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How to Set a Custom Ringtone on iPhone

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What to Know

  • The simplest way to add new ringtones to your iPhone is to buy them from the iTunes Store app, but it isn’t free.
  • You can set up custom ringtones using audio clips from Apple’s Music app on your Mac computer.
  • You can also create clips using downloaded audio files in the Garageband app instead.

This article explains how to set custom ringtones on your iPhone.

How Do I Add a Custom Ringtone?

The simplest and fastest way of using custom ringtones on your iPhone is through official channels. Which is to say you pay for and download the ringtones you want directly to your iPhone from the iTunes Store app. 

You'll need to ensure the iTunes Store app is installed on your iPhone before attempting anything from this section. If it's not, you can get the iTunes Store app in the App Store .

Open the iTunes Store app.

Tap More in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Tap Tones at the top of the menu.

The store includes several categories of potential tones, from music to film to sound effects. You can find what you want by browsing through the hi-lighted categories on the main page.

Or tap Genres at the top of the screen to pull up a list of all available genres (Alternative, Comedy, Dialogue, Sound Effects, etc.) and find the category that suits your needs best.

Each genre has sub-categories like New & Noteworthy , What’s Hot , and More to Explore .

Tap See All in the corner of a sub-category's associated window to explore it further.

Alternately, you can tap Search at the bottom of the screen, type in a specific title or topic, and then scroll through the results until you get to the Ringtones section.

Tap on a tone to view more details.

Tap on the tone’s name (displayed in blue) to listen before purchasing it. Or you can tap on the ringtone’s icon when in the main menu to listen to it instead.

When you’ve found the tone you want, tap the price .

A menu will appear, giving you the option to Set as Default Ringtone , Set as Default Text Tone , or Assign to a Contact . Or if you’d rather download the ringtone and not choose right away, tap Done .

A confirmation box will appear, displaying your total cost. Tap Purchase to confirm or Cancel if you’ve changed your mind.

Open your iPhone’s Settings and tap Sounds & Haptics to assign your ringtones.

Scroll down the menu to SOUNDS AND VIBRATION PATTERNS , then select the sound you want to change (in this case, Ringtone ).

Scroll through your RINGTONES list and tap the one you want to use. The ringtone will play as a preview once selected.

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You can convert songs you already have in iTunes into ringtones, but if you’re using a newer version of macOS (anything from 2019’s Catalina and up), you won’t have access to iTunes at all. Instead, you can use Music .

You must use the Music app on both your Mac to follow these steps, but you do not need to have a subscription to complete this process.

Open the Music app.

If the song or sound you want to use is already in your library, you can find it in one of the categories under Library on the left side of the screen.

If you want to use a file that isn’t loaded into your library yet, click File and then Import . Or press Command O .

Navigate to the file you want to add, select it, then click Open . You can also click on the play button on the file’s icon to listen to a preview to ensure it’s the one you want.

You’ll find the newly added file under Recently Added .

Right-click on the song and select Get Info .

Click on the Options tab in the menu, then enter the times you want the clip to start and stop in their respective boxes. Be aware the total time for the clip cannot exceed 30 seconds.

Click OK to finalize your selection.

From the clip’s info page, click on the clip to select it, then at the top of the screen, click File > Convert > Create ACC Version .

The 30 second clip will appear on the list underneath the original clip.

Once created, you’ll want to follow steps 6 through 9 to restore the original clip to its proper length. Just make sure both the Start and Stop boxes are unchecked, and it should default back to normal when you click OK .

Right-click on the 30-second clip and select Show in Finder to find the actual file on your computer. It should be using a “.m4a” file extension.

Right-click the file and select Rename .

Give the file any name you want, but make sure to change the extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r” to make sure your iPhone will recognize it .

Connect your iPhone to your Mac using the necessary Lightning or USB cable, then in Music, select your iPhone and click Sync Settings .

On the General tab, make sure Manually manage music, movies, and TV shows is on and click Apply to finish.

Go back to the folder where the new clip .m4r file is, then drag and drop it into Music , making sure your iPhone is still connected to your computer, and it’s still selected in the Music app.

The new ringtone may not appear on your iPhone’s page in Music , so go into Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone to check.

The new ringtone should appear right at the top of your list. Tap it to set it as your new ringtone, and you’re done!

How Can I Put Ringtones on My iPhone Without iTunes or Music?

Provided you already have music files you want to use or have some in mind you want to download, it’s also possible to set them up as ringtones on your phone without using iTunes or Music . First, you’ll need to download or transfer the music files to your phone with the Files app to make it work.

You’ll need to download and install both the Garageband app and the Files app from the App Store on your iPhone to follow these steps.

Open Garageband and tap Audio Recorder .

Tap View (the icon looks like a small series of horizontal lines towards the top-left of the screen).

From the new screen, tap Loop (which looks like a small loop, close to the top-right corner of the screen).

From the Files tab, tap Browse items from the Files app .

Select the file you want to use, and you’ll be taken back to the Files tab, where the selected file will now appear.

Tap and hold the song for a second or two, and it will import to Garageband .

Tap and drag along the lined bar at the top of the screen (beneath the Play and Record buttons) to set the starting point for your audio clip. Be aware the final audio clip you use for a ringtone will have to be less than 30 seconds long.

Double-tap the audio clip, tap Split and drag the scissor icon down to cut the clip at the line.

Double-tap the portion of the clip you don’t want to use and select Delete .

Tap the down arrow in the top-left corner of the screen and select My Songs .

Your clip will appear on the new screen, most likely with the title “My Song.”

Tap and hold the clip to pull up a menu, then scroll down and select Share .

Select Ringtone , then Continue .

Tap Export in the top-right corner of the screen, and Garageband will begin exporting the new ringtone for you.

Tap OK to continue, or Use sound as if you want to use the new ringtone for something specific.

If you choose the latter, you can set the new clip as a Standard Ringtone , a Standard Text Tone , or Assign to contact .

Otherwise, you can go into your iPhone’s Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone to set your new ringtone manually. It will appear in the list alphabetically as “My Song” if you didn’t change the name or under whatever name you decided to give it in Garageband .

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How to add custom ringtones to your iphone.

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Quick links, step one: get itunes, step two: choose a sound file, step three: convert the mp3 to aac, step four: rename your aac file, step five: add the ringtone file to your phone, step six: choose the ringtone, key takeaways.

  • 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

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

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

Click

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

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."

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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 make your own iPhone ringtone from a song for free

Jim Martin

Do you want to set your favourite song or a custom sound as your iPhone ringtone? Well, you’re in the right place. In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for two methods, both of which are free, and will take you only a couple of minutes – maybe less.

You don’t have to use a song as a ringtone. You can use any sound at all, as long as you have that sound as an audio file either on your laptop or your iPhone.

That sound could be a recording of your child, a ringtone you like such as the distinctive one from the TV series  24 or something else entirely.

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 .

In this article, we’ll assume you have the song or sound ready to use. We’ll explain how to convert it into a ringtone, then change your iPhone’s current ringtone to the new one. The great thing is that you can use your creations as notification sounds for text messages or other things; they don’t have to be used exclusively as ringtones.

The first method uses the free GarageBand app on your iPhone, which is ideal if you want to make a ringtone using only your iPhone. If you want to be more precise, scroll down to the second method, which uses iTunes on Windows or macOS.

Make an iPhone ringtone without iTunes

Install garageband.

How to make an iPhone ringtone with GarageBand 1

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If it isn’t installed, open the App Store on your iPhone and search for GarageBand. It’s free, but it does take up around 1.6GB of storage. You’ll also need to make sure the song you want to make the ringtone from is on your iPhone. There are various ways to do this, from syncing with iTunes to downloading in another app. You can’t use ‘protected’ songs, such as those from Apple Music – the song you want to use must not have DRM (digital rights management).

Pick an instrument, any instrument

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You can’t directly open a song in GarageBand, as it’s designed for creating them, not making ringtones.

So, after launching GarageBand, 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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You may want to play the keyboard. Go ahead. But that isn’t relevant here. It is merely a means of getting to the editor, so tap its icon at the top-left as highlighted.

Tap the loop icon

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In order to import the song you’re going to use for the ringtone, tap on the loop icon as marked.

Go the Music tab

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Again, GarageBand is set up for importing loops, not songs. But you can still do it. So tap on Music at the top right to see the songs already on your iPhone.

Find your song

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Tap on songs.

Find your song (part 2)

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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 show in this list as well, despite not being ‘songs’.

Drag the song into GarageBand

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You can tap the song to play it, but to get it into the GarageBand editor, you must tap and hold on it. Drop it into the second track down – not the keyboard track.

Trim the track

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Tap on the waveform and drag the yellow sliders to set the start and end points of your ringtone. This can be a bit imprecise at the standard zoom level, but you can pinch apart to zoom in and trim more precisely.

