Evil iPhone Tricks: Add Ringtones to your iPhone without Jailbreak

by Erica Sadun

A couple of days ago, as I was updating SendSong (latest version here), I discovered a really nice trick. Until now, I'd been storing ringtones in /Library/Ringtones, the same folder used by the built-in ringtones. Then "DarkTen""Ste" tipped me off to the fact that you could store them in the root folder, in /var/root/Library/Ringtones and they'd still be recognized. ("LG" discovered this and Nate True confirmed it, adding that there's a third way to put Ringtones into your iTunes folder--but it's complicated.) SendSong now takes advantage of this and limits your access (both adding and removing ringtones) to that folder.

What this means, though, is that if you can track down a copy of iPhone Interface for either Windows or Mac, you can install ringtones without having to jailbreak your phone. Create the /var/root/Library/Ringtones folder (on a non-jailbroken phone, that's the Library that appears as your home folder) and stick whatever ringtones you want into that folder. There's no need to access system files. You can do it all from the public directories.


13 Comments

Alexis
2007-08-28 10:21:30
Erica-


Sorry for being a bit dense, but...I downloaded SendSong and it doesn't run on my Mac - is it for the iPhone?:


LSOpenFromURLSpec() returned -10661 for application (null) urls file://localhost/Users/alexis/Desktop/SendSong.app/.


Will iPhone Interface allow me to add files to an iPhone that hasn't been jailbreak'd? If so, where can I download it? I can't seem to find it anywhere. Thanks in advance. :)


--Alexis

Erica Sadun
2007-08-28 10:27:34
Yes, Alexis, it has to be run from iPhone. However, there's a nice easy way to do that now: http://www.tuaw.com/2007/08/28/install-applications-on-your-iphone-without-hacking/
Pascal
2007-08-28 11:24:37
being a bit cagey about iPhone Interface, aren't you Erica? : )


i've add lots of stuff to my iPhone using Null River's Installer. Thanks for all your work in that area!


But where can we find iPhone Interface? I'd love a way to put stuff on my iPhone that didn't involve using scp on the command line.


Erica Sadun
2007-08-28 11:37:19
I wrote this up BEFORE discovering the new TappApp installer (url above in comment #2)


Just google for iPhoneInterface. It's out there for both Windows and Mac. The final version was 3.3 if I remember correctly.



2007-09-03 13:37:24
I love SendSong, but if someone would build a SendPhoto, life would be complete (the automatic downsizing of photo has driven me from Scanr to other services!)...
McFly
2007-09-18 01:44:27
There have been a lot of developments regarding the addition of ringtones to an iPhone lately. The most current version released (7.4.2) breaks the somewhat simple work-arounds. You mentioned in this article that it is possible to add ringtones to the iPhone without Jailbreaking the phone. Could you provide more information? Perhaps a step-by-step for someone who doesn't want to "hack" their phone but would like to gain access to the file structure and add their own ringtones.


Thanks for your consideration,
McFly

kent
2007-09-24 03:16:47
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alex
2008-02-18 11:22:49
i did that but u cant listen to the ringtone it shows it on the settings/sounds/ringtones but when u tap it it wont sound..help please
cutiger95
2008-02-24 20:09:00
Super sweet and thanks for the information. I was concerned that I would need to Jailbreak my iPhone ot install the Ringtones. The fear and trepedation that I had on this prevented me from doing it.


But I will search down the iPhone interface now.

patty
2008-04-01 00:09:36
I have the send a song, I see that I can click "set as ring tone" . When I do that, it automatically sets in my settings/ sounds.. But when I set the song to b my ring tone... There's no song that plays! Y?!?!!!
eric
2008-05-08 22:49:59
hey just use garage band 08 import what song you want and move the little yellow thingy to set the perimeters