How to Make a Ringtone for the iPhone with a Voice Memo

Learn how to make a ringtone for your iPhone using just Voice Memo and Garageband.

Did you know you can create your own custom ringtones for incoming texts and calls? Simply record a voice memo and use GarageBand to create a unique ringtone without using a computer. We'lls how you  how to make a ringtone in just a few simple steps.

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The Apps You Need to Make a Ringtone

In order to create a ringtone on your iPhone, you will need:

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How to Record a Voice Memo

  1. Open Voice Memos app.

    Open Voice Memos app.
     
  2. Tap All Recordings.

    Tap All Recordings.
     
  3. Tap the Record button to start a voice memo. 

    Tap the Record button to start a voice memo. 
  4. Tap the Stop button.

    Tap the Record button to start a voice memo. 
     
  5. Tap the three dots.

    Tap the three dots.
     
  6. Tap Save to Files

    Save voice memo to files.
     

You will need to have the voice memo saved within your Files to use it to create a custom ringtone. Keep in mind that you can use the voice memo to record a sound played on another device if you don't wish to make a unique recording using your voice or playing an instrument.

A ringtone has to be up to 40 seconds long. If your voice memo is longer, you do not need to re-record it. You can trim it in GarageBand. To learn more about iPhone ringtones, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

How to Create a Ringtone for the iPhone  

  1. Open the GarageBand app. You'll have to orient your phone into landscape mode while using GarageBand.

    Open the GarageBand app.
     
  2. Tap the Browser button.

    Tap the Browser button.
     
  3. Under Tracks, tap Audio Recorder or pick any instrument. The instrument you choose does not matter. 

    Under Tracks, tap Audio Recorder or pick any instrument.
     
  4. Tap the Tracks View button.

    Tap the Tracks View button.
     
  5. Tap on the loop icon located at the top-right corner.

    Tap on the loop icon located at the top-right corner.
     
  6. Select Browse items from the Files app.

    Select Browse items from the Files app.
     
  7. You should see all your recent audio files under Recent. You may have to Browse to find it or search the voice memo name. Select the voice memo recording.

    Select the voice memo recording.
     
  8. Wait for it to show upload to GarageBand in the loop popup menu. 

    Wait for it to show upload to GarageBand in the loop popup menu.
     
  9. Tap it to play it. If you are satisfied with how it sounds, drag it into the main window. You can trim the voice memo as necessary.

    Drag voice memo it into the main Garageband window.
     
  10. Tap the Navigation button.

    Tap the Navigation button.
     
  11. Select My Songs. This will save it in GaradeBand Recents

    Select My Songs.
     
  12. Tap and hold the file. Then tap Share.

    Tap and hold the file. Then tap Share.
     
  13. Tap Share.

    Tap Share.
     
  14. Select Ringtone.

    Select Ringtone.
     
  15. You can name your ringtone to make it easier to search for and identify.

    You can name your ringtone to make it easier to search for and identify.
     
  16. Tap Export. This will export is as a ringtone. 

    Tap Export to export it as a ringtone.
     
  17. Once it exports, a menu will pop up confirming that Ringtone Export was Successful. Tap Use sound as….

    Tap Use sound as….
     
  18. You can choose to select it as a Standard Ringtone, Standard Text Tone, or Assign to contact. For this example I will go with Assign to contact.

    Choose Assing to contact to assign the ringtone.
     
  19. Pick the contact you want to assign the ringtone to.

    Pick the contact you want to assign the ringtone to.
     
  20. Tap Assign as Ring Tone. You can also assign it as a Text Tone.

    Tap Assign as Ring Tone.

There are NO confirmation prompts, so be mindful of which options you select. If you get tired of your custom voice memo as the ringtone, you can change the ringtone to something more standard from the Settings app.

Pro Ringtone Tips

Remember that a ringtone will repeat itself until you pick up. If your voice memo recording is short, it can get annoying faster. You can combine two or more voice memos in GarageBand and even add instruments to make it more complicated. Just make sure to keep it under 40 seconds total.

Now you know how to get custom ringtones on your iPhone! Create your unique iPhone ringtone sound by recording voice memos. You can create an original GarageBand ringtone for all your calls, text messages, or assign a special sound for all your loved ones. You can even create an individual ringtone as a text tone and another as a ringtone for a single contact. The only limit is your imagination!

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Hallei Halter

Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.