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How to Set Ringtone in iPhone Without iTunes

One of the best ways to get a custom ringtone for your iPhone is downloading from the iTunes store. But it costs you. Also, the existing music in your library can make a ringtone for your iPhone. And, it is tedious. To avoid using money and going through the tedious process, you can use third-party apps such as WALTR 2 and a computer to transfer the ringtone to your iPhone and this piece will teach you how to set ringtones in iPhones without iTunes.

Set custom ringtone from iPhone Music without iTunes and computer

NOTE: There are other ringtone maker apps on the App Store, such as m4r, that you can use to make ringtones from music files. However, they cannot add them as ringtones without a PC or Mac.

It is excellent to set ringtones in iPhones without iTunes using a song in your music library and set it as your iPhone ringtone. 

Indeed, GarageBand for iOS allows you to create and set custom ringtone from iPhone directly. The app is a professional sound editor with many features. One of the elements, although less accessible, allows users to import and edit tracks from the iPhone music library. Export the saved audio project to your iPhone as a ringtone.

Note: Users who have purchased the new iOS devices from October 1st, 2013, can freely access GarageBand for iOS.

Set ringtones in iPhones without iTunes from iPhone Music

The steps below demonstrate how to use GarageBand for iOS to create a custom ringtone for iPhone without iTunes.

  1. Launch App Store, Download, and install GarageBand.
  2. Open GarageBand and select Audio Recorder under the Instruments screen.
Add Ringtones to iPhone without iTunes

3. Disable Metronome by clicking on it: (It is the triangular icon next to the Record button). Disabling Metronome prevents any cunt-in sound that may occur during playback.

Add Ringtone to iPhone - Metronome and Tracks icon

4. Click on the Tracks icon (third from the top left) to summon the Tracks view.

5. At the top right corner, select the ‘+’ icon on the timeline to bring up the Song Sections screen.

Set Ringtone on iPhone 5/5S/6/6S/SE/7 - Apple Loops icon

6. Under Manual, click on ‘Section A’ then slide up the counter to 30. Automatic should be turned off to extend the track bars to 30.

Close Song Sections by selecting Done.

7. From the top right corner next to the Settings, click on the Apple Loops icon to go to the Music tab.

8. From your Music Library, browse through to select the song you want to use in creating a ringtone.

9. Long press on the song and drag upwards to display the tracks screen. Once the song is positioned at the beginning of the first bar, release the hold. Now, your song of choice is imported to editing.

Set Song as Ringtone on iPhone

10. Crop the portion of the song that makes your ringtone by adjusting the slider on both sides. Drag and drop the cropped part of the song to the beginning of the first bar.

11. If you want to mix several tracks, add them then edit.

Create Custom Ringtone iPhone

12. Once you are done and satisfied with the editing, locate the small arrow on the left side corner of the screen. And select My Songs from the drop-down menu. Your custom song is now saved automatically to the GarageBand library.

In Summary

Hopefully, you can set a ringtone in iPhone without iTunes. You can also download and use free ringtone apps to make and set your ringtone. Please share the method that worked for you with us. 

What Does Restore iPhone Mean?

Restoring the iPhone means that wiping out of all the data on the device. i.e. If you were to restore your iPhone, all the data, apps, settings, etc, on your mobile device will be lost. If you are thinking of restoring the iPhone device, it’s always advisable that you back up the data on the mobile device before going in for restoring the iPhone device.

Restoring iPhone will make the mobile device and the operating system resembling a new one. You will lose all the settings and data you have stored on the device; but you can get those from the back up copy if you have the back up copy on your computer or in the iCloud.

Backup data can be used to restore all the apps, music, settings, etc, on your device. The “Restore iPhone” button should be used only when there is an issue with the iPhone device that other options can not resolve.

How to Restore iPhone?

There are different methods to restore an iPhone. These methods are explained in detail in the following paragraphs.

