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How to change your iPhone ringtone

The iPhone's default 'Reflection' ringtone hasn't changed in a few years, and it's high time for you to switch things up. 

We'll show you how to change your iPhone ringtone, either to one of the free Apple ringtones or to a paid ringtone from Apple Music.

Beyond that, if you're here to learn how to add custom ringtones to specific contacts, or how to create your own ringtones from your music files, we'll outline those steps as well.

Change your default ringtone, texts and alerts

Finding and changing the main ringtone options takes just a few seconds if you're willing to use the complementary sounds that Apple provides.

Open the Settings app and tap Sounds & Haptics (in the second section between Notifications and Do Not Disturb). In the Sounds and Vibration Patterns section, you'll see the option to change your Ringtone, text tone, AirDrop delivery noise, or Alerts for voicemail, new or sent mail, calendar events or reminders.

Tap on Ringtone (or any other option). You'll see a list of ringtones, including 'Classic' ringtones that stem all the way back from the older iPhones. You'll also see any purchased Tones from iTunes or Music. You'll also have the option to add custom vibrations for a specific Ringtone or Alert so you can feel the difference in your pocket.

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Add specific ringtones to friends and family

A great way to make sure you don't miss calls from important people in your life is to give them a distinctive – or louder – ringtone than the one you assign to telemarketers and randos.

Open your Phone app and tap the Contacts tab. Choose the person you want to assign a ringtone to, and then tap the 'Edit' button in the top-right of the screen. You'll see an option to add a new Ringtone or Text Tone to that person's number.

Tap Ringtone. You can choose any available Ringtone, choose another Vibration setting beyond the default, or activate Emergency Bypass to ensure their ringtone plays even in silent mode or when Do Not Disturb is active.

Find other free or paid ringtones

In the Sounds & Haptics menu, you'll see a link to the Tone Store. Tap that, or open the iTunes Store, tap the More ellipsis tab, and choose Tones. You'll see a variety of official ringtones or alerts from your favorite musicians, movies or shows. 

Purchase any of these, and they'll show up automatically in the list of available ringtones or sounds.

Beyond the first-party option, the App Store has plenty of third-party ringtone apps with free and paid music, plus some apps that let you create and install ringtones directly from the Music app to the Settings app.

If you'd rather stick with Mac apps and your own music, your best bet is to create a ringtone on your Mac (or PC) and export it from there to your iPhone. 

Add custom music or sounds for your iPhone ringtone

Bored of Apple's ringtones and unwilling to pay for new ones? You can create a tune in music software like Garageband, while the less musically inclined can create ringtones from your own music library in the Mac Music app.

Keep in mind that you must own a DRM-free copy of the file, which means no music from streaming services . And your custom ringtone must be 40 seconds or less, while a custom alert must be 30 seconds or less. Otherwise, our guide will make personalized ringtones easy. (Full credit to How to Geek for finding the method.)

In the Music app on Mac, play the song you wish to use and figure out at which time you want the ringtone to start. Then highlight it, hit ⌘I to open the info menu, and choose the Options tab. 

Put the Start time whenever you want the ringtone to start, then change the Stop time to be 30 seconds later – or less, if you don't want your ringtone to be that long. Hit OK, then play the song again to make sure it sounds right.

Once it's tweaked to your liking, highlight the song and choose File > Convert > Create AAC Version. A second, shorter version of the song will appear in your library.

Change the original song's options to play the whole thing, then right-click the shorter copy and choose Show in Finder. Drag the copy onto your desktop and relabel the extension from '.m4a' to '.m4r' to help Apple recognize it as a ringtone. 

Connect your iPhone to your Mac with your Lightning cable, open Finder, and find your iPhone in the left tab under 'Locations'. Make sure your computer and iPhone both 'trust' one another. 

Once your iPhone is synced and backed up, you can simply drag the .m4r file into the Finder window – a green plus symbol will appear to show it can be added. Once you drag-and-drop it, it'll almost immediately show up in Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone, at the top of the list.

If you end up no longer wanting to use this custom ringtone, simply swipe left to find the Delete button.

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4 Easy Ways to Change Your Ringtone on an iPhone

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

Things You Should Know

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

Step 1 Tap the Settings icon on the home screen.

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

Step 3 Tap the current ringtone.

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

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

  • The new ringtone will be set immediately.

Step 1 Know your options.

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

Step 3 View the ringtones available for download.

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

Step 1 Open iTunes on...

  • If using a Mac, open the Music app.

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

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

Step 3 View the song’s detailed information.

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

Step 9 Add the song back to the iTunes library.

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

Step 10 Sync your ringtone.

