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iPhone Ringtones: Here's How to Make Them Yourself

With an individual iPhone ringtone, the next incoming call will be a pleasure. However, using your own ringtones is a bit more difficult with Apple than with an Android smartphone. But don't worry: there are ways and means for iOS devices too. For example, you can buy ringtones ready-made from the iTunes Store or - if you like to be creative - create them yourself. We'll tell you how to do it and what methods are available for this.

How do I change the ringtone on iPhone?

You don't like your current iPhone ringtone anymore and you want to replace it with a new one? It's very easy and works equally well for purchased and self-created sounds. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open your iPhone's settings.
  2. Tap the menu item "Sounds & Haptics".
  3. Now select the item "Ringtone". All standard ringtones from Apple as well as your purchased or created ringtones are displayed here.
  4. Choose your favorite and click it to set it as your new ringtone.

iTunes for individual iPhone ringtones

You can buy iPhone ringtones from iTunes or, alternatively, create your own from any song. In the following, we will explain to you which steps are necessary to acquire the ringtones or to create them yourself from an existing song.

  • Create iPhone ringtone
  • Buy iPhone ringtone
  1. Open iTunes on your PC or Mac and choose iTunes> Preferences from the menu bar.
  2. Under “General”> “Import Settings”> “Import With” select the “AAC Encoder” and choose “Settings”> “Higher Quality”. Confirm your entry with OK.
  3. Now you can select your desired song from iTunes. Warning: This does not work with offline songs from your "Apple Music" subscription.
  4. Right click on the relevant song and select "Information".
  5. In the "Options" tab, set the time you want for your ringtone. Note, however, that the sound can be a maximum of 40 seconds long.
  6. Right-click the song again and select "Create AAC Version". You should now have two songs in your library - the original version and the new one with the correct length of time.
  7. Right-click on the new version and view the sound in the Finder or Explorer.
  8. In order for iTunes to recognize the file as a ringtone, you now have to change the file format. Rename the file so that the ending “m4a” becomes “m4r”.
  9. Open iTunes again and delete the AAC version of the ringtone created in step 6 ..
  10. Add the created m4r file under “File”> “Add to media library”. Mark this and confirm the selection with "Open".
  11. Now you can sync the new ringtone with your iPhone.

If you don't feel like creating your own ringtones, you can alternatively buy these ready-made for about one euro in the iTunes Store. This is how you proceed to secure a ringtone:

  1. Go to your iPhone's settings.
  2. Select the menu item "Sounds & Haptics" to open the sound settings.
  3. Tap "Ringtones" to see the list of available sounds.
  4. Click the Tone Store above to open the iTunes Store under the Ringtones category. If you are not currently logged in, you must first enter your Apple ID or create a new user account. A valid payment method or gift card is important to be able to buy the ringtones.
  5. Pick a suitable ringtone. You can search for specific titles or check out the top charts.
  6. Tap the price to buy the sound you want. You may have to confirm this by entering your password.
  7. After purchase, the ringtone will be added to your library so that you can select it under "Sounds & Haptics"> "Load all purchased sounds".

Create iPhone ringtone with GarageBand

As an alternative to iTunes, you can use the GarageBand application to create your ringtones - right on the iPhone. This saves you the detour via your PC or Mac and can use the new ringtone immediately. You can also create and record your own songs using an extensive sound library.

  1. Open GarageBand and click the "+" at the top to create a new song. Choose any instrument - it won't be used afterwards anyway.
  2. Switch to the track view in the top left.
  3. Import the song you want by tapping the loop icon in the top right corner. Now select the "Music" tab and choose the appropriate song from your music library. Just press and hold the song to add it to the audio track in GarageBand.
  4. Now you can edit the song further, if you want: cut it to size, add effects or mix your own beat. Alternatively, you can just select the part of the song that you want to use as your ringtone later.
  5. The ringtone can now be exported. To do this, tap on the arrow symbol in the top left and then on "My Songs" - the sound will be saved automatically.
  6. Press and hold the new song, then choose Share> Ringtone. Now you can name the sound whatever you want and then tap on "Export".
  7. GarageBand will ask what the ringtone should be used for - you can simply skip this query. Now the ringtone is displayed in your default ringtones and can be selected in the settings.

The best ringtone apps for your iPhone

Ringtones can be created not only through iTunes or GarageBand, but also through various other apps. Basically, creating iPhone ringtones works similarly for all applications. To do this, simply follow the instructions within the respective application. We have compiled the best ringtone apps for your iPhone for you here:

  • Ringtone Maker
  • Ringtones for iPhone!
  • Ringtones & Live Background

The free ringtone maker app is available for all iPhones with iOS 5.0 and higher. You can use it to select any song from your music library and save excerpts of up to 30 seconds. After syncing with iTunes, you can use the tracks on your iPhone as a wake-up, alarm, timer or ringtone. If you purchase the Pro version via in-app purchase, you can even create tones up to 40 seconds long. In this version you can also adjust the pitch, the tempo and the fading in and out of the songs.

With the application ringtones for iPhone! you can also import songs and customize them to your liking. The new ringtone is then exported and can be used after synchronization with iTunes. In addition, you will also find ready-made ringtones in this app that you can use.

The Ringtones & Live Wallpaper app is particularly popular when it comes to ringtones for the iPhone. Easily create ringtones yourself or search for existing sounds in different categories. But that's not all, because the application also includes cool wallpapers and live backgrounds that you can download.