how to make a ringtone on iphone

How to make a ringtone on iPhone

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You are in a public place and suddenly an iPhone starts ringing. Probably this is the moment when several people around you start fumbling through their pockets in search of their iPhone. The best way to make sure that the call is actually for you is to set a custom iPhone ringtone. Here you will learn how to make a ringtone on iPhone, and there are three good reasons to create custom iPhone ringtones:

1. It is free;
2. It takes only a few minutes;
3. It is fun!

In this article, we will show you three different ways to make free ringtones for iPhone. You can use websites, GarageBand app or iTunes to convert songs to ringtones. Select what applies best to you:

  1. How to make your own ringtone on iPhone using websites
  2. How to make a custom ringtone on iPhone
  3. How to make ringtones for iPhone using iTunes

Free ringtones

where to download?

The easiest way to get free ringtones for iPhone is to use one of the many websites to download existing ringtones. Most of them also offer the possibility to upload your favorite song to convert it into a ringtone.

⚡ Once you downloaded the ringtone to your PC, you can add it to your iPhone via our free iTunes alternative, CopyTrans Manager.

In the recent release, Apple got rid of the ringtones tab in iTunes. But even if you manage to add a ringtone to your iPhone, it’s impossible to remove it with iTunes. Luckily for you, CopyTrans Manager can delete a ringtone!

How to make your own ringtone on iPhone

using websites

Here is a small selection of websites to download and create free iPhone ringtones:


No matter which site you go for, the procedures to create custom ringtones are almost identical. In the following steps I used to download and create free custom ringtones for my iPhone.

The advantage of is that you can download existing ringtones for free and without having to create a user account. To download existing iPhone ringtones:

  1. Open
    open melafonia to make free ringtones for iphone
  2. Search for a song using the search bar on the top right of the page, or click on a popular ringtone like e.g. “Roar from Katy Perry” or “Lorde from Royals”.
  3. In the next window select “iPhone” to download the ringtone in *.m4r format. select iPhone to download the ringtone
  4. The ringtone will be saved to the Downloads folder on your PC and you can now use iTunes or our free iTunes Alternative, CopyTrans Manager, to add it to your iPhone.

Create free ringtones for iPhone using your favourite songs

If you didn’t find what you are looking for, you can use or any other website that we mentioned above, to create individual iPhone ringtones. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go back to the site and click on “Upload”.
    download your song to make a ringtone
  2. Select the song that you want to convert into a ringtone and click on “Open”.choose the song you want to make as a ringtone
  3. Wait until the website finishes uploading and processing the file. the site will upload your song
  4. Now you can easily select the part of the song that you want to convert into a ringtone. Most sites allow ringtones with a maximum length of 30 seconds. Once you are done, confirm your choice by clicking on “Create ringtone”. select a part you want to make into ringtone
  5. In the next window, you can enter the artist and track name. After that, click on a “Get ringtone” button.
    write a name of the song
  6. Now, select the right file format “*.m4r” to download your free, custom iPhone ringtone to your PC. click on iphone button and download a ringtone
  7. The ringtone will be saved to the Downloads folder, from where you can add it to your iPhone. a ringtone will be in a downloads folder

How to make ringtones for iPhone

from computer without iTunes

To quickly add a custom ringtone to your iPhone, you can use our free iTunes Alternative.

  1. Download CopyTrans Manager from:

    CopyTrans Manager Download

  2. Install and launch the program.
  3. Connect your iPhone to your PC and wait until its contents show up in CopyTrans Manager. main copytrans manager window with iphone songs listed
  4. Now, simply drag and drop the ringtone from the downloads folder into the open CopyTrans Manager window. add music to iphone without itunes
  5. Click on “Apply” and the ringtone will be saved to your iPhone. click on update button to put music on iphone

How to set a custom ringtone iPhone

Once you successfully added your custom ringtone to your iPhone you can set it like this:

On your iPhone, go to “Settings > Sounds > Ringtone” and select the ringtone. Usually you will find all custom ringtones on top of the ringtone list.set ringtone on iphone

That’s it!

