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2021 | 3 Methods to Put Ringtones on iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6

Sofia Albert
Sofia Albert

Updated on Dec 29, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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Today, the ringtone has become a great opportunity for mobile users to express their personality. And an attractive ringtone will make you stand out from the crowd. However, most Apple default ringtones sound like the computer-generated bleeps. So is there any useful methods that enable me to put a custom ringtone on iPhone? Luckily, we have a couple of methods in this article to help you do that. By the way, if you don't know where to download the audio for iPhone, we list some of the most popular websites where you can download free iPhone ringtones.

After downloading your favorite sounds, now you can follow our step-by-step guide to put them on your iPhone 6/6s/7/8/8 Plus/X and the latest iPhone XR/XS/XS Max.

Method 1. Transfer Ringtones to iPhone in iOS 13 from Computer [Free]
Method 2. Put Ringtones to iPhone via iTunes Store [without Computer]
Method 3. Add Custom Ringtones to iPhone Using iTunes
Bonus Tip: How to Set a Song as Custom Ringtone on iPhone

Method 1. Transfer Ringtones to iPhone in iOS 13 from Computer [Free]

If you don't want to spend some dollars to download a 15-second clip, EaseUS MobiMover - a free audio transfer tool can help do that for free. With this free tool, you can both import and export ringtones to and from your iPhone with a few minutes. You just need to copy and paste the link & URL of audio you'd like to set as a ringtone into MobiMover, and then download it to your device. Now, you can download this free and powerful tool to start to customize your iPhone ringtone.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and run EaseUS MobiMover.

Tap "Trust" on your phone and click "Allow" to enable EaseUS MobiMover to access your iPhone.

At the Content Management section, click "Audio" and select "Ringtones" to continue.

how to transfer ringtones from computer to iPhone - step 1

Step 2. Click "Ringtones", then select "Add Contents" to browse and add saved ringtones from PC to your iPhone.

how to transfer ringtones from computer to iPhone - step 2

Step 3. Select saved ringtones on your PC and click "Open" to start the transferring.

When the process finishes, go to Settings on your iPhone, then tap "Sounds & Haptics" > "Ringtone" to check ringtones on your iPhone.

how to transfer ringtones from computer to iPhone - step 3

Method 2. Put Ringtones to iPhone via iTunes Store 

iTunes Store is really convenient for iOS users to download/purchase ringtones. However, it will cost you a small fortune. If you don't want to pay for it, you can navigate to Method 1 to put audios to the iPhone via MobiMover for free. If you don't mind how much it costs, then you can use this method.

Put Ringtone on iPhone via iTunes Store

Step 1. Open the iTunes Store app from your Home Screen.

Step 2. Tap the Search button on the bottom of your screen.

Step 3. Type the name of ringtone you'd like to buy into the search bar. You can search for ringtones by title, artist, or genre. 

Step 4. Tap the ringtone you want to download.

Step 5. Tap the Buy button on the right of your screen.

Step 6. Enter your Touch ID, Face ID, or Apple ID password when prompted > Tap OK.

Step 7. Set the ringtone from Settings. Navigate to bonus tip to get more specific steps. 

If you want to view your active downloads in the iTunes Store on iPhone, you can Tap the More button in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen and then tap Downloads.

Method 3. Add Custom Ringtones to iPhone Using iTunes

Do you want to make a custom ringtone yourself? If so, using iTunes to create and add custom ringtones to your iPhone via iTunes is a good choice.

This method only works for music purchased from the iTunes Store. You can check if an item was purchased by right-clicking the top sort bar and checking the Kind option. Items will show as "Purchased" or "Protected" if they were purchased via iTunes. If the music you want to make as the ringtone is not in the iTunes Library, click "File" > "Add File to Library" to add the music you like to iTunes.

Step 1. Launch the latest version of iTunes on your desktop or laptop > Connect the iPhone to the computer.

Step 2. Click the device icon > Tap "Summary" > Check "Manually manage music and videos ."

Step 3. Click the "Back" button and go to "Songs" > "Library." 

Step 4. Right-click on the song and select "Get Info". In the Get Info window, select the "Options" tab and change the start and stop time to read the segment of the song you want to save as ringtone (less than 30 seconds).

Step 5. When you have entered the Start and Stop time, click OK.

Step 6. Go back to iTunes library, select the original song, then tap "File" > "Convert" > Select "Create AAC Version." Afterward, iTunes will take the segment you have selected from the song in Step 4 and use it to create the new file. 

Step 7. Right-click the shortened version and choose "Show in Windows Explorer" (or Show in Finder on Mac). 

Step 8. Copy and paste the song to your desktop and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r. Confirm your changes.

Step 9. Now go back to the iTunes Library and delete the newly created short song: right-click the song, choose "Delete from Library" > "Delete Song" > "Move to Recycle Bin."

Step 10. Select the "Tones" tab, drag and drop the ringtone from desktop to iTunes. Now the custom ringtone is added to your iPhone.

Add Ringtones to iPhone via iTunes

Bonus Tip: How to Set a Song as Custom Ringtone on iPhone

After adding ringtones you like on your iPhone, you may want to turn your favorite song or music track into a custom ringtone. Here's how to set your iPhone's ringtone.

  • Default: Open the Settings app > Scroll down and tap Sounds & Haptics > Tap Ringtone, and then tap your ringtone's name.
  • Specific contact: Open the Contacts app > Tap a contact's name > Tap "Edit" > Choose Ringtone > Tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen > Tap Done again to save your changes.


That's all about how to put ringtones on your iPhone. In sum, if you want to download and put sound on the iPhone for free, pick Method 1. If you have no computer at hand and want to save the audio as your ringtone, using Method 2 is the right choice. While if you are a creator who wants to make unique ringtones by yourself, Method 3 is yours. You can compare the advantages and disadvantages and choose the one you think is best. 

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