How to Set Any Song as iPhone Ringtone Without iTunes or PC (Guide)

I came across a guide on setting any song as a ringtone on Android the other day, and I couldn’t help laughing at the agony or rather tedious workaround that iOS users have to go through to set any song as a custom ringtone. Unlike iOS, Android offers a pretty simple way to choose any track as your ringtone. While there’s no denying that Apple has simplified many things, setting a custom ringtone on an iPhone has long been a pain point. And it still is. But don’t worry as we detail an easier way to set any song as iPhone ringtone without iTunes or PC in this article. Let me guide you through the steps.

Set Any Song as iPhone Ringtone Without iTunes or Computer

Before we get into the process, whether you see Billie Eilish’s Me in a Crown or an iPhone ringtone called Queen’s We Are the Champions, be sure to check out the requirements to make your favorite track.

Prerequisites to Set Any Song as iPhone Ringtone

There are a few requirements to set any song as ringtone on iOS. First of all, make sure you have already downloaded the song and saved it to your music library or Files app.

Second, you need the GarageBand app to edit the song and export it as your iPhone ringtone. application free and requires iOS 14 or later. So make sure to download this stock app if it is not yet available on your iOS device.

Now let’s make our custom ringtone directly on iPhone without using iTunes or PC. Follow the steps below:

Create a Custom Ringtone on Your iPhone

  1. start GarageBand app on your iPhone.

2. Now, Parts tab if not already selected. Later, choose the instrument you want from a handful of options such as drummer, keyboard, guitar and more. I’m going with the drummer for this guide.

Choose drums

3. Next, tap on it. project icon in the upper left corner of the screen.

Tap the project icon

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4. Next, Select loop icon in the upper left corner of the screen.


5. Now navigate to: Files tab located at the top. After that, tap on Browse items in the Files app. If you downloaded a ZIP/zipped file, learn how to extract files from your iPhone here.

Browse songs in the Files app

6. In the Files app, go to song Tap on and use it as your iPhone ringtone. The song will be transferred to Garageband.

choose song

7. Drag and drop the imported track after the instrument set as the first track in the audio editing interface.

import song

8. Now it’s time to edit the song as you like and create a ringtone without using iTunes or a PC.

  • Choose the starting point of the song: Touch and hold the song, and then drag the handle to choose the starting point for your ringtone.

drag the handle

  • Split the part: To access hidden editing tools, touch and hold the song, then select Split. After that, drag down the little scissors icon to cut the song.
split song
Select the split tool
drag the split icon
Use the scissors icon to cut the song
  • Delete the unwanted part of the song: Select the unwanted part of the song, and then Erase option in the drop-down menu.

delete unwanted part of song

  • Undo changes: Tap the inverted arrow icon in the upper right corner of the screen to undo the changes.

hit undo action

  • Play the edited ringtone: After editing the track, tap on it. Play Press the button on the top to check if the ringtone matches what you are looking for.

tap the play button

Set a Custom Ringtone on Your iPhone

1. Once you are satisfied with your custom ringtone arrangement, down icon select it in the upper left corner and My Songs choice.

Select My Songs

Next, tap and hold your project and Share.

Tap the share button

3. Next, tap on it. ‘Ring tone’ to export your project as iPhone ringtone (.m4r or .m4a file type).

Select Ringtone

note: Note that your custom iPhone ringtone must be 30 seconds or less. If it’s longer, the GarageBand app will automatically shorten the song’s length when exporting it as an iPhone ringtone. Tap on Go on to continue.

iPhone ringtone length

4. After that, give a suitable name your ringtone and Export Press the button in the upper right corner of the screen.

Time to export your project as iPhone Ringtone

5. After successfully exporting the song as ringtone on your iPhone, tap on “Use the sound like this…” dropdown option.

Tap on Use sound as.

6. Finally, select ‘Standard Ringtone’ In the menu to set your favorite song as custom iPhone ringtone

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How to Set Any Song as iPhone Ringtone Without iTunes or PC (Guide)

It’s also worth mentioning that you can set it as a standard text tone or assign the ringtone to a contact of your choice. If you don’t want to use the song as a ringtone right now, tap Done to finish. You can then go to: Settings app -> Sounds & Haptics -> choose ringtone and select the custom ringtone from the list.

choose ringtone

Set Your Favorite Song as iPhone Ringtone Without iTunes

So, you can set and set any song as your ringtone in iOS 14. While the whole process may not seem downright simple, it works reliably and fills the void. So make the most of this trick until Apple finds a better way.

Interestingly, there is also a way to convert any voice memo into ringtone on iPhone. If you want to try this hack too, go for this hands-on guide. Do you have any questions or feedback regarding this guide? If yes, feel free to share it in the comments section below.