As for the iTunes method, the same rules apply: you must make your tone less than 30 seconds long. (In fact, it can be up to 40 seconds long, but to use it as an alert notification or text tone, it has to be under 30 seconds.

You can’t tell how long the selected audio is in GarageBand because, again, it’s not designed for this. Time it using a stopwatch, watch or another device or by counting, if you think you’re accurate enough.

Save it as a song

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Tap the down arrow at the top left (marked) and tap My Songs. This saves your trimmed audio clip.

Export the song

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Tap and hold on the ‘song’ and you’ll see a context menu appear. From this, tap Share. 

Save your ringtone

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Simply tap the Ringtone option.

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 Text Tone or even assign it to a particular contact  so you know who is calling. Of course, we’re still in GarageBand at this point.

You can see your ringtone in the Settings app under Sounds and 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 in 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.

1. Prepare your song

The first thing to do, after choosing which song or audio you’re going to use, is to import it into your iTunes library on your computer. It cannot be from Apple Music, as you cannot convert Apple Music tracks to AAC because those songs are protected by copyright.

The file doesn’t have to be a song. You could use the Voice Memos app on your iPhone to record real-world sounds or people’s voices to turn into ringtones.

Just make sure you have the latest version of iTunes (go to the Mac App Store, or the Microsoft Store on Windows 10), then launch iTunes by double-clicking its shortcut or by finding it in the Start menu.

Click on File > Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library, and browse to the file or folder to import.

From the Library, click on the album which contains the song or audio file you want to turn into a ringtone, then right-click on the song you want to use and select  Song Info .

How to make your own iPhone ringtone in itunes

2. Choose timings

2. Choose timings

In the separate window that opens, click on the Options tab and then tick the Start and Stop boxes. Type in the times at which you want the ringtone to start and stop. If the song needs to start from the very beginning, there’s no need to tick the Start box.

To know which times to enter into these boxes, you will need to listen to the track first and note down the time you want it to start. The stop time must be within 30 seconds, as that’s the maximum length for a ringtone.

TIP: If you want to be really precise about when you ringtone starts, use a decimal point. For example, if the section of music starts between 44 and 45 seconds, try entering 0:44.5 in the Start Time box. You can even specify the start and stop time in thousandths of a second, so you could type 0:44.652

When you’ve set the start and stop times, click OK to dismiss the window.

3. Create AAC version

3. Create AAC version

Now, select the song again by clicking once on it. Then go to the File menu, choose Convert, then Create AAC version. (If you see ‘Create MP3 version’ or something else, the fix is in step 3a.)

What will happen is that iTunes will save just the section of the song between the start and stop times you chose as a new track in your Library.

If your song is tagged with album and artist information, the new, short track will appear as a duplicate track in the same album. You can identify it based on its duration, shown to the right-hand side.

If the album, artist and song info isn’t present, it will appear as a new album in your Library with a single song in it.

3a. AAC Encoder

3a. AAC Encoder

If you didn’t see an option to Create AAC version in step 3, it’s because your CD rip settings aren’t set correctly. To change this, click the Edit menu and choose Preferences…

Now click Import Settings… next to ‘When you insert a CD’ and choose AAC Encoder  from the drop-down menu next to ‘Import using:’.

4. Reset start & stop times

4. Reset start & stop times

As a matter of housekeeping, click on the original album containing the song and right-click on it. Click Song info and then click the Options tab.

Now untick the start and stop times to return them to their original times then click OK.

Otherwise, when that track is played in future, it will only play the section between your start and stop times. You probably don’t want that to happen.

5. Find the new AAC file

5. Find the new AAC file

Navigate to the duplicate track (or duplicate album which contains the newly created track) that you’re going to use as a ringtone.

Right-click on the song in the album and click Show in Windows Explorer . If you’re on a Mac, the option is called Show in Finder.

This is so that you can change the file’s extension (so it becomes a ringtone), which we’ll do in the next step.

6. Change the file extension

6. Change the file extension

The file should now be highlighted in the window which opens up, and it should be called something.m4a (where ‘something’ is the name of your song.

If you can’t see the .m4a part (i.e. you see only ‘ ikson day off’ and not ‘ ikson day off.m4a ‘), it’s because Windows is set to hide the extensions. Here’s how to show the file extension for editing . 

Once you can see the m4a part, right-click on the file and choose Rename . Now change the extension from .m4a to .m4r and press Return, Enter or just click in some white space.

On a Mac, the process is very similar, and on both Windows and macOS, you’ll see a warning asking if you’re sure you want to change the extension. Click Yes on Windows, and click ‘Use .m4r’ on a Mac.

Click Yes when asked if you want to change the extension.

NOTE: As this is a step which trips up a lot of people, please be aware that you cannot simply add .m4r when renaming the file. If the file extensions are hidden in Windows, all you’re doing is changing your file from ‘ ikson day off.m4a’ to ‘ ikson day off.m4r.m4a’.

This will not work!

7. Import & sync ringtone

7. Import & sync ringtone

Apple cut the bloat out of iTunes in version 12.7, removing the App Store and various other things including Tones, which was where you could you easily see all your ringtones.

However, you can still sync your new ringtones to your iPhone in the latest version of iTunes.

To do it, connect your iPhone to your laptop or computer with its Lightning cable. If you’re using Windows 10, tap ‘Trust this computer’ when it pops up on your iPhone screen. You may need to unplug and re-plug the USB cable if this message doesn’t show up, unless you’ve done this step previously.

Enter your phone’s passcode to confirm you trust the computer and wait until your phone icon appears in iTunes. Sometimes this can take a couple of minutes.

You might see a message in iTunes asking ‘Do you want to allow this computer to access information on “Xxxx’s iPhone”?’ so click the Continue button to allow this access.

Look for your phone in the left-hand column under Devices . Click on it and the list should expand so you can see a Tones section. Click on that and you’ll see any custom tones appear on the right (if you don’t have any, that list will be blank).

Switch to your File Explorer Window – or Finder on a Mac – where your ringtone should still be highlighted (or refer to the Find the File step earlier). If it’s not selected, click on it to do so.

Press Ctrl+C on your keyboard or Command+C on a Mac to copy the file. 

Go back to iTunes, click on Tones if this section isn’t already selected and hit Ctrl+V (Command+V on Mac) to paste the tone.

What should happen is that the tone will appear in the list of tones and automatically sync to your iPhone in a few seconds.

Note: you can no longer drag and drop tones from an Explorer window to iTunes.

Mac users: Sometimes ringtones simply won’t show up in the Tones section. There are two things to try here:

1- Delete the ringtone ‘song’ entry in your iTunes Music library (don’t delete the actual file on your hard drive – choose to keep it when prompted). Then double-click on the .m4r file in Finder and it should show up in Tones.

2- If that doesn’t work, try moving the .m4r file outside of your iTunes folder on your hard drive (such as to the desktop). Then double-click on it. 

8. Remove ringtone from library

8. Remove ringtone from library

More housekeeping!

You don’t need to delete the new AAC version of the song you just created from your iTunes music library, but you should.

That’s because it gets messy if you make lots of ringtones. It’s also confusing to have single-track albums which won’t play (because you changed the extension) and aren’t the full song anyway.

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

9. Set your new ringtone

Now that the new tone is on your phone, all you need to do set it as your ringtone.

To do this, open the Settings app on your iPhone, then tap Sounds (also called Sounds & Haptics ), then Ringtone .

Your custom tones will appear at the top of the list, above the default Ringtones. Just tap on one to make it your ringtone.

The fun doesn’t stop there, as you can use your custom tones for other things such as text message alerts – or anything else…

10. Use your ringtone as a notification sound

10. Custom alert tones

If you want have a custom tone for text messages, tweets, Facebook posts, new voicemails, reminder alerts or anything else, it’s exactly the same process   as for a ringtone.

The only difference is that you’ll need to select the appropriate section under ‘Sounds & Haptics’ on your iPhone.

Just tap on the type you want, Text Tone for example, and you’ll see the Alert Tones list.

Scroll down past these , and you will see your Ringtones list. Your custom tones will again be at the top of this section.

It’s not a great idea to use a 30-second song as a text message alert, though. And, in case you’re wondering, there’s no difference between a ‘song’ and a sound effect in iTunes, so you don’t have to use part of a song from your music library as your custom alert tone.

All you need is a sound effect in a format iTunes can import (usually MP3), and it will be treated it just like any other song. Then, repeat the same process as for a ringtone to create and sync the sound effect to your iPhone, then select it as we’ve shown.

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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

how to set custom ringtone on iphone for free

Export the song as a ringtone

how to set custom ringtone on iphone for free

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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3 Easy Methods to Add Custom Ringtones to Your iPhone

Last Updated: September 27, 2023 Fact Checked

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Have you used all the default ringtones on your iPhone and want to add more? Luckily, there are lots of ways you can add more ringtones to your iPhone without a computer! This wikiHow article teaches you how to purchase ringtones from the iTunes Store app, get free ringtones from Zedge, and how to create custom ringtones with GarageBand.

