How to change your iPhone ringtone: a step-by-step guide

Tired of the same default ringtone on your iPhone? Whether you want to add a personal touch by setting your favourite song or maybe a custom tune as your ringtone… you're in luck! In this guide, we'll walk you through how to add ringtone in iPhone devices and how to change ringtone on iPhone devices so you can finally have the custom ringtone you've always wanted. Let's dive right in!

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How to change your iPhone ringtone to any song

Want to know how to change iPhone ringtone on your device to any song or tune you like? There are two main ways of changing your iPhone ringtone, via the iTunes Store and via the GarageBand app. Using the iTunes Store to change your ringtone does involve buying ringtones, whereas using the GarageBand app lets you use audio files from your Files app and downloaded songs from Apple Music to create your ringtone snippets.

Using iTunes Store

If you're looking for an easy way to use your favourite song as your iPhone ringtone, buying a ringtone on the iTunes Store is the best option. Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the iTunes Store app.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Tones.
  4. Find a ringtone you want to buy, then tap the price.
  5. Choose an option to set the ringtone automatically or tap Done to decide later (you may need to enter your Apple ID password to complete your purchase).
  6. Your new ringtone is set!

Using GarageBand

Want to know how to change iPhone ringtone to any song? To set a song as your ringtone it needs to be saved in your Files app or downloaded on the Apple Music app. Then you'll have to create a loop of that song in GarageBand and export it as a ringtone. Here's how to do it:

  1. Download the song you'd like and save it to Files app or download your song from the Apple Music app.
  2. Download GarageBand and open the app.
  3. Select Audio Recorder from the swipe-through menu.
  4. Tap the grey lines icon in the upper left-hand corner.
  5. Tap the blue metronome icon in the upper middle of the screen.
  6. Tap the grey loop icon in the upper right-hand corner.
  7. Find the song you want to use as your ringtone in Files or Music at the top of the screen.
  8. Drag and drop the song into the workspace.
  9. Tap the small grey plus arrow in the upper right-hand corner.
  10. Change the section length from eight to thirty (that is the length of a ringtone)
  11. Tap the song, select Trim and drag the audio around to get your desired 30-second section.
  12. Tap the grey arrow in the upper left-hand corner and select My Songs.
  13. Long hold on your song to rename the file
  14. Long hold your song again and select Share
  15. Select Ringtone.
  16. Tap Continue.
  17. Select Export.
  18. Tap the option you want the ringtone to be and select Done.
  19. Your customised ringtone snippet is ready!

How to change your iPhone ringtone to another preset ringtone

If you're not keen on using a custom song as your ringtone and prefer one of the preset options available on your iPhone, fear not! Apple provides a variety of built-in ringtones for you to choose from. Here's how you can change your iPhone ringtone to one of the preset options:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Tap on Ringtone under the Sounds and Vibration Pattern section.
  4. Browse the preset ringtones, find the one you want to use and tap on it to select it.
  5. Your new ringtone is now set!

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