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

Step 11 Set the ringtone.

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

Step 5 Tap Done.

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How To Change Ringtones On iPhone – To A Sound OR A Song!

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How To Change Ringtones On iPhone – To A Sound OR A Song!

Hate the default iPhone ringtone? Here’s how to easily change it!

Wondering how to change ringtones on iPhone ? You aren’t alone! Changing a ringtone on your iPhone is one of the coolest ways you can customize your iPhone experience.

But default, all iPhones use the same ringtone. And while Apple’s default ringtone is pretty catchy, if you’re in a room with a large number of iPhone users and you hear that tone, it’s going to be very confusing as to whose phone is ringing.

That’s where the ability to change ringtones comes in handy. And there are two ways you can change a ringtone: changing a ringtone with another tone and changing ringtones only for select contacts.

Here’s how to do both! And remember, these instructions are for iOS 14 , but they should be identical (or nearly so) on older iOSes and also on the new iOS 15 .

How To Change The Default iPhone Ringtone

How To Change Ringtones On iPhone – To A Sound OR A Song!

The first way to change a ringtone is by changing the default tone you hear. This default tone is sound when ANYONE calls you – contacts or strangers. In other words, this way changes the ringtone system-wide.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Sounds & Haptics.
  • Tap Ringtone.
  • On the Ringtone screen, scroll down to the RINGTONES header.
  • Under the Ringtones header, scroll through the dozens of different ringtones. You can tap on each one to hear a preview of the sound effect repeated twice.
  • After testing various ringtones, you choose the one you like by tapping on it. The ringtone will play again, and a blue checkmark will appear in front of the ringtone’s name. This means that is your selected ringtone now.

And that’s it! Pretty easy right? This method changes the ringtones for ALL your calls.

How To Change The iPhone Ringtone For A Specific Contact

If you get tons of calls every day, you may want the ability to distinguish between who is calling based on nothing more than a ringtone. This way you don’t even need to look at the iPhone’s screen to tell who’s calling.

Thankfully, iOS makes setting custom ringtones on a per-contact basis easy. But remember, for this method, you’ll need to have the phone number of the contact already saved in your Contact app on iOS first.

Once you’ve done that, here’s how to set a ringtone for an individual contact:

  • Open the Contacts app.
  • Tap the contact you want to set a custom ringtone for.
  • Tap Edit on their contact screen.
  • Tap the Ringtone field (it should say “Default” for now).
  • On the Text Tone screen that appears, scroll down to the RINGTONES header.

And once again, that’s it! Now when that contact calls, you’ll hear a custom ringtone for them.

Customizing ringtones for individual contacts is actually quite fun and useful. The drawback, of course, is you have to do it manually for each contact you want to set a custom ringtone for. But most of us have a few dozen friends and family at most, so even then if you are setting custom ringtones for 20 people, it won’t take you that long to do all of them.

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

  • Start a new track and select any instrument

Open the Editor tab

Tap the loop icon.

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

Trim the song down to 30 seconds

Save it as a song.

  • Export the song as a Ringtone

Name your ringtone

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

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Start a new track and select the keyboard

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Tap the Files tab

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Drag the song into the GarageBand Editor

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Export the song as a ringtone

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Troubleshooting

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

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

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

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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.

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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 .

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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 change your iphone ringtone.

The problem with having a popular phone like an iPhone is that, by default, everyone has the same ringtone.

The problem with having a popular phone like an iPhone is that, by default, everyone has the same ringtone. If you want to give your iPhone a more personal sound, here’s how to do it.

Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics on your iPhone.

how to change ringtone on iphone song

On the Sounds & Haptics page, select the "Ringtone" option (there are also options here to change other tones, like text messages, new emails, and so on). On the Ringtone page, tap the different ringtones to hear them play.

how to change ringtone on iphone song

When you find one you like, tap the back button to save it.

how to change ringtone on iphone song

If you want something even more custom, you can buy additional tones in the iTunes Store or even create your own—my colleague Chris has written a great guide on how to do it so check it out if you want a full walk through of the process. Personally, I use LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It .

how to change ringtone on iphone song

You can also assign individual contacts their own ringtone . This is great if you want to screen someone’s calls or be alerted as soon as a family member calls. You can even use a silent ringtone if you ever want to silence calls, but not text messages or notifications .

Related: How to Give Your iPhone Contacts Special Ringtones and Vibration Alerts

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How to create a custom ringtone for your iPhone

Roman Loyola

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 .

set ringtone duration

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.

ringtone mac to iPhone

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 Set Any Song As Ringtone on Your iPhone

Ritik Singh

  • April 12, 2022

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

Update: iTunes is no longer available for macOS Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, and upwards. If you’re running any of these recent versions, follow our guide to copying custom ringtones to iPhone from Mac .