Things You Should Know

  • The easiest way to add ringtones to your iPhone is to buy tones from the iTunes Store app.
  • Open the file you downloaded from Zedge in GarageBand to turn it into a ringtone your iPhone can use.
  • You can't use music that's digitally protected, like songs from Apple Music, when you create ringtones with GarageBand.

iTunes Store

Step 1 Open the iTunes Store app.

  • If you want to assign the new ringtone after you've purchased the tone, launch the Settings app, then choose Sounds & Haptics . [2] X Research source
  • Tap Ringtone , then choose the ringtone you just synced.
  • To assign the ringtone to a specific contact, open the Contacts app, select a contact, tap Edit , tap Ringtone , select your ringtone, tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen, and tap Done again to save your changes.

Zedge for iPhone

Step 1 Open https://zedge.net in...

  • Using the browser version of Zedge is more reliable than using the app.
  • This method does not require a computer or iTunes, which might be beneficial for some people.

Step 2 Find a ringtone that you like.

  • Tap the "Play" icon to preview a tone.
  • If you like a tone, tap it to open a new page. You may need to tap the tile a few times to get it to open in a new window.
  • Tap Continue next to "Use the browser" at the bottom of your screen. There's an ad at the top, so you might be tempted to tap away, but the Continue button, while greyed out, is clickable and will take you to the next step.
  • The app does not work as well as the browser for downloading ringtones, so make sure you stay in the browser instead of downloading the app.

Step 3 Tap Download.

  • Wait a few seconds for the download to start (like 10 seconds).

Step 4 Tap Download in the pop-up.

  • You'll notice that there is a "Download" icon in the top right corner of your Safari address bar. Tap it to see your downloads. You've successfully downloaded a ringtone, but it isn't set to play for anything yet. Next, you need to use GarageBand to set your ringtone.

Step 5 Open GarageBand.

  • If you don't have GarageBand, you can download it from the App Store for free.

Step 6 Tap the

  • The Tracks tab should be grey and active, if not, tap it.
  • If you don't see the different options or can't swipe left or right to see the different instruments, tap + first to create a new project.

Step 7 Tap the Project icon.

  • If the triangle icon (it looks like a metronome) is blue, tap it to make it grey.

Step 8 Tap the Loop icon.

  • You may need to tap Browse items from the Files app to find the Zedge folder.

Step 10 Long-tap your song and drag it to a new track.

  • When you drag it to your project, don't insert it into your keyboard track. Instead, add it to the next track down.

Step 11 Tap ▼.

  • If you don't want to set it, tap Done instead to keep your existing ringtone and save this project in your list of ringtones. [3] X Research source

Creating iPhone Ringtones with GarageBand

Step 1 Open GarageBand.

  • If you don't have GarageBand , you can download it from the App Store for free.
  • For this, you'll need an unprotected song, like the music you've downloaded from YouTube , or voice memos that you've recorded on your phone.

Step 2 Tap the

  • The track must be under 40 seconds long to be a ringtone. Since GarageBand doesn't track time, you'll need to be able to figure out the timing of your clip using something else as a timer.

Step 8 Tap ▼.

  • If you don't want to set it, tap Done instead to keep your existing ringtone and save this project in your list of ringtones. [4] X Research source

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  • ↑ https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207955
  • ↑ https://support.apple.com/guide/iphone/get-ringtones-iphad0b74838/ios
  • ↑ https://help.zedge.net/hc/en-us/articles/360043449071-Setting-ringtones-on-your-iPhone
  • ↑ https://osxdaily.com/2020/09/11/how-set-song-ringtone-iphone-garageband/

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How to Set Custom Ringtone On iPhone

Mehvish Mushtaq

While your iPhone comes with a stack of ringtones for you to choose from, much of the fun lies in personalizing it with your own ringtones. Whether you are looking to create a great ringtone from a song, video, or recorded clip, this article will help you to create and set custom ringtone on iOS.

How to Set a Default Ringtone on iOS

Set custom ringtones on iphone using tuunes app, how to create custom ringtone on ios, download ringtones for free.

Do you also have an Android phone? You’ll want to try a GarageBand alternative for Android .

Open “Settings → Sound and haptics → Ringtone.” You will find the custom ringtones at the top of the ringtones list. Tap on the one you want to make your default ringtone.

Ringtone Android Iphone Set Custom Ringtone

Tip : Make sure your phone is ringing when you get a call. If it stays silent, here’s how you can make your iPhone ring again . Conversely, you can also silence all notifications on your iPhone .

Set Ringtone for a Contact

Open the contact in the Apple Contacts app. Tap on the “Edit” button at the top.

Ringtone Android Iphone Set Custom Ringtone Contact

Scroll down and tap on the “Ringtone” field. Tap on the custom ringtone to assign it to the contact and hit the “Done” button. Repeat the steps for other contacts.

Set a Custom Ringtone as an Alarm

Open the Apple Clock app and tap on the Alarm with a tone you would like to change. Tap on “Sound.” The custom ringtones will show up.

Tap on the custom ringtone you would like to use.

Ringtone Android Iphone Set Custom Ringtone Alarm

There is no app on the iPhone that provides an unlimited number of free ringtones, but you can use the Tuunes app to download and set custom ringtones on your phone.

Open the app and tap on the ringtone you want to download. Press the “Set Tune” button, choose “Standard” and hit the “Yes” button.

The file will download to your iPhone, and you will find it in the “On my iPhone → Tuunes” folder.

Tip : Check out some of the best radio apps for iOS .

A few things to note while creating ringtones on iPhone:

  • Generally, iOS can only use .m4r files as ringtones. GarageBand will automatically convert them into the right format. But if you want to convert your audio file to the m4r format, there are many tools that do the job, such as zamzar.com and audio.online-convert.com .
  • Ringtones should be 30 seconds long.
  • You can convert .m4a to .m4r format by renaming the file extension.
  • The custom ringtone file must be saved in the Files app.

Using GarageBand

The GarageBand app from Apple offers one of the simplest ways to make a custom ringtone for iPhone. You don’t even need iTunes or a computer. All you need is access to the audio file you want to use as a ringtone. It could be a voice recording, a song snippet, or any other sound.

GarageBand does not allow you to import mp3, mp4, or other similar files directly into the app. The trick is to record something in the app, add the song file as looped audio, then remove the recorded sound before exporting the ringtone.

1. Begin by installing the GarageBand app on your iPhone. It’s approximately 1.5GB, so make sure you have sufficient storage space and Internet bandwidth.

2. Open the GarageBand app and tap on the add (+) icon at the top.

Ringtone Android Iphone Import Song Garageband

3. Select any instrument and tap on it. For this tutorial, we chose “Keyboard.”

Ringtone Android Iphone Select Instrument Garageband

4. Tap the red circle to start recording randomly by tapping the keys.

5. Tap the square button to stop recording.

Ringtone Android Iphone Record Garageband 2

6. Tap on the Edit icon in the top-left corner.

Ringtone Android Iphone Edit Garageband

7. Select the Loop icon from the editing options.

Ringtone Android Iphone Loop Garageband

8. To insert your audio file, tap the “Files” tab and select “Browse items from the Files app.” Choose the desired song, making it appear in the Files tab.

9. Tap and hold it to drag it to the Tracks view.

Ringtone Android Iphone Select File

Note: GarageBand allows you to import MP3, AIFF, WAV, CAF, Apple Loops, AAC, and MIDI files.

10. Double-tap the audio file you recorded earlier and press the “Delete” button.

Ringtone Android Iphone Delete Audio Garageband

11. To crop your sound file to 30 seconds in length, ensure that the song’s ending section is equal to or less than 30. Drag the song slider by holding its edges to the desired duration. Alternatively, you can split the song and keep only the required portion while removing the rest.

Ringtone Android Iphone Crop Garageband 2

12. Drag the song to the far left; otherwise, the audio file will start with blank audio.

Ringtone Android Iphone Move Garagebandjpg

Tip: tap the green Play button to preview the song.

13. Once you have the required portion of the song, tap on the small downward arrow in the upper-left corner and choose “My songs.”

Ringtone Android Iphone My Songs Garageband

14. The song will appear in the GarageBand Recents folder. Touch and hold the song and select “Share.”

Ringtone Android Iphone Share File Garageband

15. Tap on “Ringtone” from the list of options.

Ringtone Android Iphone Share As Garageband

16. Type a name for the newly created ringtone and hit the “Export” button.

Ringtone Android Iphone Export Garageband

When the process is finished, a pop-up window will appear, allowing you to set the ringtone directly from the app.

For that, select “Use sound as -> Standard ringtone.” Tap on Ok if you want to set the ringtone later. Follow the instructions mentioned in the “Set custom ringtone section” below.

