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Natali Solovyova Jul 21, 2020

How to Set Ringtone on iPhone without GarageBand and iTunes

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If you ever get stuck with iTunes or Garageband - this guide is for you! 🔥 Learn how to set ringtone on iPhone without Garageband or iTunes.

Android users are luckier: when they want to download a ringtone, they can connect their phone to a PC – and quickly move their ringtone on a smartphone.

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Meanwhile, iPhone owners have to go through a bunch of operations to set a custom ringtone on their gadgets. They’ll have to do it using iTunes and other third-party apps, like GarageBand, for example.

Thus, I’d like to show you an easier way to set a song as a ringtone on iPhone 7, 6 or any other model. Moreover, you’ll be able to do it without iTunes or any converter app.

Watch the video guide below on how to make any song your iPhone ringtone without Garageband.

There are 2 options to create M4R ringtones for your iPhone:

  • First. Convert your MP3 to iPhone ringtone (M4R)

  • Second. Turn any song into a personalized ringtone with iRingg

Option 1. Convert MP3 into iPhone ringtone (M4R)

One of the first barriers that iPhone users face is ringtone’s format. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to set MP3 as a ringtone on iOS. Apple created its own ringtone format called M4R. That’s why you will need to use a third-party service to convert your .mp3 to .m4r.

There’s a good service for converting MP3 into M4R to simplify creating ringtones for iPhones. Its perk is that you can create ringtone for iPhone in 2 simple steps.

For instance, let’s take Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling”.

Step 1. Choose an audio file for further converting

As you can see, you may choose a file from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox. Alternatively, you can simply paste the URL of the desired track. What’s more, there’s a special “iPhone Ringtone” option. So we just click on it.

MP3 to M4R

There are a lot of online solutions that will convert any MP3 into a ringtone in 4 easy steps (or less)

Step 2. Convert

If you successfully followed all the steps, then you’re 80% done with getting a new ringtone to your iPhone. Congrats! All that’s left is to transfer your new M4R song to iPhone using WALTR 2.

How to Transfer Ringtones from computer to iPhone without iTunes or Jailbreak

You were probably surprised to learn that you don’t need to use iTunes for transferring ringtones onto iPhones. We mentioned this at the beginning of the article – now we will show you how to easily do this.

Let me introduce you to a revolutionary solution – WALTR 2. It’s an app for transferring audio & video to iPhone without using iTunes or Jailbreak.

WALTR 2 add ringtones to iPhones in seconds!

WALTR 2 will transfer ringtones from your computer to an iPhone without iTunes syncing

Thanks to this app, you’ll be able to download not only ringtones or music to your Apple device but also movies in various formats. WALTR 2 converts them on-the-fly to the formats Apple can easily read.

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The guys from Softorino took care of the simplicity and convenience in WALTR 2. The app works both with macOS and Windows.

You don’t need to be a tech-savvy to work with WALTR 2. It’s simple to use and doesn’t require any extra settings. All you need to do is to follow the 3 easy steps below to make a song a ringtone on your iPhone:

Step 1. Open WALTR 2

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to Computer

How to Set ringtone on iPhone without Garageband and iTunes

Connect your iPhone via a USB cord or WI-FI

Drag and drop your M4R file into the app.

set custom ringtone on iPhone in a snap

Can’t stop the feeling of happiness when my favorite songs land on my iPhone in seconds!

You’ll receive a notification that a new ringtone’s on your device now. And all you need to do is to set a new track as a ringtone.

Step 3. Head to the and select your newly-created ringtone

Set M4R ringtone on iPhone

All the music will appear in your iPhone Settings – Ringtones section

I hope this guide was useful and you didn’t have any issues with adding custom ringtones to iPhone X or any other model.

To make you more familiar with the app, here’s a short list of what WALTR 2 is capable of:

  • download MP3 music to any iPhone model (WALTR 2 works with any Apple device running on iOS 5 and above)

  • help you set MP3 as iPhone’s ringtone

  • download movies and videos to iPhone in any format (MKV, AVI, MP4)

(What’s more, you don’t need iTunes for transferring files into your Apple devices!)

WALTR 2 will also work for your iPad or iPod. Now, downloading and watching your favorite movies or videos offline becomes available for everyone.

If you have an iPad, then the article: how to transfer movies on iPad is a unique opportunity to save your time and forget about converters and iTunes.

