Even you can make a ringtone

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My family just upgraded to smartphones. I’ve been on the smartphone bandwagon for a little while, now they all finally caught up. As happy as I am for them, this also means that I’m the expert who they come to when they have questions. And the one I’ve gotten from all of them is, “How do I make a ringtone?”

There are a ton of free apps out there that can do this or you can make them in GarageBand (if you have a Mac), but the most complicated part of the whole ringtone process seems to be actually getting the ringtone that you’ve made onto your phone, so here is a quick tutorial that seems to be almost universal.


  1. Plug your phone into the computer that you sync it with. I know, iOS 6 didn’t require you to ever have to, but it’s necessary if you want to do this.
  2. In iTunes (on your computer) go to your iPhone, and click on the Apps tab. Down near the bottom there is a section called “File Sharing.” Click on your ringtone app, and the files that you’ve created should show up on the right hand side.
  3. Click on the ringtone you made and select “Save as.” Select wherever you would like it saved.
  4. Drag the file from the folder you saved it in into your iTunes library. It should automatically be added to your “Tones” section.
  5. If you manually manage your iPhone storage, just drag the ringtone from iTunes to your iPhone, and select it in your settings after syncing is complete.
  6. Bam, you have a rocking ringtone!


  1. Once you’ve created your ringtone in GarageBand, go to “Share –> Send ringtone to iTunes.”
  2. Drag the tone from your tones in iTunes to your iPhone, and select it in your iPhone settings.
  3. It’s really that simple.

Hope you find that simple and that you love jamming out to your favorite songs while people call you, just don’t forget to pick up and answer the phone eventually.

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