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Download Ringtones Straight to iPhone without Computer

You can customize your ringtones on iPhone without iTunes or Computer. Learn to create and download ringtones straight to iPhone without computer.

Updated Nov 16,2018 | by Cody

I have downloaded a few so-called ringtone maker apps from AppStore, but only to find none of them actually work. They simply tell me to use iTunes. If you are looking for a way to create or download ringtones straight to iPhone without computer, you have come to the right place.

In this article, I will show you how to set any song as your ringtone on iPhone. If your desired ringtone music is not on your iPhone already, no worries because I will also show you how to download any music on your iOS device without PC.

How to Add Ringtone to iPhone without Computer

In order to set your own downloaded music as custom ringtone on iPhone, you only need to download the GarageBand app, which is developed by Apple. GarageBand is an app, available both on iOS and OSX, used for sound and audio editing.

Previously, GarageBand is a 5 dollar paid app, but now it is totally free to download from AppStore. After installing GarageBand, you can follow the steps to get started.

Step 1. Launch GarageBand. Tap on the “+” icon and choose Audio Recorder.

Audio Recorder

Step 2. Tap on the Metronome icon to disable it and tap on the Tracks icon to bring up the Tracks view.

Tracks View

Step 3. Tap on the ‘+’ icon on from the top right corner. Tap on “Section A” and set it to 30 bars or less. After that, tap on Done to go back to the Tracks views.

Apple Loops

Step 4. Tap on Apple Loops icon to select the music that you want to set as ringtone. As you can see, you can select music from your Music Library or iCloud. You are not allowed to select downloaded songs from Apple Music because they are DRM protected.

Select Music to Make Ringtone

Step 5. Tap to split the slider on both sides to crop the part of the song you want to keep as a ringtone.

My Music Tracks

Step 6. Tap play to button to listen to the track. If no problem, tap on the little Arrow icon on the top left corner of the screen and select My Songs.

Save as My Song

Step 7. Tap and hold on the custom song and select Share. Then select Ringtone and then you will be able to change the ringtone name. After that, tap Export, and select Use Sound as Standard Ringtone.

Set Custom Song as Ringtone

After that, it is your custom ringtone is set as the default ringtone for your iOS device. You can view and change that from Settings > Sounds > Ringtone.

Download Any Music for Creating Ringtone on iPhone

If you didn't have the music downloaded on your iPhone, you can also use the Shortcuts app to download any music on your iPhone for free. Shortcuts is also a free app developed by Apple.

iOS 12 Shortcuts app allows you to automate many tasks that you do including downloading music online. I have prepared a free music downloader shortcut called Deezer Downloader. You can open this link in Safari to get this shortcut.

After that, you can open the Shortcuts app and run this shortcut. Then type the song name or artist that you want to download. It will return several results, just select the one you want to download. Then it asks if you want to force the audio format to M4A or leave it as is.

Download Any Song as Ringtone

After that, you can select a location in iCloud to save this music file. As you know, GarageBand allows you to import music from iCloud. 

Of course, if you do use Deezer, you can copy the Deezer song link and run this shortcut to download the specific song directly on your iPhone. If you have the Deezer app, you can also run this shortcuts you can also run it from the share sheet. 


That’s how you can set any song as ringtone on your iPhone without computer. Everything from downloading music to set custom ringtone can be completed on your iPhone. 

You can also edit the song in Shortcuts app before import it to GarageBand. Just add an action Trim Media behind the downloaded music. By the way, you can also use another shortcut to download MP3 to iPhone directly.

If I have missed something or you have a greater idea about custom iPhone ringtone, share it in the comments.

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