the default is the name of the project). The tap Export to save the ringtone.

GarageBand iOS Share Song

10. After the export is done, a window will appear that will ask you how you want to use the ringtone. You can set it now, or do so later in the iPhone Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone . To set a ringtone for a specific contact, you need to do that in the contact’s entry in the Contacts app ( [your contact] > Edit > Ringtone ).

How to buy ringtones from Apple

Apple sells ringtones that you can buy directly on your iPhone. Here’s how to shop for ringtones.

1. Launch the iTunes Store app—not the Apple Music app or App Store. If you can’t find the iTunes Store, do a search on your iPhone or tell Siri, “Launch the iTunes Store.” You can also get to the iTunes Store through the Settings app by tapping Sound & Haptics > Ringtone > Tone Store .

2. Tap the More button at the bottom of the screen. It’s the button with three dots.

3. On the next screen, tap Tones .

4. Now you’re in the section with ringtones. Most ringtones are $1.29, while others are $0.99. Tap the icon to hear the tone, and tap the price button to buy it.

When you buy a ringtone, you’ll be given options to set it. The ringtone will be available in the iPhone settings and you can always adjust it to your liking.

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How to Set an MP3 as a Ringtone on Your iPhone: Step-by-Step Guide

Setting an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone might sound like a task for tech-savvy folks, but it’s actually quite simple. The process involves a few steps including encoding the MP3 file, syncing it with your iPhone, and then setting it as your ringtone. After completing these steps, your phone will have a personalized ringtone that stands out.

After you complete the action, your iPhone will play your chosen MP3 file as its ringtone. This means that whenever you get a call, you’ll hear the familiar tune you’ve selected, instead of the default options provided by Apple.

Introduction

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you hear a ringtone and reach for your phone, only to realize it’s someone else’s phone ringing? It can be pretty confusing, especially since most people stick to the default ringtones that come with their iPhones. But what if you could set your favorite song or a unique sound as your ringtone? That’s right, we’re talking about customizing your iPhone with an MP3 ringtone.

This trick is perfect for those who want to give their phone a personal touch or who are tired of the monotonous ringtones. It’s not just about showing off your music taste, though; having a distinctive ringtone can also help you quickly identify your calls in a noisy environment. This customization is relevant to anyone with an iPhone who desires a bit more personality from their device. So, whether you’re a teenager wanting to rock out to your favorite band every time your phone rings, or a professional who wants a subtle tune that reflects your style, this guide is for you.

Step by Step Tutorial to Set an MP3 as a Ringtone on an iPhone

The following steps will guide you through the process of setting an MP3 file as a ringtone on your iPhone.

Step 1: Convert the MP3 to AAC format using iTunes

Before you can use an MP3 file as a ringtone, you’ll need to convert it into the AAC format, which is the only audio format that iPhones use for ringtones.

iTunes is a versatile tool for managing your music library and devices, and it also has a feature for converting audio files. After you open iTunes and select the MP3 file you want to convert, you’ll need to go to the “File” menu, then “Convert,” and select “Create AAC Version.” iTunes will then make a copy of the song in AAC format.

Step 2: Rename the AAC file extension to .m4r

After converting the MP3 to AAC format, you must change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r, as this is the extension that iPhone recognizes for ringtones.

Renaming the file extension is a crucial step. To do this, you’ll need to locate the AAC file in your iTunes media folder, right-click on it, and select “Rename.” Change the extension from .m4a to .m4r and confirm the change when prompted. If you can’t see the file extension, you might need to adjust your folder view options to show them.

Step 3: Sync the new .m4r file with your iPhone

With the .m4r file created, the next step is to add this file to your iPhone’s ringtone list through syncing.

Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes. Then, drag and drop the .m4r file into the Tones section of your iPhone in iTunes. Sync your iPhone, and the ringtone will be transferred to your phone.

Step 4: Set the new ringtone on your iPhone

Now that the .m4r file is on your iPhone, you can set it as your ringtone through your phone’s settings.

Go to “Settings” on your iPhone, then “Sounds & Haptics,” and tap on “Ringtone.” You’ll see your new ringtone at the top of the list under “Ringtones.” Tap on it to set it as your default ringtone.

BenefitExplanation
PersonalizationSetting an MP3 as your ringtone allows you to personalize your iPhone, making it stand out from others.
Easy RecognitionA unique ringtone means you can easily identify your phone’s calls, even in a noisy environment.
VarietyYou can change your ringtone as often as you like, giving you variety and keeping your ringtone fresh.
DrawbackExplanation
Process ComplexityFor those not familiar with iTunes, the process can seem complex and daunting.
Limited DurationRingtones need to be short, so you’ll have to pick a snippet of the MP3, potentially losing out on the best parts of the song.
Potential Sync IssuesIf not done correctly, syncing issues can occur, leading to the ringtone not showing up on your iPhone.

Additional Information

Setting an MP3 as a ringtone on your iPhone can be a fun way to customize your phone and showcase your musical taste. However, there are a few additional things to keep in mind. First, the length of the ringtone is important; it should be no longer than 30 seconds, as that is the maximum length for ringtones on iOS. Also, consider the volume levels of the MP3 file. If it’s too quiet, you might miss calls, and if it’s too loud, it could be startling.

Another tip is to choose a portion of the song that is instantly recognizable and has a clear, simple melody. Intricate or complicated sections of a song might not make the best ringtones. Lastly, remember that ringtones don’t have to be songs; they could be sound effects, voice memos, or any other audio you prefer. After setting an MP3 as a ringtone on your iPhone, you’ll appreciate the personal touch it adds every time your phone rings.

  • Convert the MP3 file to AAC format using iTunes.
  • Rename the AAC file extension to .m4r.
  • Sync the new .m4r file with your iPhone.
  • Set the new ringtone on your iPhone through the settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can i set any mp3 file as a ringtone.

Yes, you can set any MP3 file as a ringtone, as long as you convert it to AAC format and rename it to .m4r.

Does the MP3 file have to be a certain length?

Yes, the MP3 file should be no longer than 30 seconds, as this is the maximum length for ringtones on iOS.

Will setting an MP3 as a ringtone use up a lot of space on my iPhone?

Not necessarily. Ringtones are relatively small files, so they shouldn’t take up much space on your iPhone.

Can I set different ringtones for different contacts?

Absolutely! You can assign different ringtones to different contacts through the contact’s details in your phone’s Contacts app.

Is it legal to set MP3 files as ringtones?

Yes, it is legal to set MP3 files as ringtones for personal use. However, sharing or selling the ringtones might infringe on copyright laws.

Setting an MP3 as a ringtone on your iPhone is a fantastic way to make your phone more you. It’s a small change that can bring a smile to your face every time someone calls. Whether you opt for the chorus of your favorite song, a catchy jingle, or even a funny sound clip, your ringtone can be a reflection of your personality.

