Create ringtones using GarageBand on iPad

GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world. It is bundled with Apple’s OS X and free to download and use for all iPhone iPad iPod users. GarageBand is easy to use and yet extremely powerful. You can use it to record, mix, and produce music, both from loops and live instruments. The moment you launch GarageBand, you can start making music. With GarageBand, you can easily share your songs with friends, family, or the entire Internet via social networks. One of the most frequently used features of GarageBand is the ringtone making. You can record your voice or any sound, convert music and save your track as a custom ringtone for phone calls or text messages on iPhone iPad iPod touch. Also GarageBand for iOS saves the trouble of syncing ringtone to iPhone iPad iPod touch via iTunes. If you use any ringtone creation software on desktop or any other third party ringtone maker app for iOS, iTunes is the only way you can add a custom ringtone to iPhone iPad iPod. With GarageBand on your iOS device, you can make ringtones on your iOS device and instantly activate the ringtones on your iPhone iPad or iPod.

Create ringtones using GarageBand on iPad

In this demo, we will use GarageBand on iPad to show you the steps. There are mainly two steps to make a ringtone for iPhone iPad iPod using GarageBand. Firstly of all, you need to record a music song, any voice or sound using GarageBand on iPad. Then convert the song or audio recorded to ringtone file from GarageBand. Check out details as following.

Run GarageBand on iPad, go to the My Songs screen of GarageBand, you can find all your existing songs and recordings from there. You can refer to this guide to record sound on iPad using GarageBand if no songs created yet. This is the first step to make ringtones using GarageBand. We will not discuss into this part further here as this issue requires a separate article. You can check out the previous linked guide for more details and we will cover this topic in more posts to come.

The second and last step to create ringtones using GarageBand is to convert songs or recordings to ringtones for iPhone iPad or iPod. Select the audio in the My Songs page of GarageBand, then tap the Share button at the top left corner, a drop-down menu shows up, see below screenshot.

create ringtone using garageband on ipad

Choose Ringtone from the Share menu to start converting audio to ringtone using GarageBand on iPad. A dialogue opens like below.

export ringtone from garageband on ipad
Give this new ringtone a name and touch the Export button to begin creating a new ringtone using GarageBand. When the ringtones has been exported successfully, you will get a prompt saying, “A backup file of your rintone was copied to the File Sharing area for GarageBand in iTunes”, and you will have the option to use ringtones as standard ringtone on iPad, standard text tone on iPad or assign ringtone to contacts on iPad.
garageband to use ringtone on ipad

Making ringtone using iTunes

You can set a ringtone from GarageBand directly. If you use iTunes to create ringtones on computer or other third party ringtone makers, you will have to activate ringtone on iPhone iPad from the Settings. This however becomes unnecessary with GarageBand as it can directly assign ringtones in your iOS system.

Transfer ringtones from iPad to iPhone and computer

Once you have created ringtones using GarageBand on iPad, you can also save them from iPad to computer and iPhone, so you do not have to repeat the same steps to make ringtones on iPhone using Garageband. To do that, you can check out following tutorial to transfer ringtones from Garageband on iPad to PC and iPhone.