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Looking for a free and easy way to transfer custom ringtones to iPhone without iTunes? Can’t delete a ringtone from your device? CopyTrans Manager – the free iTunes alternative, helps you add and delete ringtones to any iPhone including the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Should you need to create ringtones, be sure to check out the official CopyTrans blog and the article we dedicated to making free custom ringtones: Three ways to make free custom ringtones for your iPhone.

Ringtones are handled like any other music or video files by CopyTrans Manager. Simply drag and drop your ringtone from the Windows file explorer into the CopyTrans Manager window. Here’s how it works.

How to import ringtones to iPhone

  1. Download CopyTrans Manager Download CopyTrans Manager

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing the program, please refer to this article

  3. Run CopyTrans Manager and connect the iPhone. Your iPhone tracks and playlists appear in the program’s main window main copytrans manager window with iphone songs listed

  4. Open the folder on your PC containing the ringtone track files. Note that in order for the iPhone to recognize the tracks as ringtones, they need to be saved in .m4r format windows explorer window with ringtones

  5. Drag and drop the ringtones from the Explorer window to the open CopyTrans Manager window drag and drop ringtones from windows explorer window to copytrans manager window

  6. Click “Update” in order to apply the changes update button in copytrans manager

That’s it; the ringtones can be found under iPhone Settings > Sounds > Ringtone. You can now set any of the newly-imported ringtones as the default one on your iPhone. custom ringtones on iphone

More advantages

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. Lucky for you, CopyTrans Manager can delete a ringtone. Just press the delete button in the upper right corner: delete music from ipod

How to back up iPhone ringtones

You may wish to have a safe back up of your custom iPhone ringtones before updating the iOS version or before moving to another phone. Whatever the case, this quick tutorial shows how to back up iPhone ringtones to PC without the need for iTunes.

  1. Download CopyTrans on the PC from the page below Download CopyTrans

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans, please refer to this article.

  3. Start CopyTrans and connect the iPhone to the computer. Switch to the Classic mode at the bottom-left corner. Classic mode button CopyTrans

    The Classic mode lists all iPhone songs, videos and playlists. main copytrans window

  4. Choose “Manual backup” on top, then select the “Ringtones” category. CopyTrans now lists all custom ringtones on the iPhone. ringtone tracks shown in copytrans window

  5. Select the ringtones you wish to back up by checking the boxes next to each entry. To select all ringtones at once, click the check box on top of the list select ringtone tracks

  6. Click the Backup to “Folder” button backup to folder button in copytrans

  7. From the popup, select the folder where to back up the ringtones and click “Start backup” prepare for backup popup

  8. Let the backup complete. backup in progress

  9. Click “Finish”. backup complete

The iPhone ringtones are saved to the PC folder of your choice in individual .m4r files. Enjoy! ringtone files in m4r format on windows pc

More help on adding media files with CopyTrans Manager is available here: How do I add music and videos to my iPod or iPhone.

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