This guide has walked you through the process step by step, and hopefully, you now feel confident to tackle this task. Remember, it’s all about having fun and making your iPhone as unique as you are. So go ahead, set that MP3 as your ringtone, and let your phone do a little bit of the talking for you!

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  • To add a custom ringtone to your iPhone, convert the audio file to AAC, ensure it is less than 40 seconds long, and rename the file extension to ".m4r"
  • Connect your iPhone to your PC, click the phone icon, open the "Tunes" tab, then drag the audio file into the window
  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone, then navigate to

The iPhone has been around for a long time, and yet there's still no easy way to add your own custom ringtones — but it is possible. If you don't want to buy ringtones or use the ones that came with your iPhone, you can create your own with iTunes.

This process changed a bit with iTunes 12.7 and subsequent releases. The "Tones" library you could previously sync with your iPhone has been removed, but you can still manually place ringtone files on your phone. Any ringtones you had stored in iTunes are now located at C:\Users\NAME\Music\iTunes\iTunesMediaTones on a Windows PC or ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Tones/ on a Mac.

You almost never have to use iTunes with a modern iPhone , but adding your own custom ringtones still requires it.

On a Windows PC, you'll need to install the latest version of iTunes from Apple. On a Mac, iTunes is already installed and ready to go. This process will work on either a Mac or Windows PC.

Apple no longer offers iTunes on Macs starting with macOS Catalina, so you'll need to use an alternative method to get custom ringtones onto your iPhone on newer versions of macOS . The instructions in this article still work if you're using iTunes on Windows or if you have an older version of macOS that still has iTunes. Additionally, we had some issues with the version of iTunes downloaded from the Microsoft Store, but the version available for download on the Apple website worked perfectly. If you encounter problems, try installing the version downloaded from Apple.

Of course, you'll need a sound clip you want to convert and use as a ringtone for this. You probably already have some idea of what you want to use. if not, go ahead and find something you like. You can use absolutely any sound file you find.

Your ringtone file must be a maximum of 40 seconds long. iTunes will refuse to copy ringtones longer than 40 seconds to your phone.

If the file is long and you just want to use one part of it, you can cut it down to just the part you want using an audio editor. You can use any audio editor you like. We like the free and open-source Audacity audio editor for audio editing, but it's more complex than necessary for simple things like this — so we actually recommend a simple online tool like mp3cut.net . To use this website, click the "Open file" button and browse to the MP3 or other type of sound file you want to edit. It can also extract the sound from video files if you upload those.

Click "Open."

Select the part of the audio file you want to use and click the "Save" button.

Select the portion of the audio file you want, then click "Save."

Download the edited clip to your PC by clicking "Save" again. This is the file you'll need to import into iTunes.

Click "Save."

There's a good chance your sound file is in MP3 format. You'll need to convert it to AAC format to use it as a ringtone. (If your sound file is already in AAC format or has a .m4r extension, you can skip this part.)

First, add the sound file to iTunes and locate it in your library. You can do this by dragging and dropping the file directly into the iTunes library. Look under Library > Songs for the file afterward.

Drag your audio file into itunes.

Select the sound file in iTunes and click File > Convert > Create AAC Version.

Navigate to File > Convert > Create AAC Version.

You'll end up with two copies of the same song file in your iTunes library: The original MP3 version and the new AAC version.

To keep track of which is which, right-click the headings in the library and enable the "Kind" column.

Enable the "Kind" column, which lets you sort files by file type.

You'll see a new "Kind" column telling you which file is which. The "MPEG audio file" is the original MP3, while the "AAC audio file" is your new AAC file. You can right-click the MPEG audio file version (that's the MP3) and remove it from your library if you like.

Both AAC and MPEG versions are present.

You now have your ringtone file as an AAC file. However, you need to change its file extension so iTunes will recognize it as a ringtone file.

First, drag and drop the AAC file from the iTunes library to your Desktop or any other folder on your system.

Drag the AAC version of the file to your desktop, or any other folder you want.

You'll get the ringtone file as an AAC file with the .m4a file extension . If you don't see an extension after the file name, you'll need to enable file extensions . Right-click the file, click "rename" or hit the rename button , and change the file extension to .m4r. For example, if the file is named Song.m4a, change it to Song.m4r.

Change the file extension to .m4r.

Finally, connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac with its included USB-to-Lightning cable — that's the same cable you use to charge your iPhone.

Some cheap cables may support charging but not data transfer. If you plug your iPhone into your PC and it starts to charge but nothing else happens, try a different cable.

Unlock your iPhone and tap the "Trust" option on its screen to confirm you want to trust your computer if you haven't previously connected your phone to iTunes on that PC or Mac. You'll be prompted to enter your PIN.

Tap "Trust" and then enter your device PIN.

In iTunes, click the device icon that appears to the left of "Library" on the navigation bar.

Click the device icon.

Click the "Tones" section under On My Device in the left sidebar.

Go to the tones folder.

Drag and drop the .m4r ringtone file from its folder to the Tones section in iTunes.

If drag and drop doesn't work, use copy and paste instead. Select the ringtone file in File Explorer and press Ctrl+C, or right-click it and select copy. Next, click inside the Tones list inside iTunes and press Ctrl+V to paste it. Additionally, this part seems to break with the Microsoft Store version of iTunes. If you can't drag and drop or copy and paste the file into iTunes, try downloading and installing iTunes from Apple's website instead. Scroll about halfway down Apple's page until you see "Looking for other versions?" and then click "Windows." Click "Download" once the option appears.

Drag and drop (or copy and paste) the ringtone you made into the tones folder.

iTunes will sync the ringtone to your phone and it will immediately appear under Tones here.

The new ringtone should sync immediately.

You can now grab your iPhone and head to Settings > Sounds & Haptics, then tap "Ringtone."

The "Sound and Haptics" options on an iPhone.

Then choose your custom ringtone. Any custom ringtones you've added will appear at the top of the list, and all of the default ringtones will be listed below the small line.

A custom ringtone on an iPhone.

You can also assign that ringtone to a specific contact , so you know who's calling just by the sound.

To remove ringtones, reconnect your phone to iTunes and head back to the On My Device > Tones section. Right-click a tone and select "Delete from Library" to remove it from your device.

If you want to remove the ringtone, right click and click "Delete from Library."

If you're not short on space, there isn't any real need to delete the ringtones you add. You can have as many as you'd like!

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How to Set Any Song As Ringtone on Your iPhone

By default, iOS doesn’t let you select any custom ringtone on your iPhone. All you can do is wiggle through the built-in options, which aren’t very great, in my opinion. Anyway, it’s not that you can’t use a ringtone of your choice on iOS. We are here with a detailed step-by-step guide on how you can set any music or song as the ringtone on your iPhone .

