How to Turn a Voice Memo into iPhone Ringtone

Though I’m not a huge fan of quirky ringtones, I love to try out an out-of-the-box ringtone on iPhone once in a while. While there is no shortage of goofy ringtones, it feels great to turn a voice memo into an iPhone ringtone. It not only adds a bit of personal touch to your iPhone but also tends to spruce up the whole ringtone affair. If that’s what has got you interested, let me show how you can convert a voice memo into a ringtone on your iPhone the right way.

Convert a Voice Memo into an iPhone Ringtone with 10 Quick Steps

So, how do you turn an audio recording into a ringtone on the iPhone? Thanks to the Apple GarageBand app, converting a voice memo into a cool iPhone ringtone is relatively a straightforward affair. Yeah, it isn’t as tedious as it seems to be.

To sum it up, all you have to do is create a funny recording (or whatever you like) and then fine-tune it as a ringtone. Once that’s done, it’s business as usual. Now that you have got the sneak peek about what this how-to has got for you, let’s jump right in to get going!

  1. To get going, open the Voice Memos app on your iPhone and then select the recording you want to use. If you wish to go with a new one, record it now and then select it.

Launch Voice Memos

2. After that, tap on the tiny three dots (ellipsis) and then choose Save to Files in the share sheet. And then save it at the desired place.

Save your recording

3. Now, launch the GarageBand app (free, requires iOS 14 or later) on your iPhone.

Launch GarageBand app on iPhone

Then, select a preferred instrument. You have got a handful of instruments like a keyboard, drum, guitar, and more. I’m going to pick the drum. After that, tap on the project icon at the top left corner of the screen.

Choose drum

Then, choose the loop icon at the top right corner of the screen.

Tap on the loop icon

4. Ensure that the Files tab is selected at the top center and then tap on the Browse items from the Files app. After that, navigate to the audio recording you have just saved.

Tap on Browse items from the Files app

5. Next, tap on the audio recording to get it inside the project menu.

Tap on the audio recording

Then, drop it as the second track after the instrument which is placed as the first track.

Place your audio recording

6. Next, tap on the track and then drag either end to perfectly trim the audio recording. Once you have trimmed it, make sure to play it (check out the play button at the top) to ensure it’s in line with your needs.

Fine tune your recording


  • If you aren’t fond of the metronome, you can easily disable it. Simply tap on the metronome icon to the right of the “record” button. 

7. Be sure to keep the length of the audio recording under 40 seconds. After you have fine-tuned the recording, hit the tiny downward arrow located at the top left corner of the screen and choose My Songs.

Select My Songs

8. Next up, the GarageBand project will now appear inside the Recents tab. Long-press on the project and choose Share.

Select Share

9. Up next, select Ringtone to export your project as a ringtone.

Choose Ringtone icon

After that, give a suitable name to it and hit the Export button at the top right corner of the screen.

Name your audio recording

10. After you have exported the audio recording as the ringtone, tap on “Use sound as…” to set it as the default ringtone of your iPhone.

Use Sound As

Finally, you have the option to set it as Standard Ringtone, Standard Text Tone, or Assign it to Contact. Select the desired option and you are good to go! If you don’t want to set the ringtone right now, tap on the Done option to add it to your collection of existing ringtones.

Set audio as standard ringtone on iPhone

That’s pretty much it!

Create an Awesome Ringtone for Your iPhone

So, that’s the way you can turn an audio recording into a ringtone on your iPhone. Now that you know how this cool hack works, make the most of it set fun-loving ringtones for a more personalized experience. I’m sure it’s going to light up the whole ringtone affair on your iOS device.

But before you move on to the next article or your daily chores, let me know your feedback in the comments below.

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