1. Restore an iPhone Using Backup from the Computer

Follow the instructions given below to restore the device using a Mac or Windows computer or laptop. iTunes app on Windows computers or laptops can be used to backup the data on your device and also to restore the mobile iPhone device.

Note: It is advisable to take a backup of the data to iTunes application on your computer or laptop, before you do an iPhone restore. To backup the device using iTunes application, do the following steps. Please enure that the iTunes application is updated with the latest version.

  1. Turn on the iPhone.
  2. Open the iTunes application on your laptop or computer.
  3. Now, connect your iPhone device to the computer or laptop using a USB cable.
  4. Select your iPhone device from the list.
  5. Go to Select File -> Device -> Backup -> Backup Now from Summary.
  6. iTunes will now back up all data from your device e.g. apps, photos, media, messages, settings, etc.

To restore the iPhone, follow the steps given below.

  • Connect the iPhone to the computer or laptop using a USB cable.
  • On Mac systems with mac OS Catalina 10.15 operating systems, open “Finder”. On Mac systems with mac OS Mojave 10.14 or earlier operating systems, open iTunes. If you are using a PC or laptop with Windows operating system, open iTunes.
  • Go to Select Summary -> Restore Backup.
  • Now, choose the source backup that you would like to backup from.
  • Then, confirm that you would like to restore your iPhone by clicking on the “Restore” button.
  • If the backup copy is encrypted, you need to enter the password for restoring the device. Encrypted backup in your computer or laptop is optional and is set “Off” by default. You need to make Encrypted backup to “On”, if you want to Encrypt the backup of your data.
  • Wait for the restore process to complete.
  • Now your iPhone device is restored and ready to be used.

2. Restore an iPhone from iCloud Backup

Another method to restore an iPhone is using the iCloud from Apple Inc. iCloud is the cloud storage platform from Apple computers that can be used backup and retrieve (or restore) data from the cloud storage platform. iCloud offers 5 GB of free storage space and up to a maximum of 2TB of storage space for a fee. The charges for the paid cloud server storage space differs across different countries. e.g. 50 GB costs $0.99, 200 GB costs $2.99, and 2 TB costs $9.99 in United States of America. The charges mentioned above are iCloud monthly charges, as on April 2020.

iCloud is especially useful if you want to switch to a new iOS device. Make sure that the iOS is updated to the latest version, before backing up your device and restoring. The steps to backup and restore an iPhone from the iCloud is given below.

Follow the instructions given below to backup an iPhone to the Apple iCloud. Make sure that the WiFi connection is working. Before proceeding with the following instructions, please turn on the iPhone device. The “Hello screen” appears, once the iPhone is turned on.

Note: It is advisable to take a backup of the data to the iCloud before you do an iPhone mobile restore. Please bear in mind that the iCloud backup always stores the data in the encrypted form.

iCloud backup can be done as explained below.

  • Tap on Settings -> (your name) -> iCloud.
  • For iOS 10.2 or earlier, Go to -> Settings -> Scroll down to iCloud. Go to iCloud Backup. Make sure that the “iCloud Backup” is turned “on”.
  • Then, tap “Backup Now”.
  • Once the backup process is completed, check that the backup was successful, by going to Settings -> (your name) -> iCloud Storage -> Manage Storage.

To restore your iPhone using the iCloud backup, follow the instructions given below.

What Does Restore iPhone Mean
  • Go to the Apps & Data screen.
  • Then tap on “Restore from iCloud backup”.
  • Sign in to your iCloud account with your Apple ID.
  • A list of available iCloud backups will come up. Choose a Backup. Select the latest one or whichever is relevant to you.
  • Transfer of data from the iCloud backup to the iPhone device will start now.
  • If the message says “newer version of software is required”, follow the onscreen prompts to download and install the required software.
  • Sign in with your Apple ID to restore the apps or iTunes you have purchased from Apple store. You may skip this step; but will need to do this again when you want to use those applications.
  • Wait for the progress bar to complete evaluation process. This process can take anywhere from a few minutes to even an hour or so. Finish the restore setup.
  • Content like apps, music, videos, photos, etc and any other information will continue to restore in the background. This may take a few minutes to hours in most of the cases. In rare cases where you have massive data stored on the cloud, it may take even days to complete the restoration process (up to 2 TB of data can be stored to the iCloud servers).
  • Once the restore process is finished, your iPhone is ready for use.