To set a custom ringtone on your iPhone, you must have iTunes on your computer. So if you don’t have iTunes, make sure to install the latest version from here . Here, we’ve used iTunes Version 12.10.10.2 for demonstration.

Once you’ve installed/ updated iTunes, you can proceed with the steps below. Do note that the process is quite lengthy and can be tiresome.

Step 1- Add Your Song to iTunes Library

1. Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

4. Select the MP3 or AAC ringtone file from your drive.

Step 2- Trimming the Audio in iTunes.

2. Click on Song Info .

3. Once the new window opens, click on the Options tab.

4. Here, check the start and stop boxes and set the desired timings for your ringtone.

Note: The length of the ringtone can be a maximum of 30 seconds. 

Step 3- Create AAC Version

1. Click on the song to select it.

2. Then, tap on File at the top-left and select Convert .

3. Tap “ Create AAC version .”

4. You’ll now see a duplicate file with the same name in your library. You can now delete the older MP3 version if you want.

Not sure which one of the two is the AAC version? Right-click the song > File Info > File and check the file kind .

Furthermore, if you don’t see the option to create an AAC version, click the Edit menu > Preferences > Import Settings and change the ‘Import Using’ option to “AAC Encoder.”

Step 4- Change Extension

3. Right-click the file, click Rename and change it from “ XYZ.m4a ” to “ XYZ.m4r, ” where XYZ is the name of your song file.

4. Click Yes to confirm when prompted.

Step 5- Import and Sync Ringtone to your iPhone

2. Once your phone’s window opens, click Tones under ‘ On My Device .’

3. Now, go back to the File Explorer, where your ringtone.m4r is present.

Step 6- Select the Ringtone on Your iPhone

3. Scroll down and click on Ringtone .

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Create and manage ringtones

Create a ringtone

  • Select a track to use as the source. You cannot use an Apple Music subscription item, or anything that is in the cloud.
  • On the Get Info > Options tab set start and stop times no more than 30 seconds apart. ***
  • Under Edit (Win) or iTunes/Music (Mac) > Preferences > General tab > Import Settings choose AAC Encoder > High Quality 128k. **
  • Use File > Convert > Create AAC version.
  • Reset the start and stop times on the original track.
  • Right-click on the new copy and click Show in Windows Explorer or Finder.
  • Delete the new entry from the library without sending to the recycle bin/trash. *
  • Change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r. (You may need to adjust folder options to see the extensions.)
  • If running iTunes 12.7 or later you should move the file into <Media Folder>\Tones.

* If you omit this step on a Mac iTunes/Music will remain connected to the renamed file as if it was a regular music track, and it may then ignore any attempt to manually add it to your device.

** In Music for Catalina or later the Import Settings option is found under Music > Preferences > Files.

*** It used to be possible to create ringtones up to 40 seconds long, but they don't appear to transfer correctly in Catalina or Big Sur.

Add ringtone to device, macOS 10.5 Catalina or later

  • Connect your device to your Mac with a cable, and open the general tab for it in Finder.
  • Drag and drop your .m4r file from another open Finder window to the General tab for your device. If drag/drop doesn't work try copy/paste instead.

Add ringtone to device, iTunes 12.7 or later

  • Connect device to computer.
  • Enable the sidebar in iTunes if hidden.
  • Drag & drop * or copy & paste the ringtone from Windows Explorer or Finder onto the device where it appears in the iTunes sidebar (drop) or to the Music or Tones sections of the device when expanded (paste). Which method works seems to vary by platform and app so try both.
  • From iTunes 12.7 there is no longer a dedicated Tones section within the iTunes library.
  • Tones created with earlier versions of iTunes or purchased on and transferred from a device will normally be found in the Tones folder inside the media folder. Alternatively there may be a Ringtones folder in the media folder or the main iTunes folder.
  • Tones shared as a ringtone to iTunes with GarageBand for Mac or Logic may be in a folder called Import inside the media folder.

* Some Windows users have noted that this method fails if they are running iTunes as the administrator. In some cases it may be necessary to exit the BTTray.exe utility, if present, before iTunes can be launched in non-admin mode. Mac users may find that omitting step 7 from the steps in Create a ringtone means that iTunes/Music is still attached to the ringtone file as an entry in the music library, if so it will be blocked from copying to a device.

Add ringtone to device, iTunes 12.6.5 or earlier

  • Move the file into the Automatically Add to iTunes folder inside your media folder, it will be added to the Tones section of the library and move into the Tones folder inside the media folder.
  • If you don't see Tones in the drop down media selection menu click Edit Menu at the bottom and add it.
  • Connect the device, select its icon next to the media selection menu, then the device's Tones tab, and set the sync options.
  • Sync the device.

Issues after updating iOS

Some users have reported that existing tones will no longer play after an iOS update, or that they cannot add new tones. If this happens you may need to remove all existing tones from the device, reboot, and then reimport your ringtones.

Remove tones using iTunes 12.7 or later

  • Connect your iOS device to iTunes.
  • Select it using the icon that appears next to the media selection drop down tool.
  • Change to manual management if necessary on the Summary tab.
  • Select and delete unwanted tones from On My Device > Tones.
  • Switch back to syncing with selected content if desired.

N.b. It should be possible to switch a synced device to manual management and back to syncing with selected content without existing content being removed or replaced, despite the warnings iTunes may give, as long as you are using the library previously used to sync content to the device.

Removing hidden tones

Some users have found that custom tones that are on their device don't show in iTunes so cannot be removed using the method above. In such cases you could try iFunBox * or a similar third party utility to make changes in the raw file system of the device. In iFunBox try My Device > Toolbox > User File System (Win) or Raw File System (Mac) then iTunes_Control > Ringtones to locate the relevant folder. Any custom tones on your device show up there with random 4 letter file names and a .m4r extension. Deleting all the .m4r files in this folder should clear all custom tones from the list on the device, and you can then add back what you want using iTunes. You may also need to delete the .plist file found in this folder. Copy off the .m4r files first if you don't have original copies of them on your computer.

* Windows 10 users may need to uninstall iTunes if it was installed from the Microsoft Store and then reinstall using the more traditional iTunes64setup.exe available at https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/win64 to work with iFunBox.

N.b. making incorrect changes in the raw file system has the potential to make your device unstable. Backup before you begin and ideally Archive the backup in case there is a need to return to it.

Related support documents

  • HT201593: Manually manage content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using your Mac
  • HT207955: Use tones and ringtones with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • HT208899: Create a ringtone of your Logic Pro or GarageBand for Mac song
  • HT210200: What happened to iTunes?

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Use tones and ringtones with your iPhone or iPad

Learn how to change the sound that plays when you get a call, text, email, or other notification on your iPhone or iPad. Choose from a variety of built-in sounds or buy ringtones.

