How To Set Any Sound File As a Ringtone On Your iPhone

You can turn any standard sound file into a ringtone right on your iPhone using the free GarageBand app from Apple. You can also use some music from your library, and download audio files and music online, even from YouTube, to use as ringtones.

Comments: 14 Responses to “How To Set Any Sound File As a Ringtone On Your iPhone”

    Bill Sinclair
    4 months ago

    Way too geeky.

    Russell Tolman
    4 months ago

    I would love to know if you can do this on an iMac?

    thanks.

    4 months ago

    Russell: For FaceTime on your Mac? I haven’t looked into it too closely, but it looks like you can’t without disabling System Integrity Protection — if that is the case, definitely not worth it. Just use one of the included ringtones.

    Russell Tolman
    3 months ago

    Oops; sorry I wasn’t clear with my question. How can I create ringtone on my iMac that I can then transfer to my iPhone; It would be for use on my iPhone.
    I hope that is clear?

    Can I create the ringtone on my iMac ?

    thanks.

    3 months ago

    Russell: Create any kinds of sound using any sound app you like. Then transfer that to the iPhone (via iCloud, AirDrop, etc). Then bring that in to GarageBand on your iPhone just like I show here in this video.

    Gene
    3 months ago

    Is there a way to assign a specific ringtone to multiple contacts in the Contacts list quickly? Or, do you have to go to each contact and assign them individually?

    3 months ago

    Gene: Individually.

    Lance
    3 months ago

    Gary,

    When I get to the step to drag the wav file into the ios garageband, it only brings in the first 9 seconds of the clip. It doesn’t allow me to stretch the clip to the right to get more of the clip. I’m using a 10XR iphone. Thoughts?

    3 months ago

    Lance: Sounds like something is wrong with the wav file.

    Lance
    3 months ago

    Gary, It turns out the section setting was set to Manual. As soon as I changed it to Automatic, it loaded the whole clip.

    Lance
    3 months ago

    Interestingly, on my iPhone XR, I could not find a way to time the clip to make sure it was under 30 seconds. So, I went to a time website and played the clip while looking at the time. Any other ideas in app?

    3 months ago

    Lance: Just look at the measures/beats at the top. 4/4 would be 4 beats per measure so at 120 tempo (beats per minute) that would be 30 measures per minute or 2 seconds per measure.

    Stan
    1 month ago

    Gary, when I save my MP3 file as a ringtone the file size goes from 481 KB to 5.5 MB. Looks like that happened on your video too. Is there any way to keep the ringtone from getting so big?

    1 month ago

    Stan: 5.5 MB isn’t big. You may be able too play with the compression used in some other audio app to bring it down, but unless you plan on having like 1,000 ringtones on your phone, it isn’t worth worrying about.

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