How to Add Custom Ringtones to iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you tired of the same old default ringtones on your iPhone? Do you want to add a personal touch to your device by setting a custom ringtone?

Well, look no further! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of adding custom ringtones to your iPhone, step by step.

Step 1: Choose Your Ringtone

First and foremost, you need to decide which song or sound clip you want to use as your custom ringtone. It could be a catchy tune from your favorite artist or a special audio snippet that holds sentimental value. Keep in mind that the length of the ringtone should not exceed 30 seconds for it to work properly on an iPhone.

Step 2: Convert the Audio File

Next, you need to convert the chosen audio file into a format compatible with iPhone ringtones. The supported formats are M4R, MP3, and AAC.

There are numerous online audio converters available that can help you with this conversion process. Simply upload your audio file and select the desired output format.


If your chosen audio file is already in one of these formats, there is no need for conversion. You can skip this step and move on to Step 3 directly.

Step 3: Connect Your iPhone

Now, connect your iPhone to your computer using a lightning cable. Make sure iTunes is installed on your computer as it is necessary for transferring custom ringtones to your device.

Step 4: Open iTunes

Once your iPhone is connected, launch iTunes on your computer. If it doesn’t open automatically, you can open it manually.

Step 5: Add the Ringtone to iTunes

In iTunes, click on the “File” menu at the top left corner of the window and select “Add File to Library” or “Add Folder to Library” if your ringtone is located in a folder. Locate the converted ringtone file on your computer and click “Open” to add it to your iTunes library.


Ensure that your ringtone file has the correct extension (.m4r for iPhone ringtones) before adding it to iTunes. If not, simply rename the file and change its extension manually.

Step 6: Sync Your iPhone

Next, select your iPhone icon from the top left corner of the iTunes window. This will take you to your iPhone’s summary page.

In the left sidebar of the summary page, click on “Tones” under “On My Device”. Check the box next to “Sync Tones” and choose either “All tones” or “Selected tones”. If you choose “Selected tones”, make sure to check the box next to your custom ringtone.

Finally, click on the “Apply” or “Sync” button at the bottom right corner of iTunes. This will sync your custom ringtone to your iPhone.

Step 7: Set Your Custom Ringtone

Last but not least, head over to your iPhone’s Settings app. Scroll down and tap on “Sounds & Haptics”.

Underneath “Sounds and Vibration Patterns”, tap on “Ringtone”. You should now see your custom ringtone listed under the “Custom” section. Tap on it to set it as your default ringtone.

Congratulations! You have successfully added a custom ringtone to your iPhone. Enjoy the personalized touch every time your phone rings!

Remember, you can repeat these steps to add multiple custom ringtones to your iPhone. So go ahead and explore different songs and audio clips to create a unique ringtone collection that suits your style.

Disclaimer: Please ensure that you have the necessary rights or permissions to use any copyrighted material as a custom ringtone.

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