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

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

Step 1- Add Your Song to iTunes Library

How to Set Any Song As Ringtone on Your iPhone

1. Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

How to Set Any Song As Ringtone on Your iPhone

3. Click File on the top left and select ‘ Add File to Library .’

how to change ringtone on iphone song

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

Step 2- Trimming the Audio in iTunes.

how to change ringtone on iphone song

1. Right-click the song in your iTunes library.

2. Click on Song Info .

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

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

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

Step 3- Create AAC Version

You’ll now have to create an AAC version of the ringtone. The same can be done using the convert option in iTunes.

How to Set Any Song As Ringtone on Your iPhone

1. Click on the song to select it.

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

3. Tap “ Create AAC version .”

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

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

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

Step 4- Change Extension

Now you need to change the extension of your song from m4a to m4r. To do the same:

Set Custom Ringtone iPhone

1. Right-click the song on iTunes.

2. Click on ‘ Show in Windows Explorer .’

Set Custom Song Ringtone on iOS

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

4. Click Yes to confirm when prompted.

Can’t see or change file extensions on your Windows 10 or Windows 8 PC? Open File Explorer, click the ‘View’ tab at the top, and check the box for “File name extensions.”

Step 5- Import and Sync Ringtone to your iPhone

Once you’ve done all the steps above, connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable. If on Windows 10, you’ll have to tap “Trust this computer” and enter the passcode when prompted on your iPhone.

Now, follow the steps below in iTunes:

how to change ringtone on iphone song

1. Click the ‘Devices’ icon, as shown in the screenshot above.

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

how to change ringtone on iphone song

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

4. Please select the file, press Ctrl + C to copy and paste it by pressing Ctrl + V in iTunes in the Tones tab. You can also drag the file directly to iTunes.

Step 6- Select the Ringtone on Your iPhone

The ringtone has now been synced to your iPhone. To set the same as your preferred ringtone:

how to change ringtone on iphone song

1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

2. Navigate to Sounds & Haptics .

3. Scroll down and click on Ringtone .

4. Select the custom ringtone you just synced using iTunes.

Wrapping Up

The process is quite lengthy, but you’ll hopefully be able to set the song of your choice on your iPhone using the guide above. Just make sure that you follow each step properly, and it won’t take more than 5 minutes. If you have any related doubts or queries, do let me know in the comments below.

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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 change your ringtone on iPhone: Songs, custom tones, and more

Apple is still playing catch-up with Android in terms of customizing smartphones, but there’s still plenty you can do on an iPhone, including of course setting custom ringtones. Learn how to change your ringtone on an iPhone, including adding custom songs and sounds.

Read more:  The things iOS does better than Android

QUICK ANSWER

You can choose from preset ringtones by going to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone . If you want set special ones for individuals, like a partner or best friend, use Contacts > [contact name] > Edit > Ringtone . Adding custom ringtones requires extra steps involving iTunes or the macOS Music app.

JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

How to change your ringtone on an iPhone

  • How to add a custom sound and set it as your iPhone's ringtone

Sounds and Haptics in iOS 15 Settings

Over the years, Apple has built up a reasonably-sized library of stock ringtones. You won’t find any famous songs or sound effects, but there’s a mix of different loud and soft tones, which can be useful if you have trouble hearing incoming calls or you find the default tone jolting.

Here’s how to change your general ringtone to anything already loaded on your iPhone:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap on Sounds & Haptics , then Ringtone .
  • Pick a ringtone. Whenever you tap on one, you’ll hear a preview, so you might want to wear earbuds or headphones if it’s going to disturb other people.

A gym listing in iOS 15 Contacts

You can also set ringtones for individual phone numbers, for instance if you want to know that it’s your partner calling and not just a telemarketer. The steps are different, however:

  • Open the Contacts app and select the person you’re looking for.
  • Tap Edit , then Ringtone .
  • Pick a ringtone different from your general one.

How to add a custom sound and set it as your iPhone’s ringtone

Using the itunes store.

The More tab in the iTunes Store app

There are actually a few ways of adding custom sounds and music, but we’ll start with Apple’s preferred method — buying them from the iTunes Store.

  • On your iPhone, open the iTunes Store app.
  • Tap the More (…) icon.
  • Select Tones . Browse for a song or effect you’d like as a ringtone, then tap its price to buy it. Be sure you have a payment method linked to your Apple ID.
  • When the download is done, you’ll get three main options: Set as Default Ringtone , Set as Default Text Tone , or Assign to a Contact . You can also hit Done if you want to assign things later using normal ringtone selection.

