($ 1,000 at Cricket Wireless) sounds like any other iPhone? Is the default Waves ringtone playing so everyone nearby will pull out their own phone and see if it rings?
Time to stand out from the crowd! You can create an unlimited number of custom ringtones for your device using a virtually unlimited number of sources: songs, sound effects, MP3 files ̵
Buy ringtones in iTunes
You know you can buy apps, music, and movies from the iTunes Store, but did you know that it also sells ringtones? It is not immediately obvious if you do not know where to look.
Open the iTunes app on your phone, tap More (bottom right), and then tap Tones . Voila! An entire section for ringtones.
Many of them are songs. However, if you tap the Genres button and scroll to the bottom of the list, categories such as "Dialog" and "Sound Effects" are displayed. Here you can score sounds like R2-D2 beeping and bathing, a T. Rex roar from Jurassic Park and spoken clips from all sorts of movies and TV shows. You can tap the thumbnail to hear a ringtone.
iTunes ringtones are sold for 99 cents or $ 1.29. When you tap to buy one, you'll see options such as Set as default ringtone, Set as default text tone (for text messages of course), and Assign to contact. Of course, you can change these options later and touch Done to complete the setup later.
This is the biggest benefit when you spend money on ringtones: they are automatically added to your phone, directly on your phone, no conversion or interlaced required.
However, if you do not want to spend money or want music or sounds that are not available through iTunes, consider the DIY approach.
Here's a great example. For my money, there is no better ringtone that you can have for your phone.
is really the only place to find it (and countless other clips, sound effects, and more). Fortunately, converting any YouTube video or MP3 audio file to a ringtone is relatively easy.
When you start with YouTube, the basic process is as follows: Convert the YouTube video to an MP3 or M4A audio file, convert the file to M4R format, and then copy iTunes to iTunes to your iPhone.
You can also go to the App Store and search for "Ringtone Maker". You'll find many free apps that allow you to convert your songs to the M4R format mentioned above – but for the final step, you'll still need iTunes. Let's take a look at the whole process – if you start with something other than YouTube, jump to step 3.
1. Copy the YouTube URL to your clipboard.
2. Go to YouTube MP3, a free browser-based conversion tool, and paste this URL into the text box. Now click Download Music MP3 . When the conversion is complete, it is automatically saved to the default download folder on your PC. (Note: There are any number of services that can perform the same task, which is fast, easy and luckily free of advertising.)
3. Now we need to convert this file to the M4R ringtone format , For this we will open another page: Free Ringtone Maker. Click the blue button Upload Files and select your MP3. (Note: This site has many banners, some of which look like they're part of the converter, they're not, just use the buttons here.)
4. Once the upload is complete, use the sliders to select the snippet and preview it to be converted to your ringtone. Then click on the M4R and finally Make Ringtone . When the conversion is complete, click the blue button Download to save the new file.
5. Now you have an M4R file that needs to find your way to your iPhone. If you do not normally connect your phone to your PC, you must do so. Run iTunes, connect your phone, and search for devices in the left toolbar. Click on your phone to expand the options, and then click Tones .
6. Now open an Explorer window and locate your M4R file. Just drag it into the iTunes window and drop it. That's it! There is no synchronization required. Any M4R file you drag here is automatically copied to your phone.
7. Finally, connect and sync your iPhone. You may need to click the Sounds option for your iPhone and enable the Sync Sounds option, and then sync again. But when you're done, go into Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone and choose your new ringtone!
By the way, you can do the same with any MP3 file (not just YouTube-related MP3s) just by hopping on step 3 – great if you have, say, a library of Songs or sound effects to draw from.
And of course, share your nomination for the best ringtone in the world in the comments. You already know my favorite.
Originally posted on October 29, 2015.
Update, July 23, 2018 : The DIY section was rewritten with current information.