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How to transfer ringtones from iPhone to iPhone, Android and computer

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How to transfer ringtones from iPhone to iPhone, Android and computer

Introduction

Ringtones are one of the top ways that you can really personalise your iPhone. You can set your favourite tunes to play when you receive a call, or even when you receive a notification.

If you're not all that impressed with the inbuilt tones which come with your device, you may have already purchased ringtones from the iTunes Store. However, we will also cover how to create your very own ringtones from music you already have in your iTunes library!

But what if you want your iPhone ringtones on your shiny new iPhone or Android phone, or even on your computer? No worries - this is pretty easy to do, and we'll take you through the steps you need to accomplish this quickly and easily.

Quick jump to the method you're interested in by clicking a link from the list below:

Method 1: Transfer Ringtones from iPhone to Computer

This first method is an essential skill to have on your toolbelt, as it's required to be able to transfer your ringtones to another iPhone or Android. Whenever there's a need to copy media from an iPhone to a computer, you can't go wrong with the TouchCopy app. TouchCopy is an incredibly handy and powerful tool which allows you to copy music, messages, photos, contacts and more from iPhone, iPod and iPad to your computer - functionality that iTunes simply does not provide.

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Here's how to transfer ringtones from iPhone to your computer:

  1. Download, install and launch TouchCopy on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone.
  3. Open the "Music" section, then click "Ringtones".
  4. Select the ringtones you want to copy.
  5. Hit "Copy to PC".

With the TouchCopy trial, you can transfer up to 100 tracks FREE, including ringtones. Purchase a TouchCopy licence to remove trial limitations.


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Method 2: Transfer Ringtones from iPhone to Android

Making the big switch from iPhone to Android? This can be a daunting experience with a lot to think about. If you're struggling or need some help, check out our guide to switching from iPhone to Android.

If you just need to transfer some great ringtones to your new Android phone, or if you need to copy over all your contacts, music and photos too, you can use the trusted and popular TouchCopy software.

Here's what you need to do to transfer iPhone ringtones to Android:

  1. Copy your ringtones from your iPhone to your computer. To do this, follow the steps in Method 1.
  2. Once the copy is complete, safely eject the iPhone from the computer, and connect your new Android.
  3. Close TouchCopy and open File explorer on your PC.
  4. Open the folder containing your copied ringtones.
  5. Make sure you can see file extensions in File Explorer. To do this, go to View > tick "File Name Extensions". show file extensions in Windows
  6. If your ringtone does not have the OGG file extension, right-click the ringtone you want to transfer > Rename > Ensure the file extension is OGG (.ogg).
  7. Transfer your ringtones to Android - copy the ringtone/s you've updated (select multiple ringtones by holding "ctrl" on your keyboard while clicking ringtones. Then right-click > Copy).
  8. In File Explorer, navigate to your connected Android device (usually under "This PC" or "My Computer" in File Explorer).
  9. Open it, and then find and open your Ringtones folder.
  10. Paste your ringtone/s into this folder (right-click > Paste). how to transfer ringtones from iPhone to Android

Great! Now that your Android contains the ringtones you copied from your iPhone; you can set them in your device Settings. Settings vary from device to device, but you can generally find your ringtone settings in Settings > Sound/Notifications > Phone Ringtone.

Method 3: Transfer Ringtones from iPhone to iPhone

If you've recently bought yourself a new iPhone, you're going to want to access your existing ringtones on it, right? This is super easy for your purchased ringtones, but it's a different story if you want to transfer custom ringtones to your new device.

Transfer your purchased ringtones

iOS 11 or later: On your new iPhone, head to Settings > Sounds (or "Sounds & Haptics") > Ringtone. You'll see a "Store" section near the top of the page - tap "Download All Purchased Tones". Your device will then check for any purchases under your Apple ID and download any which are not already present on your device.

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Transfer your custom ringtones

If you have ringtones that you've created yourself, ringtones that were not purchased from iTunes Store, or if you are running iOS 10 or lower, you'll need to use an alternate route in order to transfer ringtones from iPhone to iPhone:

  1. Copy your ringtones from your iPhone to your computer. To do this, follow the steps in Method 1.
  2. Once the copy is complete, safely eject your iPhone from the computer, and connect your new iPhone.
  3. Close TouchCopy and open iTunes.
  4. Additionally, open the folder containing your ringtones on your computer.
  5. Select the ringtones you want to copy to the new iPhone.
  6. Drag your selected ringtones into the "Tones" header under your device section in iTunes.
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How to change your ringtone on iPhone

Now that you know how to add ringtones, let's see how to set a ringtone on your iPhone:

  1. Grab your iPhone and open Settings > Sounds (or "Sounds & Haptics").
  2. Under "Sounds And Vibrations Patterns", tap the notification type that you wish to change the sound for.
  3. Tap a ringtone from the list to hear it, and to set it as the ringtone for your selected notification alerts.

Fun Extra: Did you know you can set a different ringtone depending on who is calling or texting you? That's right, why not set Kanye West's "Hey Mama" for when your mum calls? Or set that song which reminds you of your crazy best friend for when they call?

How to set different ringtones for different people on iPhone:

  1. Open Contacts on your iPhone.
  2. Choose a contact you want to set a ringtone for.
  3. Tap "Edit".
  4. Tap Ringtone or Text tone to choose a tone for each notification alert.
  5. Once you've made your selection, tap Done to save.

Method 4: How to create a ringtone in iTunes

How to make a song your ringtone on iPhone - iPhones are restricted to only use files which are 0-30 seconds long as ringtones. So, if you want to use a song as your ringtone, you'll need to cut it down to your favourite bit.

First, you'll need to make sure your desired song is in your iTunes library. If you have the song on your iPhone, but not in your iTunes library, you can use TouchCopy to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes.

Let's see how to create a ringtone from a song in iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes and find the song that you want to turn into a ringtone.
  2. Right-click the song > Get Info (or "Show Info"). access song info in itunes
  3. Select the Options tab.
  4. Tick the Start and Stop checkboxes and enter the times between which you'd like your ringtone to be (remember the ringtone can be a maximum of 30 seconds long).
  5. Hit OK. cut down a track in itunes
  6. Great, now ensure that your track is still selected, and go to File > Convert > Create AAC version (this will create a version of your track which uses your chosen start-stop parameters. Your original track will remain as well.)
  7. Next, locate the new AAC file on your computer. To make this easy, right click the new track in iTunes and click "Show in Windows Explorer".
  8. Make sure you can see file extensions in File Explorer. To do this, go to View > tick "File Name Extensions".
  9. Now right-click the track > Rename > Ensure the file extension is .m4r (e.g. "My Song.m4r") for use on iPhone, or .ogg from use on Android.
  10. You've created your custom ringtone!

After you've completed this process, you can once again right-click > Get Info > Options on your original track and uncheck the Start-Stop checkboxes. This will ensure that your song plays completely again when you listen to it.

Next: add your custom ringtone to your iPhone, or add your custom ringtone to your Android.

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