How to Make a Voice Memo into a Ringtone on iPhone

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Did you know you can create your own custom ringtones for incoming texts and calls? Here's how to make ringtones with GarageBand on your iPhone. You'll need to have your device running on iOS 11 or later, have recorded a voice memo that is thirty seconds or shorter on the Voice Memos app, and saved that recording to the Files app. You'll also need to have GarageBand downloaded to your iPhone if you don't already. With this tip, you'll be able to make the ringtone on your iPhone without using iTunes or a Mac!

Related: How to Make Your Favorite Song Your iPhone Ringtone

Master your iPhone in one minute a day:

Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad.

Master your iPhone in one minute a day:

Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad.

To do this:

  1. Open the GarageBand app (you'll have to orient your phone into landscape mode while using GarageBand, so be sure you have the portrait orientation lock turned off). With the Tracks tab selected, swipe through the menu to tap Audio Recorder.




     
  2. Tap the Wrench icon at the top right. Tap Metronome & Count-In.




     
  3. Select No sound
  4. At the far right of the screen, tap the + symbol.




     
  5. On the Song Sections menu that pops up, tap Section A.
  6. Check that Automate is toggled off and Manual is set to 30.




     
  7. Tap the Tracks View icon, which looks like a square made of smaller gray blocks. Then tap the Loop icon.




     
  8. Under the Files tab, tap Browse items from the Files app and select the voice memo you previously recorded and saved to the Files app. Drag and drop the file onto the Track Timeline display of the main screen. You can align the file (now a sound clip) to the start of the timeline by dragging and dropping.




     
  9. Tap the Triangle icon at the top left and select My Songs from the drop down list.
  10. Press firmly on the song file until the Share menu pops up. Select Share.




     
  11. On the Share Song menu that pops up, select Ringtone. You'll be prompted to rename the ringtone. If you do or don't, tap Done on the keyboard.
  12. Then tap Export at the upper right. It may take a minute for the ringtone to export.




     
  13. After the export is complete, tap Use sound as. The next prompt will specify to use the ringtone as either a standard ringtone or text tone (you'll hear the ringtone you made with ALL incoming calls or texts), or to assign it to a contact.
  14. If you choose Assign to contact, your contacts list will pop up. Simply select which contact you want the ringtone for. The next prompt will be if you want the ringtone for that contact's incoming calls or texts.




     
  15. 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.

    Now you can create your own custom ringtones on your iPhone!

Top image credit: Jacob Lund / Shutterstock.com

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.
Hallei Halter's picture

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.