[2 Ways] How to Make Text Tones for iPhone

Looking for methods on how to make text tones for iPhone? You may need this guide to get detailed instructions to make custom text tones for iPhone.

Demi by Demi Updated October 11, 2023
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The iPhone is renowned for its robust security measures, making it challenging to customize its features without resorting to jailbreaking. Fortunately, there's a legitimate method to create a personalized text tone for your iPhone without compromising its security. So, if you're someone who enjoys having a unique text tone for your messages, this guide is for you. We've outlined a variety of simple and effective approaches for crafting custom text tones on your iPhone.

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Now, let's delve into these methods, giving you the freedom to choose the one that best suits your preferences.

Way 1. How to make text tones for iPhone via iTunes

If you're familiar with the steps to transfer iTunes music library to iPhone, then making text tone for iPhone via iTunes should be a manageable task for you. The process generally involves converting your chosen song into a ringtone format, syncing it with your iPhone to use. Below, you'll find a step-by-step guide with detailed instructions.

Step 1. Covert the song to a text tone format
• Launch iTunes, locate the song that you want to set as ringtone > Right-click it and choose Song Info.

• In the prompt window, click Option > Set the Start and Stop time of the ringtone > Click OK to confirm. Please be noted that the ringtone can only be set within 30 seconds.

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• Select the original song, click File > Convert > Create AAC format. Your song will now get duplicated.

• Select the AAC version of the song, right-click and choose Show in Windows Explorer > Change the extension from .m4a to .m4r.

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Step 2. Sync ringtone to iPhone
• Connect your iPhone to computer via USB > Click the phone icon in iTunes.

• Click Summary > Check Manually manage music and videos > Click Apply.

• Click the Tone tab > Drag and drop the ringtone from desktop to iTunes > Then, wait for the sync process to finish.

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Way 2. How to make text tones for iPhone by GarageBand

If it’s kind of complicated for you to make text tone using iTunes, try make it using a third-party app, like GarageBand on iPhone directly. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make text tones for iPhone by GarageBand.

Step 1. Download and open GarageBand > Choose any available instrument, like keyboard.

Step 2. Tap on the project icon as shown in the screenshot below > Tap the loop icon > On the Music section, tap Songs.

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Step 3. Press and hold the wanted songs to open it > Drop the file as the second track.

Step 4. Tap on the track and drag the ends to trim the audio recording as you like > When finishing editing, tap the downward arrow to save it to My songs.

Step 5. The ringtone will show up under Recent > Long press it and tap Share > Choose Ringtone option.

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Step 6. Give a name to your ringtone > Tap Export > Finally, tap Use sound as ... to set it as your ringtone, text tone, or assign to a specific contact.

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Bonus: How to change text tones for iPhone

After making text tones for iPhone, you may also need to learn how to select custom tones for text messages on your iPhone and how to set up different tones to help you identify messages from different senders.

How to change the default text tone for iPhone

Each iPhone comes equipped with a myriad of built-in text message tones. You have the option to designate one of these as your default text tone for your iPhone. Consequently, whenever you receive a text message, the selected text tone will play, notifying you of incoming messages. Here’s how you can do.

Step 1. Head to the Settings app on your iPhone > Tap Sound & Haptics > Choose Text Tone.

Step 2. Swipe to browse the list of text tones > Choose the text tone you just made, and your choice is automatically saved and the tone is set as your default.

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How to assign custom text tone to individuals

You also have the option to set unique tones for different people in your address book. This lets you make your phone more personalized and helps you easily identify who's sending you a message. To assign a special text tone to a contact:

Step 1. Go to the Contacts app, select the contact whose text tone you want to change > Tap Edit > Tap Text Tone.

Step 2. Scroll down to choose the text tone you’d like to set up > Finally, tap Done to save the change.

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That’s all for how to make text tone for iPhone. Personalizing your iPhone's text tones is an enjoyable way to make your device uniquely yours. With the methods detailed in this guide, you can craft distinctive text tones using either iTunes or GarageBand, adding a touch of personality to your iPhone. Whether you prefer a classic ring or a quirky sound effect, custom text tones enable you to express your style and ensure your iPhone stands out.

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