Smartphone users have special liking for ringtones. Until they get their favourite ringtones, they don’t settle peacefully. Gone are the days when setting any songs as custom iPhone ringtone was a tough nut. Now, with the help of iTunes, iPhone users can set their favourite songs as ringtones on iPhones.

Moreover, users can also create ringtones without using iTunes; all they need is to download GarageBand on their device and follow a few easy steps.

If you have stored your choice of songs in iTunes library, it is quite easy to make a song as iPhone ringtones.

How to Make Any Song as Ringtone on iPhone using iTunes

Step #1: Launch iTunes on your Mac or computer and search the song you want to clip. It would be better to select take a 30-second clip; hence, you should select your song accordingly. Choose a song that has meaningful lyrics or tuneful prelude.

Step #2: Now right click on the song and choose ‘Get Info’ and then click on ‘Options’.


Here in Options screen, you can Start and Stop. You need to adjust the start and stop time for your ringtone. To make it perfect, you should listen to the song for several times to confirm when to start and stop.

Once the timing is fixed, click on OK button.

Step #3: Next, you are required to create an AAC version; for this, select a song → open file menu → tap Convert → tap Create AAC.

Since you have got original and AAC version, you can edit the original song back to its regular start and stop time. Simply uncheck boxes next to Start and Stop.

Remember that older songs formatted in a different way will cause errors.

According to iTunes Support, songs purchased earlier are encoded by a Protected AAC format, and therefore they cannot be converted. If you wish to convert such songs into another format, you should check the method given in this article. Or you can select a more recent song from 2010 or later.

Step #4: Right click on this new AAC song clip and choose Show in Finder. And from there, right click on the newly created song and choose Get Info.

Step #5: Here, you need to change the extension for .m4a to .m4r and save the changes. You can do this in Get Info menu under Name & Extension section.

After saving the changes, drag that file on to desktop.

Step #6: Sync your iPhone with your computer and fire up iTunes. Click on the three dots adjacent to your phone and then click on Tones from drop-down menu.

Step #7: You need to drag the tone from desktop to Tones section.

Step #8: Once there, you should click on iPhone icon and then Tones → Sync Tones → Selected Tones and finally choose your tone and sync your iOS device.

Step #9: Unlock your iPhone and open Settings → Sounds → Ringtones and then choose your new ringtone from the list. Most probably, the new ringtone will be displayed at the top.

If you wish to set more songs as your iPhone ringtone, just repeat the above method. Now ask your friends to give you calls so that you can listen to your favourite song as ringtone.

How to Set Any Song as iPhone Ringtone without iTunes

There is another way to set any songs as iPhone ringtone. In this method, you can bypass the iTunes; however, you need to download an app that can cost you $4.99. It is GarageBand that can turn your iOS devices into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full featured recording studio.

So download GarageBand on your iPhone and follow the steps given below.

Step #1: In the first step, you need to download or import your choice of songs to Music Library.

Step #2: Next, open GarageBand on your iPhone.

Step #3: Tap the View button on the app.

Step #4: Now tap Loop Browser button seen at the upper right corner.

Step #5: You will see two tabs: Apple Loops and Music; tap on Music and choose a song from Albums, Artists, Genres, Playlists, and Songs.

Step #6: Add your favourite song to GarageBand by dragging it to left or right.

Since default length of any song doesn’t allow you to enjoy ringtone, you need to edit the length only to listen to your ringtone for long time.

Step #7: Tap on ‘+’ icon to increase length of song.

You can now add more bars to increase the size or length of ringtone.

There are more edit options in GarageBand like trimming your song to the required length.

Don’t forget to listen to the song once you edit it; this will help you to jump to another song. Also note that the songs you have created will be saved as My Songs; later on, you can rename the song by tapping on title.

Step #8: Tap the drop-down arrow from top left corner.

Step #9: From the menu, select My Songs.

Step #10: Tap and hold the thumbnail of the song.

Step #11: Now tap the Share button.

A menu with two rows will flash on the phone’s screen.

Step #12: Select the Ringtone icon from the lower row.

Step #13: Here you need to give a name to your ringtone and then tap on Export button.

If the ringtone is exported successfully, you can see a dialog box on your phone screen: Use sound as…

Step #14: Tap on ‘Use sound as…’ and a fresh menu will swipe up with three options: Standard Ringtone, Standard Text Tone, and Assign to contact.

There is another option to select the newly created ringtone: Settings → Sounds → Ringtone and then select the ringtone you have created recently.

As you have purchased this GarageBand app, you can now create more ringtones and assign different ringtones to your favourite contacts.

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