How do I make a YouTube video my ringtone?

A ringtone is a sound made by a mobile phone to indicate an incoming call or text message. Ringtones allow users to customize their phones and make it easy to identify their own phone’s ringtone vs someone else’s. Many people enjoy setting songs, music videos, or other audio clips as their custom ringtones. Using a YouTube video as a ringtone is popular because YouTube has a vast library of content to choose from. People often want to set a funny video, their favorite song, or a meaningful piece of media as their ringtone. Overall, customizing your ringtone with a YouTube video allows you to personalize your device and enables you to identify calls and messages from your unique ringtone.

Find the YouTube Video

The first step in making a YouTube video your ringtone is finding the right video to use. Here are some tips for searching YouTube to find a good video for a ringtone:

– Search for the song name and artist you want. Make sure the video has a high-quality audio recording without too much background noise.

– Look for videos marked as an “Official Audio” or “Official Music Video” as these tend to have better audio quality. Avoid live performances or fan-uploaded concert footage as the audio is often distorted.

– Check the length of the video. Most smartphone ringtones should be under 30 seconds, so find a video you can trim down to a short clip of the chorus or hook of the song.

– Read the video description and comments to verify it is the full high-quality song and not a cover version or remix. The more popular videos tend to be the original recordings.

– Verify you can download the video. Some videos are blocked from being downloaded or converted due to copyright restrictions. Test the video link in an online converter before spending time trimming it.

Taking the time to find the ideal YouTube video will ensure you end up with the perfect ringtone audio to customize your smartphone. Focus on finding a short, high-quality clip of the song you want.

Download the YouTube Video

There are a few easy ways to download a YouTube video to your computer so you can convert it to an MP3 ringtone:

1. Use a browser extension like YouTube ByClick Downloader. This handy extension lets you download videos from any website directly from your browser.

2. Go to an online YouTube converter site like Online Video Converter and paste the URL of the YouTube video. It will give you options to download the video in different formats like MP3.

3. Use desktop software like 4K Download or WinX YouTube Downloader to download YouTube videos on your computer.

The benefit of using a browser extension or online converter is you don’t have to install any additional software. But desktop YouTube downloaders give you more flexibility and options for downloading and converting videos.

Convert the Video to MP3

Once you have downloaded the YouTube video, the next step is to convert the video file to an MP3 audio file. There are a few different ways to do this:

Use an online converter – Sites like KeepVid and

Use desktop software – Programs like Freemake Video Converter, Any Video Converter, or Foobar2000 can all convert YouTube videos to MP3. This lets you convert files on your own computer.

Use mobile apps – On your smartphone, apps like Videoder, Snaptube, or YT Mate allow you to download and convert YouTube videos. This makes it easy to get the MP3 file right on your phone.

The conversion process is quick and easy with all of these options. Simply load the video file, choose MP3 as the output format, and convert. Then you’ll have the audio portion of the YouTube video saved as an MP3 file.

Trim the MP3 File

Once you’ve downloaded the YouTube video as an MP3 file, the next step is to trim it down to just the portion you want to use as your ringtone. Here are the steps to trim an MP3 file:

1. Go to an online audio trimmer tool like Mp3 cutter or online audio trimmer.

2. Upload your full MP3 file to the tool.

3. Use the start and end sliders to select only the portion of the MP3 you want to keep. For a ringtone, you’ll usually want this to be around 30 seconds long.

4. Click the “Trim” or “Cut” button to create your shortened MP3 file.

5. Download the trimmed MP3 file to your computer. You now have just the portion you want to use as your custom ringtone!

Transfer the File to Your Phone

Once you have trimmed the MP3 file on your computer, you will need to transfer it to your phone’s internal storage. Here are the steps to transfer the file:

For Android:

Connect your Android phone to your computer using a USB cable. Make sure you have enabled USB file transfer on your Android phone (typically under Settings > Connected Devices). Your computer should detect the phone as an external USB drive.

Open the drive on your computer and navigate to the Music folder. Drag and drop the trimmed MP3 file into this folder.

Eject the phone drive safely once the file transfer is complete. The ringtone file will now be available in your Music app on the Android phone. You can set it as your default ringtone from the Sound settings.


Set as Ringtone on iPhone

To set the MP3 file as a custom ringtone on an iPhone, first connect your iPhone to your computer using a Lightning cable and open iTunes. In iTunes, click on your iPhone icon and select Tones from the sidebar. Click File > Add File to Library and select the trimmed MP3 file from your computer that you want to use as the ringtone. Once the file is added, sync your iPhone to add the new ringtone.

Next, on your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap Sounds & Haptics. Under Ringtone, select the new custom ringtone you just added from the list. You can also set custom ringtones for individual contacts by editing a contact, tapping Ringtone, and selecting the custom ringtone.

According to this Apple discussion thread, connecting your iPhone to iTunes and adding the MP3 file to your Tones library is currently the only way to set a custom ringtone on iPhone devices. Once added and synced, you can then select the new custom ringtone in your iPhone’s Settings.

Set as Ringtone on Android

Setting a custom MP3 file as your ringtone on an Android phone is easy to do directly through your phone’s settings.

First, transfer the trimmed MP3 file to your Android phone. You can send it to yourself as an attachment in an email or messaging app, download it from a cloud storage service like Google Drive, or connect your phone to your computer via USB and copy the file over.

Once the MP3 file is on your Android device, open the Settings app and go to Sound & vibration > Phone ringtone.

Tap on the option that says Add ringtone or Add local ringtone. This will allow you to select an audio file from your phone’s internal storage or SD card.

Find and select the MP3 file you want to use as your custom ringtone. Confirm your selection.

The file will now be available to select as your default ringtone or you can assign it to individual contacts.

Some Android devices may require you to move the MP3 file into a specific Ringtones folder on your phone’s storage before it will appear as a ringtone option. If you don’t see it, try moving the file and then check again.

That’s all there is to it! With just a few taps you can assign your custom YouTube video MP3 as your ringtone on any Android smartphone or tablet.


Sometimes you may run into issues when setting a custom ringtone on your iPhone or Android device. Here are some common problems and solutions:

If your custom ringtone isn’t working on iPhone, first make sure the Ring/Silent switch on the side of your phone is flipped to the Ring position [1]. You can also try re-importing the ringtone file into iTunes and syncing your phone again.

On Android, check that the ringtone file is in the proper MP3 or M4R format. Some Android devices don’t support M4R files, so you may need to convert the file [2]. Also confirm that the ringtone is assigned to the correct contact.

If you assigned a custom ringtone for a contact but it’s not working, try assigning a different system ringtone first to test if contacts can use custom tones. Reboot your device and set the custom ringtone again from scratch.

Make sure the custom ringtone MP3 or M4R file is not corrupted, truncated, or too long. Try re-trimming the audio file or use a different file.

For other issues, check the specifications on your phone’s website for supported ringtone formats and length.


In summary, setting a YouTube video as your custom ringtone is an easy and fun way to personalize your device. The process involves just a few steps – finding the desired YouTube video, downloading the audio, trimming it to an appropriate length, transferring it to your phone, and assigning it as your default ringtone. While it requires a couple different applications on your computer, it can be done quickly.

The end result is you’ll have a unique, customized ringtone that reflects your personality or interests every time your phone rings. Rather than settling for the default ringtones that come with your phone, you can choose any song, humor sketch, movie quote or other audio that’s meaningful to you. Whether you want to make your friends laugh every time you get a call, or prefer a ringtone that hypes you up, using a YouTube clip allows full creative freedom. Your custom ringtone will allow you to express your style and stand out from others.

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