How to transfer custom ringtones from MacOS Big Sur to iPhone?

Answered by Jason Smith

Transferring custom ringtones from MacOS Big Sur to your iPhone is a straightforward process. By following these steps, you’ll be able to easily get your favorite custom ringtones onto your iPhone.

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac: Start by connecting your iPhone to your Mac using the lightning cable. Once connected, your iPhone should appear as a device in the Finder window in MacOS Big Sur.

2. Select your iPhone in Finder: Open a new Finder window and locate your iPhone under the “Locations” section in the sidebar. Click on your iPhone to select it.

3. Access the iPhone’s file system: After selecting your iPhone, you’ll be presented with various options and settings related to your device. In the top toolbar, click on the “Files” tab to access the file system of your iPhone.

4. Locate the .m4r ringtone file: In the Finder window, navigate to the folder where your custom ringtone file is saved. This could be in your Downloads folder or any other location where you have stored the .m4r file.

5. Drag and drop the ringtone file into the iPhone’s Sync window: Once you’ve found the .m4r ringtone file, simply click and drag it from the Finder window and drop it into the Sync window of your iPhone in the Finder. You can usually find the Sync window below the file system view of your iPhone.

6. Confirm the transfer: After dropping the ringtone file into the Sync window, your Mac will start transferring the file to your iPhone. The status bar will show the progress of the transfer. Wait for the transfer to complete before proceeding.

7. Check the ringtone on your iPhone: Once the transfer is complete, disconnect your iPhone from your Mac. On your iPhone, go to the Settings app, then select “Sounds & Haptics” or “Sounds” depending on your iOS version. Under the “Sounds and Vibration Patterns” section, select “Ringtone” and look for your custom ringtone in the list. If it appears, you have successfully transferred the custom ringtone to your iPhone.

It’s worth noting that custom ringtones need to be in the .m4r file format to be recognized by iOS devices. If your ringtone is not in the .m4r format, you can use a tool like iTunes or a third-party converter to convert it before transferring it to your iPhone.

Transferring custom ringtones from MacOS Big Sur to your iPhone involves connecting your iPhone to your Mac, accessing the iPhone’s file system through Finder, locating the .m4r ringtone file, and dragging and dropping it into the iPhone’s Sync window in Finder. Once transferred, you can find your custom ringtone in the Settings app on your iPhone under the Sounds & Haptics section.