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Ringtone Adder



Ringtone Adder makes it easy to add ringtones. Ringtone Adder will do everything necessary to have your ringtone be included in the ringtones list in OS X and be able to set it as the custom ringtone for your contacts. All you need is a .m4r file. Ringtone Adder adds the file to the ToneLibrary system folder, and modifies the TKRingtones property list file so applications will recognize the ringtone, so you do not need to do that procedure yourself.

After adding your ringtones using Ringtone Adder, you can open the Contacts app, select a contact, and click Edit. You should see a field for Ringtone, and one for Text tone. Ringtone Adder makes it possible for your own ringtones to appear as choices in these menus, instead of only the tones included with OS X. Now, when you get a FaceTime call or an iMessage, or when you get a phone call or SMS via OS X's Continuity feature, the ringtone you set for the contact will play.

Yosemite and later let you change the ringtones and text tones that play when your contacts call or message you, but you can only choose from the ringtones that come with OS X. This app lets you add your own. That way, when you receive an iMessage or SMS, or receive a FaceTime call or phone call, you can have your own ringtones play.

Other Information
Ringtone Adder will detect if you are trying to add a duplicate ringtone and prevent this. If you plan on adding different ringtones, make sure they have different file names.

Some users report that applications will not play a preview of the ringtone when selected. This is due to the nature of OS X and the ringtone will still play fine when someone contacts you.

After Ringtone Adder downloads, move it to your Applications folder (optional), then launch it. If you get a message that it is downloaded from the Internet, just click Open. After it opens, click Run and Ringtone Adder will get right to work. It will ask you to choose a .m4r file (it also supports adding multiple files at once), and then it will take care of the rest. Applications that use ringtones, such as Contacts, Messages and FaceTime, will quit when this is done. You can relaunch them, and your ringtone should appear in the list.


  • OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later
  • OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later with Rootless disabled (what is this?)
  • At least 2.7MB of free disk space

Known Bugs
  • None for now! Yay!

Version History
  • 2.1
    • It's now easier than ever to add custom ringtones to your Mac! In addition to clicking the Add button from the main menu, you can now drag .m4r files to Ringtone Adder's icon, or right click on .m4r files in Finder and choose Ringtone Adder from the Open With menu instead. This works even if Ringtone Adder is not currently running
  • 2.0.4
    • Introduces a new Preferences menu
    • Stability improvements
  • 2.0.3
    • Fixes an issue where certain previously added ringtones might not get deleted when selected for deletion
    • New update server. If your version of Ringtone Adder is using the old one, and the update button does not respond, visit our Contact Us page and send us an email to get the update
  • 2.0.2
    • Higher resolution app icon
    • Minor alignment fixes
  • 2.0.1
    • Minor user interface adjustments
  • 2.0
    • Redesigned user interface
  • 1.3.7
    • Ringtone Adder is now signed with a Developer ID, so there are no more "Unidentified Developer" messages to contend with
  • 1.3.6
    • Fixes an issue where unexpected dialog windows may appear when deleting ringtones
  • 1.3.5
    • International support
  • 1.3.4
    • Future versions will show more details about updates
    • Improves reliability of the update process
  • 1.3.3
    • The application will now auto-check for updates
    • Minor visual improvements
    • New icon
  • 1.3.2
    • Fixes an issue that some users outside of the U.S. encountered when Ringtone Adder checks the ringtones' length
  • 1.3.1
    • Fixes an issue where deleting ringtones would cause remaining custom ringtones not to play
    • Compatibility with the latest version of OS X El Capitan
  • 1.3
    • Displays a notification in Notification Center when ringtones are done being added/deleted
    • Progress bar
    • Compatibility update for OS X El Capitan beta (1 and 2)
  • 1.2.4
    • Checks that the ringtones being added are at least one second in length (OS X won't accept shorter ones)
  • 1.2.3
    • Fixes an issue where Ringtone Adder would let users select .m4a files, when it should only accept .m4r
    • Performance improvements
  • 1.2.2
    • Adds a dialog with instructions for what to do after your ringtone is added
  • 1.2.1
    • Fixes an issue where Ringtone Adder would try to run on incompatible Macs
    • New icon
  • 1.2
    • Adds the ability to remove ringtones that you've added
  • 1.1.1
    • Adds manual instructions
  • 1.1
    • Allows selection of multiple .m4r files at the same time
  • 1.0.1
    • Offers to move the app to the Applications folder, though the app can function anywhere
  • 1.0
    • Initial Release

Overall User Rating: [2 RATINGS]

Comments (6):

By Bachsau on 6/14/15 • Reply
Ringtone Adder 1.2.4
Could you please add and option for message tones?

in response to Bachsau
By AppleClubSupport on 6/14/15 • Reply
That's a good suggestion. We've been researching this. It is more difficult for alert tones because instead of just the ringtone name being the same as the file name, the file name is formatted as "sms_alert_[tone name]," and it's not clear how the OS converts those into the tone name. But never fear! We figured it out for ringtones so hopefully we'll figure out the alert tones soon.

By manciprian on 7/02/15 • Reply
Ringtone Adder 1.2.4
this app is not working
I have an MacBook Pro with OS X 10.10.4 and after open app, press ADD button, chose the ringtone the app give me an error: "Can't make "29.998730" into type number.(-1700)"
The number (29.998730) is not the same all time

in response to manciprian
By AppleClubSupport on 7/02/15 • Reply
That number refers to the length in seconds of the ringtone you are trying to add. I just now tested it with the same configuration as you (Ringtone Adder 1.2.4 and OS X 10.10.4), with a ringtone of the same approximate duration (40 seconds), and it adds the tone without any issues. Please attach the ringtone file in an email to so we can investigate.

By Papa2k on 12/15/15 • Reply
Ringtone Adder 1.3.4
Ringtone Adder did indeed add my custom ringtones to the system ringtones. 

It worked great to change the default text-tone to be consistent with my other devices! Cheers to that! 

Sadly even though I changed the individual text-tones in iMessage, Contacts, and Facetime only the default tone is heard instead of their personalized tone. It seems Mac is very uncooperative and still the odd man out. 

...I guess this is an issue we will have to wait on Apple to get their stuff straightened out.

in response to Papa2k
By AppleClubSupport on 12/15/15 • Reply
Hmmm... I've never heard of that happening before. I agree that it's probably not Ringtone Adder, as the tones were successfully added and you can change the default tone. If you open a contact that you set a custom ringtone for in the Contacts app, and click the Edit button on the right, does it still show the custom tone in the "ringtone" dropdown? And after restarting the Contacts app? You might also try rebooting the whole computer, for starters.