How to Add Ringtones to iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XS (Max)/XR without iTunes

How to put ringtones on iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XS (Max)/XR easily? Feel tired of iTunes syncing? Follow this guide to add your favorite ringtones to your iPhone without iTunes.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Dec. 06, 2017, Last Updated: Nov. 05, 2018
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Q: “I’m trying to add a downloaded m4r file (it’s that silly song “Getaway” from Arrested Development’s 4th season). I’ve added the song to my iTunes library, where it does show up and play. And I’ve tried to “Sync Tones” – to no avail. The tones in the iPhone’s menu are just on that menu which comes with the device, and I don’t see any area where new tracks could be added unless they’re just alphabetically inserted into the existing list (which doesn’t strike me as likely).”

— From Apple Support Communities

How to Put Ringtones on iPhone

How to Put Ringtones on iPhone

Putting your favorite ringtones on the iPhone is to some extent complicated and time-consuming. In old time, most users failed to add the ringtones they made to their iPhone because of the confusing interface of iTunes; And now, soon after iOS 11 releasing, Apple also updated iTunes to 12.7 version, but unluckily, Apple has already moved out the tabs of Tone and App on this version, which means there are no more features of ringtone making, transferring, deleting, etc. anymore.

Many users complained about this unfriendly change. So Apple released the iTunes 12.6.3, bring back Tone tab and dealing with such situation. However, you need firstly notice that iTunes 12.6.3 is not the version officially recommended by Apple, without technical support service. Besides, when most users downgrade from iTunes 12.7 to 12.6.3, they need recreating the iTunes library and encounter iTunes Library.itl cannot be read problem. So how can you really put ringtones on iPhone without such unpleasant issues, but with ease?

Here in this guide, we will talk about an alternative way to add ringtones to iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XS (Max)/XR directly. Just follow the 3-step tutorial to set ringtone on iPhone without iTunes.

Part 1. How to Add Ringtones to iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XS (Max)/XR without iTunes

Since the new iTunes versions don’t provide ringtone transferring feature, how can you move ringtones to iPhone without iTunes? In this part, an alternative to iTunes – AnyTrans for iOS is highly recommended to help you with this issue. Why?

AnyTrans for iOS is a comprehensive and easy-to-use iPhone content manager, which allows you to transfer data among iDevice, computer and iTunes. For ringtone transferring,

  1. It is much more friendly to users, without such complicated interface like iTunes.
  2. You must know that iTunes ringtone syncing to iPhone will lead to the media files, like songs, videos, ringtones, and more, being erased. But with AnyTrans for iOS, there will be no any data being erased and loss. 100% ensure data security.
  3. No need to convert ringtone formats to iPhone-supported m4r firstly, because during transferring, AnyTrans for iOS will automatically change the formats to m4r, and after transferring, you can set and use it on your iPhone right away.
  4. AnyTrans for iOS also enables you to make other audio files ringtones, like favorite songs, voice memo, and more. You can set a song as a ringtone for its 25 seconds, 40 seconds, or its original length, which means you can choose any segment of it as a customized ringtone.
  5. Beside, AnyTrans for iOS is also capable of transferring iPhone ringtones to computer and move ringtones to iTunes.

Why not download and then install AnyTrans for iOS on your computer now? And there are just 3 steps with AnyTrans for iOS to add ringtones to iPhone, and you can set any one of your favorite ringtones in iPhone without iTunes.

Step 1. Launch AnyTrans for iOS, and link your iPhone to computer via USB cable. Click on Device Manager.

How to Add Ringtone to iPhone without iTunes – Step 1

How to Add Ringtone to iPhone without iTunes – Step 1

Step 2. On the category page, click “Audio” and choose “Ringtones”.

How to Add Ringtone to iPhone without iTunes – Step 2

How to Add Ringtone to iPhone without iTunes – Step 2

Step 3. Click the “+” button on the top-right of this window, and browse the ringtone you want to put to your iPhone, then click the “Open” button to start adding ringtones to iPhone. After transferring, you can jump to Part 2 for how to set ringtone on iPhone without iTunes and computer now.

How to Add Ringtone to iPhone without iTunes – Step 3

How to Add Ringtone to iPhone without iTunes – Step 3

1. Ways to set the ringtone length:

On Mac: Go to AnyTrans for iOS menu bar > Click AnyTrans > Preference > General > Ringtone.

On Windows: On AnyTrans for iOS homepage, click the Settings area in the top left corner > Transfer Settings > General > Ringtone.

2. If you want to add ringtones to iPhone under Device Manager, then you need to know that it only supports the m4r format.

Part 2. How to Set Ringtone on iPhone without iTunes and Computer

After AnyTrans for iOS making and transferring a ringtone, you can directly set the ringtone in Settings on your iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XS (Max)/XR without iTunes and computer:

Step 1. Go to Settings App > Tap on Sounds & Haptics > Tap on Ringtone.

Step 2. Then all ringtones will be displayed, including both the original ones on iPhone and the transferred ones from AnyTrans for iOS. View the transferred files, and set the transferred ringtones on your iPhone directly.

How to Set Ringtone on iPhone without iTunes

How to Set Ringtone on iPhone without iTunes

Also Read: How to Move Data from Old iPhone to New iPhone 8/X >

The Bottom Line

AnyTrans for iOS takes care of every piece of your iPhone content, from a small note to the whole music library. If you want to add ringtones to iPhone without iTunes, then AnyTrans for iOS can be your best choice. Just get it to your computer and have a free trial. Any question on this guide or AnyTrans for iOS is warmly welcomed, meanwhile, don’t forget to share this guide with your friends.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.