Ringtone Android Iphone Use Sound As Garageband

GarageBand may appear intimidating at first, but if you carefully follow the instructions, you will become an expert in creating ringtones for your iPhone in a matter of minutes.

In addition to GarageBand, you can create ringtones using the iTunes app on Windows and Mac. You can also use iTunes to transfer ringtones from a PC to your iPhone. Just drag the ringtone in the supported format into the “Songs” folder of iTunes and sync it with your iPhone.

Note : GarageBand is the best way to set custom ringtones on iPhone. If you want to use a ringtone downloaded from any website or app, add the ringtone in GarageBand and follow the same steps.

Trim a Ringtone on iPhone

Another way to create a custom ringtone on iPhone is to use the Ringtones Maker app .

1. Add the video to the app, then tap “Clip” to trim the audio to the desired length.

2. Tap “Make” and choose “GarageBand” from the list of available apps.

Ringtone Android Iphone Ringtone Maker Iphone

The song will appear in the GarageBand app’s “Recents” section. Hold it and go to “Share → Ringtone → Export.”

You can download ringtones directly from various websites and apps if you don’t want to go through the hassle of creating your own ringtones.

Please exercise caution when downloading ringtones from third-party apps or websites, as these websites pose a risk of malware and security issues. Try to download from trusted sources only.

Here are some websites where you can get ringtones:

  • TheRingtoneSite
  • Ringtones Dump

Download the ringtone (m4r for iPhone) from these sites to your phone’s Internal storage, and use the instructions described above to set it as a ringtone.

Now that you know how to create and set custom ringtones, you can proceed to learn how to use live photos on your iPhone .

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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.

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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.

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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 create custom ringtones on your iPhone

iPhone Create Ringtone

Using Apple's GarageBand app for iOS, you can create custom ringtones using purchased tracks that have already been downloaded onto your device. Here's how to do this.

Creating custom ringtones using GarageBand

To create ringtones through the GarageBand app on iPhone:

  • If you haven't done so, download the free GarageBand app from the App Store .
  • In the app, tap Tracks at the top of the screen.
  • Choose Audio Recorder .
  • Tap the Multitrack button at the top left.
  • Select the Loop Browser button at the top right.
  • Tap the selector you want in the pop-up. Choices include Apple Loops, Files, and Music. In this example, we're selecting Music.
  • Find the song you want to use for your ringtone. You can only use iTunes-purchased songs that have also been downloaded to your device. You cannot use Apple Music songs, unfortunately.
  • Press, then hold on the song, dragging it into GarageBand.

Editing the clip

Next, you need to cut the clip, so it's no longer than 30 seconds in length. Otherwise, you cannot use it as a ringtone.

  • Grab the ends of the song in GarageBand and drag them inward. Be sure to capture your favorite part of the song for the ringtone.
  • Press the play button to preview the ringtone at any time.

Rename and save the ringtone

Finally, it's time to save the song clip as a ringtone.

  • Tap the My Songs icon at the top left of the GarageBand screen.
  • Choose My Songs from the pull-down.
  • Long press on the clip you just saved.
  • Tap Rename .
  • Give your clip a suitable name .
  • Long-press on the clip once again.
  • Choose Share
  • Tap Export .
  • Choose OK on the Ringtone Export Successful pop-up.

Assigning your new ringtone

You can access and change your ringtones on your iPhone as follows:

  • Tap the Settings app on your Home screen.
  • Choose Sounds & Haptics .
  • Select Ringtone under Sounds and Vibration Patterns.
  • Select the newly created ringtone under Ringtones to make it your default ringtone.

Use ringtone for individual contacts only

If you want to use your new ringtone selectively, you can assign it to specific contacts.

  • Tap the Contacts app on your iPhone Home screen.
  • Choose the contact you wish to assign the new ringtone.
  • Tap Edit at the top right.
  • Choose Ringtone .
  • Select the newly created ringtone under Ringtones to assign it to this contact.
  • Select Done again.
  • Repeat Steps 2 through 7 to assign the rington to other contacts.

Do you have any questions about creating ringtones on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Make and Set Custom Ringtones on iPhone

You can buy ringtones via the iTunes Store, or you can create or import your own alerts for free with this guide.

The iPhone has come a long way since it first made an appearance in 2007. Unfortunately, the process to set a song as your own custom ringtone or alert has not.

This might be the reason you always seem to hear the same old iPhone tones, as there are quite a few steps involved in making a custom ringtone for an iPhone. Apple still sells ringtones via the iTunes store, so we thought we’d remind you that there’s also a free way to add your own ringtones to your iPhone.

There are also a few other tones and alerts you can customize for a more personal device.

1. Prepare Your Song or Alert

It should go without saying that you’ll need to choose a song or sound that you want to use as a ringtone or alert, whether it’s the theme tune to M.A.S.H. or the second-long “ You’ve been spotted! ” noise from Metal Gear Solid. This is your source material, and it might come from an MP3 you downloaded, or a song that’s already in your Apple Music or iTunes library.

You can use any song or sound as long as you’ve got the file in a DRM-free format. Essentially, that means that if you normally stream music through Apple Music or Spotify, you’ll need to download or import a file from elsewhere to use it as your ringtone. For the same reason, you also can’t use songs you bought through the iTunes Store.

If you want to change your iPhone ringtone without using a computer, you’ll need to use GarageBand to make a ringtone instead.

After getting the source file, you need to trim the song down to around 30-seconds for ringtones. This is something you can accomplish with Apple Music, iTunes, or any other audio editor. You can use any one of the methods below.

Using Apple Music or iTunes

Again, this will only work with music you have imported directly (from your own files).

Find the song you would like to use in your library (import it if you haven’t already), Control-click or right-click on it, and then select Get Info . Navigate to the Options tab where you’ll see Start and Stop cues. You can use these to create a shorter version of your song by choosing when you want playback to start and stop.

Ringtones can’t be longer than 30 seconds, so make sure you keep it that length or less, no matter where the start time is. Once you’ve selected a range, hit OK .

Start and stop times in iTunes

Now with the song you’ve just edited selected, head to File > Convert and choose Create AAC Version . A duplicate song that’s shorter than the original should appear. Click and drag it to your desktop for safe keeping, then delete it from your Apple Music or iTunes library. You should also go back to the original song and remove your Start and Stop cues.

If you don’t see an option to Create AAC Version , open the Apple Music or iTunes Preferences and go to Files > Import Settings , then set Import Using to AAC Encoder .

Using QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player on the Mac is a powerful tool with some nifty hidden features. Simply open any audio file you’ve downloaded in QuickTime, head to Edit > Trim and drag the sliders till you’re happy with your selection. Again, you need to limit the audio to 30 seconds or less. When you’re ready, head to File > Export > Audio Only and save the file to your desktop.

Trim option in QuickTime

The file will be in AAC format, which is just what you need.

Using Another Audio Editor

Other audio editors will provide you with much more control over your audio file. You can manipulate audio on a timeline, add effects, boost volume levels, or create something entirely unique. Check out our favorite Mac audio editors to find something that fits your budget.

The key is to export to AAC format. In case your chosen audio editor can’t do this, you’ll have to use Apple Music or iTunes instead:

  • Save your audio to .WAV (uncompressed) format.
  • Import your file to Apple Music or iTunes using File > Add to Library .
  • Find the file you just imported, select it, then head to File > Convert > Create AAC Version .
  • Drag the new AAC file to your desktop, then delete both the original and AAC duplicate from your iTunes library.

Create AAC option in iTunes

2. Change File Extension and Import It

Now that you’ve got your audio trimmed down to size and in AAC format, it’s time to trick your computer into labeling it as a ringtone. Find the file on your desktop, then rename it and change the extension from M4A to M4R . To do this, Control-click or right-click the file and click Rename .

On a Mac you may only need to add the file extension, and you’ll be prompted when you’ve done it correctly. If you don’t see the original file extension, open Finder and go to Finder > Preferences > Advanced > Show all filename extensions .

If you’re using Windows and you can’t see the file extension, you’ll need to tweak a setting. To do this open File Explorer and go to View > Show then select File Name Extensions . On older versions of Windows, you may need to visit Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > File Explorer Options > View then uncheck Hide extensions for known file types and hit Apply .

You should now be able to see file extensions and, more importantly, change your file from M4A or AAC to M4R . All that’s left to do is sync your M4R file to your iPhone.

3. Sync Your iPhone

Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. If prompted, agree to Trust the computer or iPhone from the popup on either device. Then open Finder (if you’re using macOS Catalina or later) or iTunes (if you’re using Windows or an older version of macOS).

Select your iPhone from the sidebar in Finder or the top-left corner in iTunes, then go to the General or Summary tab. Enable the option to Manually manage music, movies and TV shows .

iPhone Summary in Finder

Finally, drag-and-drop your M4R ringtone file into the General or Summary tab, then click Sync to sync it to your iPhone.