Using iTunes for Windows or the macOS Music app

Importing ringtones into iTunes for Windows

If you want to import a song or sound effect you already have, there are few things you’ll need to do. First, you’ll need to trim it down to 30 seconds or less (using a copy of the file, not the original!) and convert it to the M4R file format. Most free audio editing tools can handle trimming, but for MP3 to M4R conversion, try a website like Convertio .

Once you’ve prepped your M4R file, all you have to do is sync it with your iPhone via iTunes (on Windows) or the Apple Music app (on macOS).

On Windows:

  • Open iTunes, then plug your iPhone into your PC’s USB port.
  • Click on the icon for your iPhone, which should be near the top menu bar.
  • Within the On My Device section in the sidebar, select Tones .
  • Drag and drop your M4R file into the Tones panel.
  • Click Sync (towards the bottom of iTunes) to make sure the file is copied.
  • Plug in your iPhone, then open the Music app.
  • Click on your iPhone when it appears in the sidebar menu.
  • Drag and drop your M4R file into Music.

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There have always been multiple options, but the most famous one is Marimba, which debuted alongside the original iPhone in 2007. It’s no longer in the main ringtone list, but you can still choose it by going to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone > Classic .

They should automatically appear above a gray line in Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone . If they don’t, tap Download All Purchased Tones in the same menu.

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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

  • Set custom ringtone on iPhone without iTunes

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.

Set a ringtone on iPhone without iTunes

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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What to Know

  • Go to Settings  >  Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone . Find the ringtone you want to use and tap it.
  • You can use a third-party app to create a custom ringtone, then set it as your default using the above method.
  • Change your phone's vibrations by going to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone >  Vibration . Choose a preset or custom vibration.

This article explains how to change the default ringtone on an iPhone. It's one of the easiest ways to customize your iPhone. Instructions article apply to iOS 12 and up, but the steps and functionality are similar for older versions of iOS.

How to Change the Default iPhone Ringtone

To change your iPhone's default ringtone, follow these steps:

Tap the Settings app > Sounds & Haptics (on some older devices, tap Sounds ).

In the Sounds and Vibration Patterns section, tap Ringtone .

On the Ringtone screen, tap a ringtone. Each ringtone you tap will play so you can hear what it sounds like.

The iPhone comes with dozens of ringtones pre-loaded. If you want to buy new ringtones, tap Tone Store (on some older models, tap Store in the upper-right corner, then tap Tones ).

If you've never downloaded and installed ringtones, learn how to buy ringtones on the iPhone .

Alert Tones are normally used for alarms and other notifications but can be used as ringtones.

When you find the ringtone you want to use as the default, tap it so that the checkmark appears next to it.

To go back to the previous screen, tap Sounds & Haptics  in the upper-left corner or ​ use the iPhone Home button to go to the home screen. Your ringtone choice is saved automatically.

Whenever you get a call, the ringtone you selected will play unless you assigned individual ringtones to callers. If you've set a specific ringtone for an individual, that ringtone plays instead. Just remember to listen for that sound, and not a ringing phone, so you don't miss any calls.

By default, the same ringtone plays no matter who calls you, but you can also learn how to set unique ringtones for each contact on your iPhone .

How to Create Custom iPhone Ringtones

Want to use a favorite song as a ringtone instead of one of the iPhone's built-in sounds? You can! You just need a little bit of software to create your own ringtone. Find the song you want to use and get an app to create the ringtone. After you install the app, create the ringtone and add it to your iPhone.

How to Change Vibrations on iPhone

You can also change the vibration pattern the iPhone uses when you get a call. This variation can be helpful when you turn off the iPhone ringer but still want to know you're getting a call. It's also useful for people with hearing impairments. Vibrations are created by the iPhone's support for haptics .

To change the default vibration pattern:

Tap Settings .

Tap Sounds & Haptics (or Sounds ).

Move either the Vibrate on Ring or Vibrate on Silent (or both) to on/green.

Tap Vibration .

Tap the pre-loaded options to test them or tap Create New Vibration to make your own.

To select a vibration pattern, tap it so that a checkmark appears next to it. Your choice is automatically saved.

Just like ringtones, different vibration patterns can be set for individual contacts. Follow the same steps as setting ringtones and look for the Vibration option.

Problems with ringtones can lead to an iPhone not ringing when calls come in, but there are a number of other issues that can also cause that problem. Learn how to fix the iPhone not ringing problem .

