Apple: How to create custom iPhone ringtones in GarageBand 4.1.1

“With GarageBand 4.1.1 you can export your original song, your original audio recordings, or use Apple Loops and iLife jingles to create a custom ringtone for your iPhone,” Apple’s support article #307108 states.

Here’s what you need:
• GarageBand 4.1.1 or later
• iTunes 7.5 or later
• iPhone with software version 1.1.2 or later

To create a custom ringtone:
1. Set up a cycle region that covers the area you wish to use in the GarageBand song. Note: This area must be 40 seconds or less in length.
2. Once the cycle area has been set, choose Share > Send Ringtone to iTunes.

More info here.

MacDailyNews Note: We just tested this with an MP3 and it worked to create a new free ringtone in iTunes that syncs and works with our iPhones.


  1. Uhhh…. what if my loop happened to be a real song I’d loaded into Garage Band?

    I wonder if this is a workaround to put copyrighted ringtones on our iPhones? Will have to investigate….

  2. Ah, that seems like reasonable drawback to protect the record companies. Although, I bet you can use something like Audio Hijack or other software to record the output while playing the song. Then you can make your free ringtone.

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