How to Set Custom Alarm Sound on iPhone for Free

Do you know how to make your own alarm sound on iPhone with GarageBand? This full guide can give you all answers about this question!

Kathy by Kathy Updated June 11, 2024
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Have you ever noticed how you can instantly recognize when an iPhone is nearby by hearing its iconic Marimba ringtone? Despite Apple's efforts to enhance customization within the Apple ecosystem, iPhone users still lack the ability to set their preferred song as an alarm sound.

Unfortunately, this means you're restricted to Apple's ringtone library. While you can purchase new tones from Apple's Tone Store, the selection is limited and may not match your preferences for waking up. Similarly, buying ringtones from Apple Music or iTunes can be costly for just a short clip. If you want to create your own ringtone using a voice memo or royalty-free music downloaded from YouTube, you can use Apple's free GarageBand app to craft custom ringtones.

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How to make your own alarm sound on iPhone with GarageBand

To create a personalized alarm sound using GarageBand, first ensure you've downloaded and installed the GarageBand app from the App Store. This app is compatible with any iPhone or iPad running iOS 11, iPadOS 11, or later. Now you can follow these steps to finish the process

Part 1. Create alarm sound with the GarageBand

Step 1. Launch GarageBand and tap the blue + icon in the top-right corner to start a new project.

Step 2. In the new project screen, select the Tracks tab. Choose either a built-in instrument or the Audio Recorder, depending on whether you want to use a downloaded song or a voice memo for your alarm sound.

Step 3. Tap the third icon from the top-left corner to access the main editing screen.

Step 4. Now, tap the loop icon located at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 5. You'll see two tabs: Apple Loops and Files. Tap on Files, then select Browse items from the Files app.

Step 6. Browse through your downloaded music files and tap on the song you want to use as your alarm sound.

Step 7. After selecting the song, you'll return to the Files tab. Long-press on the song and drag it to the top of the editing screen.

Step 8. Tap the Play icon at the top of the screen to preview your custom alarm sound.

Once you've created your alarm sound, you can export it and set it as your new alarm tone.

Part 2. Set custom alarm sound on iPhone

Here are the steps to export your ringtone from GarageBand:

Step 1. Return to the projects page by tapping the downward triangle in the top left corner of the screen, then select "My Songs."

Step 2. Locate your newly created ringtone named "My Song." Long-press it to bring up a pop-up menu, and then choose "Share."

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Step 3. On the Share screen, you'll see three options: Song, Ringtone, and Project.

Step 4. To rename your alarm, tap its current name ("My Song") and enter your desired name.

Step 5. Tap the blue "Export" button at the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 6. A pop-up will confirm that the export was successful. Tap "OK."

Now, to set the exported alarm sound:

Step 1. Open the Clock app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Select "Alarm" from the bottom menu.

Step 3. Choose an existing alarm or create a new one by tapping the "+" button in the top-right corner.

Step 4. Tap "Sound" and select the custom sound you just created.

Step 5. Tap "Save" to save the changes.

From the steps above, you can know how to set custom alarm sound on iPhone for free. 

Bonus: How to edit iPhone ringtones on PC

When you need to edit your ringtones on iPhone from PC, the professional ringtone maker - FoneTool will be your most ideal choice.

yes You can easily move source and targeted files from iPhone to PC or PC to iPhone.
yes Edit various audio files including mp3, m4a, m4b, m4p, m4r, aif, aiff, flac, wav, aac, etc. as you like on computer.
yes All iOS devices and iOS versions can be supported, even the latest ones.

Now you can download and install it on your Windows PC, then follow the steps below to learn how to make it.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable > Launch FoneTool > Go to Toolbox > Tap on Ringtone Maker to continue.

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Step 2. Choose From Device to select music you need.

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Step 3. Choose music on your iPhone > Click on Select.

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Step 4. Edit the music as you like > Once you have finished the process, tap on Save to Device to save it > Click on Save from the pop-up window to finish the process. 

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From this passage, you can know how to set custom alarm sound on iPhone for free. You can use GarageBand to make it efficiently. To move ringtones from iPhone to PC, you can choose the handy FoneTool to finish the process.

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