A year ago, I downloaded the Garageband app to my iPhone 6S for the sole purpose of exporting a custom ringtone. I followed the instructions listed on Apple's website and then deleted GarageBand, as I no longer needed it.

I now would like to delete this ringtone. Apple's instructions say this can be done within Garageband, but after redownloading Garageband and following the instructions, I am told I have no previously-exported ringtones!

I assume this is because I previously deleted Garageband? Something else? How can I delete this ringtone?

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    On your Mac, have your tried deleting it through iTunes... Devices > iPhone > Tones? Apr 8, 2019 at 20:49
  • @user3439894 The ringtone doesn't appear there either! (But it's in the list in settings, I'm not going crazy, promise...) Apr 8, 2019 at 20:52
  • Sorry, I uploaded my custom ringtones via iTunes, not GarageBand, but was hoping any custom ringtones added via an Apple app would be there. It's a shame it not the case. I'm going to +1 the question. Apr 8, 2019 at 20:56
  • Have you tried using iExplorer? Apr 8, 2019 at 21:56

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FWIW I created a test ringtone using GarageBand on iOS 12.2 using the directions linked in your post.

I then use iExplore to delete the file under Media > Purchases where there were three files on my device at that location, a Ringtones.plist file that had information about the .m4r file which had a GarageBand icon and a com.apple.ToneLibrary.lock file which was zero bytes in size.

Since this was the only file I've created with GarageBand and was indeed the file I created and was the only one in the Ringtones.plist file, I deleted both, leaving the com.apple.ToneLibrary.lock file, and then checked the iPhone and the ringtone was no longer available to be selected in Contacts or System Preferences in iOS.

Note: I am not affiliated with the developer of iExplore, Macroplant, simply a user of the product.

This was also done with just downloading and installing iExplore without purchasing it, as I currently do not need the paid functions.

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