Change your ringtone

Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.

Under Sounds and Haptic Patterns, tap the sound that you want to change.

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Tap a ringtone or alert tone to hear it and set it as the new sound.

Set a ringtone or text tone for a contact

Open the Contacts app and tap a person's name.

In the upper-right corner of the person's contact card, tap Edit.

Tap Ringtone or Text Tone, then choose a new sound.

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Buy ringtones

You can use the Tone Store to buy new sounds. These purchases are associated with your Apple ID and payment method on file. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtones, then scroll to the top and tap Tone Store.

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Your purchased tones and ringtones appear at the top of the list of sounds.

If you get a new device or your previous purchases aren't showing up, tap Download All Purchased Tones. You might not see this option if you already downloaded all the tones that you purchased or if you haven't purchased any tones. You might not be able to redownload some previously purchased tones.

Store availability and features might vary by country or region. Learn what's available in your country or region .

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How to set music as a ringtone on iPhone [Free & available]

Learn the different methods of making a downloaded song as a ringtone for your iPhone, including using iTunes, GarageBand, and iPhone Data Transfer.

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Sometimes you may want to change the default iPhone ringtone to your favorite song or sound; however, it's not possible to directly set songs as ringtones on iPhone from websites or streaming music platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, or Amazon Music.

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Turning a favorite song into a custom ringtone can add a personal touch to your iPhone.

To set custom ringtones on iPhone, buying some from iTunes Store is an option, but it can be expensive. Alternatively, you can change ringtones on iPhone by adding downloaded songs in GarageBand, or by importing M4R formats in iTunes. However, the process of setting a song as an iPhone ringtone via GarageBand or iTunes can be daunting, especially if you're not tech-savvy.

If you're looking for an easy and free way to make a song as a ringtone on iPhone, an all-in-one ringtone maker iPhone Data Transfer is worth considering. It can be used to create iPhone ringtones from songs that have been saved locally on your mobile device or your computer files.

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How to change ringtones on iPhone (after adding songs as ringtones)

Free ways to set any songs as iphone ringtones.

Tip: If you want to save some streaming audio, audiobooks, podcasts, or other events, you can try to use AppGeeker Screen Recorder to record the sound for further viewing.

This article will assist you in making songs as ringtones on your iPhone, whether you have access to a computer with or without iTunes, or if you only have an iPhone within reach. Before that, let's take a look at how to modify your iPhone ringtones after you have already put songs as ringtones on your device.

1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.

2. Scroll down and tap on "Sounds & Haptics" (or "Sounds" on older iOS versions).

3. Under the "Sounds and Vibration Patterns" section, choose "Ringtone."

4. Hit the name of the iPhone ringtone on the list to set it as your default ringtone.

Tip: You can also change the iPhone ringtone for specific contacts by selecting their name in the Contacts app, tapping "Edit," scrolling down to "Ringtone," and selecting the desired ringtone from the list.

Also read: How to transfer music to iPhone without iTunes

If you want to add a song as a ringtone on iPhone, you can purchase derectly from the iTunes Store, with prices typically ranging from $0.99 to $1.29 per ringtone. If you're not keen on spending money on acquiring iPhone ringtones from the iTunes Store, there are other ways to set a song as your iPhone ringtone for free.

Whether you're using a Mac or Windows computer, or you only have a mobile phone, you'll find out how to set custom ringtones on your iPhone.

How to set music as iPhone ringtones with GarageBand

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GarageBand is a powerful music creation tool that comes pre-installed on all iOS devices. Not only can you take advantage of GarageBand to create and edit music, but you can also utilize it to set an MP3, AIFF, WAV, AAC as a ringtone on an iPhone.

In this section, we'll walk you through the process of using GarageBand to create ringtones that you can use on your iPhone for free.

Further read: How to transfer music from Mac to iPhone

1.  Open GarageBand

  • Download and install GarageBand app from the App Store if it's not already installed on your device.

2. Set in "Audio Recorder"

  • On the instrument selection screen, swipe left until you see the "Audio Recorder" option and tap on it.

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  • Tap the "+" icon at the top right of the screen and set the bars of the song up to 30. Later, hit the blue "Done" to back to the previous screen.

3. Choose the song you want to use as the iPhone ringtone

  • Make sure the song you'd like to make as a ringtone has been saved on your iPhone. To do so, you can try searching for "free music download" on Safari and downloading it from a website.

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  • Select a song in "Files" or "Music." Later, press and hold the song, then drag it to a track.

4. Edit the custom song you prefer

  • After importing, you can drag the yellow handles on both ends of the waveform to select the portion you want to use as the ringtone on iPhone.
  • Once you have selected the desired portion, hold and press the music, then tap "Cut" to split the audio clip at the selection points.
  • Tap and hold on the trimmed portion and select "Delete" to remove the unwanted sections of the music.
  • To enhance your ringtone, you can apply effects or adjust the volume using the available tools in GarageBand.

5. Export the song as your iPhone ringtone

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  • To set it as a ringtone for iPhone, keep hold it, and select "Share."
  • Garageband will save your music as a default name like "My song 1." To change the name of the custom ringtone, you can keep hold of the song and select "Rename."
  • To set the music as your iPhone ringtone, choose "Ringtone."
  • After that, the app will create the song as the ringtone and save it to your iPhone's Settings app under "Sounds & Haptics."

Tired of dealing with the complicated steps of Garageband to put songs as ringtone on iPhone? Luckily, there is effective and user-friendly desktop software that can help you solve the problem. With a built-in ringtone maker and file transfer feature, iPhone Data Transfer could be a great option to set music as iPhone ringtones.

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No matter whether you want to set a song from your favorite band, a movie soundtrack, or a funny meme sounds as your iPhone ringtone, this ringtone maker can make it happen easily and quickly. With just a few clicks, you can turn any music file on your iPhone or your computer (PC or Mac) into a custom iPhone ringtone that perfectly fits your taste.

In addition to its ability to get custom ringtones, iPhone Data Transfer is also an expert in data transfer and management. You can transfer music, podcasts, and audiobooks in both directions.

Key Features:

  • Support music formats about MP3, AAC, M4A, WMA, WAV, and more
  • Ability to edit and trim audio files to select the desired iPhone ringtone section
  • Option to adjust the volume and fade in/out settings for the iPhone ringtone

Here are the steps to use iPhone Data Transfer to change your ringtone to a song:

1. Launch the software and connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable. Then click on the "Ringtone Maker" tab at the bottom of the app.

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2. Click on the "Add file from device" button to select a song from your iPhone or hit "Add file from PC" to add music located on your computer. Then choose the song you'd like to convert as a ringtone of iPhone.

3. After that, you can select the part of the song you want to use as your iPhone ringtone by dragging the slider to select the start and end points of the ringtone.