Besides WALTR 2, let me show you a cool 2-in-1 app that will help you create personalized ringtones – iRingg.

Option 2. Create a ringtone for iPhone yourself

In the early 2000s, everyone with a trendy ringtone was the coolest on the street. Are those days gone now?

Not at all!

iRingg is a unique app for macOS and Windows. It’s created especially for making customized ringtones for any iPhone model.

Now, I’ll show you how to easily change your ringtone on iPhone to the song that will make all your friends jealous!I’ll take a new Clean Bandit track “Solo”.

Step 1. Choose and trim a song

First, find a “Search Music” option above. Enter a track you want and then pick the part of the song you’d like to trim for a ringtone.

Look for desired m4r ringtone for iPhone

Choose a song or iRingg will recommend it for you

You can listen to that extract beforehand to be sure it sounds perfect. You can also change the name of a song. Then click on “Trim” and move on to the next step.

Step 2. Personalize your ringtone

You can be a real artist and customize a ringtone as you like it. Here, you can add your own voice and even modify it. Today, I’m in a “Space Lord” mood.

Customize ringtone with iRingg

With iRingg, you can create an absolutely unique ringtone nobody else has – add & modify your voice or include SndMojis

Then, you can install a fade-in or out (in this case the sound will become quieter or louder at the beginning/ending). Simply move the yellow onscreen controls to set this up.

Afterward, you can add some SndMoji’s. These are different sounds effects which correspond to the emojis of your choice. As I’m a Space Lord, I’d add a UFO and a bomb sound to make it cool.

Step 3. That’s it! Export a ringtone to iPhone

Click on the “Export” button and choose an iPhone. I’ll transfer it on my iPhone via Wi-Fi. It is enabled automatically but be sure your laptop and iPhone are connected to the same wireless network.

iRingg Export Ringtone

You can transfer a ringtone directly to your iPhone or save it on a computer

You’ve just learned how to set a song as a ringtone on iPhone 7 (or any other) and transfer a ringtone from laptop to iPhone. And now, how can you change your ringtone on iPhone?

Go to Settings – Sounds – Ringtones. All the ringtones you created or downloaded via iRingg are above default sounds.

By the way, you can also edit the ringtones you created or delete them from an iPhone. Go to Your Tones section, tick any sound you want and choose whether to delete, edit or preview it:

Finally, we can make a short-list of the main iRingg features:

  • 6 senseThis is a unique technology developed by Softorino. iRingg analyzes your iTunes and iPhone Music Libraries to recommend you relevant tracks.

  • SndMoji + VoiceWith this feature, you can create an absolutely special ringtone. You can add your own voice intro & make it fun with sound effects.

  • Choose from 100.000.000 songsiRingg lets you pick any song from YouTube, SoundCloud or from your iTunes library. Later you can turn it to your special M4R ringtone.

  • Push to iPhoneiRingg is the quickest way to transfer a ringtone to your iPhone. You can connect your iPhone via Wi-Fi and instantly enjoy a personalized tune in your default Ringtones section in the iPhone Settings.

What’s more, kids just looooove iRingg! My younger brother spent almost an hour trying different voice effects and SndMoji. He felt like a little DJ creating a new hit.

iTunes 12.7: where are the ringtones now?

With the introduction of the newer iTunes version, it became even more puzzling to add ringtones to iPhone. Now, there’s no “Tones section and you’ll have to sync your iPhone with iTunes each time you want to download a ringtone. Such a mess…

Luckily, all your downloaded ringtones are safe and sound. Just stored in an iTunes Library of your Mac or PC, but you can’t actually see them in a Library. So, if they’re in their place, how to transfer them to an iPhone?

iTunes 12.7 tones

iTunes is another solution, but who will dare to sync an iPhone?

  • Connect an iPhone to a computer

  • Make sure you can manually sync files to iPhone

  • Downloaded a ringtone in M4R

  • Drag a tone to an iPhone icon located leftwards in iTunes Library from your computer

  • Go to Settings and choose your ringtone in the Sounds section

Luckily, with iRingg & WALTR 2 you don’t have to go through all this hassle.

Bottom Line

That’s all, folks! Hope this article helped you realize how easy it is to create and set unique ringtones to an iPhone now, in 2018. Don’t miss the chance to try the new abilities after reading this article!

Natali Solovyova
Natali Solovyova

Apple junkie at Softorino

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