How to Copy Ringtones to the iPhone

By Jacqui Lane

The iPhone is a smart phone developed by Apple Computer. The phone uses iTunes to synchronize applications, ringtones, pictures, music and video with files on your computer. If you have downloaded or created ringtones, you can transfer them to your phone using iTunes and the USB data cable included with your iPhone.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • USB cable

Step 1

Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable included in the packaging. The phone should be powered on.

Step 2

Launch iTunes. It will recognize your phone and load it in the "Devices" menu on the left side of the screen.

Step 3

Click "Ringtones" in the "Library" menu on the left side of the screen. Your ringtones will load in the center window of iTunes.

Step 4

Copy an individual ringtone by clicking on it and dragging it to the "Ringtones" link in the "Devices" menu, beneath the name of your iPhone. Release the mouse button when you see a plus sign appear over "Ringtones," and the file will be copied to your phone. You can also copy multiple ringtones by holding "CTRL" and clicking on each ringtone that you want to copy, or press "CTRL" and "A" to select all of them.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also set iTunes to automatically add new ringtones to your iPhone when you sync it with your computer. Click on your iPhone in the "Devices" menu and select the "Ringtones" tab from the menu in the center of the program. Check the box that says "Sync Ringtones" and click the "Sync" button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Add ringtones to iTunes by clicking "File" and selecting "Add Folder to Library" or "Add File to Library." Select the folder containing your ringtones or an individual ringtone file and click "Open" or "Select Folder."