How to back up iPhone ringtones to PC

You may wish to have a safe backup of your custom iPhone ringtones before updating the iOS version or before moving to another phone. Whatever the case, use CopyTrans to back up the ringtones as described in this tutorial.

Tutorial: How to back up iPhone ringtones to PC ringtones in copytrans

How to make a custom ringtone on iPhone

Another easy way to make a ringtone is to make it directly on your iPhone. To do that, you need just two things:

  1. GarageBand iOS app (you can download it from the AppStore for free);
  2. A song on your iPhone you want to use as a ringtone.

WARNING: you can’t transfer DRM-protected songs (all the songs from Apple music subscription).

Don’t be afraid of the number of steps and screenshots: in fact, this is a very simple process and will take about five minutes.

  1. Run the program on your iPhone.
  2. open the garagebande app

  3. Select a random instrument. In the example, we chose a “Smart piano”.
  4. select an instrument in garageband

  5. Now you just need to record something. Don’t worry, you will delete this sound later and replace it with your song. To record you need to do this: tap on the red circle – make some noise with keys – tap on the green triangle.
  6. record a sound in garageband

  7. Tap the “Edit” button.
  8. tap on the edit mode button

  9. After that, tap the Loops button and add the chosen track: just drag and drop this song into your project.
  10. tap on the loops button
    choose a song for a ringtone

  11. Now you can delete the piano noise you’ve made before. Double-click on it and choose “Delete”.
  12. delete piano sound

  13. Don’t forget that ringtones have a maximum duration of 30 seconds. You can crop a song by holding its edges.
  14. crop the song for a ringtone

  15. After that, click on a triangle in the upper-left corner and click on “My songs”.
  16. tap on the my songs

  17. Long-press on a song you’ve just made and click on “Share”.
  18. share your song to make a ringtone

  19. Click on “ringtone”.
  20. share your song to create a custom ringtone

  21. Change the name of the song if you want and click on “Export”.
  22. export your song to set a ringtone

If you want to set this song as a tone to your calls, texts or other alerts, go to iPhone Settings > Sounds > Ringtone. You will find the ringtone you’ve just created right at the top of the list.

how to set a custom ringtone

How to make ringtones for iPhone

using iTunes

The third way to easily create ringtones and to add them to your iPhone is using iTunes itself.

  1. Open iTunes and select the song that you wish to convert into a ringtone. Right-click on it and select “Song Info”. select a song for a ringtone
  2. In the new window, go to the tab named “Options” and set the Stop Time to 30 seconds or shorter. Click on OK.
    Click on OK to set the stop time

  3. With the song highlighted, click on File, then on Convert and select “Create AAC Version.” Create AAC Version of the song Your song will now get duplicated. Note: Don’t forget to go back to the original to remove the Stop Time.
  4. Select the newly created AAC Version of your song, right click and select “Show in Windows Explorer”. click on Show in Windows Explorer
  5. Now, manualy change the file extension from *.m4a to *.m4r. Ignore the warning about changing the file extension in clicking on “Yes”. change the format to .mpr
  6. Note: If you don’t see an extension of the file so you can’t change it, here is how to:

    • Type “Control Panel” in the Start Menu search bar and click the Control Panel.
    • Type “File Explorer” in the search box, click on “File Explorer Options”, then on the “View” tab and uncheck the box “Hide extensions for known file types.”
      how to see an extension of the file
  7. Plug in your iPhone into your computer and drag the newly created ringtone from the Windows Explorer window into the “Tones” section in iTunes. After that, it should be displayed under the ringtones section in your iPhone. drag and drop a song to iTunes
  8. To set it as an iPhone ringtone, go to “Settings > Sounds > Ringtone” and select the ringtone you want. You are all set!
  9. how to set a ringtone

That’s it! To make a ringtone is as easy as that. We wish you lots of fun with your new free iPhone ringtones!

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