How to set any song as iPhone ringtone without using iTunes

Long gone are the days when you could easily download a song onto your device and set it as your ringtone. One would think that with the advancement of phones, this process would in fact be easier than it was on my 2003 Nokia. But instead, the options have become extremely convoluted, and for iPhone owners, the workarounds can be a pretty annoying hassle.

We’ve shown you how to set any song as iPhone ringtone using iTunes. But as reader Lana Del Rey Globe pointed out, for folks that purchased the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, or anyone with GarageBand on their device, you can create your own ringtones with “relative” ease without using iTunes or needing a computer.

How to set any song as iPhone ringtone without using iTunes

Step 1. 

Download or import the song that you wish to be your ringtone into your Music Library. If you skip this step you will not be able to find the song within GarageBand.

Step 2. 

Open GarageBand. If you do not have GarageBand pre-installed on your device, you can download it in the App Store.

Step 3. 

Import the song you want by choosing any of the instrument sections and tapping on the View button followed by the Loop Browser button.

GB - Add Song

Step 4. 

Next, select the Music tab and find the song you want from any of the sections. Songs that are grayed out cannot be added to GarageBand.

Select Song - GB

Step 5.

Drag the song to the left or right to add it to GarageBand.  Since the default length is extremely short you’ll need to edit the track length in order to view and hear more of your song. Hit the small + icon to add bars to your track; the more bars you add, the longer the song clip becomes. Add Bars - Garage Band

In the editing section you can trim the song to the desired length. The sides will turn yellow and you can pull in from the beginning or the end to create your trimmed clip. You also can loop it, split it, and more by double-tapping the song preview.

Editing Options - GB

Remember that this will be a ringtone, so trim a part of the song that is appealing to the ear, and would make for a good ring whenever you get a call.

Step 6.

When you are finally happy with your creation, hit the drop-down arrow and tap My Songs. The ringtone you have created will automatically save as “My Song”. You can rename it by tapping on the title.

My Songs -GB

Step 7.

Tap and hold the thumbnail for your song and menu options will appear above. Tap the Share icon, followed by the Ringtone icon.

Share - Ringtone

Name the ringtone, hit export.

Export - Ringtone

When finished exporting tap Use Sound As, and select the option for when you want to hear the ringtone in the following menu.

Ringtone - Set

Alternatively you can add the ringtone the normal route, by going to Settings -> Sounds -> Ringtone and selecting your ringtone from the list.

Add Ringtone

These steps can be replicated numerous times. So if you wanted to create a different ringtone for each of your friends, you could do that as well.

Let us know if you think ringtones are really worth the extra effort in the comment section.