How to Make a Song on YouTube Music Your Ringtone

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February 4, 2024

If you want to personalize your phone’s ringtone, making it distinctive and easily recognizable in public spaces, exploring the diverse library on YouTube is a great idea. YouTube not only offers officially released music but also a rich collection of content not available elsewhere, including unreleased tracks, remixes, mashups, obscure and old-school songs, and more.

However, after you find the perfect song, converting it into a unique ringtone can be challenging. To turn a YouTube Music song into a ringtone on your phone, you’ll first need to convert the song to a supported ringtone format. While Android phones can use MP3, M4A, or WAV files as ringtones, iPhones require music files under 30 seconds with the “.m4r” extension.

Although YouTube Music allows Premium users to download songs for offline listening, the downloaded file is encrypted and cannot be directly set as a ringtone. To overcome this limitation, here’s a workaround to help you turn YouTube Music songs into ringtones on both iPhone and Android, catering to both Free and Premium YouTube users. The process involves downloading the YouTube Music song to MP3 and then setting it as a ringtone on your phone.


  1. Download YouTube Music to MP3
  2. Make the Downloaded YouTube Music Your Unique Ringtone
  3. Conclusion

Part 1. Download YouTube Music to MP3

YouTube Music allows Premium subscribers to download songs for offline playback. However, these downloaded files are limited to access within the YouTube app and cannot be transferred to other devices or played by other applications. That means you cannot use the downloads directly as ringtones on your phone.

Fortunately, a reliable software tool, Pazu YouTube Music Converter, offers a solution. This tool enables you to download YouTube Music songs, albums, and playlists in various formats like MP3, M4A, WAV, and more, regardless of whether you have a free or premium YouTube Music account. In addition, you don’t need to manually copy and paste YouTube/YouTube Music links, as Pazu YouTube Music Converter features a built-in YouTube Music web player. With Pazu, you can search for your favorite songs within the YouTube Music catalog and download them in lossless quality with full ID3 tags.

Once you’ve converted YouTube Music songs into standard formats, you can easily transfer them to your iPhone or Android device and set them as your personalized ringtones.

Let’s take a look at the detailed steps on how to download YouTube Music to MP3 using Pazu YouTube Music Converter.

1. Run Pazu YouTube Music Converter 

To get started, download, install and run Pazu YouTube Music Converter on your Mac or Windows, which features a built-in YouTube Music web player.

After installation, launch the YouTube Music to MP3 Converter. If you have already purchased a license, click the key icon to register the converter. Otherwise, continue using the trial version.

YouTube Music Converter

You don’t need to sign in to your YouTube Music account.

2. Customize the Output Settings

Click on Settings (the gear icon) in the upper right corner to customize the output format, quality, folder, file name, language, and more.


3. Add songs

Browse or use the search function to find the songs, albums, or playlists you want to convert to MP3, then click the red Add to List icon to load the songs.

choose YouTube Music playlists

All songs in the playlist/album will be selected by default. You can uncheck the songs you don’t want to get.

choose YouTube Music songs

4. Download Music from YouTube Music

Click the Convert button and the program starts converting the YouTube Music songs.

convert YouTube Music to MP3

5. Locate the Converted Songs

After the conversion process is complete, click on the clock icon in the upper right corner to access the converted YouTube Music songs. To locate the the converted YouTube Music songs:

  • You can either click the folder icon to open the output folder where the songs are saved;
  • Directly go to the output folder you customized in the previous step.
YouTube Music to MP3 converter

Part 2. Make the Downloaded YouTube Music Your Unique Ringtone

Now that you’ve successfully converted your YouTube Music songs to MP3, you can transfer them to your Android or iPhone and set them as your ringtone.

How to Set YouTube Music as a Ringtone on Android

Usually, you can directly use any local song in MP3, M4A, or WAV formats as your ringtone on an Android phone. Follow these steps to set a downloaded YouTube song as your ringtone:

  1. Go to Settings on your Android phone, and select Sound Settings.
  2. Select Ringtone and choose the local file to set as your ringtone.

  1. Choose the downloaded YouTube song and make it your new ringtone.
select downloaded youtube music

How to Make the YouTube Music Ringtone on iPhone with GarageBand

iPhone restricts setting custom songs as ringtones directly from the music library due to Apple’s DRM protection and app sandboxing policies. However, you can still create ringtones using the GarageBand app.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to set a downloaded YouTube song on your iPhone as a ringtone with GarageBand:

Step 1. Install GarageBand on iPhone

Go to the App Store on your iPhone and search for GarageBand. Tap the Get button to download and install GarageBand on your phone.

get garageband

Step 2. Start a New Project

1. Open the GarageBand app, and swipe to the right on your screen until you see the AUDIO RECORDER. Tap on the AUDIO RECORDER.

select audio recorder

2. Tap on the Metronome icon (the triangle icon in the middle right highlighted as blue) to make it white. Then tap the brick wall icon (the third icon from the left) to start a new project.

start a new project

Step 3. Set the Song Length

1. Tap the plus icon at the top right.

the plus icon

2. Tap on the “8 bars“, manually set it to “30”, and then tap “Done” in the top right corner to save the change.

This adjustment ensures that the song you add will be in a 30-second format, as iPhones typically recognize music files shorter than 30 seconds as suitable for a ringtone.

Step 4. Add Downloaded YouTube Song

1. Tap the Loop icon to add a local track from your iPhone.

begin to add a song

2. Select “Files” from the top, and tap “Browse Items from the Files app” at the bottom. Find the downloaded YouTube song and tap it.

3. After the song is added to the Files, hold and drag the song to the beginning of the timeline in the recorder.

Step 5. Export the YouTube Song as a Ringtone

1. Choose the downward arrow icon > My Songs to save the project.

2. Tap and hold the song you just created until the menu shows. Scroll down and select “Share” from the menu.


3. Select Ringtone as the export format. You can also rename your ringtone. After done, tap the “Export” at the upper right to save the song as a ringtone on your iPhone.

Step 6. Set the Exported YouTube Song as Your Ringtone

Go to the Settings of your phone, choose Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone, and select the YouTube song as your ringtone.


With the help of Pazu YouTube Music Converter, you can not only enjoy your favorite songs offline on any supported devices but also effortlessly set them as personalized ringtones on your phone. Choose a unique ringtone that reflects your taste in music and adds a personal touch to your device. To get started, download the Pazu YouTube Music Converter to your computer now.

Download Pazu YouTube Music Converter on your Mac or Windows