Once complete pick up your iPhone and head to Settings > Sounds & Haptics (or Sounds & Vibration on older devices) and select your tone under the Ringtones option. You can also set these ringtones as any other alert tone including text tones, new mail alerts, reminders and so on.

Other Sounds You Can Customize

Your new ringtone can be used as a system-wide alert for all contacts, or you can apply specific tones to certain contacts. To do this head to Phone > Contacts and find the contact you want to assign a ringtone to. Hit Edit and scroll down till you see Ringtone . You can also apply a custom Text Tone here too.

Apple’s in-built Clock application can also be customized to sound different alerts. The Timer function is basic but can use stock sounds and any ringtones you have purchased on manually synced via Apple Music or iTunes. The Alarm feature can use a different tone for each alarm set, including stock tones, synced tones, and any music you have synced to your device.

And yes, that includes DRM-protected Apple Music songs . Simply scroll to the top of the list when specifying an alarm tone and tap Pick a song .

You Can Still Buy Tones

A much easier way of getting ringtones onto your device is by buying them through the iTunes Store. This seems to be the main reason Apple hasn’t made adding your own tones easier, with fewer hoops to jump through. It also means that people are still buying ringtones for a few dollars a pop.

Ringtone store in iTunes

Whether you want to put the effort into converting, importing, and syncing is up to you. You can buy two seconds of Chewbacca roaring for $0.99, or you can find the sound yourself on the internet and do it for free. Check out our collection of video game ringtones for more ideas.

Get More Free Ringtone Ideas Online

Learning how to set a song as a ringtone on your iPhone is only half the battle, the other half is choosing which song to use. Luckily, there are plenty of websites you can visit to get ideas of free sounds you can use for your iPhone ringtone to get plenty of inspiration.

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  • You can set custom ringtones on your iPhone using Apple’s GarageBand app or Ringtones: Ringtone Maker .
  • Use the GarageBand app on your iPhone to create custom ringtones, allowing you to edit and personalize your chosen track effortlessly.
  • Set your iPhone ringtone using straightforward steps in the Settings menu after creating your custom ringtone.

Jamming on a particular song and want to make it your iPhone ringtone? But is it possible to make 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, iPhone allows you to be the decision-maker. In this article, I will take you through the process step by step, so stick along.

Things to know before you set any song as an iPhone ringtone?

  • 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

Now, let’s move on to the next step.

How to create a custom iPhone ringtone with GarageBand

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Before we start, note 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 purpose, 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 may 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.

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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 on 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 .

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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 have 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.

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

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.

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’s 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 make your own iPhone ringtones

It’s easy to make your own iPhone ringtone from any audio file

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We’ve all experienced the ringtone problem: no matter how many tones are in your iPhone , none of them are quite right. 

Maybe you’d prefer the theme tune for your favorite fictional detective, or some dialogue from your favorite show. Or maybe there’s a particular piece of music you’d rather hear. No problem. If you’ve got an audio file, it’s really easy to make it into an iPhone ringtone. All you need is the Music app (iTunes on older Macs and on Windows PCs).

Before we start, you’ll need to ensure that the audio file you’re going to use is (a) on your computer and (b) isn’t an Apple Music track – as in, a song you’re streaming from Apple Music as part of your subscription. Apple won’t let you convert those.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create a ringtone on a Mac using macOS Mojave. The process is almost identical for Windows and older Macs but instead of the Music app you’d use iTunes.

One word of warning: choose your ringtone carefully. If it’s a song you really, really love, you might not love it so much if you hear it every time the boss calls you or whenever you get a robocall. We’ve learnt that particular lesson the hard way, and some absolute bangers are dead to us now.

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1. Find your song

First up you need to choose your song in the Music app. You can’t make a ringtone from a streaming track or one that’s stored in the cloud. Our song here is stored in our iCloud Music Library, so before we proceed we’ll need to download it by clicking on the little downwards arrow over at the right.

2. Pick your format

Rather confusingly, if we want to export in the right format we need to change the import settings. In the menu bar click Music > Preferences > Files and then click on the Import Settings button. Click on the Import Using drop-down and choose the AAC Encoder option.

3. Trim the time

Return to your song in the Music app and click on the three dots at the very right of the track. Choose Get Info > Options and you should see the screen shown here. We need to trim the song to 30 seconds to make it appropriate for a ringtone. 

In this example we want to start from the beginning so we’ll set the start time at 0:00 and the finish at 0:30; you can start anywhere in the song but it can be quite tricky to get the timing just-so. 

No matter what bit of the song you choose, make sure the tick boxes are checked and that you use colons to separate the minutes and seconds. Click on OK when you’re done.

4. Export the audio

Make sure your song is still selected and then click on File > Convert > Create AAC Version. If that option isn’t available it could be because you’re trying to convert an Apple Music track rather than something you’ve downloaded. The conversion process is almost instant.

5. Double up

When you search for your song or look at its enclosing album you should now see two versions of it, and if you look over at the right hand side you’ll see that one of them is 30 seconds long. This is the audio you’ll be using as your ringtone. Right-click on it and select Show In Finder.

6. Change the extension

If you don’t change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r, your iPhone won’t recognize the audio as a ringtone. So let’s do that now. It doesn’t affect the audio in any other way: it’s still an AAC audio file.

7. Confirm your choice

macOS X will now ask if you’re sure about this. And you are, so let’s click on “Use .m4r” and continue. Leave this Finder window open: we’ll need it in a moment.

8. Plug in your phone

Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a cable. If you haven’t done this recently you may need to tell your Mac and iPhone to trust one another. You’ll do that by entering your iPhone’s PIN on your phone screen and clicking Trust on your Mac.

9. Wait a moment

It’ll take a little while, but eventually you should see this when you click on the name of your phone in the sidebar (it’s under Locations along with any removable drives). All you need to do now is drag the newly renamed .m4r file over the Finder window. Its icon will turn into a plus sign and after a brief pause the bar at the bottom of the window will go back to normal.

10. Find the ringtone

Unlock your iPhone and navigate to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone. This contains a few links including one of the Tone Store, but the bit we’re interested in is under the Ringtones heading. The first section is our own user-created ringtones; the second, all the standard ringtones that came with your iPhone.

11. Pick your tone

All you need to do now is tap on your ringtone – here, Bizarre Love Triangle – and your iPhone will play it. Congratulations: you’ve created and installed your own ringtone.

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How to make a custom iPhone ringtone in iOS 15

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Apple has a wide array of default ringtones included in the iPhone. With a few taps, anyone can change the ringtone from the default to one of many alternatives.

If what is included in iOS doesn't work for you, there's also a sea of ringtones available to buy from the iTunes Store. With a wealth of sounds available, you could easily acquire part of a favorite song to hear whenever your phone starts ringing.

Not everyone wants to spend money on a ringtone, though. Furthermore, not everyone wants to use the same snippet of a popular song if others are doing the same thing.

One option is to create your own ringtone. A unique signal that is personal just to you and your devices.

You can create your own custom ringtones and add them to the Settings menu in iOS.

Here's how you can put your audio masterpiece as your alert sound on your iPhone.

Method 1: Wired Syncing

There are a few steps to creating the ringtone, and the first is to make the actual ringtone itself.

You can do this in a few ways, such as by clipping down a DRM-free MP3 or creating something entirely from scratch. On Mac, your best bet for doing either is via GarageBand.

Make sure to export the file from GarageBand as an AAC, before renaming it to an m4r file.

In GarageBand for macOS, create a new project. You will have to play around with the various settings and instruments to create a track to your liking, but make sure it is reasonably brief, such as 30 seconds or less.

If you have a non-DRM MP3 file that you want to trim, you can import it to GarageBand and cut it down to just the chunk of audio you need. Alternately, you could slap some of Apple's loops together to make a suitable composition.

You will need to drag and drop the ringtone file onto this iPhone screen in Finder to send it from your Mac to the iPhone.

How to turn a GarageBand project into an iPhone ringtone by syncing via Finder.

  • Once you are finished with the composition or edit, click Share , then Export Song to Disk .
  • Give the tone a name and set the save location as appropriate. The desktop would be ideal for one-off transfers.
  • Make sure it is set to AAC , and click Export .
  • Right-click the ringtone file and rename it, changing the suffix from .m4a to .m4r . While functionally similar, the iPhone will recognize the latter as a ringtone file.
  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a Lightning-to-USB cable.
  • Open Finder and select the iPhone .
  • Drag the ringtone file onto the Finder window.
  • Once it has transferred over, you can access the ringtone on the iPhone.
  • On the iPhone, open Settings and select Sound & Haptics .
  • Tap Ringtone and select your new custom ringtone . It will usually be pushed near the top of the list.

