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Set a Song as Your iPhone Ringtone Without iTunes or PC

How You Can Set a Song as Your iPhone Ringtone Without the Help of iTunes or PC?

Most mobile devices have the option to turn any sound or song into your device ringtone. Some offer a speedy and easy way to do that, while with other mobiles, you need to break a sweat. We would say iPhone belongs in the second category. Even though it's not that hard, it could take some time.

Set a Song as Your iPhone Ringtone Without iTunes or PC

With the GarageBand app, you can create custom ringtones of any song, sound, or recorded track. Maybe you heard a song that would perfectly fit as a ringtone for a certain someone. Or perhaps you want to hear your child laugh every time someone calls you.

Keep on reading to find out how you can create a custom ringtone of a song or use a voice memo.

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How to Create a Custom iPhone Ringtone

First, you need to download the song you want to make a ringtone out of. You can download it either from Youtube or place. The important this is it needs to be in your Files app or music library.

Also, make sure you have the Garageband app. If you don't, go to the App Store and download it. If you're not able to download it, make sure your device has the latest update.

To create a custom ringtone, follow the steps below:

1. Download and open the "GarageBand" app.

Download and open GarageBand app

2. Select the "Tracks" tab and pick any instrument you like.

Select the Tracks tab and choose an instrument

3. Create a track with the instrument and then, at the top left corner of your iPhone screen, tap on the "Project" icon.

Tap on the Project icon

4. In the top right corner of your screen, select the "Loop" icon.

Tap on the Loop icon

5. Select the "Files" tab and tap on "Browse items from the Files app".

Import downloaded song to GarageBand

6. When a window of your downloaded tracks appears, locate and select the one you want to be your ringtone.
7. When the track is imported into the GarageBand app, tap and hold it, then drag it below the chosen instrument.

Drag the imported song under instrument track

Then, tap on the instrument track and select "Delete" as we don't need it.

Delete the instrument track

8. Then, tap and hold your imported song and drag the cursor to the beginning of the track to select the starting point.
9. Tap and hold on the track to see additional tools.
10. Then, tap on "Split" to cut the song. You'll see the scissor icon.

Note: You need to shorten your song up to 30 seconds, or the GarageBand app will shorten it for you upon exporting.

Tap on the plus button at the end of the bar and set bars to 11 so you have 29 seconds.

Tap on the plus button

11. Drag the scissor icon to where you want to cut the song and drag it down.

Split the imported song track to shorten it

12. When you've cut the track into two or more parts, tap and hold on the unwanted part and tap on "Delete". If you accidentally deleted the wrong part, you can undo the changes by tapping on the "Undo" icon, located next to the "Loop" icon.
13. When you're done, tap on the "Play" button to listen to the track you've edited.
14. If you're happy with the result, tap on the down arrow icon at the top left corner of the screen and select "My Songs".

Tap on My Songs

15. Then, tap and hold the track you've created. When a menu pops up, tap on "Share".

Tap on Share

16. Select "Ringtone".

Tap on Ringtone

17. Enter the name of your ringtone and tap on "Export".
18. After the ringtone is exported successfully, tap on "Use sound as".

Tap on Use Sound As

19. If you want to set it as a simple ringtone, select "Standart Ringtone". If you prefer, you can also choose between "Standard Text Tone" or "Assign to contact".

Tap on Standard Ringtone

20. If you don't want to use the ringtone now, tap on "Done".
21. To use the ringtone, go to "Settings".
22. Tap on "Sounds & Haptics" and on "select your ringtone".
23. Then, select the ringtone you've created.

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How to Create a Custom iPhone Ringtone From a Voice Memo

You can also create a voice memo ringtone. The process is very similar to creating a ringtone from a song.

To create a voice memo ringtone, follow the steps below:

1. Open the "Voice Memo" app.

Go to Voice Memos

2. Then, select a memo you want to use as a ringtone or record one. Keep your voice recording up to 30 seconds. If they're longer than that, the recording will be trimmed upon export.
3. When a voice memo is selected, you'll see three dots in the left corner. Tap on the icon and then on "Save to Files".

Tap on the three dots

4. Open the "GarageBand" app.
5. Select the "Tracks" tab and pick any instrument you like.

Tap on Tracks and choose an instrument

6. Create a track with the instrument and then tap on the "Project" icon, located in the top left corner.

Tap on the Project icon

7. In the top right corner of your screen, select the "Loop" icon.

Tap on the Loop icon

8. Then, select the "Files" tab and tap on "Browse items from the Files app".

Import voice recording

9. Select "audio recordings" to see your saved voice recording.
10. When the recording is imported, tap and hold it, then drag it below the instrument track. Then, tap on the instrument track and select "Delete" as we don't need it.
11. Next, in the top left corner of your iPhone screen, tap on the down arrow icon and select "My Songs".

Tap on My Songs

12. Then, tap and hold the track you've created. When a menu pops up, tap on "Share".

tap on Share

13. Select "Ringtone".

Tap on Ringtone

14. Enter the name of your ringtone and tap on "Export", located at the top right corner.
15. After the ringtone is exported successfully, tap on "Use sound as".

Tap on Use Sound As

16. If you want to set it as a simple ringtone, select "Standart Ringtone". If you prefer, you can also choose between "Standard Text Tone" or "Assign to contact".

Select Standart Ringtone

17. If you don't want to use the ringtone now, tap on "Done".
18. To use the ringtone, go to "Settings".
19. Tap on "Sounds & Haptics" and on "Select your ringtone".
20. Then, select the ringtone you've created.

That's it! Now you know how to create custom ringtones.

We hope this article was helpful!

You can also check out the video above for a step-by-step tutorial.

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