How to Create a Custom Ringtone Using GarageBand and iOS

GarageBand is available in the iOS App Store for $5. You can use it to make a ringtone out of ANY sound. In this guide we use recordings. Stay tuned for a separate guide for musical ringtones.

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How to Create a Custom Ringtone Using GarageBand and iOS
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Launch GarageBand.  It will set you back $5 and you must be using iOS 6, but well worth it once you get the hang of this.

Launch GarageBand. It will set you back $5 and you must be using iOS 6, but well worth it once you get the hang of this.

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Tap the + to create a new song.  (If you've previously used GarageBand you might already be "in" the song you were working on previously...  Close that and start a new one.

Tap the + to create a new song. (If you've previously used GarageBand you might already be "in" the song you were working on previously... Close that and start a new one.

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3
Start a new "song".

Start a new "song".

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Swipe right to get to the audio recorder...

Swipe right to get to the audio recorder...

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Tap the mic to get started.

Tap the mic to get started.

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Lets turn off the metronome.  It will make a clicking noise through the recording if we don't.

Lets turn off the metronome. It will make a clicking noise through the recording if we don't.

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Make sure you are in the "song" tab.

Make sure you are in the "song" tab.

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Switch Metronome off.

Switch Metronome off.

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Click to record.  Here's where it's fun.  Record ANYTHING.  Your kid yelling "Dad answer the phone!" - your dog barking.  A TV show or movie quote.  The iPhone mic works great for just about anything.

Click to record. Here's where it's fun. Record ANYTHING. Your kid yelling "Dad answer the phone!" - your dog barking. A TV show or movie quote. The iPhone mic works great for just about anything.

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Once you've recorded something there are two things to note.  1. A purple bar represents your recording.  2. Effects are available.  Tap to try them out.  Once happy with your recording, tap here.

Once you've recorded something there are two things to note. 1. A purple bar represents your recording. 2. Effects are available. Tap to try them out. Once happy with your recording, tap here.

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Tap "My Songs" to get to the GarageBand file screen.

Tap "My Songs" to get to the GarageBand file screen.

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Once here there are four short steps left.  Tap "Edit" then tap the "song" we just made.  (A yellow border will appear around it.)

Once here there are four short steps left. Tap "Edit" then tap the "song" we just made. (A yellow border will appear around it.)

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Now tap the box with the arrow jumping out.

Now tap the box with the arrow jumping out.

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Tap "Share song as Ringtone."

Tap "Share song as Ringtone."

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Name it!  Now it can be found under settings with all your other ringtones!

Name it! Now it can be found under settings with all your other ringtones!

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