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4. Click on the "Generate" button to start the conversion process.

Once the iPhone ringtone has been created, you can select the ringtone from your iPhone's settings to set it as your default ringtone or assign it to a specific contact.

iTunes is a versatile media player and management software that can be used to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone . Besides that, it also allows you to use any song from your Music Library to make a unique iPhone ringtone without having to purchase it from the iTunes Store.

Here are the steps on how to use iTunes to change iPhone ringtone.

1. Launch iTunes on your computer and locate the song you want to use as an iPhone ringtone.

2. Right-click on the song and select "Song Info," then go to the "Options" tab.

3. Check the boxes next to "Start Time" and "Stop Time," and change the time making the duration less than 30 seconds. Then click "OK."

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4. Go to "File," and select Convert > Create AAC Version.

5. Right-click on the new version of the song and select "Show in Windows Explorer."

6. Change the music file extension from M4A to M4R. Later, connect your iPhone to your computer, and put the M4R file to the "Tones" under "On My Devices" section.

See also: How to record MP3 audio files in Windows 10

7. Hit a white "Sync" button if there is one at the bottom.

That's it! Don't forget to choose the name of the song to set the ringtone on your iPhone.

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How to set a song as a ringtone on iPhone for free

While there are plenty of people out there that keep their iPhones constantly on silent mode, there are still a few that cherish the humble ringtone and text tone. The problem is that Apple’s collection of ringtones and text tones is a little limited and hasn’t changed much in the past few years.

Sure, you could head to the iTunes Store and buy a ringtone – I’m sure that’s what Apple would prefer – but why spend your hard-earned cash when you can set your favourite song or sound effect as your ringtone completely free of charge? Plus, unlike other online tutorials, our method doesn’t require a PC, Mac or iTunes. Instead, it’s all done on your iPhone using Apple’s music composition app, GarageBand. 

Intrigued? You should be. Here’s how to set a custom song as a ringtone on your iPhone, completely free of charge. 

What you’ll need: 

  • The GarageBand app
  • A DRM-free version of the ringtone you’d like to use

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The Short Version 

Install garageband on your iphone, download the song/audio you’d like to use as a ringtone.

  • Start a new track and select any instrument

Open the Editor tab

Tap the loop icon.

  • Tap the Music tab
  • Browse for your song or sound effect
  • Drag the song into the GarageBand timeline

Trim the song down to 30 seconds

Save it as a song.

  • Export the song as a Ringtone

Name your ringtone

Set your new custom ringtone, how to use a custom ringtone on iphone for free without itunes.

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Start a new track and select the keyboard

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Tap the Files tab

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Drag the song into the GarageBand Editor

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Export the song as a ringtone

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Troubleshooting

Unfortunately not – songs from streaming apps all have DRM protection, meaning they can’t be used for any other purpose.

Sure! From the Ringtones menu in the Settings app, simply swipe left on any custom ringtone and tap Delete to get rid.

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How to set a song as your ringtone on iPhone (2024 Guide)

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You’re jamming out to a particular song and want to hear it every time you get a call or text. But is it possible to set a song as your iPhone ringtone without iTunes or your computer?

Yes, it can be done! Whether a custom sound like your child’s voice, a music piece, or external ringtones, your iPhone allows you to be the decision-maker. In this article, I will show you how to set a song as a ringtone on your iPhone, so stick along.

How to set a song as a ringtone on iPhone without iTunes

Here are a few things to keep in mind before we get started:

  • Locally Saved – The track you want as a ringtone should be stored in your iPhone Music Library or the Files app. Protected songs (like from Apple Music) cannot be used.
  • Ringtones: Ringtone Maker
  • Apple’s GarageBand app (your iPhone will come with GarageBand installed by default, but if you removed it in the past, you’ll need to redownload it for this guide.)

We’ll be using GarageBand for this tutorial. Now, let’s move on to the next step.

How to make a custom ringtone on iPhone with GarageBand

Keep in mind that the track you want as a ringtone must be stored in your iPhone Music Library or the Files app. Protected songs (like from Apple Music) cannot be used as tracks have to be DRM-free.

For this tutorial, I have downloaded a ringtone from Zedge . You can use a website or source of your choice.

Launch GarageBand app on your iPhone

  • To edit the song, drag the long vertical bar to your custom ringtone’s desired starting point. You can use the play button to achieve the perfect starting point of your tone.

Double tap on song and select Split on iPhone

  • Drag the Scissor icon down to cut/divide the song at your chosen point.

Delete unusable part of the song on iPhone

  • Tap and hold the project and select Share from the list.

Select Ringtone and tap Export on iPhone

Note: While exporting, the iPhone automatically trims the ringtone at 30 seconds. If you want to set an endpoint somewhere before 30 seconds, repeat steps 6 to 9.

Set a song as a ringtone on iPhone

If you selected OK previously or you want to use the custom ringtone again, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings → Sounds & Haptics → Ringtone .
  • The recently created tone will be displayed at the top of the list under RINGTONES .

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Some of the finest free ringtone apps for iPhones are Ringtones for iPhone , Tuunes , and Best Ringtones for iPhone . To learn more about these apps and some of our other recommendations, read our detailed guide on the best free ringtone apps for iPhone .

Unfortunately, Apple Music does not offer any free ringtones directly in the app. That said, using the guide we’ve outlined here, you should be able to set whatever you want as your ringtone for free.

Successfully set a song as a ringtone on iPhone without iTunes or PC!

I hope this handy trick to set a song as a ringtone on iPhone without iTunes or a computer was useful. If you have any queries or face any issues during the process, please share them in the comment section below.

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How to Make a Song Your Ringtone On iPhone

Turn your favorite music into personalized ringtones

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What to Know

  • Create clip: Select song > set clip start/stop > File > Convert > Convert to AAC > change file to M4R .
  • Install clip: Connect phone to iTunes > select iPhone > Tones > On My Device > drag/drop M4R file to Tones .
  • Set ringtone: Open Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone > select new ringtone.

This article explains how to set a song as a custom iPhone ringtone using iTunes 9, 10, 11, and 12.

How to Make a Song into a Ringtone

The process starts on your computer, where you will use iTunes to choose a 30-second portion of a song and export that song clip in a file format that your iPhone can recognize as a ringtone.

Start iTunes on your computer. It’s always a good idea to make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes, especially if you don’t use it often, to make sure it will sync properly with your phone. If iTunes offers to install the latest update, let that occur before proceeding.

From the iTunes music library, find a song that you want to turn into a ringtone and click on it to select the song.

Play the song and decide what 30 second snippet of the song you want to make into a ringtone. It can be any point in the song. Write down the start and stop time so you know what time you’ll set in a few steps.

Right-click the song and choose Song Info from the drop-down menu.

In the Song Info dialog box, click the Options tab.

