Sometimes when you have ringtones downloaded or purchased on your computer, or you might have just converted your music songs to ringtones with GarageBand or iTunes on your computer, you need to send them to your iPhone. To create free ringtones from your music files with iTunes, check out following guide to create free iPhone ringtones with iTunes. In fact, the sync of iPhone ringtones is virtually the same as other iTunes files, like music, videos, photos, etc. We will describe how to sync ringtones to iPhone throug iTunes below.

How to Transfer Ringtones to iPhone through iTunes?

Sync ringtones from computer to iPhone is just like you transfer other content or files to iPhone. You need to use iTunes or other easier transfer tools. Below we will demonstrate how you can sync ringtones to iPhone using iTunes, at the end of this guide, we will also suggest some iTunes alternative that can also help you send ringtones from computer to iPhone, but in a much easier way.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to Computer via USB

Plugin your iPhone device into your PC or Mac with supplied USB data cable. This may help you launch iTunes on your computer automatically.

Step 2: Start iTunes on your Computer

Double click on the iTunes icon to launch the iTunes app on your computer if it did not start automatically when your iPhone is connected to computer.

Step 3: Add ringtones from computer to iTunes

add ringtone to itunes library
We firstly need to import or add the ringtones from computer to iTunes library. There will be a Tones library in the iTunes, along with other libraries like Music, Movies, TV shows, etc. If you can’t see it, go to add ringtones to iTunes, then the Tones will be displayed in your iTunes library. There are three different ways you can add ringtones from PC or Mac to iTunes.

  • Method 1. Go to File menu >> select Add File to library …. item from the drop-down menu list.
  • Method 2. Press Ctrl+O on your keyboard to add ringtone to library in iTunes.
  • Method 3. The easiest way to load your ringtones from your computer hard drive to iTunes, is to drag and drop the ringtone file to iTunes library.

Step 4: Select ringtones to sync to iPhone

Your iPhone name will be listed under the Device section on the left menu of iTunes. Click on your iPhone, click the “Tones” to open the ringtones tab.

Sync Ringtones to iPhone through iTunes

Check the box for “Sync Tones” and then check the boxes for the ringtones you want to sync. There are 2 options to select, check “All tones” to choose all the ringtone files to sync, or check “Selected tones” to select the specified ringtones that you want to transfer.

Step 5: Sync ringtones to iPhone via itunes

Finally click Sync button in the bottom right corner of iTunes to sync all or selected ringtones to iPhone via iTunes. The synced ringtone files will appear on your iPhone as a ringtone automatically.

iPhone Ringtones Sync Tips

This ringtones sync via iTunes applies to various iPhone models and iOS versions, such as iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus. When a ringtone has been transferred to iPhone, you need to enable it as your default ringtone on iPhone.

Except iTunes, other iPhone management and transfer tools provide similar functions to allow you transfer ringtones from computer to iPhone without iTunes or sync, iTools is one of the most popular one. It can help you transfer not only ringtones, but also many other data such as books, PDFs, contacts, etc.

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18 thoughts on “Sync Ringtones to iPhone through iTunes

  1. Connie McKinnie

    I bought a new iphone 6s today, but none of my ringtones or songs transferred. I have spend quite a bit of money on them, and I’d like to continue using them.

  2. Connie McKinnie

    I really need to move my purchased music and ring tones to my new iPhone 6s that I just bought today.

    • Matt

      you can download the purchased music and ringtones to your new iPhone from iTunes Store. Access iTunes store on your new iPhone, tap on More… icon at the bottom right corner, then choose Purchased. Alternatively you can open iTunes store, switch to Music tab if it does not open automatically, scroll down to the bottom of this page, you can find your Apple ID. Log in your Apple account here if not yet. Then find the Purchased link in the Quick Links section which is just above your Apple ID.

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