Note: If you want to reset your device instead of restoring the device, go to the following menu options on your iPhone Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase all Content and Settings.

3. Restore an iPhone to the Factory Settings

Restoring your iPhone to Factory Settings will cause all all data and content from your iPhone (or iPad, or iPod) device to get erased.

Note: Before you go for a factory settings restore, please ensure that the data on the iPhone device is backed up, so that you can restore the data if the need arise, after the mobile iPhone is “Restored”. Data can be backed up by two different methods. iTunes app can be used on Mac, Windows computers, and Windows laptops. Another method to back up your iPhone mobile data is to use the Apple iCloud services. Both these methods are explained in detail in the earlier paragraphs.

To do an iPhone restore to factory settings, please follow the instructions given below.

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Tap on General -> Reset -> Erase all Content and Settings.
  • Enter your pass code, if asked for it.
  • Tap “Erase iPhone” to confirm the deletion of existing data on your device.
  • Wait for the Restore process to be completed.
  • Now, you iPhone is restored with original factory settings.

Conclusion: Restoring the iPhone device causes all the data on the device to be lost. It is always advisable to take a back up of the data, before you restore the mobile device. There are different methods to backup and restore an iPhone. Some of the methods are described in detail in this article.

Back up can be done in different methods. One method is to use the iTunes app. This method backs up the data to your local Mac machine or Windows computer or laptop. Another method is to back up the data to the iCloud servers, which is a service offered by Apple Inc. Up to 5 GB of data can be copied to the iCloud servers, free of cost. Once the free storage limit is exhausted, you may opt for the payment plans to copy data to their cloud servers. Up to 2 TB of data can be copied to the cloud servers of Apple by paying the required charges. The charges for the paid cloud server storage space varies across countries. The monthly charges for the iCloud server storage space in the United States is $0.99 for 50 GB and $2.99 for 200 GB. 2 TB costs $9.99 in USA.

Restoring the iPhone can be done by using the iTunes app. This is done by connecting your device to the Mac or Windows computer or laptop that has got the latest version of the iTunes app. Another method to restore an iPhone mobile device is by using the iCloud service of Apple Inc. You need to connect to the iCloud using your Apple ID and then restore the device. It can take a few minutes to hours, or even days to complete the restoration process if data stored is very large in Tera Bytes. The restoration process works in the background. By using the settings app on the device, you can also restore the mobile iPhone device to factory settings.

How To Stop iTunes From Opening Automatically

There is nothing more annoying than seeing regular pop-ups on your computer every now and then. Pop-ups are usually distractive such that they can make you leave a website that you just opened. See, when a popup appears on a website you were visiting, you might just lose your patience and temper to stay longer on that particular site. It has been proven that most often, pop-ups are the main reason as to why most websites out there are losing and also that is why they cannot attract new visitors even when they have a high rank on the search engines. The same thing could happen on your computer and the cause is iTunes. Therefore I am going to show you how to stop iTunes from opening automatically.

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Usually, by default on Pc and Mac, iTunes starts automatically when you plug your device into the computer. However, if you do not want it to open every time you connect your phone on the PC, there is a solution to this annoying situation.

It has been a call of the people to want to know how to Stop iTunes from Opening Automatically When Your iPhone Is Connected to Your Mac or PC.

I am also going to show you how you can stop the MacOS Photos application from opening automatically as well when you just want to charge your iPhone from your Mac.

