How to change your iPhone 6s / iPhone 6s Plus ringtone (iOS 9 tutorial)

How to change your iPhone 6s / iPhone 6s Plus ringtone (iOS 9 tutorial)
The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus might be two of the most powerful smartphones out on the market featuring the richest app ecosystem and all the bells and whistles of iOS 9, but once you try to do something as simple as changing the ringtone, you start feeling like you've been somehow transfered a decade back in time. So how do you change the ringtone on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus?

It turns out that this is a task as daunting as to almost require a degree in computer engineering, requiring you to go in the depths of iTunes. Worry not, though, we've laid it out in a tirelessly detailed explanation below. Just follow the steps and you'd be able to change the ringtone of an iPhone and use your favorite song as a ringtone.

Before we start with the tutorial on how to change the ringtone on iOS 9, though, let us say that the reason why it is oh-so-complicated has a lot to do with Apple's business of selling ringtones on the App Store. If you want to pay twice for a song and a ringtone, then changing the ringtone is very easy. If you prefer to use a song you already own as a ringtone, though, Apple has decided to overcomplicate things. Well, let's not get scared and start figuring it out right away.

Note: Keep in mind that this is an iOS 9 universal tutorial. You can use this how-to guide to change the ringtone on the iPhone 6, 5s, iPhone 5, and iPhone 4s, as well as on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini with Retina, and earlier devices running on iOS 9.

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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33 Comments

1. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Seriously ? R u kidding me ? It's so hard to change a simple thing as ringtone in IOS that you guyz had to create a tutorial for it ? Thank god i never bought that iphone 5 as i always wanted and settled for the Lg G2 :D

3. android_hitman unregistered

or maybe the Apple consumers have absolutely no idea how to do it because they are buying the phone just because it's an Apple.

4. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Right that's it. It couldn't simply just be a slow day at the PA office. No, iOS users really needed this.

21. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

They actually do. iOS users are hands down some of the most helpless, ignorant, "hold my hand and do it for me" people I have ever encountered. Easily half of them say "oh I'll never figure that out, do it for me" when I tell them how to do a backup/restore on an iphone. Literally a six step process.

29. Lilyheye

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

If you know how to set any songs as ringtones, then you can easily change your iPhone 6/ 6 Plus ringtones.

5. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

You guys need to realize that in spite of your claims of "iPhoneArena", this site is full of Apple haters and no Apple users in their right mind would frequent this site. (I do visit from time to time because I at least care a little about Android, but as far as Apple news and articles go, there are much better sources.) At the end of the day, all these "smart" arguments, all those "landslide" polls, it's all yourselves, brother.

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

There are plenty of iOS/Apple fans/apologists here.

31. HaydenL

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 04, 2016

f**king burn! they keep yapping but they deep down their hearts they know very clear how they feel.

15. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Now I get it that why they are called iDiots ...

7. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

iOS users aren't exactly the most.....independent folks around, and their deductive reasoning is basically non existent. Thus, tutorials for the most basic of tasks. iOS users, lol

2. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

"How to change your iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus ringtone" That's very funny title...lol...you ask why? There has to be a tutorial just to change ringtone (apply custom ringtone)?

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 6617; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

This is how you set the ring tone, using pirate or media from outside the AppStore. If you go to Settings-Sounds-Ringtone-Store and you buy the tone, you'll find it under Ringtones.

8. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

really pa..really, ios users who read PA aren't dumb like most of ios and apple users. (That's a fact AND YOU KNOW IT)

9. srgonu

Posts: 508; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Wow, looks like ios users are way ahead. ..... :)

10. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

If this article isn't damning with faint praise, I don't know what is. Woohoo NOW you can change that ringtone! Welcome to 1995, Apple.

11. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

LMAOOOO WTF!

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1344; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I always found this to be a bit greedy on Apples part. That I must pay again to change my ringtone to a custom ringtone ( a song ). Also, the uses of itunes just ruin what should be a simple change into a complicated endeavor. However, as many have said, most iOS users simply do not care about customization and go with the defaults as it conforms to everyone else with the same device.

14. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I have many custom ringtones and never paid....made them myself

13. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

A tutorial for changing ringtone? Hell yeah!!! Thats what I call INNOVATION !!! Kudos to Apple ....

16. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Holy effing hell. I knew iOS sucked, but I had no idea it sucked THIS much.

18. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

It actually sucks WORSE than this. Stay away.

19. Rich123

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

It is this bad. I wanted to use a free ringtone from Zedge. I had to download the ringtone to the PC, get it into iTunes, transfer it to the iPhone. It was ugly.

20. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

When I set up my wife's iPhone 4S a few years ago with a ring tone from a song she bought in the 80's, it took me hours to figure out how to do it. The steps are similarly convoluted. It involved changing some iTunes settings, too. These instructions are for using a PC. I would be interested to see how it is done on the Mac. On the PC, you can rename the filename extension from .m4a to .m4r fairly easily. Is it just as easy on the Mac?

22. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

My mom was wondering how to do this, and my dad, A PROFESSOR IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, couldn't figure it out.

23. SPASE

Posts: 257; Member since: May 03, 2013

Simple, it just works :P

24. smitpatel

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

ohh now i understand why most of the iphone guys has default ringtones...! lolzzz

25. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Wow.. it's easier than rooting an Android phone.

26. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Actually, it isn't. It's pretty easy to root an Android phone. But even if you don't root an Android phone, it has ten times the functionality of an iPhone. you can change ringtones, or record your own, without rooting.

28. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

I am just being sarcastic... :D

27. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I love my Nexus so much more now. I can't imagine having to hack my phone just to change the ring tone. Apple is evil.

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