How to change the ringtone on your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X with a custom one: 5 visual guides


So, you've got an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Good for you, but how are you liking the default ringtone, which is by now so ingrained into our society that we are frantically checking our phones once we hear the well-known rhythm of Opening

To be honest, changing the ringtone on your iPhone is a task that looks deceptively simple, but has its own quirky moments, especially if you are a fan of little-known anti-consumerist music bands from the 70s and would love your iPhone to ring with the sounds of first-gen punk music, like The Mekons' "Empire of the Senseless" or France Gall's timeless "Laisse tomber les filles".

So, let us show you all the ways you that you can use to change your iPhone ringtone.

#1. The standard method


Yes, this one is as simple as abc and every iOS user should be versed in this one. 


#2. iTunes Store


Similar to the standard method, this one allows you to grab any of the ringtones on iTunes and set it on your device. 


#3. Garageband


Now, why fall into consumerism and buy a ringtone from the iTunes Store when you can, you know, create one yourself? Yeah, unleash your inner Gershwin and go ahead!



#4. Use a third-party app


A third-party app is still a valid option if you have an obscure old MP3 file laying around and want to 'quickly' set it as ringtone on your iPhone.

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#5. iTunes + desktop computer


Now, this is quite possibly the most convoluted method you could use to set a ringtone on your new iPhone, but it does the trick if you can't possibly find your song in question anywhere else or have a specific personal file that you wish to use. Note that we do not condone the use of DRM-protected, copyrighted material that's obtained illegally. 




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24 Comments

1. afrohoxha

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

iOS is simple and intuitive, unlike Android which has useless gimmicks such as adding your own ringtones.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You're sarcastic, right? It's hard to tell these days on this site

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

He was clearly sarcastic. At least, to me.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I sure as hell hope he was sarcastic. lol

15. Peacetoall unregistered

Lol that was good one. But its the apple way of business and their userbase has no issue with it they are fine to purchase ringtone from itunes.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4216; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Oooof, that is a nightmare no matter how you look at it.

6. Kakarot

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

Now I understand the reason many iPhone users have the standard iPhone jingle as their ringtone XD

11. iampun33t

Posts: 136; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I don't want to live on this Earth anymore. Changing ringtone to something you like? Who does that? What horror is this? /s Apple Fanboys be like - Yeah Right..!! Why would you wanna change something so awesome that Apple has created just for you?

17. Peacetoall unregistered

Every manufacture make their own custom ringtone for brand recognition

21. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

It wasn't his point. Too bad you aren't smart enough to even understand the point he made. Your retort says it all. How old are you? 10? Does mommy know you visit sites with adult content? Children shouldn't be here.

19. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Curious as the why the Zedge application wasn't mentioned on the Android Ringtone article? I mean, you wrote both of them. Setting a ringer on iOS is easy, the main issue is getting them onto the device. These are the things that make iOS so convoluted and backwards. There is no reason why Apple can simply make the music folder available with a file manage. That way you can just plug in to a PC or Mac access the folder and copy the files to a ringtone folder, just like you can on Android. I remember a time to get ringtones onto an iPhone, you had to rename the file extension, so they would sync to the right directory But the fans claim iOS is simplistic? There is NOTHING simplistic about iOS. You never have to justify BS. Because it will always still be BS.

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