Method 2: Garageband Directly

If you have GarageBand installed on both your Mac and your iPhone, you could use iCloud Drive to work on the ringtone on the Mac, then transfer it to the iPhone for the final export.

You could also transfer the GarageBand project from macOS to iOS and export on your iPhone.

Doing so this way also allows you to find out what the ringtone sounds like through the iPhone's speakers before officially setting it as the ringtone. Further tweaks can be made before the final export.

How to transfer a GarageBand project from Mac to iPhone and save as a ringtone.

  • Create your ringtone in GarageBand on Mac.
  • Once complete, click Share , then Project to GarageBand for iOS
  • Give the project an appropriate name and save it within iCloud Drive by clicking Save.
  • On the iPhone, open GarageBand .
  • Tap the dropdown arrow in the top left, then My Songs .
  • Tap Browse and find the saved project in iCloud Drive. Tap and hold , then select Share .
  • Under Share Song, select Ringtone .
  • Enter the name of the ringtone, then tap Export .
  • Open Settings and select Sound & Haptics .
  • Tap Ringtone and select your new custom ringtone .

Sharing the song in GarageBand on iOS allows you to save as a ringtone directly to the device.

Since this second method relies on using GarageBand on the iPhone to export, you could eliminate using the Mac altogether and create the ringtone entirely on the mobile device.

Once you have finished making the creation, you must go into the project browser, hold down the file to find the Share menu, then follow the rest of the process for creating the actual ringtone.

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How to make custom ringtones for your iPhone, Android, or Windows phone

Whether you're on a Mac or PC, this guide will show you how to create and set custom ringtones for Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone.

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Long ago, the only way to get custom ringtones on your phone was by purchasing them from your service provider. At about $1-2, this method is still an option today, but luckily, you can now create your own ringtones for free and load them onto your device.

With this do-it-yourself method, you'll be able to turn any piece of audio into a ringtone--any part of your favorite song (not just the chorus), or even audio from a YouTube video. If you'd like to do the latter, you can extract audio from any YouTube video using this tutorial .

In any case, make sure you have the audio files for the music you want to turn into ringtones. When you do, follow the instructions for the appropriate phone and desktop operating system.

Mac Mac users can easily create ringtones for their iPhone using GarageBand . The process is straightforward and results in sending your ringtone directly to iTunes. Once your ringtone is in iTunes, simply sync your iPhone, then go to Settings > Sounds on your device to set your new tone.

Windows Windows users should use Fried Cookie's Ringtone Maker , as it allows you to turn full-length song into a 30-second M4A file, which is Apple's proprietary file extension for iPhone ringtones.

Once you've created a ringtone, simply drag and drop it into your iTunes music library. iTunes will automatically add it to the Tones section, which you can find in the left sidebar.

Finally, sync your iPhone. Then, on your iPhone, go to Settings > Sounds to set your new ringtone.

Alternatively, you can use the method shown in the video below to create ringtones directly from iTunes.

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Mac To create an Android ringtone on your Mac, you'll use an MP3 you already own and cut it to a 30-second clip of your choice. Follow these instructions , but when you're ready to export the song, do not send it to iTunes. Instead, select Share > Export song to disk, and choose the MP3 format.

Then, plug in your Android phone and mount it. Explore the drive and, if you don't have one already, create a folder and name it Ringtones. Finally, drag and drop your custom MP3 in to the new folder. Eject your Android phone and unplug it.

To set your new ringtone, head to Settings > Sound and select it from the list.

Windows To create your ringtone in Windows, use Fried Cookie's Ringtone Maker . When you've created and saved your custom ringtone, connect your Android phone to your computer and mount it. Drag and drop your custom MP3 in to the new folder. Finally, eject your Android phone and unplug it.

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Alternatively, you can create ringtones directly from your Android phone using an app like RingDroid .

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Mac Naturally, the process will be a little complicated since Windows inherently doesn't play nicely with Mac. So, be a little patient with this one.

To make your ringtone, you'll use an MP3 you already own and cut it to a 30-second clip of your choice. Follow these instructions , but when you're ready to export the song, do not send it to iTunes. Instead, select Share > Send song to iTunes.

Open iTunes. Find the ringtone you created, right-click it, and select "Get info." Then, in the Info tab, under Genre, type ringtone. Click OK.

If you don't have it already, install Windows Phone Connector for Mac . Launch it, then connect your phone to your Mac. Sync your phone (or just the song) and unplug it.

On your phone, go to Settings > Ringtones + sounds. Tap the ringtone list, and you'll see your new ringtone among the others.

Windows To create your 30-second ringtone, use Fried Cookie's Ringtone Maker . Then, drag and drop the file in to the Zune software. In the Genre list, make sure ringtone is selected. If it doesn't appear, type it. Click OK.

Connect your Windows Phone to your computer and sync it. Unplug it, and (on your phone) go to Settings > Ringtones + sounds and select your new ringtone.

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How to Set a Custom Ringtone Once and for All

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Unless you set your phone to silent most of the time (and honestly, who doesn't), you're going to be hearing your ringtone a lot, so it makes sense to choose one you like to listen to. 

Your phone will have come with a bunch of default ringtones, but you can actually use any audio clip you want. What's more, you can set different ringtones for different contacts, so you know who's calling without looking at your handset. 

But here's the thing: This used to be easy, no matter what type of phone you had. And it's still simple if you have an Android device, like a Samsung or Google Pixel phone. But if you have an iPhone, it's surprisingly complicated, with a bunch of steps that make you just want to not bother. Here's how to do it anyway, regardless of the device you own.

To use a custom ringtone on an iPhone, it has to be in your Apple Music library. The audio file should have no digital rights management (DRM) protection attached to it, and it should be in either MP3 or MP4 format. We're not going to dive into a full audio editing guide here, but a free program like Audacity can help you create a clip pretty easily on either macOS or Windows—which, yes, means you'll need to use a desktop to make sure your song or sound file can be turned into a ringtone for your iPhone.

You then need to fire up Apple Music on macOS, or download and install Apple Music for Windows, if it's not already on your computer. Use File then Import to add the ringtone file to your music library. Locate the track, right-click on it,  choose Get Info , and then open the Options tab. Next to Start and Stop you need to specify when the ringtone audio begins and ends.

Screenshot of song settings in the iTunes program

Some trickery is required to get your ringtones ready.

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If you're only going to be using your audio file for ringtones, the maximum length is 40 seconds—if you think you might want to use it for alerts and alarms as well, keep it to 30 seconds or less. If your file is shorter than that, you're set—otherwise, you'll need to specify the start and end points. Click OK, then select the track again and choose File , Convert , and Create AAC Version or Create MP3 Version (it will vary depending on how Apple Music's encoders are set up.)

That's your ringtone created. A brand new file will appear, with the start and stop times you selected. If you've chopped out part of a song, you'll want to go back to the Get Info panel of the original and remove the start and top times, otherwise the next time it pops up in one of your playlists it's going to only play those 30 or 40 seconds. Next, we need to see this file on disk—right-click on it and choose Show in Finder (macOS) or Show in File Explorer (Windows.)

If your file shows an extension of .m4a, simply change it to .m4r (they're both the same AAC/MP4 format, but the tweak tells your iPhone it's a ringtone file). If you've exported the file as an MP3, you need to get it into AAC/MP4 format first—you can do this via a program such as QuickTime on macOS or the previously mentioned Audacity on Windows.

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These files can be used for alarms and alerts, as well as ringtones.

Finally , we're ready to add the file to your iPhone. You'll need to connect the phone up to your computer via USB. You can then drag the ringtone clip over to the device using two Finder windows on macOS, or drag it from File Explorer to Apple Music on Windows (make sure you've selected the iPhone in the navigation pane first.)

To find your new ringtone, go to Settings on iOS then choose Sounds & Haptics and Ringtone . These ringtone files can also be set for alerts and alarms if they're short enough in length. To set a specific ringtone for a specific contact, tap on someone's name in the Contacts app, then choose Edit and Ringtone to get to the list of sounds.

One of the ways that you can still distinguish between iOS and Android is through ease of customization, and that's certainly the case with ringtones. It's much more straightforward to set a custom sound as a ringtone, alarm, or alert if you're using a handset running Google's operating system.

Again you need a suitable sound clip prepared, and again the free Audacity for macOS or Windows can help you make one if you don't already have an audio editor of choice. There's no definitive list of supported formats or file lengths, but if you stick to a reasonably brief MP3 file you should be fine.

Screenshot of Android Sounds settings menu

Android simply lets you browse your phone for any audio file.

Use your favorite method to get the file on your phone—you could transfer it over USB, for example, or email it to yourself, or use a cloud syncing service. You could just download the audio file directly to your phone. However you do it, you need to get the file saved somewhere on your phone. You can then open Settings on Android, tap Sound and Vibration , and Phone ringtone (or Default notification sound ) to locate and choose your audio file.

