If you are not willing to use one of the default tones on your iPhone as your call ringtone, you will need to make custom ringtones yourself. However, when it comes to creating custom iPhone ringtones, Apple doesn't make it easy unless you pay for it.
As we all know, if you want to customize ringtone on your iPhone, Apple provides three solutions for you:
Among these three options, purchasing ringtones from the iTunes store is the easiest solution but you have to spend money. While using iTunes or Garageband involves complicated steps. Given that, here I'd like to show you how to customize ringtone on iPhone easily with a user-friendly iPhone ringtone maker. Besides, the three solutions from Apple will also be detailed.
Do you want to make a custom ringtone using a song from your computer or from a website? If you do, you can't miss a third-party iPhone ringtone maker like EaseUS Ringtone Editor. It helps to make ringtones using audio files and YouTube videos. Even if you want to make a song from your iPhone a ringtone, you can transfer music from iPhone to a computer first and then use a ringtone maker to create your own ringtone.
After you make a custom ringtone, you can listen to check it, add special effects, and then export it to your computer or iPhone directly.
To get a custom ringtone for iPhone:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the PC via a lighting cable and trust this PC. Launch EaseUS Ringtone Editor on your PC.
Step 2. Add a song on your PC to the software, or search a song on SoundCloud in the "Search" Section.
Step 3. After the song is loaded, adjust the timeline box to get a clip from the song. Then click "Clip" to complete the cut.
Step 4. If you want to make your ringtone unique, add recordings, sound effects, or emoji sound to the ringtone. Then click "Export" and "Push to iPhone" to load the ringtone on your iPhone.
If you want to turn a YouTube video into a ringtone, you can learn how to convert YouTube to ringtone here.
Another way to make a song from a PC or iTunes as a ringtone is to use iTunes. Since there are quite a few steps to get things done, you should follow the steps below strictly so that you can add custom ringtones to your iPhone successfully.
Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your PC.
Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer and make sure iTunes is running.
Step 3. Click the device icon, go to the "Summary" option, and check "Manually manage music and videos."
Step 4. Click the "Back" button and go to "Songs" > "Library".
Step 5. Click "File" > "Add File to Library" to add the song you like to iTunes.
Step 6. Right-click the target song and choose "Song Info." In the new window, tap the "Options" tab.
Step 7. Check the "Start" and "Stop" options and set the starting/stopping point of the ringtone (less than 30 seconds).
Step 8. Go back to iTunes library, select the original song, then tap "File" > "Convert" > "Create AAC Version." Afterward, you will see the reduced version of the song.
Step 9. Right-click the shortened version and choose "Show in Windows Explorer."
Step 10. Copy and paste the song to your desktop and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r. Confirm your changes.
Step 11. Now go back to the iTunes Library and delete the shortened version of the song: right-click the song, choose "Delete from Library" > "Delete Song" > "Move to Recycle Bin".
Step 12. Tap the "Tones" tab, drag and drop the ringtone from desktop to iTunes. Now the custom ringtone is added to your iPhone.
If you don't want to use a computer to make a custom ringtone, you can purchase ringtones you like from the iTunes Store directly and then it will be available in the list of your iPhone ringtones.
To get ringtones on iPhone:
Step 1. Go to the iTunes Store and tap "More" > "Tones" > "All Tones."
Step 2. Find or search for the tone you like.
Step 3. Tap to preview the ringtone.
Step 4. Tap its price and choose "Set as Default Ringtone."
Step 5. Pay for the ringtone.
In addition to getting ringtones from the iTunes Store, you can also make custom ringtones on your iOS device using a mobile app recommended by Apple - Garageband. For the details on how to customize ringtones on iPhone using this app, you can refer to Apple's guide on how to create a ringtone using Garageband.
Customizing the ringtone on iPhone could be achieved using one of the ways above. The most straightforward way to change your iPhone ringtone is to buy ringtones from the iTunes Store. While if you want to make your own ringtone, using a third-party iPhone ringtone maker is the quickest solution.