In the start and stop fields, enter the time you want the ringtone to start and stop and ensure box boxes are checked. For example, if you want the first 30 seconds of the song, choose 0:00 and 0:30. Click OK when you’re done.

Your ringtone must not exceed 30 seconds or it won’t work, so be sure you do your math correctly.

Click the File menu and choose Convert , then Convert to AAC Version . After a moment, you should see the new version of the song appear in the music library, directly under the currently selected original version of the track.

On older versions of iTunes, you might need to right-click the song and choose Create AAC Version from the drop-down menu.

Select the new AAC version of the song and copy it to a location on your computer. You can simply drag it to your desktop or another folder.

Back in iTunes, you won’t need that newly created AAC version, so you can delete it by pressing the Delete key.

The original track is still set to only play for 30 seconds, so you can fix that as well. Right click the track and choose Song Info . On the Options tab, clear the checkmarks for start and stop . Click OK to save your changes.

Now, locate the ringtone file you had copied out of iTunes.

On a PC, click the View tab at the top of the folder and then check File name extensions in the ribbon. If you're using a Mac, click the Finder menu, and then choose Preferences .In the Finder Preferences, check Show all filename extensions .

Click on the song file and then, after a moment, click it a second time so you can edit the filename. Click the filename extension and change it from M4A to M4R , and press Enter. If requested, confirm that you want to make this change.

Sync the Ringtone to Your iPhone

Once you've created your new ringtone, then you need to sync it to your iPhone so you can begin using it. The sync process is pretty straightforward.

Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB Lightning cable and then click the iPhone icon in the upper left corner of the iTunes window.

Click Tones on the left side of the screen, in the section On My Device .

Drag the new ringtone file from the folder on your computer to the right slide of the window, in the Tones folder. The song should sync with your iPhone immediately.

Set the Ringtone on Your iPhone

Now that you’ve created a ringtone and copied it to your iPhone, you can configure your phone to use it when a call comes in.

Start the Settings app on your iPhone.

Tap Sounds & Haptics .

Tap Ringtone.

In the Ringtone section, find and tap on the ringtone you just made.

You can also set custom ringtones for specific contacts. To do that. Start the Contacts app and tap the contact you want to change. Tap the Edit button at the top of the screen and then choose the ringtone you want to use.

What You Need

The process is not as simple or straightforward as most iPhone tasks, since Apple doesn’t include any sort of built-in method for setting your existing songs as ringtones. You’ll need to use iTunes on your computer, and follow a few steps to convert your desired song to a special file format, then sync it with your iPhone. Once you learn how to do this, though, you can do it easily for multiple songs and set up custom ringtones for all your favorite contacts.

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How to make your own iPhone ringtone from a song for free

Customising your iPhone ringtone adds a personal touch to your device and helps you stand out from the crowd.

While there are various ways to create custom ringtones, using GarageBand or iTunes on your iPhone is both convenient and free. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to do.

In this guide, you’ll find step-by-step instructions to make your own iPhone ringtone from a song or any other audio file. However, note that you can’t use songs from Apple Music or other streaming services because they’re protected.

The first method is for creating a ringtone directly on your iPhone. If you’d prefer to get music from your Mac/PC, then scroll down to our second method, which uses iTunes.

Make an iPhone ringtone using GarageBand

Install and open garageband.

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Open the GarageBand app on your iPhone. If you haven’t installed it yet, you can download it from the App Store .

Create a new project

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Tap on “+” icon in the top right corner to start a new project. Then swipe and choose an instrument.

It doesn’t matter which one. The keyboard is the first one in the list, so we’ll use that. Tap on it to open it.

Open the editor

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Tap on the “editor” icon, it’s the third one in the top left corner.

Tap the loop icon

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Tap the loop icon in the top right corner.

Go the Music tab

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GarageBand is set up for importing loops, but you can also do it with songs. Tap on “Music” at the top right to see the songs already on your iPhone.

However, it’s important to know that you can’t use songs from Apple Music or other streaming services because they’re protected. Instead, you’ll need an audio file that has no DRM – digital rights management. One of the simplest ways to get some audio is to download it from a YouTube video .

You can also tap “Files” and navigate to the song you want to use as your ringtone that’s on your iCloud or internal storage.

Browse songs

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If you chose “Music”, tap on “Songs”.

Find your song

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Scroll through the list, or tap on the letter it begins with from all the music on your iPhone.

If you have downloaded podcasts, these will be shown in this list as well, despite not being ‘songs’.

Drag the song into GarageBand

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To get the song from “Music” tab or a file from “Files” tab into the GarageBand editor, you must tap and hold on it. Drop it into the second track down – not the first keyboard track.

Edit the song

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Once the song is imported, it will appear as a yellow waveform on the timeline. Trim the song to your desired length by dragging the ends of the waveform.

Remember, iPhone ringtones have a maximum duration of 30 seconds.

Save your ringtone

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Once you’re satisfied with your ringtone, tap the arrow icon in the top left corner. Then tap “My Songs” to save your ringtone. Give it a name and tap “Save.”

Export the song

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Tap and hold on your saved ringtone until a menu appears. Select “Share”.

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Simply tap the “Ringtone” option. Your ringtone will be exported to the iPhone’s settings.

Name your ringtone

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Type in a name for your ringtone so you can identify it.

Set your song as a ringtone

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After it has exported, tap “Use sound as…”.

Choose the type of tone

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You’ll probably want to pick “Standard Ringtone” from the options, but you can use it as a “Standard Text Tone” or even assign it to a particular contact  so you know who is calling.

As said earlier, you can also see your ringtone in the “Settings” app under “Sounds & haptics” and set it as a tone for other apps if you want to, or pick it later if you change ringtones in the meantime.

Make an iPhone ringtone using iTunes

This second method might not be as convenient as using GarageBand on your iPhone, but it allows you to be much more precise about the section of audio to be used as a ringtone.

This method uses iTunes, which is available for both Windows and Mac. You can download the app directly from Apple.

1. Prepare your song

How to make your own iPhone ringtone in itunes

To create a custom ringtone, begin by selecting the desired song or audio file and importing it into your iTunes library on your computer. Ensure it’s not from Apple Music due to copyright protection. You can also use real-world sounds or recordings from the Voice Memos app.

Make sure you have the latest iTunes version, then launch it. Navigate to “File” > “Add File to Library” or “Add Folder to Library” to import the file. In your “Library”, select the album containing the desired file, right-click on the song, and choose “Song Info” to proceed.

2. Choose timings

2. Choose timings

To customise the ringtone duration, open the “Options” tab in the “Song Info” window. Check the “Start” and “Stop” boxes and input the desired start and end times for the ringtone.

Ensure the stop time is within 30 seconds, the maximum length for a ringtone. For precision, use decimal points for specific timings, like 0:44.5 for 44 and a half seconds.

