Transfer Ringtones to iPhone with or without iTunes

iOS is not widely known for handling various files. Then even simple things like an individual ringtone make a corner more complicated than one might expect. In general, there are two ways to integrate your own ringtone into the system under iOS. On the one hand, you can choose the way on iTunes, on the other hand, but also do the whole thing directly on the iPhone. The step through iTunes is less time-consuming, but requires just that you manage your iPhone via iTunes.

Apple has made a change when transferring ringtones via iTunes, you can no longer easily transfer ringtones on the Mac via drag & drop to the iPhone via iTunes. Under Windows, this continues to be problem-free. However, it works out well, but it is also important that you have the right format:

. 1 An audio file in .m4r format is required. This can be made relatively easily from any audio files, for example via an online service. As you can see on the screenshot, you can set various parameters, including the quality of the file screw. Keep in mind that if the file is too long, the file will be truncated to 39 seconds.

Once the conversion process has been completed, it will be ready to be transferred to iPhone via iTunes.

. 2 The iPhone must logically be connected to iTunes, it does not matter if you sync via Wi-Fi or use a cable. Here comes the change to before. If you pull the ringtone by drag & drop into iTunes, you only get an error message that it can not be imported.

Here's a simple trick: Copy the ringtone by cmd + c and paste it back into Töne in on cmd + v ( ctrl + c and ctrl + v on Windows). No error message, but a new ringtone on the iPhone.

. 3 iTunes now only has to sync with the iPhone and you will find your own ringtone in the settings to choose from. The great art is not just to use drag and drop, as it was possible without any problems all those years.

If you do not want to do iTunes, but still want to use an individual sound, you can do it directly on the iPhone. A detailed guide I have already created a few years ago, amazingly, this still works in principle.

Only the import of songs looks a bit confusing, because you have more access to storage locations. In principle you can import songs – if not protected – but customize them in GarageBand and create a ringtone directly.

Practical: The music to be used can also come from the new Files app, which you can save as well as any other app. It also means, for example, that you can save a sound file from a messenger and import it into GarageBand.

In a nutshell: You import the desired song into GarageBand's track view – making sure that the file is not protected. Access via iCloud Drive is also possible, which makes it much easier to deploy files. Adjust the desired ringtone length and then simply export the work as a ringtone.

The detailed instructions (old GarageBand version, but only the import looks different) are available at this point.