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How to Delete Ringtones from iPhone and iPad

author Emily Watson
date Thursday, June 27, 2019

I added some custom tones to my iPhone 7 Plus. Yet, there were some of them acting up, so I was going to delete these ringtones from my iPhone with iTunes. However, It turns out that I cannot remove custom ringtones in iTunes as well as on iTunes store on iPhone. Is there any way to delete my custom tones?

It's cool for certain when your phone rings with a melody of your favorite songs instead of those tedious and boring default ringtones. However, it costs quite a lot for an audio lasting less than 30 seconds. Also, one tone is absolutely far from enough. You may hence customize your favorite songs into tones for free. However, neither does iTunes nor iTunes Store on iPhone allow you to delete non-purchased tones. Here I'd like to show you how to delete ringtones from iPhone with a computer, purchased or non-purchased.

Method 1: How to Delete Ringtones from iPhone (Purchased & Custom)

If you cannot delete ringtones from iTunes, another great utility that you can use in deleting iPhone/iPad ringtone is FonePaw iOS Transfer (opens new window). This tool is initially made to help Apple users manage iOS devices' files (opens new window) in an easy way. When deleting ringtones, all you need to do is to select the unwanted tones and click "Delete". It works with almost all generations of iPhone, iPad, and iPod, such as iPhone Xs/Xr/X/8/ 8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 2, etc.

Free download the trial version of the program and follow the steps below to remove unwanted ringtones in batches.

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STEP 1. Connect iPhone/iPad to PC

Launch FonePaw iOS Transfer on your computer and then connect the iPhone or iPad to it with USB cable. Once connected, you'll find the basic information of your device displayed on the main interface.

Connect iPhone to PC

STEP 2. Delete Unwanted Ringtones

Click on the "Music" tab on the left part of the menu, you'll see "Ringtones" on the middle menu of the music management window. Click it to reveal all the ringtones on your iPhone. Check all of part of the tones that you want to remove and then click "Delete" button.

Delete Ringtones from iPhone or iPad

After confirming to delete the rigntones, the music items will be removed from your device.

Delete Ringtones Successfully

Aside from erasing ringtones from iPhone and iPad, you are allowed to directly add ringtones to iPhone (opens new window) or backup ringtones to the computer with FonePaw iOS Transfer (opens new window). Just simply click the "Add" or "Export to" button to do so. In addition, if you want to manage all your other files such as photos, contacts, music and more, you can navigate among the categories on the left column to have all these done.

Method 2: How to Delete Downloaded Tones on iPhone (Purchased Only)

The second method only works for those ringtones you've purchased and downloaded from iTunes Store. (Apple doesn't support any custom stuff.) Here we're going to do this with iTunes. You should make sure that your iTunes has been upgraded to the latest version so far. Then, follow this tutorial.

STEP 1. Launch iTunes on your Windows PC/Laptop.

STEP 2. Click the Phone-like icon to enter the "Summary" page.

STEP 3. On the left panel, select "Tones" under "On My Device".

STEP 4. Right-click on unwanted ringtones.

STEP 5. Select "Delete from Library" and it's done.

Delete RIngtones with iTunes

Actually, many people said that iTunes always failed to deleted ringtones from iPhone somehow. I'd like to recommend you to take a try on FonePaw iOS Transfer. Also, it's obvious that this software is way better than iTunes. iOS Transfer allows you to easily transfer songs, videos, photos, movies, books, contacts, and more between iPhone and your computer with ease and vice versa, whether purchased or not.

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