You can even specify times in thousandths of a second, such as 0:44.652. Once set, click “OK” to close the window.

3. Create AAC version

3. Create AAC version

After setting the desired start and stop times, select the song again and navigate to the “File” menu. Choose “Convert”, then select “Create AAC version”. This action will generate a new track in your iTunes library, consisting of only the section between the specified start and stop times.

If the original song is tagged with album and artist information, the new shortened track will appear as a duplicate within the same album, identifiable by its duration displayed on the right-hand side. However, if the album, artist, and song info are not present, it will appear as a new album in your library containing a single song.

3a. AAC Encoder

3a. AAC Encoder

If the option to “Create AAC version” was not available in step 3, it’s likely due to incorrect CD rip settings. To rectify this, navigate to the “Edit” menu and select “Preferences”.

Next, click on “Import Settings” located next to ‘When you insert a CD,’ and choose “”AAC Encode”r from the drop-down menu beside ‘Import using:’.

4. Reset start & stop times

4. Reset start & stop times

To maintain organisation, revert to the original settings of the song. Access the original album, right-click, choose “Song Info”, and navigate to the “Options” tab.

Untick the “start” and “stop” times, restoring them to their original values, then click “OK”. This prevents the track from playing only within the customised section in future plays, ensuring it plays in its entirety.

5. Find the new AAC file

5. Find the new AAC file

Locate the duplicate track or album containing the newly created ringtone. Right-click on the song within the album and select “Show in Windows Explorer” (or “Show in Finder” for Mac users).

This action enables you to access the file’s location for the subsequent step of changing its file extension to create the ringtone.

6. Change the file extension

6. Change the file extension

After locating the file, it should be highlighted in the window and named “something.m4a”, with ‘something’ representing the song’s name.

If the .m4a extension is not visible (e.g., you only see ‘ikson day off’ instead of ‘ikson day off.m4a’), it’s because Windows is set to hide extensions. Follow these steps to reveal the extension:

  • Right-click on the file and choose Rename.
  • Change the extension from .m4a to .m4r and press “Return”, “Enter”, or click in a blank area.

On a Mac, the process is similar. After renaming, you’ll likely receive a warning asking if you’re sure about the change. Click “Yes” on Windows or “Use .m4r” on a Mac.

It’s crucial to note that simply adding .m4r won’t work if extensions are hidden in Windows. You’ll end up with ‘ikson day off.m4r.m4a’, which won’t function correctly.

7. Import & sync ringtone

7. Import & sync ringtone

With the removal of the “Tones” section in iTunes version 12.7, the process of syncing custom ringtones to your iPhone is slightly modified. Here’s how to do it:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer using its Lightning cable. If you’re on Windows 10, tap “Trust this computer” on your iPhone screen. If this message doesn’t appear, try unplugging and replugging the USB cable, unless you’ve already completed this step before.
  • Enter your phone’s passcode to confirm trust in the computer and wait until your phone icon appears in iTunes, which may take a couple of minutes. You might also encounter a message in iTunes asking for permission to access information on your iPhone. Click “Continue” to grant access.
  • In iTunes, locate your iPhone in the left-hand column under “Devices”. Click on it to expand the list, and then find the “Tones” section.
  • If you have custom tones, they will appear on the right. If not, the list will be blank.
  • Switch to your “File Explorer” (Windows) or “Finder” (Mac), where your ringtone file should be highlighted. If not selected, click on it.
  • Press “Ctrl+C” (Windows) or “Command+C” (Mac) to copy the file.
  • Return to iTunes, ensure the “Tones” section is selected, and press “Ctrl+V” (Windows) or “Command+V” (Mac) to paste the tone.
  • The tone should now appear in the list and automatically sync to your iPhone within a few seconds.

For Mac users experiencing issues with tones not appearing in the “Tones” section:

  • Delete the ringtone ‘song’ entry in your iTunes music library (without deleting the actual file on your hard drive) and double-click on the .m4r file in “Finder” to add it to “Tones”.
  • If the above step doesn’t work, move the .m4r file outside of your iTunes folder on your hard drive (such as to the desktop) and double-click on it to add it to “Tones”.

8. Remove ringtone from library

8. Remove ringtone from library

While it’s not mandatory, it’s advisable to delete the new AAC version of the song you just created from your iTunes music library.

Managing multiple ringtones can become messy, and having single-track albums that won’t play (due to the changed extension) can be confusing. Deleting these AAC versions helps maintain clarity and organisation in your iTunes library.

9. Change your ringtone to the new one you just created

9. Set your new ringtone

To set your newly created tone as your ringtone on your iPhone, open the “Settings” app, navigate to “Sounds & Haptics”, then select “Ringtone”. From the list, choose your custom tone.

Additionally, you can use your custom tones for text message alerts or any other notification sounds.

10. Use your ringtone as a notification sound

10. Custom alert tones

Additionally, to set a custom tone for various notifications, choose the appropriate section in “Sounds & Haptics” for the notification type you want to customise, like “Text Tone”. Scroll down to see your “Ringtones” list, where your custom tones will appear at the top. Select the custom tone you want to use.

And that’s it, you’ve successfully created your own iPhone ringtone from a song for free. Whether you did it with GarageBand or iTunes, from now on you can enjoy your personalised ringtone and let everyone know to which rhythms you like to rock the most.

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iPhone Ringtones: How to Set Any Song as Your Ringtone

Our cellphones are our most important possession in today’s world.

Throughout time, technology has made it possible to transfer our whole lives onto one small device. We’ve gone paperless and no longer need to carry around daily planners or print out driving directions to get us to our destination.

And with all the many things that our cell phones do for us , customizing them and making them our own personal device is something we love doing. One of the best ways to customize your iPhone is to set any song you want as the ringtone. Your iPhone ringtones don’t have to simply be chimes preprogrammed on your phone.

You can now set any song as your ringtone, and we’re here to tell you how. Continue reading to learn more.

Setting Your iPhone Ringtone with iTunes

The first way to do this is by using iTunes.

As an iPhone owner, you’re well aware of iTunes and how it works. But here’s the breakdown on how to use it for switching up your ringtones. 

Older Version of iTunes with the Tone Section

  • You’ll want to open iTunes and then switch into the Music section.
  • Go to Files . Click on Add Files (into the library for importing the song into your iTunes). 
  • Right-click it to get more information.
  • Click on Options  where you can select where the song starts and stops for the ringtone (you won’t want it to be longer than 30 seconds). 
  • Once completed, choose the now-edited song, and click  Files > Convert>Create AAC Version.
  • Now, go to the folder in your iTunes library. You can also right-click on your new AAC file and “Show in Windows Explorer.”
  • Now you can rename the file type to M4R.
  • Take the M4R file and “drag” and “drop” it into your iTunes library. 
  • Now it’s syncable to your iPhone and available for a ringtone.