Whether you're dealing with ringtones or notifications, tap My Sounds then the plus icon (bottom right) to select the relevant audio clip. To set a specific ringtone for a specific person, open the person's details in the Android Contacts app, then tap the three dots (top right) and Set ringtone —it takes you to the same list of sounds as before, so you can pick My Sounds and the plus icon to make a selection.

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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.

how to set custom ringtone on iphone for free

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.

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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

How to custom ringtone on iphone via iphone data transfer, using itunes to make songs as ringtones on iphone.

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

how to set custom ringtone on iphone for free

  • 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.

how to set custom ringtone on iphone for free

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 Any Song as Ringtone on iPhone with Garageband

How’d you like to set a song as the ringtone on iPhone? If you want to use your favorite song as a custom ringtone for incoming phone calls or text messages, you’re certainly not alone. Thanks to Apple’s GarageBand app, you can set literally any song as a ringtone right on your iPhone, and without needing iTunes.

With the old iTunes ringtone creation method , you had to rely on a computer to get the music you want as ringtones. Therefore, GarageBand is a better alternative for people who don’t have access to a computer, or who would rather just do it all on their iPhone. With this app, you can trim your favorite parts of a song and set them as your default ringtones, or contact-specific ringtones, provided they’re under 40 seconds in length. You can even create a ringtone from sound effects in Garageband too, but this article is going to focus on generating a ringtone from a song and setting that as your iPhone ringtone.

Are you keen on making a song into a custom ringtone on iPhone? Then read on as we’ll walk you through the necessary steps for setting any song as a ringtone on your iPhone using GarageBand.

How to Set Any Song as Ringtone on iPhone with GarageBand

First and foremost, you’ll need to install the GarageBand app from the App Store. Additionally, your iPhone needs to running iOS 11 or later in order to take advantage of this procedure. Now, simply follow the steps below for making a custom ringtone.

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That’s it. Now you know exactly how to set your favorite songs as ringtones on your iPhone with GarageBand.

Although this article focuses primarily on the iPhone, you can also use GarageBand on the iPad to create a custom alert tone for iMessage and FaceTime if you feel like doing so.

It’s worth keeping in mind that ringtones are limited to 40 seconds in length. For alert tones or text tones, this limit is even lower at 30 seconds. If your GarageBand project is between 30 and 40 seconds, it will only be available for use as a ringtone.

Note that protected songs and songs that are not stored locally cannot be imported to GarageBand. These songs will be grayed out when you’re browsing through your music library within the app.

The trickiest part of this method is determining how long your audio file is, since there’s no easy way to check long your project is within the app until you proceed to export it. However, GarageBand will automatically convert your custom ringtone to 40 seconds if it’s too long, by cutting off the audio after the 40-second mark.

With GarageBand, you can assign various songs to specific contacts, so that your close friends or family members have their own unique ringtones and alert tones. This makes it a whole lot easier to identify who’s calling or texting you without having to look at your phone. You can set audio recordings from the Voice Memos app as custom ringtones in a similar way too.

If you find this method to be a little tricky or if you have a computer nearby, you might want to try out the old school way of making custom ringtones with iTunes and copying them to your iPhone manually.

And remember if songs aren’t your thing, or you don’t have any music that you’re interested in turning into a ringtone, you can also make a ringtone yourself with GarageBand from various musical instruments, sound effects, and musical creation tools . That can be a fun customization for the creatives out there.

Did you create a custom ringtone using GarageBand on your iPhone? What do you think about this process? How does this procedure compare to the traditional iTunes method? Do let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below.

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Thank you! 😊 Easiest instructions that made it work for me. Thanks alot

Easiest instructions that made it work for me. Thanks alot

When I click share, then ringtone option, then export, it says that it cannot be exported. Doesn’t give a reason.

I have followed the instructions, captured a m4a file to use, and exported to my iPhone successfully. I cannot find the new ringtone on my iPhone.

I am curious why you included steps 2-4. Maybe I don’t need to do them when I have the music already as an MP3? Don’t really see the need to put the piano on line 1, I just did the audio.

Thanks, though, super awesome walkthrough!

Good day to all, the excellent instructions in this article have FINALLY enabled me to get the desired ringtone on my iPhone 13. I waded through several pimply-faced YouTube time wasters (Gad, those kids need to learn how to use video correctly) before I stumbled on this concise, correct and very useful set of instructions. These were right on the mark and got the job done, first time. Thank you. PK

Excellent article. Easy to follow with simple instructions. Works a treat thank you, really useful

Ok! I did everything as told but when I select share to try to export, that is not the share screen that I get. It gives me a screen to send the file to friends and contacts. It does not give me the option to choose how to export. Help!

All my music is grayed out. I can’t select any song to make a ringtone

Hi – I successfully uploaded my song to the ringtone but the trouble is that there is quite a few seconds of silence before the ringtone starts ie the phone is ringing but its about 3-4 seconds before i hear the ringtone start. I tried to just move piece to the left but it doesn’t change anything. Any help welcomed.

I am trying to put a ringtone on but when I go and follow the directions it doesn’t give me an option for music it only has files and apple loops how will i go about putting a ringtone on if it doesn’t give me an option please help

I have a 1-second sound clip of a duck quack my wife wants as a text tone on her new iPhone SE. The clip is in her My Files and the m4r format. How do I use Garage Band to make it a text tone? Thanks.

Thank you so much for this!! I always wondered why this GarageBand app was on my phone, now I know how useful it is to create a custom ringtone!

Making the tone was easy, it shows up as my ringtone. Yet when i choose the tone, no sound. Another tone that i made using itunes on PC is working well.

Very easy to follow instructions once I got the hang of garage band. Happy bunny here 😊

1. Presently, the maximum length of a ringtone is 30 seconds.

2. For Andrew K’s problem: before importing any song, click the small + icon beneath the setting icon in the top right of GarageBand screen; a small pop-up screen named “Section Length” will appear; manually adjust the numerical number (default is set at 8) from 8 to whatever number that is large enough for your song ( 1 number = 2 seconds length of a song); then, click “DONE” at the top right of the Section Length screen; this will take you back to the large GarageBand screen. And you can start importing your 2:19 length song without cutting short problem.

Thanks for that tip! makes it much easier to get the whole music piece in.

Disappointed, you need IOS13 to be able to download it not

11 as stated.

IOS12 which I have on my 6s which is up to date. The App doesn’t accept any less.

I agree, Ian.

The instructions are very clear.

They just don’t deal with my situation with the track being shortened from 2:19 to about 20 seconds! But I don’t expect a set of instructions on a site like this to deal with every possible problem.

Maybe the maximum length of a ringtone is 20 seconds?

2. For Andrew’s problem, before importing a song, click the small + icon beneath the setting icon in the top right of GarageBand screen, followed by pop-up small screen Section A; then, adjust the numerical number from 8 to whatever number that is large enough to cover the total length of your song ( 1 numerical number = 2 seconds length of the song); then, click “DONE” in the top right corner of the small screen. This will take you back to the previous GarageBand large screen. And you can start importing your song of 2:19 without any problem.

The author presumes readers use Garage Band.

For those of us who have never used it, you might as well have written the instructions in Swahili.

See why good tech writers command such high salaries? They don’t presume. That’s a lot harder than it sounds.

I’ve used Garageband about twice in my life for a few seconds to play on the keyboard, and I followed it successfully by reading the instructions. It details step-by-step how to use GarageBand to make a ringtone with Garageband, what is presumptuous about that?

Sorry about the delay, Ian. But since you asked a question, I’ll do my best to answer.

I try not to get excited over articles like this, but this time I failed. The hook said, “…you can set literally any song as a ringtone right on your iPhone, and without needing iTunes.”

So I can delete something I never use — and get something useful in its place? Where do I sign?!

As I read the article, I could feel myself getting reeled in…

I have the Garageband app on my phone, but when I clicked on the icon this message appeared:

“Unable to Download Item.”

You were somewhat familiar with Garageband, but I’ve never used it. So when you clicked on the icon, something happened that allowed you to follow the directions.

You were able to follow the instructions, but in my case there are no instructions to follow.

If you were given this choice in your phone’s instructions: Retry, or Done, what would you do? (I’ve tried them both; Retry, about 40 times so far. No joy.)

Would you enjoy suddenly being on your own, with no instructions that would allow you to MovOn?

The author presumes that readers could conjure up Garageband. But for the readers who got the same message, they’re dead in the water too.

A common affliction endemic to the Apple community is the presumption that others know as much as they do. But the real world isn’t like that, and that’s why good tech writers command a premium.

In my case, I’m 73 so trying to teach me something new and as complicated as this had better cover all the bases. But my burning desire to learn something new has been defenestrated by lack of a worthwhile payoff.

Plus, I hate computers and they hate me; case closed. So when I have a problem like this, I normally ask the 10-year old kid next door, but he’s away at summer camp until school starts.

