How to Set a Song as a Ringtone on iPhone

If you want to set your favorite songs as your ringtone on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR but have no idea how to do it, this guide offers three ways to get things done easily.

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Updated on Feb 27, 2024

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Applies To: iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and later

For many users, setting a custom iPhone ringtone is a hard nut to crack. The hard part is not to transfer a song to your iPhone or set the song as a ringtone on your device, but to convert the mp3 song you wish to transfer to m4r format (iPhone ringtone format) before transferring. This requires some tools to help. To know more details on what tools to use and how do they work to set a song as a ringtone, you can keep reading the following guide. 

How to Get Ringtones on iPhone XR/XS/XS Max in 3 Ways

You probably know that you can use iTunes to make ringtones for your Apple iPhone. It's complex to use that way since you need to clip the song, convert it to m4r, and more. To simplify the process, we suggest using some easy methods like the first and second methods instead. While if you stick to iTunes, you can jump to Method 3.

Method 1. Set a Song as a Ringtone on iPhone via EaseUS Ringtone Editor

The easiest way to set a song as a ringtone on iPhone is to use this iPhone ringtone maker - EaseUS Ringtone Editor, which has rich functions and features to generate a ringtone. With it, you can make a song a ringtone by editing its length, adding emojis, adding fade-in/fade-out, or adjusting its volume. Besides, it allows you to make a YouTube video into a ringtone. After making a ringtone, you can directly transfer the ringtone to your iPhone without the need for a separate step. Given its convenience, don't hesitate to give it a try.

Method 2. Add Ringtones to iPhone via EaseUS MobiMover

There are many sites that offer free ringtones for your iPhone. You can download whatever kinds of ringtones you like from the list below, and then convert them to m4r with an online converter. Finally, add them to your iPhone and set the song as the ringtone on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max.

First, get free ringtones for your iPhone XR/XS/XS Max:

There are some sites you can get free ringtones for your iPhone from:


Second, convert the mp3 to m4r format:

After downloading, you can convert these mp3 files to m4r with these online converters.


Third, put ringtones on your iPhone from the computer:

Now you can transfer the downloaded ringtones to your iPhone using the iPhone data transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover. This software enables you to transfer data between iOS devices or an iDevice and a computer (Mac or PC). It can also function as a video downloader to help you download videos from video sites to your computer or iPhone/iPad using a URL.

To add ringtones to iPhone XR or other iDevices with EaseUS MobiMover:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and run EaseUS MobiMover > Tap "Trust" on your phone and click "Allow" to enable this program to access your iPhone > Click "Audio" from the interface > Select "Ringtones" to continue.

how to transfer ringtones from computer to iPhone - step 1

Step 2. Click "Ringtones" > Select "Add Contents" to locate your ringtones stored on your computer.

how to transfer ringtones from computer to iPhone - step 2

Step 3. Select the ringtone you wish to transfer from your computer > Click "Open" to start the transferring. After it completes, you can go to Settings on your iPhone > Tap "Sounds & Haptics" > "Ringtone" to check ringtones on your iPhone.

how to transfer ringtones from computer to iPhone - step 3

As you can see, you can use EaseUS MobiMover in many other situations related to iOS data transfer. It is handy to get a new Apple device, like a new iPhone or iPad, since it enables you to switch from the old device to the new iPhone quickly via data transfer. If you need to share or back up your iDevice content often, getting this tool will be helpful. 

Method 3. Put Ringtones on iPhone with iTunes

If you don't mind making a ringtone yourself, you can use iTunes to make ringtones for your iPhone XR or other iPhone models and then get it onto your iPhone.

The video from Friendly Vikas clearly presents you how to add ringtones to your iPhone using iTunes. Follow the tutorial, and you will know how to put ringtones on iPhone XR. (The detailed text guide is also provided below.)

how to set a song as a ringtone on iPhone XR

How to add ringtones to iPhone XR with iTunes (detailed steps in Windows 10):

Step 1. Connect the iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Click the device icon and tap "Summary." Make sure the option "Manually manage music and videos" is checked.

Step 3. Click the "Back" button and go to "Songs" > "Library." 

Step 4. If the music you want to make as the ringtone is not in the iTunes Library, click "File" > "Add File to Library" to add the music you like to iTunes.

Step 5. Right-click the target song and choose "Song Info."  In the new window, tap the "Options" tab.

Step 6. Check the "Start" and "Stop" options and set the starting/stopping point of the ringtone (less than 30 seconds).

Step 7. 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 8. Right-click the shortened version and choose "Show in Windows Explorer" (or Show in Finder on Mac). 

Step 9. Copy and paste the song to your desktop and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r. Confirm your changes.

Step 10. 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 11. Tap the "Tones" tab, drag, and drop the ringtone from desktop to iTunes.

How to make ringtones for iPhone XR with iTunes

That's it. Now the ringtone is already added to your iPhone. Follow the next part to set the music you like as your iPhone ringtone within seconds.

How to Set a Song the Custom Ringtone on iPhone XR/XS/XS Max

After getting ringtones on your iPhone, you only simple steps away from making your favorite song the ringtone on your iOS device.

To set a song the custom ringtone on iPhone XR:

Step 1. Tap "Settings" > "Sounds & Haptics" > "Ringtone".

Step 2. Choose the ringtone you just added to set it as the custom ringtone on your iPhone.

How to set a song the custom ringtone on iPhone XR

The Bottom Line

Now you have learned the workable ways to add and set custom ringtones on your iPhone. If you command this skill, you can use the very same way to change ringtones as you like on other Apple devices.

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Updated by Myra

Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management.

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