How to Choose A Song As A Ringtone on iPhone

One of the notable features of the iPhone is the ability to customize your ringtones. With the iPhone, you can set your favorite song as your ringtone, giving your phone that extra personal touch. In this blog, we will look at some of the methods you can use to choose a song as your ringtone. We will also explore what to do if you encounter any issues while setting your favorite song as your ringtone.

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Why You Need to Choose A Song As A Ringtone on iPhone

The default ringtones on the iPhone may not always appeal to everyone. For most people, a unique ringtone is an essential feature that makes their phone feel more personal. Choosing a song as your ringtone on the iPhone is undoubtedly one way of achieving this. Apart from personalization, your favorite song could also be a good way of identifying an incoming call.

Method 1: Via iTunes

One of the methods of choosing a song as your ringtone on the iPhone is via iTunes. Here is how you can go about it:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Launch iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically.
  3. Select the song you want to use as your ringtone and right-click on it. From the options displayed, click on "Get Info".
  4. Next, click on the "Options" tab and set the start and stop time of the song. Keep in mind that a ringtone cannot exceed 30 seconds. When done, click "OK".
  5. Right-click on the song again and choose "Create AAC Version". This creates a copy of the song with a different file extension.
  6. Locate the copy of the song in your iTunes library and change its file extension from .m4a to .m4r
  7. Drag the renamed file from your computer to your iPhone’s Tones section.
  8. Disconnect your iPhone and go to "Settings" on your iPhone.
  9. Under "Sounds & Haptics," click on "Ringtone".
  10. Select your newly added ringtone from the list.

Pros:

  • Easy and straightforward process.
  • You can choose any part of the song as your ringtone.

Cons:

  • Requires a computer and iTunes.
  • You need to have the song on your computer.

Method 2: Via GarageBand

GarageBand is an app on the iPhone that allows you to create music using various instruments and loops. One of its lesser-known features is the ability to create a custom ringtone. Here is how to use garage band to choose a song as your ringtone:

  1. Open the GarageBand app and create a new project. Select the "Audio Recorder" option.
  2. Tap on the "Metronome" icon on the top right corner of your screen to disable it.
  3. Click on the "Tracks" icon on the top right corner of your screen and select "Loop Browser".
  4. On the search bar, type in the name of the song you want to use as your ringtone. Once the song displays, select it to add it to the workspace.
  5. Trim the song to your desired length by tapping and dragging the yellow bars on the top and bottom of the audio waveform.
  6. When done, click on "My Songs" to save the project to your iPhone.
  7. Click on "Share" and tap on "Ringtone." This opens your newly created ringtone in the Ringtone section of your iPhone’s settings app.

Pros:

  • You don’t need a computer.
  • Your options for customizing your ringtone are extensive.

Cons:

  • The process can be quite lengthy.
  • You might need some prior knowledge of music production.

Method 3: Using a Ringtone App

There are numerous ringtone apps available on the App Store that allow you to create custom ringtones. One such app is the Ringtones for iPhone! app. Here’s how to use it to choose your song as your ringtone:

  1. Download and install the Ringtones for iPhone! app from the App Store.
  2. Open the app and select the song you want to use as your ringtone from your music library.
  3. Select the part of the song you want to use as your ringtone by adjusting the sliders at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Preview the ringtone and, if satisfied, click on "Export." This saves the ringtone to your iPhone’s ringtone section in settings.

Pros:

  • You can do everything within the app.
  • No music production knowledge is needed.

Cons:

  • Some of the apps may contain ads or charge an additional fee.
  • The process of selecting your song as your ringtone may not be as customizable as the other methods.

What to Do If You Can’t Choose A Song As A Ringtone on iPhone

If you can’t choose a song as your ringtone on the iPhone, there are a few things you can do. You can try restarting your iPhone, updating your software or checking your ringtone settings. Ensure that your song meets the 30-second requirement and that it’s not protected with DRM.

Bonus Tip

Use the fade in and fade out effects when selecting your ringtone. This makes your ringtone sound more professional.

5 FAQs About Choosing a Song as a Ringtone on iPhone

Q1: What sort of file should my song be?

A: Your song should be in the .m4r file format. You can convert your song to this format using iTunes.

Q2: Why is my song not showing up in the Ringtone section even after dragging it to my iPhone’s Tones section?

A: Ensure that your song meets the 30-second requirement and that it’s not protected with DRM. Also, try syncing your iPhone with iTunes to see if that solves the issue.

Q3: Can I use any part of the song as my ringtone?

A: Yes, you can use any part of the song. However, remember that your ringtone cannot exceed 30 seconds.

Q4: Can I set different ringtones for different contacts?

A: Yes, you can. After choosing your song as your ringtone, go to your contacts and select the contact you want to add a ringtone for. Tap "Edit," then scroll down to "Ringtone" and select the ringtone you want to use for that contact.

Q5: Do I always need to connect my iPhone to a computer when setting a ringtone?

A: No, you can use some ringtone apps available on the App Store to create a custom ringtone within the app.

Final Thoughts

Customizing your iPhone’s ringtone is pretty easy and straightforward. With a few simple steps, you can set any of your favorite songs as your ringtone. Whether you choose to use iTunes or GarageBand or an app, the result remains the same – a unique and personal touch to your iPhone.

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