How to Change Your Catchy iPhone Ringtone Tune

Changing your iPhone ringtone is a great way to customize your device and make it feel more personal. The default iPhone ringtone can get boring after a while, so setting a catchy custom ringtone is an easy way to spice things up.

In this article, I’ll walk you through the entire process of changing your iPhone ringtone, from picking the perfect tune to setting it up on your device. We’ll also cover some tips for creating catchy and unique ringtones.

Things You’ll Need

Before we get started, here are the things you’ll need:

  • An iPhone
  • A computer with iTunes (for Windows) or Finder (for Mac)
  • The song you want to use as your ringtone. This can be an MP3 file purchased online or a song from your own music library
  • An app to edit/crop the song file (optional)

Step 1: Import the Song into iTunes or Finder

The first step is to get the song file onto your computer. Open iTunes or Finder and import the track you want to use.

If your chosen song isn’t already on your computer, you can purchase it from the iTunes Store or download the MP3 file from another online retailer.

Once imported, you’ll need to edit the file to be 40 seconds or less – the maximum length for iPhone ringtones. You can use audio editing software like Audacity (Windows/Mac) to crop the file.

Step 2: Convert the File to M4R Format

By default, song files are not in the correct format for iPhone ringtones. You’ll need to convert the file to M4R format – the required format for ringtones on iPhones.

To do this, change the file extension from .mp3 to .m4r. The file itself does not change, only the file extension.

On Windows, you can right click the file, select “Rename”, and change the file extension.

On Mac, click the file name, press Enter, type .m4r, and press Enter again.

Step 3: Add the M4R File to iTunes/Finder

With your new .m4r file ready, it’s now time to sync it across to your iPhone.

Connect your iPhone to your computer using the charging cable. Open iTunes / Finder and select your connected iPhone from the sidebar.

In Windows, click on the small iPhone icon, then select “Tones” from the sidebar. On Mac, click on your iPhone, then select “Tones” below the device name.

Drag the .m4r file into the Tones section. Make sure “Sync Tones” is checked, then sync your iPhone.

Step 4: Select the New Ringtone on iPhone

Once synced, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap “Sounds & Haptics”. Select “Ringtone”.

You should now see your new ringtone file ready to be selected! Tap the ringtone file to hear a preview, then tap again to set it as your default ringtone.

And that’s it! You’ll now hear your catchy new ringtone play every time you get a phone call.

Tips for Creating Catchy Ringtones

Here are some quick tips to make your custom iPhone ringtone stand out:

  • Pick the chorus or hook – The most recognizable part of the song makes for the catchiest ringtone.
  • Add personalization – Record a custom message or mix in sound effects. GarageBand is great for editing.
  • Make it short & sweet – Ringtones can only be 40 seconds long. Pick the best bits.
  • Consider the rhythm – Songs and sounds with a clear and distinctive rhythm work best.
  • Check the levels – Make sure the ringtone audio isn’t too quiet or clipping. Normalize the volume if needed.
  • Test it out – Preview the ringtone on your iPhone before setting it to avoid surprises.

Creating Custom Text Tones and Alerts

The above steps can also be used to create custom text tones and notification alert sounds for your iPhone.

The process is the same, you just need to select a shorter file to use (less than 30 seconds recommended) and choose a different sound type to sync the file to (Text Tone, New Mail, etc). Get creative and set custom sounds for texts, emails, calendar alerts and more.


With just a few simple steps, you can ditch that boring default ringtone and truly personalize your iPhone. Setting a catchy song or sound effect brings some fun and excitement to your calls.

Changing iPhone ringtones doesn’t need to be complicated. Just pick the perfect tune, crop it to 40 seconds or less, convert to M4R format, and sync to your device. And with the tips above, you can make custom tones that are catchier than ever.

So be bold and make your ringtone reflect your personality! Surprise your friends with your new marimba remix ringtone or have some fun with a sound effect like an air horn. The options are endless.