Last Updated on January 7, 2020 by Jay
Learning how to add ringtones to iPhone from computer is fairly simple. Regardless of what computer you own, there are generally at least a couple of different ways to transfer music from a PC to an iPhone device.
So, without any further ado, let’s get right into it!
How to Add Ringtones to iPhone from Computer With iTunes
Using iTunes is one of the easiest ways of transferring songs, ringtones, or any kind of data to your iPhone, really. However, let us not forget that the older versions work differently.
For that reason, we’re going to have to mention both ways of transferring ringtones by iTunes 12.6 or older and iTunes 12.7 or later. You don’t have to worry about finding which version you’re running. If one method doesn’t seem to work for you, just move to the other.
Old Versions of iTunes
For those of you who are on iTunes 12.6 or older:
- Connect your phone to the computer with a USB cable (Doesn’t matter if it’s Mac or Windows – the only requirement is to have iTunes installed)
- On the computer, use a file manager to locate your ringtones/music (Default download location for both Mac and Windows computers is called “Downloads”
- Drag anything you want to the iTunes window which should add these songs to your iTunes library (Some formats, such as FLAC, are not supported)
- Click on the iPhone icon
- Select “Tones”
- Tick “Sync Tones”
- Choose anything you want or select “All tone” to sync everything
- Hit “Apply” at the bottom right corner of the screen
- Wait for the sync process to finish (It’s usually instantaneous – unless you’ve got hundreds of songs)
If adding ringtones to your iTunes library by the drag and drop method doesn’t work, try clicking -> File -> Add file to library. If that still doesn’t work, then the ringtone which you’re trying to import is either already on your iTunes library or its file format is not supported by iTunes.
Newer Versions of iTunes
As we mentioned above, any version of iTunes 12.7 and later doesn’t work in the same way. So, if you’re running one of these, here is how to add ringtones to iPhone from computer with them:
- Connect your iPhone to the PC with a USB cable
- Open iTunes
- Click on your iPhone icon on iTunes
- Head over to “Music”
- Then tick “Sync Music”
- Choose if you need the whole music library or only a few selected songs
- And hit “Apply”
If syncing doesn’t begin automatically, you can always perform a manual sync with the “Sync” button. Again, do keep in mind that if there are a lot of songs to be synced/transferred, then you may have to wait for a few seconds or even minutes.
After syncing data by using the USB cable once, then you also get the option of syncing through Wi-Fi. That can be found under the “Summary” tab just above the “Music” one.
This is extremely useful as you’ll get all of the newly-bought songs on your iPhone automatically without having to go back and forth with a USB cable. The only requirement is for both your computer and phone to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network!
How to Add Ringtones to iPhone from Computer With Cloud Services
Adding ringtones to your iPhone by using a USB cable or your local network is a great solution when you’re at home. But if you don’t feel like dealing with iTunes or you want the freedom of being able to exchange files between your device freely, then using the power of cloud services is another great method.
iCloud is quite possibly the best choice for those who own both an iPhone and a Mac. However, it’s definitely not ideal for Windows computers. iCloud may be available for Windows – but it requires you to activate it on a Mac PC first. So, if you don’t own a Mac, you’re out of luck.
Not to worry, though. There are still a ton of other options. Google Drive is one of the best ones that work for pretty much every device, so, let’s go with that:
- Install Google Drive on both your computer and iPhone
- Create a Google Account (If you don’t have one)
- By using your computer, upload the ringtones that you need to Google Drive
- Once that’s done, log-in with your iPhone and download your ringtones
By default, Google gives you 15 gigabytes of free storage. If you need more, then you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription. The same applies to iCloud, though. So, if more storage is truly needed, make your own research and decide what works best for your needs.
As you can see in the image above, apart from uploading songs and other files, there is also the option of adding different folders and sub-folders. If you’re intending on uploading a lot of different stuff, then this is definitely something to keep in mind before moving on!
How to Set Ringtone on iPhone
Now that your songs/ringtones are on the iPhone, all that remains is for you to change the ringtone to the one that you prefer. To do that:
- Go to Settings
- Sounds & Haptics
- Find the song/ringtone of your preference
- Choose it
- And that’s all there is to it
Those were the easiest methods of transferring a ringtone/song from your computer to an iPhone device. To summarize all of the methods:
- You can use iTunes to transfer the songs locally or through your local network (The exact process may differ depending on the version of iTunes)
- You can use a cloud service to upload the songs and then download them with the iPhone
- Or you can also rely on a 3rd party program that does the same thing with iTunes – but automatically (Most of them require a payment or a subscription, though)
We personally prefer using cloud services since they can keep everything connected. But that’s only a matter of personal preference – to each their own. If you happen to know of a better way, feel free to let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
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