We are probably all accustomed to the default ringtone that comes with the iPhone. However, you can change the ringtone on your iPhone, which makes it possible to give your phone a bit more individuality.
This is something that not everyone may be aware of. Music is not the only default sound to be used as a ringtone. As long as the sound is stored as an audio file on your laptop or iPhone, you may utilize any sound at all.
A recording of your child, a ringtone you enjoy, like the recognizable one from the TV show 24, or something completely different may be that noise. It’s crucial to understand that music from streaming services like Apple Music cannot be used since they are protected.
How To Change Your Ringtone On IPhone
You can control the ringtones used for a variety of different situations easily on iPhone using the steps below.
- Open the Settings app
- Tap on Sounds & Haptics
- Under the Sounds and Haptics Patterns section, tap on Ringtone
- Select your ringtone from the list – tapping on each will let you hear what it sounds like, and will set it as active.
This will leave you with a new tone for when someone calls you, but you can also back out and change what happens when you get a text, a voicemail, a calendar alert or a reminder alert.
How To Set A Ringtone For A Contact On Iphone
If you’d like to give a specific contact a different ringtone, so that you know when they’re calling even if you can’t see your phone, this is easily accomplished, too.
- Open the Phone app and tap on Contacts at the bottom of the display
- Tap on your chosen contact’s name in the list
- At the top right of the screen, tap on edit
- Tap on the ringtone section
- Choose a new ringtone from the list (and optionally change the vibration pattern)
- Tap on done at the top-right of the screen, then save.
How Make And Install Ringtones From Songs On Your Mac
If your music library is on your Mac, you can create ringtones using Apple Music. However, you must have the physical song file—streamed songs cannot be made into ringtones. Also, the files must not be copy-protected.
How To Make A Ringtone From A Song In Apple Music
- Launch the Music app.
- Go to your music library and find the song you want to make into a ringtone
- Play the song and keep an eye on the elapsed time at the top of the app. Note the time stamp where you want the ringtone to start, then note where you want it to end. (Note: Ringtones cannot be longer than 30 seconds.)
- Right-click on the song and in the pop-up menu, select Get Info.
- A window with the details of the song file will appear. Click Options.
- In Options, there are timecodes for Start and Stop. Check the Startcheckbox and enter the starting time from step 2. Then check the Stopbox and enter the end time. Click OK.
- Select the file, and then click on the File menu and select Convert> Create AAC version. (If the only option you see is Create MP3 version, select it.)
- A new copy of your song file will appear under the original. Right-click on it and select Show in Finder.
- A Finder window with the song file should appear on your desktop. Look at the file’s extension (the extension appears after the file name after a “.”). If you don’t see the extension, right-click on the file, select Get Info, and then look for the Name & Extension section. Then do one of the following:
- If the extension is .m4achange it to .m4r.
- If the extension is .mp3, the file needs to be converted to .m4a. Open the file in QuickTime Player, which is in your Applications folder. Then in QuickTime Player, click on the Filemenu and select Export As > Audio Only. Name the file, choose a place to save it, then click Save. Then change the extension of the newly exported file to .m4r.
- Now your ringtone file is ready for your iPhone. Below are the steps to install it.
How To Load The Ringtone From The Mac To Your Iphone
- Connect your iPhone to your Mac via USB.
- Open a Finder window (press Command-N).
- In the sidebar under Locations, you should find your iPhone. Select it.
- Find your ringtone file (the one with the .m4r extension), and drag it over to the Finder window that has your iPhone selected.
- A green “+” icon should appear on your cursor and the file that you are dragging. That means you will be adding it to your iPhone. Drop the file to install it.