Anyone worked out an accessible way to add custom ringtones to iPhone?

iOS and iPadOS


so I've got a bunch of custom recordings I used to have set as my ringtones. Since my new phone I've done a fresh update and therefore lost the ringtones in the purge.

It used to be a case of dropping them onto your phone via iTunes, which it's not now because iTunes is dead. I've had a poke about on the internet and it seems you should be Abel to drag the M4R file into finder and onto ones phone, but this doesn't seem to work. I'm on Big Sur and iOS 14.

Has anyone got a work around? there is something about using garage band on iPhone to create a loop and then make a ringtone that way but that seems really fiddly... Not to mention the violins... Dad jokes.





Submitted by mendi on Thursday, November 19, 2020

I can't remember the exact process, but I'm thinking this can be done with the app MusicToRingtone. If memory serves, you can put your recordings in files, (which you can do from your computer), and then you can use MusicToRingtone to send them to garage band, which does the conversion for you. The process sounds worse than it is. I've done it a handfull of times. Alternatively, you might be able to open the file directly in garage band and let it convert it, but admittedly I'm not 100% sure how that works. My question would be how on earth you would delete the doggone ringtones, as those things add up after a while. I've yet to figue that piece out.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thanks so much for this. It was sending me nuts, was super easy... For those who want to know the steps:

1. Download Music To Ringtone
2. Open it and load up your DRM free track either from and iTunes inport or, as I did, by dropping it on my computers desktop and picking it up with files in iCloud on my phone.
3. Set length, trim etc.
4. Save as Garage band file.
5. Load that file in, you guessed it, Garage band.
6. Long press on the file in the 'My songs' menu and go to share.
7. Choose export as ringtone...

Follow it from there. Super easy, which is a relief after spending three hours this morning trying to work it out.

PS... To delete ringtones all you need to do is into IOS settings > Sounds and haptics > Ringtone > and then use a flick up or down to choose the delete action. Too easy.

Thanks so much for your help.

Submitted by gregg on Thursday, November 19, 2020

If you skip the video you can bring up the help in a readable webpage. Also, when garage band talks about file length, ignore it and create the ringtone.