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How do you create custom ringtones without the help of iTunes? Turns out you've got a few options!

Do you use iTunes on the Mac to create and transfer custom ringtones for your iPhone? Bad news: You're going to need a contingency plan. Along with the removal of the App Store in iTunes, Apple also nixed ringtone management. That said, you can still create and manage custom ringtones for your iPhone! It's a simple process on both iOS and macOS.

How to download previously purchased ringtones

If you've been managing your ringtones on iTunes for the Mac, you may not have synced all of your purchased tones to your iPhone. Now that Apple has removed ringtone management from iTunes for the Mac, you can redownload and manage all your purchased tones directly in iOS.

  1. Launch the Settings app for iOS.
  2. Tap Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Tap Ringtone.
  4. At the top of the page, tap Download All Purchased Tones.

    How to download previously purchased ringtones

Tapping Download All Purchased Tones will download all ringtones and alerts purchased using your iTunes account.

How to create custom ringtones on your iPhone

  1. Launch GarageBand on your iPhone.
  2. In GarageBand, tap the View button in the top left corner.
  3. Tap on the Loop Browser button.
  4. Tap on the Music tab.
  5. Select the song you'd like to make a ringtone by tapping on it.
  6. Tap the plus button to increase the length of the song.
  7. Tap the disclosure triangle in the top left corner.
  8. Tap My Songs.
  9. Press and hold on your song project.
  10. Tap the Share button to disclose the Share Sheet.
  11. Tap the Ringtone button.
  12. Name your new ringtone and tap Export.
  13. Tap Use sound as….
  14. Tap to choose between a Standard Ringtone, a Standard Text Tone, and a Contact Tone.

Questions?

Did you run into any trouble creating your custom ringtone on iOS or managing your ringtones on macOS? Give us a shout in the comments or over on Twitter and we'll do our best to help ya out!