Overview about iTunes

iTunes is a classic megastore that has turned out to be the largest provider of online entertainment media in the whole world. This includes movies, TV shows, music, apps, audiobooks, and many more. You can get access to all of these cool staff very easily through your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC.

See, the best thing about iTunes apart from an online store, it works as a smart manager of all your media content as well.

But however, there is always a spot in anything good out there. If you have been using iTunes for a while now, I believe that you have noticed that situation whereby when you plug your iOS devices to your PC, the iTunes application always starts itself automatically.

Apart from being such an annoying thing, it can also be useful by making one process more convenient. This is if you are going to synchronize your iPhone data to iTunes for backup.

However, if you are only connecting your iPhone for charging purposes or maybe want to do other tasks that may have nothing to do with iTunes at all, this could be irritating.

But thanks to our findings, there are easy solutions to stop iTunes from opening automatically on Mac or Windows, and without wasting time, let us dive right in.

Stop iTunes Opening Automatically On Computer

iTunes’ default settings are to launch the app automatically on your Windows computer or Mac. This is usually done when it detects that an Apple device has been connected to the PC.

While this feature can be useful in some cases, it can be annoying when your intention most of the time is to only charge your device.

Solution 1: Disable the Automatically Sync Device feature

In order for you to stop iTunes from starting automatically on either Windows 10/8 or 7, the first thing you should consider to do is simply disable iTunes Helper and remove iTunesHelper.exe straight from startup programs.

Well, if you don’t know what the iTunes Helper is, it is simply an application that launches iTunes when you plug in any Apple device to a computer.

Therefore, disabling it can stop the iTunes auto launching irritation immediately.

To disable this feature:

stop iTunes from opening automatically -auto sync
  1. First of all, connect your iPhone to your computer. Make sure that you are using an original USB cable for your iPhone.
  2. Once you plug it in, iTunes will open automatically.
  3. Now click on the iPhone option that is located on the menu bar. By doing this, you will be able to open the iTunes settings.
  4. Open the Summary so that you can see the options that are in the right panel.
  5. Browse through the options until you see the checked Automatically Sync when iPhone is connected option. Simply uncheck it and then save the settings.
  6. Click Done.
  7. Disconnect your iPhone from the computer and restart it.
  8. Plugin the iPhone and see if you were able to stop iTunes from opening automatically.

Solution 2: Disable Automatically Sync from Preferences.

If you thought that you cannot stop iTunes from opening automatically through the preferences then you are wrong. You can change the automatic start settings in the iTunes Preferences tab.

To stop iTunes opening automatically;

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC and as always. Make sure that you are only using the original USB cable for your iPhone for you to open iTunes automatically.
  2. Afterward, open the iTunes menu. You can find this on the upper menu of the iTunes application.
  1. Click on Preferences and you will immediately see a dialog box on your screen.
  2. Now click on the Devices icon.
  3. Later on, uncheck the Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically option and finally click Ok.
  4. Restart your PC and reconnect your iPhone once your PC reboots.

Solution 3: Disable iTunes Helper service for Windows

As the title says, this method will only work if you are using the Windows operating system. It is not like the steps in solution 1 which will work on both macOS and Windows.

The iTunes Helper service by default runs in the background. Its work is often to detect all iDevices that are being connected to your computer. In return, it opens iTunes automatically.

  1. Open Task Manager by pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL and then select task manager. Alternatively, you can open directly by simply pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ESC.
  2. Now head over to Startup and the look for iTunesHelper from the list.
  3. Finally, right-click on the iTunesHelper and then choose Disable.
stop iTunes from opening automatically -helper service

Over to You

By now I hope that you have been able to stop iTunes from opening automatically on your Windows or macOS operating system.

When you keenly follow the above steps, you will no longer see iTunes opening automatically when you connect your iPhone to your computer.

If you were not able to fix this issue, let us know what the problem is and help you out from where you are stuck.