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If your iPhone ringtone is hard to tell apart in public, or you’re just tired of what’s available, here’s how to personalize your mobile device with a custom ringtone.
Apple has a wide range of default ringtones included in the iPhone. With just a few clicks, anyone can change the default ringtone to one of many alternatives.
If what’s included in iOS isn’t working for you, there’s also a sea of ringtones available for purchase from the iTunes Store. With a multitude of sounds available, you can easily acquire a part of a favorite song to hear whenever your phone starts ringing.
However, not everyone wants to spend money on a ringtone. Also, not everyone wants to use the same snippet of a popular song if others are doing the same.
One option is to create your own ringtone. A unique signal that’s personal just to you and your devices.
Here’s how you can set your audio masterpiece as an alert sound on your iPhone.
Method 1: Wired synchronization
There are a few steps to create the ringtone, and the first is to create the ringtone itself.
You can do this in a number of ways, such as cutting a DRM-free MP3 or creating something entirely from scratch. On the Mac, your best bet for doing either is through GarageBand.
In GarageBand for macOS, create a new project. You’ll have to play around with the different settings and instruments to create a track to your liking, but make sure it’s reasonably brief, such as 30 seconds or less.
If you have a non-DRM MP3 file that you want to cut, you can import it into GarageBand and cut it down to the single piece of audio you need. Alternatively, you can put together some of Apple’s loops to create a suitable composition.
How to turn a GarageBand project into an iPhone ringtone by syncing through the Finder.
- When you’re done composing or editing, click To sharethen Export song to disk.
- Set the tone one Last name and set it save location if applicable. The desk would be ideal for one-off transfers.
- Make sure it is set to AACand click Export.
- Right click the ringtone file and Rename it, changing the suffix from .m4a to .m4r. Although functionally similar, the iPhone will recognize the latter as a ringtone file.
- Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a Lightning to USB cable.
- Open Searcher and select the iPhone.
- Drag the alarm file in the Finder window.
- Once it has been transferred, you can access the ringtone on the iPhone.
- On the iPhone, open Settings and select Sound & Haptics.
- Faucet Alarm and select your new custom ringtone. It will usually be pushed to the top of the list.
Method 2: Garageband directly
If GarageBand is installed on both your Mac and your iPhone, you can use iCloud Drive to work on the ringtone on the Mac, then transfer it to the iPhone for final export.
It also lets you know what the ringtone sounds like through iPhone speakers before you officially set it as a ringtone. Further adjustments can be made before the final export.
How to Transfer GarageBand Project from Mac to iPhone and Save as Ringtone.
- Create your alarm in GarageBand on Mac.
- When finished, click To sharethen Project to GarageBand for iOS
- Give the project a proper place Last name and to register in iCloud Drive by clicking Save.
- On the iPhone, open GarageBand.
- Press the drop down arrow top left, then my songs.
- Faucet Browse and find the saved project in iCloud Drive. Press and holdthen select To share.
- Under Share Song, select Alarm.
- Enter the Last name ringtone, then touch Export.
- Open Settings and select Sound & Haptics.
- Faucet Alarm and select your new custom ringtone.
Since this second method relies on using GarageBand on the iPhone for exporting, you can completely eliminate the use of the Mac and create the ringtone entirely on the mobile device.
Once you’re done making the creation, you need to go to the project browser, hold down the file to find the Share menu, and then go through the rest of the process to create the actual ringtone.