How to make ringtones for an iPhone

Tired of the same old ringtones? Wish you could wake up to your favorite song or a funny sound effect? Fear not, iPhone users! You have the power to personalize your ringtone and notification sounds. Here’s a breakdown of two methods to craft custom ringtones for your iPhone:

Method 1: GarageBand – The All-in-One Choice

Apple’s GarageBand app, pre-installed on most iPhones, offers a versatile way to create custom ringtones. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Download and Launch GarageBand: If you haven’t already, download the free GarageBand app from the App Store.

  2. Choose Your Weapon (Audio Source): You have options!

    • Import from Music Library: Select “Audio Recorder” when creating a new project. Then, tap the loop button and play the part of the song you want as your ringtone.
    • Import from Files: If the audio is already saved on your iPhone (e.g., a funny sound effect), you can import it into your GarageBand project using the “Files” app.
  3. Edit Your Masterpiece: Once you have your audio imported, you can trim it to the desired ringtone length (typically less than 30 seconds) using the editing tools in GarageBand.

  4. Export Your Ringtone: Once your masterpiece is complete, tap the “Share” button and select “Ringtone.” Give your ringtone a name and it will be saved in your iPhone’s ringtone library.

  5. Set Your New Ringtone: Head over to Settings > Sounds & Haptics (or Sounds in older iOS versions). Under “Sounds and Vibration Patterns,” choose “Ringtone” and select your newly created custom ringtone.

Method 2: Simplicity Reigns – Using Shortcuts (iOS 16 and Later)

For a quicker method available on iPhones running iOS 16 and later, you can leverage the Shortcuts app:

  1. Download the “Convert to Audio” Shortcut (Optional): While not essential, a shortcut called “Convert to Audio” can streamline the process. You can find it through a web search or by sharing links with caution.

  2. Open the Video or Audio You Want: Locate the song or sound effect you want to use in the Photos app, Files app, or another app that allows you to play audio/video.

  3. Share and Convert (Optional): If you downloaded the “Convert to Audio” shortcut, tap the share button and select the shortcut. It will convert the audio/video to an audio file.

  4. Open in GarageBand: Once you have your audio file (converted or from another source), tap the share button again and select “GarageBand.”

  5. Follow Steps 3-5 from Method 1: From here, you can follow steps 3-5 from the GarageBand method to edit, export, and set your custom ringtone.

Bonus Tip: If you ever get tired of your custom ringtone, you can easily switch back to the default ringtones or any other ringtone available in your iPhone’s settings.

With these methods at your disposal, you can personalize your iPhone’s soundscape and wake up to the music (or sound effects) that truly energize you!