The preferred audio format for iPhones is AAC . Typically, AAC files use the .M4A file extension.

First, transfer your Android ringtones to the appropriate format and upload them to your computer. Connect your iPhone, go to iTunes, then move the ringtones to the Tones section.

To set a song as an iPhone alarm , go to the Clock app and tap Alarm > Add ( + ). Enter a time, then tap Sound and choose a song. You can only use songs that are saved in the Music app on your iPhone.

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How to change the alarm sound on your iPhone

  • You can easily change the alarm sound on your iPhone to a custom ringtone, a song from your Apple Music library, or a preinstalled tone.
  • You can also customize the vibration pattern for your alarms, matching it to the sound or creating a custom pattern.
  • You have the option to browse and purchase pre-made tones from the Tone Store directly on your iPhone to use as alarm sounds.

Setting a different sound for your daily wake-up alarm on your iPhone is a great way to change up the sound that wakes you up daily, especially if you're prone to sleeping through it. Not to mention, you can use different sounds for different alarms as a way to keep you on track while at work, remind yourself to take something out of the oven, or whatever the case may be.

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The point is - you're not stuck with the default alarm sound on your iPhone , and it only takes a few seconds to switch it out to a different sound. Below, I'll walk you through the steps you'll need to take to change your iPhone's alarm to a custom ringtone, a song from your Apple Music library, or even one of the ringtones that are preinstalled on the iPhone.

How to change your iPhone's alarm sound

Changing your alarm sound is really easy and doesn't require any tech-savvy on your part.

  • Open the Clock app on your iPhone
  • Tap the Alarm tab at the bottom of the display
  • Tap Edit at the top left of the display
  • Select the alarm you want to edit
  • Tap on Sound

How to change your iPhone alarm's vibration

The next screen will show you several different options for the sound you can use for an alarm, including the ability to customize how your phone vibrates when a given alarm is going off, if it does at all.

To change the vibration pattern:

  • Select Haptics from the top.
  • As you select each option, your iPhone will preview the pattern.
  • After you've found a haptic you like, tap Back in the corner of the screen.

How to set a purchased tone as your iPhone alarm

On the Sound settings page, you'll also find a section labeled Store that you can use to browse and purchase pre-made tones, which can be used as alarm sounds or ringtones, directly from Apple.

  • If you've previously purchased a tone, but it's not showing up in this section, you'll see a button that lets you download all of your previously purchased tones.
  • Once a tone is downloaded to your phone, select it to set it as your alarm sound.

How to set a song as your iPhone alarm sound

Below the Store section is a section labeled Songs .

This section is where you'll go to a set from your Apple Music library as your alarm sound. I'm not entirely sure why my iPhone prefilled this section with the classic songs Friday and Never Grow Up , but here we are.

  • You can select any of the prefilled options, or if they aren't anything you can see yourself waking up to, tap on the Pick a song button.
  • You can search your account for the song you want to use.
  • Once you find it, tap on the "+" sign next to the song's title to add it to the Clock app as an option for your alarm.
  • Select the son g you want to use from the list of options, it will play a preview of what you'll hear, and when you're all done, tap on the Back button at the top of the screen.
  • Finally, make sure to tap the Save button on the screen that shows you all of a specific alarm's options.

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How to use a different ringtone as your iphone alarm.

The final section of sound options in the settings page for an individual alarm is a list of all the preinstalled and custom ringtones you have on your phone.

  • Tap on one to preview it.
  • When you've found the right one, tap on the Back button at the top of the screen.
  • Of course, make sure to tap the Save button on the screen that shows you all of a specific alarm's options.

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Hey everyone, I decided to get a ringtone for my iPhone, and I went to the iTunes Store and purchased it. However I am not sure how to actually set it as my ringtone. It doesn't show in my Tones area of iTunes. Did I do it wrong or something?

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To make and/or use a song as a ringtone, you must first make that song suitable for a ringtone.

See this Apple article:  Create and manage ringtones -> Create and manage ringtones - Apple Community

If you bought a ringtone, see -> Use tones and ringtones with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

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Use tones and ringtones with your iPhone or iPad

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

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 top right-hand corner of the person's contact card, tap Edit.

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Buy ringtones from the iTunes Store

  • Open the iTunes Store app.

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  • Tap Tones. 
  • Find a ringtone you want to buy, then tap the price.

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  • You may need to enter your Apple ID password to complete your purchase.

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

Ringtones on iTunes aren't full songs; they're just snippets.

Re-download ringtones purchased with your Apple ID

  • Under Sounds and Haptic Patterns, tap any sound.

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You may not be able to re-download some previously purchased tones.

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