How to Create Ringtone from Any Track on iPhone For Free Without iTunes

Namrata Gogoi

If you think about it, ringtones and wallpapers are two of the simplest ways of customizing our iPhones. While it's super easy to set a new wallpaper, sadly, the same can't be said about ringtones.


The only way to get ringtones for your iPhone is to buy them from iTunes, which, unfortunately, is the only seamless way to get them installed. Moreover, if you want to create a custom ringtone, you'd have to dip your toe in the muddy waters of file conversions

Plus, not to forget the fact that you'd have to manually sync them through iTunes. Inconvenient, right?

We have a nifty process to create custom ringtones from any track without using iTunes and, that too, totally free.

Well, all is not lost yet. We have a nifty process to make custom ringtones from any track without using iTunes and, that too, totally free. What makes it even better is that you don't have to hook your iPhone to either a PC or Mac.

The app of the hour is from Apple and goes by the name of GarageBand. Originally made for music and podcast creation, this nifty app also doubles up as a ringtone maker. 

Step 1: Get the Music Tracks

In this method, you can use the songs that are already on your iPhone. You can also have a few tracks sent to you via WhatsApp as a document.


Once done, save the music files to your iCloud Drive. To do that, long press on the file and select Save to Files > iCloud Drive > Add.

Step 2: Get Started with GarageBand 

Open the GarageBand app and navigate to the screen that says Audio Recorder. 


Once in, disable the metronome icon (triangular icon) at the top, as you woundn't want any ticking sound in your ringtones.


Having done that, tap on the Wall icon at the top-left corner to set the track.

Step 3: Import Your Tracks

To import the songs, tap on the Loop-shaped icon at the upper-right corner. When the screen prompts you to select the files, tap on the tab that says Audio Files.


Here, you can either choose from your iCloud drive or from iTunes. Once you have selected the song, drag the song on to the GarageBand interface.

Note: The purchased songs won't be displayed until you manually sync them with iTunes. 

Step 4: Clip & Trim

Now that the song is on the app interface, it's time to clip the music track. Select the track by trimming it from either end or as per your preference.


Once done, you can play the song by tapping on the Play icon at the top bar

Step 5: Save & Set Ringtone

All you need to do now is save the song. Tap on the Options icon and hit the My Songs card, which will instantly save the current track.


Having done that, long tap on the song till you see the options at the top. Select Share > Ringtone > Give a Name and tap on Export. 


Just choose Standard Ringtone from the iPhone settings menu and you're done! You've got a brand new ringtone and that too completely free.

Wait for the Ring!

This is how you can create a ringtone from any track on an iPhone without iTunes. The best thing about this trick is that the whole process is free and doesn't even need a computer. 

Do you still use the iconic iPhone ringtone or have you switched to something that suits your style? We will be waiting to hear from you in the comments section.

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.