Newer Versions of iTunes without the  Tone  Section (iTunes 12.7 and newer)

  • Follow steps 1-7 as stated above (you’ll use all these same steps for the newer versions as well).
  • Once you rename the file type to an M4R file, plug in your iPhone and click on  Summary>Tones  (located under “On My Device”). 
  • You now can “drag” and “drop” or copy and paste the ringtone (M4R file) into the  Tone  section.
  • Now set your new ringtone on your iPhone.

Using iTunes to switch up your ringtones is simple and the most common way of doing so. However, this is not the only way to dance to your own beat while receiving an incoming call. 

Setting Your iPhone Ringtone with GarageBand

GarageBand is an app on the iPhone that works as a music studio.

Using this app, audio files and songs are easily transformed into ringtones. If you don’t have GarageBand on your iPhone, be sure to install it from the App store now. 

Once you’ve installed GarageBand, follow these steps:

  • Open the GarageBand app on our iPhone and click on “Audio.”
  • At the top right of the screen is the gear icon. Click this and choose “Song Settings.”
  • Then click on “Metronome and Count-in.” Now, you’ll click on “No Sound.”
  • Beneath the gear icon, click on the “+” tab. Change the song sections from 8 to 30 (remember, you don’t want it to be longer than 30 seconds).
  • Now, click on the “Import” icon and retrieve your desired audio file or song. Press and hold to “drag” and “drop” into GarageBand. 
  • You’re now able to edit it and clip out your favorite part of the song.
  • Once you’re done editing, click on “My Song” and save it.
  • Press and hold it to “Share” as a new ringtone. 
  • The final step is to select “Done” after you rename it and set it as your ringtone from your iPhone’s  Settings  Section. 

Please take note that songs or audio files must already be in your song library to import them into GarageBand.

Using a music app like Myxer free ringtones is an easy way to download your music onto your computer and then transfer it over to your iPhone, where it can then be set as a ringtone following these steps.

Setting Ringtones for Individual Contacts 

Now that you’ve put together some awesome songs for new ringtones, it’s time to set specific songs for individual contacts. 

  • Go to your  Contacts  in your iPhone.
  • Choose the contact that you’d like to set a specific ringtone for.
  • Now, click on “Edit,” located at the top right of the screen.
  • Once in the  Editing  mode for that contact, click on “Ringtone.” 
  • You’ll now see a list of all available ringtones.
  • Select any ringtone that you’d like for this contact and then hit “Done.”
  • Before exiting, be sure to hit “Save.” 

This is a fun way to customize your phone because you’ll know who’s calling without having to look at your phone. You’ll tell by the song that plays when they call or text.

Get Ready to Jam Out

Your iPhone ringtones don’t have to be boring and similar to everyone else’s. Switch things up and get ready to jam out to your new ringtones! Follow the steps listed above, and you’ll be customizing your ringtones in no time!

Whether you have an older version with the  Tone  section or a newer version without the  Tone section, there is a way to get it done. And for those not wanting to use iTunes, Garageband is your next reliable stop!

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Even though most modern Android phones come with a broad assortment of built-in ringtones — a Google Pixel with Android 14 offers 127 to choose from — you may prefer something a bit more specific to represent your personal style. Thankfully, customization is the name of the game in Android, and that extends to adding you own custom ringtones.

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The good news is that it's also pretty easy to do. Unlike using a custom ringtone on an iPhone , Android smartphones let you pull in just about any MP3 or other compatible (and non-copy-protected) audio file directly from local storage and use it as a ringtone.

What You Need

An Android smartphone

An MP3 file you want to use as a ringtone

That means you can download an MP3 in your browser and assign it as a ringtone straight from your downloads folder. You don't need any extra software or a PC involved in the process unless you want to edit the MP3 file. However, there's no limit on the length of your ringtone, so if you're going for the opening riffs in GNR's Sweet Child O' Mine or the Stones' I Can't Get No Satisfaction , you'll be good to go.

For other songs, you may want to trim off the beginning so you hear your favorite part right away when the phone rings. Check out our companion guide on how to create and set custom ringtones for more information and some suggested apps to help you with that.

While MP3 is the most common format for ringtones, Android also supports ringtones in the M4A, WAV, and OGG formats.

The first thing you need to do before setting a song as a custom ringtone is get it onto your smartphone. Android only lets you assign ringtones from local folders, not cloud storage services.

Note that the file selection screen that appears when looking for a ringtone will let you browse Google Drive and other connected cloud services, so you can see audio files in those places, but you won't be able to select them from there. That doesn't mean the audio file isn't compatible; it's just that you have to copy it to local storage before you can use it.

Thankfully, it's not too hard to transfer an audio file onto your phone.

Step 1: If the song you want to use as a ringtone is available on a website, you can download it using Chrome.

Step 2: If the music file is already stored in Google Drive, open the Drive app, locate the song, tap the three-dot menu, and select Download .

Step 3: You can also transfer files over from your PC or Mac via USB, Bluetooth, or Quick Share (formerly known as Nearby Share).

Once you've downloaded or transferred the song you want to use, you need to assign it as a ringtone. The method for this varies slightly between different flavors of Android, but here are the steps for stock Android 14 running on a Google Pixel.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Select Sound and vibration .

Step 3: Choose Phone ringtone .

Step 4: Select My Sounds . This will show a list of any custom ringtones you've already added, along with a "None" option if you'd rather enjoy the sound of silence.

Step 5: Choose the plus button in the bottom-right corner to add a new ringtone.

Step 6: The local file browser will open, showing you a list of recently added files by default. If you've just downloaded or transferred your ringtone, it should appear here. If you don't see it, choose the hamburger menu in the top-left corner and select Audio or Downloads to browse for it.

Step 7: Once you've located the song you want to use as a ringtone, select it. You'll be returned to the My Sounds screen.

Step 8: Your new ringtone should appear here. Select it to hear a preview, and choose Save in the top-right corner when you're finished.

Once you've added a custom ringtone, it will remain in the "My Sounds" section, even if you choose a different one. Unfortunately, there's no way to remove a ringtone directly from here once you've added it.

While there's not much harm in leaving a ringtone on the list, if you want to clean things up, you'll have to remove the ringtone file manually using the Files app. Again, the steps for this vary between different Android phones, but here's how it's done on a Google Pixel.

Step 1: Open Files on your phone.

Step 2: Scroll to the bottom and select Internal storage .

Step 3: Browse to Android > media > com.google. android .soundpicker > Ringtones .

This folder contains all the custom ringtones you've added. Note that audio files are copied here; the originals are still in your downloads folder or wherever else you saved them on your phone.

Step 4: Select the three-dot menu beside the ringtone you'd like to remove, choose Move to Trash , and confirm.

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