Make a custom ringtone with your iPad in 15 minutes for free

Covers 2 example ringtones in different styles which can be used on any smart phone and it won't cost you anything!
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (42 ratings)
3,959 students
47min of on-demand video
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Create a ringtone for your smartphone
Make more and improved ringtones
Share your custom ringtones


  • Bring your own iPad
  • Download and install the free GarageBand App
  • Know how to set a new ringtone on your smartphone


This course will walk you through two different ways to create an original custom ringtone of your own for any smart phone. 

Each method demonstrates creation of a different style of ringtone - step by step - and guides you through the process of getting a ringtone ready for your phone. The methods shown do not involve sampling music.

When tested with students, most completed their ringtone in 15 minutes or less but you may choose to spend a little more time getting sounds just right for you.

This course is optimised for GarageBand for iOS version 2.1 - however, Apple released version 2.2 of the App in January 2017. There is a section of Additional Information videos at the end of the course that cover the changes that were introduced with the new version. Features of version 2.3 (released November 2017) are not shown in the videos of this course.

Note: Methods to transfer audio to phones will be shown but it is up to you to know how to assign a ringtone on your phone.

Most of my students will know that I am currently working on my Advanced GarageBand for iPad course. Making a custom ringtone was originally going to be a section of that new course. However, the Advanced course has been taking more time to complete that I hoped, so I am offering this part of it completely free!

Who this course is for:

  • You want to learn how to create a ringtone
  • You want to make more and better ringtones in the future
  • You want to share your custom ringtones


Songwriter, Digital specialist and e-Learning facilitator
Paul Douglas
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 202 Reviews
  • 4,666 Students
  • 2 Courses

Paul is a multi-faceted digital professional from London who has been based in Melbourne Australia since 2008. He is also an accredited trainer with a wide experience of many different learner demographics.

Over the years, Paul has taught a variety of music and technology subjects to adult learners – teachers, rehabilitating drug, alcohol and gambling addicts and children – gifted and talented groups as well as the excluded and underprivileged.

Paul has used a wide variety of delivery styles and models to large audiences, workshop groups and private specialised one to one sessions.

“I believe that everyone deserves an education and would encourage everyone to seek out information, validate it and absorb it. Because learning can be empowering, rewarding and can even save your life!”

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