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How to Turn a Song into a Ringtone


Myra updated on Oct 31, 2022 to iPhone Ringtone Making Tips

Can You Turn a Song into a Ringtone on iPhone

Although operations on an iPhone are always smooth and user-friendly, there are times when it is awkward to use the device, especially when you want to turn a song into a ringtone.

Unlike using an Android device on which you can set a song as a ringtone directly within a music app, on an iPhone, you need to make a custom ringtone from a song first using iTunes, Garageband, or a third-party iPhone ringtone maker.

Thus, you can surely turn a song into a ringtone on an iPhone. But you have to use tools to help.

How to Turn a Song into a Ringtone with iPhone Ringtone Maker

The quickest way to make a song a ringtone is to apply an iPhone ringtone maker like EaseUS Ringtone Editor. With such a tool, you will be able to make custom ringtones from a song on your computer or audio from YouTube or SoundCloud.

You can customize the length of the ringtone, add special effects to the clip, and then export it to your iPhone. Afterward, you can set it as your iPhone ringtone in Settings. (You can apply the same steps to make your own alarm sound.)

To turn a song into a ringtone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer > Run EaseUS Ringtone Editor > Drag and drop the music file to the editing bar, or you can select a song from your computer by clicking "Browse."

Launch EaseUS Ringtone Editor

Step 2. Rearrange and shorten the length of the song by dragging the slider to the start and stop time of the song you wish to use as a ringtone > Click "Clip" to proceed. 

Trim your song

Step 3. After clipping, you can add recordings and sound effects like fade-in/fade-out and emojis sound to the clip. Once it's done, click "Export."

Add recordings and sound effects

Step 4. You can choose "Push to iPhone" to export your edited ringtone to your device or choose "Save to Disk" to save it on your computer.

Push the ringtone to iPhone - Step 4

If you want to make a YouTube video into a ringtone, you can follow the corresponding guide to learn how to get it done.

How to Make a Song a Ringtone Using iTunes

How to set a song from iTunes as the ringtone on your iOS device? iTunes also allows you to make a custom ringtone from a song on your computer or in the iTunes library. But compared with using a ringtone maker for iPhone, using iTunes is more complex - You need to manually convert and change the file type back and forth. While if you prefer to turn a song into a ringtone for free, using iTunes is your choice.

To make a song a ringtone using iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to a computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Click the device icon and go to "Summary" to check the option "Manually manage music and videos."

Step 3. Now click "Back" and go to "Songs" > "Library."

Step 4. If you need to add the song from the computer to iTunes, click "File" > "Add File to Library" to import the item to the iTunes library.

Step 5. Right-click the song, choose "Song Info," and click "Options" in the new window.

Step 6. Set the start and stop points for the ringtone.

Step 7. In the iTunes library, select the original song and click "File" > "Convert" > "Create AAC Version." Now you can see a shortened version of the song.

Step 8. Right-click the reduced version and click "Show in Windows Explorer."

Step 9. Copy and paste the song to your desktop and change its extension to .m4r.

Step 10. In iTunes, select "Tones" and then drag and drop the tone from desktop to iTunes to add the custom ringtone to your iPhone.

How to turn a song into a ringtone using iTunes

How to Set a Song as a Ringtone on iPhone using Garageband

To turn a song into a ringtone, there is an iOS app recommended by Apple - Garageband. However, although an iOS app spares you from using a computer, it's actually quite time-consuming since you need to go through lots of steps to get it done. Therefore, if you prefer a fast solution to set a song a ringtone, try an iPhone ringtone maker instead.

To turn a song into a ringtone:

Step 1. Go to the App Store to download and install Garageband on your iPhone.

Step 2. Make sure the song you want to make as a ringtone is in your Apple Music Library or downloaded to "File" > "iCloud Drive" > "Downloads."

Step 3. Open Garageband and scroll left until you see "Audio Recorder."

Step 4. Tap on "Audio Recorder" and click "OK" in the prompt.

Step 5. Tap the third icon in the top right corner and then you can see a screen where you are going to edit the ringtone.

Step 6. Click the fourth icon in the top middle of the screen to remove additional noise from the audio file.

Step 7. Tap the first icon (a little loop) in the top right corner and select the song you want to turn into a ringtone.

  • If the song is in your Apple Music library, go to the "Music" tab to select the item.
  • If you downloaded the song from Safari, go to "Files" to choose the music file instead.

Step 8. After the selection, tap and drag the song to the timeline in Garageband.

Step 9. Tap the plus icon, tap "8 bars," and then tap to set it as "30 bars."

Step 10. Tap to trim the song. If you need to, tap the play button to preview it.

Step 11. Once you get the ringtone you want, tap the arrow in the top left corner to check the ringtone you just made.

Step 12. If you want to change its name, tap and hold the item and enter the name you prefer.

Step 13. Tap and hold the ringtone again and choose "Share" > "Ringtone."

Step 14. Change the name of the ringtone if you need to and click "Export."

Step 15. After you export the ringtone successfully, open the Settings app and go to "Sounds & Haptics" > "Ringtone" to set the song as your ringtone.

How to turn a song into a ringtone with Garageband


As you can see, all these methods enable you to make any song your ringtone. But if you are looking for the quickest solution, using a ringtone maker for iPhone could be your optimal choice.