How to set a ringtone in iPhone?

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iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. which uses Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. The first generation iPhone was announced by Steve Jobs, the former Apple CEO in 2007. Since then, Apple has annually released new iPhone models. They gain a huge popularity and have become a sign of “status”. Despite its various features, the question that every iPhone user suffers from in its early days is How to set a ringtone in iPhone. Yet still there’s no easy way to add your own custom ringtone, but it is possible if you follow some steps. 

You can set a ringtone in iphone either using iTunes or without using iTunes. As both the ways are safer to go, so you can choose any of them. iTunes is the application by iOS to play and download songs with Apple music. Before you ask, there is no third way to set a ringtone using some application. As Apple doesn’t allow apps to write ringtones. Without any further delay, let me help you out on how to set a ringtone in iphone.

How to set a ringtone in iphone

How to set a ringtone in iPhone using iTunes

The easiest way to add a custom ringtone is via iTunes.

  1. Go to the iPhone’s settings app and then click “Sound and Haptics”.
  2. Under Sounds, tap ringtones.
  3. Click on “Tone store”, then search for a song you like. Buy the tone by clicking the price.
  4. You can now set the purchased tone as ringtone, text tone or assign it to a contact.
  5. In case you want to activate a ringtone you bought some time ago, go to “Setting”>”Ringtones” and then click “Download all purchased songs”. If this option is not available, it means all your purchased songs are already downloaded.

Add AAC files to iPhone ringtone with iTunes

If you are unable to find your favourite tone on iTunes, you can AAC files. Note that your ringtone file should be of 40 seconds maximum.

  1. Change your mp3 version of tone to AAC file. AAC files have an extension of .m4r. 
  2. Open “Library” in youriTunes and drag and drop the files.
  3. Find the song under Library>Songs. Select the file and tap “file” in the top-left corner. Choose “convert” and then “create AAC version”.
  4. Delete the “MPEG audio files” to avoid the duplication of files.
  5. Now drag the file in the folder of your choice and rename it to have an extension of .m4r.
  6. Now you can repeat the steps mentioned above under “How to set a ringtone in iphone using iTunes”.

How to set a ringtone in iPhone without using iTunes

It is possible to set a ringtone on an iPhone without iTunes, you just need to download an application called Garageband from Apple Store. Download the song in your music library or Apple files.

  1. Launch the Garageband in your phone and import the song by selecting “Drums”.
  2.  Click “Smart Drums”>”View”>”Loop browser” and then select the files tab to select the song you want to set as ringtone.
  3. Click on the “+” icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Then through the dropdown arrow and select “My songs”.
  4. Tap and hold the thumbnail, then select “share” followed by the “ringtone” icon and then select “Export”.
  5. Set it as “standard ringtone” or change the ringtone through settings.

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