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How to create free ringtones for your iPhone using Music on Mac

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Several years ago, we showed you how to create ringtones for your iPhone using iTunes. And if you own an older Mac that still uses iTunes, this tutorial still works like a charm. But if you have a newer version of macOS without iTunes, you’ll need to follow somewhat of a different process to create and use your ringtone.

This how-to walks you through creating ringtones for your iPhone using the Music app. The steps are similar for making the ringtone but getting it onto your device differs. So, here’s the entire process from start to finish.

Sonic offers jailbroken iPhone users an easy way to create and import ringtones

Most people I know like to configure custom ringtone(s) on their iPhone so that they aren’t listening to the boring stock ringtones every time someone tries to get ahold of them. Users have the option of purchasing ringtones from Apple’s iTunes Store or creating their own with the help of dedicated software.

If the iPhone you plan to create ringtones for is jailbroken, then you now have the additional option of using a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Sonic by iOS developer Zeph. By design, Sonic offers users an all-in-one solution for creating and importing ringtones and text tones to the ringtone/text tone libraries from the iPhone itself.

Adjust each of your iPhone’s various volume levels independently with SmartVolumeMixer

At first glance, it might seem like your iPhone has just one volume control that you can change with the volume buttons at the side of the handset, but there are actually nine different volume controls present on your handset.

It can be challenging to discern which volume control you’re adjusting when you press your device’s volume buttons, and so iOS developer midkin just launched a new jailbreak tweak called SmartVolumeMixer to make life a bit easier in this department.

PowerCaller allows one contact to bypass your iPhone’s silent mode

You can put your iPhone into silent mode by using the switch on the side when you don’t want the ringtone to make a bunch of noise. On the other hand, we all have someone special in our lives we still want to hear notifications from, regardless of everyone else.

PowerCaller is a new free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Joe Merlino that lets you override the mute switch and boost the ringtone volume for one specific contact, and it’s perfect for the aforementioned scenario.

Tip: change your FaceTime ringtone on your Mac to match your iPhone or iPad

Do you like the default ringtone that you hear on your Mac when someone initiates a FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, or Phone call?

Many people set up custom ringtones on their iPhones, but when the call gets forwarded to their Mac via Continuity, they end up hearing something completely different from it than they do their iPhone.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to configure your FaceTime ringtone on your Mac so it sounds the same as your iPhone.

LiveRinging brings video ringtones to your jailbroken iPhone

For deeper customization of the incoming call screen from iOS that goes deeper than just blurring your wallpaper background or showing the contact picture of the person who is calling you, you may want to check out a new jailbreak tweak called LiveRinging.

This tweak replaces the background of the incoming call screen with a video of your choice and gives iOS a feature Android users know and love known as video ringtones.

In this review, we'll show you how LiveRinging works and demonstrate its capabilities.

How to stop your iPad and other devices from ringing when you get a call on your iPhone

If you own more than one Apple device, be it an iPhone, an iPad, an iPod touch, or a Mac, you might have encountered this situation where a call on your iPhone rings simultaneously on your other devices. This is part of a feature called Continuity, and in most cases, it's really helpful.

But if like most of us at iDB you own several Apple devices, the situation can quickly escalate and you end up having your iPhone, two iPads, and maybe even your Mac ring at the same time.

For some, this can be incredibly useful, but for others it just creates an array of unwanted notifications and multiple devices ringing at once. This can get really annoying if you have all of your devices sitting around the same desk when you get a call because it sounds like a phone call symphony.

If you'd like to fine-tune which of your devices are allowed to take phone calls from your iPhone, then follow along with us. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to keep your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac from ringing every time your iPhone gets a phone call.

Audiko lets you create ringtones right on your iPhone

I’ve been using the same ringtone for about two years now. It’s not so much because I love the sound, although I do (it’s the “Enchanted Tiki Room” song). It’s that I’m too lazy to create new sounds to use.

Audiko is a ringtone creator that lets you make your own tracks right on your iPhone so you don’t have to download music off of the web. You can use your favorite songs, quotes from movies, or even the sound of your buddy snoring.