How to Make Song Ringtone on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Do you have a favorite song that you can’t get enough of? Wouldn’t it be great to have that song as your ringtone on your iPhone?

Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a song ringtone on your iPhone in just a few simple steps. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Choose the Song

First things first, you need to choose the song that you want to turn into a ringtone. It can be any song in your iTunes library or even a song purchased from the iTunes Store. Make sure the song is already downloaded onto your iPhone before proceeding.

Step 2: Open GarageBand

Open the GarageBand app on your iPhone. If you don’t have it already, you can download it for free from the App Store. Once opened, tap on the “+” button at the top right corner of the screen to create a new project.

Step 3: Select Ringtone Template

Select “Audio Recorder” as your project type and then tap on “Ringtone” under the Instruments section. This will set up GarageBand specifically for creating ringtones.

Step 4: Import Song

Tap on the Tracks View button (looks like three horizontal lines) at the top-left corner of the screen to open the Tracks View. Then tap on the loop icon (looks like a music note) at the top-right corner of the screen to open your iTunes library.

In your iTunes library, find and select the song that you want to turn into a ringtone. Note: The maximum duration for a ringtone is 30 seconds, so you may want to choose a specific section of the song.

Tap and hold on the song and drag it to the beginning of the Tracks View. Release your finger to import the song into GarageBand.

Step 5: Edit the Song

To trim the song, tap on it in the Tracks View to select it. Then, tap on the scissor icon at the bottom left corner of the screen. This will open up a new screen where you can edit your song.

Drag the yellow handles at either end of the song to select a 30-second section that you want as your ringtone. You can preview your selection by tapping on the play button.

Step 6: Set as Ringtone

Once you’re satisfied with your selection, tap on “My Songs” at the top-left corner of the screen to go back to your project. Then, tap on “Select” at the top-right corner of the screen to select your edited song.

Note: If you want to use this ringtone for a specific contact, go to your Contacts app and select that contact. Tap on “Edit” and then “Ringtone”. Your newly created ringtone should appear in the list.


You’ve successfully created a custom ringtone for your iPhone! Now, whenever someone calls or texts you, you’ll hear your favorite song playing as your ringtone. Enjoy!

In conclusion, making a song ringtone on your iPhone is easier than ever with GarageBand. By following these simple steps, you can turn any song in your iTunes library into a personalized ringtone. So why settle for the default ringtones when you can have your favorite song playing every time your phone rings?

Remember: Respect copyright laws and only use songs that you have the rights to or songs that are in the public domain.

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