So yeah, the author presumed that readers are able to use Garageband with just a click.

You’re already familiar with that app, so you’re one of the kool kidz. But what about us geezers, who grew up some time after the Civil War on typewriters, and we had to tough it out with only 3 TV channels! (And before you sneer about how easy peasy this was, remember that old farts control the inheritance spondulax you desperately crave, and you better not deny that because everyone will know you’re lyin’ thru your teeth.)

So up to now this article has been a total time sink, and from the comments, that’s not just my experience. How would you like it if you couldn’t even get as far as instruction #2?

Now, before you assign me homework, my comment was simply that good tech writers are a scarce commodity, and as such they command high salaries.

My apologies, apparently that pushed a button. I didn’t post that to spin you up, it was just an observation that the author is no different than the majority of tech writers. He did a fine job. Sort of. But if he was exceptional, there wouldn’t be nearly as many readers scratching their heads.

As for me, I decided a year ago that I didn’t need another ring tone. I don’t even need a phone that does more than make and receive calls. That’s what I’ll be looking for when my current iPhone 6 gives up the ghost.

I just wish it would hurry tf up, and kick the bucket…

10 – 4, Over & Out

Smokey, you must have Garageband to use Garageband to create ringtones. If you’re having problems downloading Garageband, you will need to start there since you obviously can’t use the app without downloading it to your iPhone first. Garageband is free and available from the App Store.

The purpose of this article is to focus on making ringtones, not about downloading Garageband or addressing unusual error messages about failed app downloads (which could be due to wi-fi, or temporary service disruptions, or other reasons).

I tried it but as soon as I lift my finger off the song it disappears (step 7). The song is stored locally in my iPhone.

Everything goes according to plan – until I import my track.

In the Music app on both the Mac and in the iPhone, the track is 2:19.

When I import it to GarageBand, that same track barely makes it to 20 seconds. And there’s nothing that I can find that allows me to make it any longer, let alone the full length!

This is before I make it into a Ringtone.

Why? And how can I fix this, please?

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Yellow bar stays put

There is a yellow bar to indicate where you are inside of the selected waveform of music that fits into the time restraint of whatever type of file your making (40 sec for ringtone, 8 sec or text tone, etc.) when you play the passage it starts right where it is was last playing; this is awesome. When it cycles through the end of the selected wave form it restarts where it was last left? What the heck?! This might be useful for some folks, but it’s a buggy disaster for me trying to make a tone with any kind of speed. Perhaps, this is some thing that could be added in setting with a toggle switch? When I get to the end of my selected waveform area, I expect that it will start replaying at the beginning of the waveform area I have selected, not at the last place it was started from. Thanks guys, great app!

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Okk so before I had this app I like to go and look at ringtones but i wouldn't buy them anyway this app has ringtones that I would usually like an they're free but it's a whole process it's honestly not that bad once you understand how to download the ringtones but just a warning before u get the app youhave to have the garage band app so you can add it it's really easy and when your trying to download tones it requires you to have garage band. Also idk how to delete the tones after I've already downloaded it. One other thing I cant make my own ringtone you should definitely change the fact that we can only make ringtones if its in our library on apple music. I wanted to do a specific ringtone for my bsf but i cant bc its not a song so that was very annoying. Also your app says i payed for premium and I literally didnt i wouldn’t ever do that so either yall are hacking my phone or i just wasnt paying attention and payed for it but you need to be aware of that when you download this i think i might just delete it bc i dont want yall in my phone and taking my money so yea.💀
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I love that you can simply just use any song/audio from you music library and/or audio from a saved video but I didn’t even get to change my ringtone because when cutting the length of the audio and picking what part of it I wanted I was having trouble b/c I am VERY specific what part, when it starts, and when I want it to end but I would save it and listen to it back and it always started like a second before where I cut/placed the audio so I guess not a huge deal but this really bothered me and for the part of the song I was using I did not want it to sound choppy or come in at an awkward measure which is why I was so specific about when it started and stopped. So I thought maybe I could fix it using garage band since thats what app you need to install the ringtone anyways but for some reason garage band kept telling me it had to cut part of the song which made the placement sound worse and even more choppy so I gave up at that point.
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How to set custom ringtone on iPhone

I need to set a ringtone which is customized and not available at Itunes store.. How can I do this

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Posted on Mar 31, 2023 9:45 PM

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Posted on Mar 31, 2023 9:48 PM

To add custom ringtones to your iPhone that are not bought from the Apple App Store, you can follow these steps:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer using a Lightning cable.
  • Open iTunes on your computer.
  • Select your iPhone from the list of devices in iTunes.
  • Click on the "Tones" tab.
  • Drag and drop the custom ringtone file (in .m4r format) from your computer to the "Tones" section in iTunes.
  • Click the "Sync" button to transfer the custom ringtone to your iPhone.
  • On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > "Sounds & Haptics" > "Ringtone."
  • Find the custom ringtone you just added and select it as your new ringtone.

Note: If your custom ringtone is not in .m4r format, you will need to convert it using a ringtone converter tool before adding it to iTunes. There are many free online tools available that can help you with this. Additionally, you will need to have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer to complete these steps.

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Mar 31, 2023 10:02 PM in response to ravindra25

avindra25 Said:

" how to add custom ringtones in iPhone: I need to set a ringtone which is customized and not available at Itunes store.. How can I do this "

Use an App in the App Store:

Open the App Store. Then, type ringtones in the search box. See what pops up.

For reference...

Getting a Purchased Ringtone:

Download it...

  • Go Here:  Use Tones and Ringtones with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch -  Apple Support
  • Scroll to:  Redownload ringtones purchased with your Apple ID
  • Proceed from there as necessary.

The Verge

How to change the ringtone on your Android phone

A recent discussion among friends wondered if anyone really used ringtones anymore. The idea was that most people (those who still use their phones to hold verbal conversations) either go with whatever ringtone their phone comes with or just use vibrations.

Once upon a time, ringtones were a thing. You could use them for amusement. (My favorite was a bored voice that said, “Ring. Ring. Ring.”) You could use them to know who was calling without having to look at the phone (so you knew when to pick up and when to let it go to voicemail). Now, maybe, not so much.

Still, Google recently added a bunch of new ringtones to its Pixel phones , so presumably, some of us are still playing around with these sounds. In case you count yourself in that group, here’s how to change your ringtone, create your own, and assign a unique ringtone to a contact.

Because the methods for Samsung Galaxy phones and Google Pixel phones can vary, we’ve included directions for both. If you have a different Android phone, you should be able to use one of these as a guide.

These directions were tested using a Pixel 6 and a Galaxy S23 running Android 14.

Using a Samsung Galaxy

Change your ringtone.

  • Go to Settings > Sound and vibration > Ringtone .
  • Once you’re in Ringtone , you can choose from a wide variety of sounds. Your current volume and whether you have vibrate activated will be on top, along with Samsung’s brand sounds. If you’ve chosen a different sound, you’ll have to swipe down to find it.

Add a custom ringtone

  • Tap the plus sign in the upper-right corner.
  • You’ll see a list of all your available audio files on the Sound picker page. Select the one you want to use. A toggle above the list lets you play either the entire file or selected highlights.

Add a unique ringtone for a contact

To select a specific ringtone for one of your contacts:

  • Open the Phone app and choose Contacts from the bottom menu.
  • Select the contact you want to choose the ringtone for.
  • From the icons that appear, select the Information icon .
  • Tap the three dots labeled More and select Change ringtone/vibration > Ringtone .
  • You’ll be back on the Ringtones page; select the ringtone you want to assign to that contact.

Using a Google Pixel

  • Go to Settings > Sound & vibration > Phone ringtone .
  • Alternately, you can press your volume up or volume down key, tap the three dots under the volume indicator, tap the Settings button, and select Phone ringtone .
  • Once you’re in Phone ringtone , you can choose from a wide variety of sounds; your current ringtone will be on top. When you’ve chosen a ringtone, hit Save in the upper-right corner.

There are a number of apps available in the Play Store that will create and install ringtones for you. However, if you have an audio file of your own that you want to use, here’s how to make it available:

  • After creating or downloading the audio file, use Google’s Files app to locate it by going to Browse in the bottom menu, and then choose the Audio category. (If you use a different file app, of course you can use that instead.)
  • Find and tap the audio file.
  • Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right and select Set as ringtone.
  • Open the Phone app and choose Contacts from the bottom menu (or simply go straight to the Contacts app).
  • From the contact page, tap the three dots on the upper right, and select Set ringtone .
  • You’ll be on the Sounds page (which is, in essence, the same as the Phone ringtone page). Select the ringtone you want to assign to that contact.

Update December 28th, 2023, 2:15PM ET: This article was originally published on October 12th, 2023, and has been updated to account for changes in the OS.

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