How to change and customize your iPhone ringtone

Although this is not necessarily put forward by Apple, the iPhone has a large number of ringtones available and a (laborious) system to import your favorite songs to use them as an alarm when someone calls you.

The iPhone ringtone has become legendary, to the point that some do not even know that it is possible to change it. However, if you want to personalize your apple smartphone to a minimum, choosing your ringtone yourself is a good start (unless you’re on vibrate all the time).


To change your iPhone ringtone, everything is done in  Settings. Among the list of many available settings, we find  Sounds and vibrations which include all types of ringtones used on the smartphone, from for calls, to messages through sent emails.

Choose the ringtone to change and click on the ones you want to try. When you have chosen, select it and it will launch on each call instead of the old one (which was starting to get quite repetitive).


iOS also allows you to set up a ringtone specific to contact. So you can be sure that you can quickly recognize who is calling you just by hearing your iPhone ring.

To do this, go to the page of the contact of your choice and click on Edit. In the Ringtone tab, you can select an alarm dedicated to this contact by choosing from the list.


Your iPhone may very well use a song of your choice rather than a classic ringtone. To do this, you have to go through your computer, Mac, or PC, and bring an MP3 file of the song of your choice.

Open the MP3 in iTunes or Music (on macOS Catalina and above) and right-click on it to go to get Info. In the Options tab, set a section of up to 30 seconds of the song you want to use as a ringtone (the chorus for example). Validate the change and you will see that the song plays only for the set amount of time.

The pruned song, it must now be transformed into a ringtone. We will therefore start by transforming it into an AAC file and then into a ringtone file. To do this, select the song and from the File menu, choose to Create AAC Version. The conversion takes a few seconds, and when it’s done, find the converted file and rename its extension from m4a to m4r.

All you have to do is transfer the ringtone to your iPhone. Connect it by USB to your computer and drop your m4r file directly into the tab dedicated to the iPhone on the Finder or in iTunes .

If you have followed these steps correctly, your song will be in the ringtones menu that we discovered during the first part of this tutorial, go there and select it to hear your favorite song when you are called.

Note that iTunes offers a lot of ringtones for your iPhone, to access them, just click on Tune Store in the ringtones menu. They will cost you 79 cents and will be automatically added to the iPhone after your purchase.

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