July 5, 2020

iOS: How to Set Specific Ringtones for Each Contact on Your iPhone

Besides changing your default iPhone ringtone, you can also allocate different ringtones to specific iPhone contacts in your address book. It helps you know who’s calling even without looking at the screen. Before you can assign unique ringtones to contacts, you’ll need contacts added to your address book and a few ringtones. The iPhone comes loaded with a couple of dozen ringtones – or you can add your own song as iPhone Ringtone.

How to Set Ringtones for Individual Contacts on iPhone 

Unless you customize the ringtones assigned to your contacts, the default one will automatically be assigned to all of them.

To personalize the ringtones for your callers:

How to Set Ringtones for Individual Contacts on iPhone (1)
How to Set Ringtones for Individual Contacts on iPhone (2)
  1. Launch the Phone app.
  2. Tap Contacts.
  3. In the contacts list, find the person (whose ringtone you want to change from the default.)
  4. When you’ve found the person, tap their name to open their contact information.
  5. Tap Edit (The contact information is now editable.)
  6. Swipe down > Tap Ringtone.
  7. The list of ringtones available on your iPhone is displayed. This includes the iPhone’s built-in ringtones and alert tones, as well as any ringtones you created and ringtones you bought from Apple. Tap a ringtone to hear a preview.
  8. Tap the ringtone you want to assign to that person to place a checkmark next to it > Select Done (to return to the contact’s edit screen.) The name of the ringtone you chose is displayed next to Ringtone.
  9. Tap Done at the top of the contact’s edit screen to save the change.

Whenever that person calls you, you’ll hear the ringtone you picked.

How to Customize Contacts’ Vibration Patterns on iPhone 

If your phone is set to vibrate instead of ringtones for incoming calls, you can customize each contact’s vibration pattern. This tells you who’s calling even if the ringer is turned off.

The Vibration option is on the same screen as the ringtones.

To change a contact’s vibration setting:

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  1. Go to the Ringtone screen (see Steps 1 – 6 above).
  2. Tap Vibration to display the set of vibration patterns that comes on the iPhone.
  3. Tap one of the vibrations to ‘feel’ a preview. When you find the one you want to use, tap it to put a checkmark next to it.
  4. Tap Ringtone.
  5. Tap Done (to return to the contact’s editing screen.)
  6. The chosen vibration is listed next to Ringtone along with the ringtone the iPhone uses when vibration is turned off > Tap Done to save the change.

How to Get New Ringtones for iPhone 

The ringtones that come with the iPhone are nice, but you can expand that selection to include virtually any song, sound effect, and more. Here are a couple of ways to acquire new ringtones for your iOS device.

Method 1: Buy Ringtones at the iTunes Store

To do this, open the iTunes Store app on your iPhone > Tap the More button > Tap Tones. You’re now in the ringtones section of the iTunes Store where you can listen to previews and buy ringtones for your iPhone.

How to Get New Ringtones for iPhone

Method 2: Make Your Own Ringtones

There are tons of ringtone apps that help you make your own ringtones. Among them are:

  • Ringtone Designer 2.0
  • Ringtones for iPhone
  • Ringback Tones for iPhone
  • Cool Ringtones: Ringtone Maker

How to Change the Preset iPhone Ringtone 

By default, your iPhone uses the same ringtone every contact and incoming call unless you change it. If you only want to use a single ringtone for all the incoming calls, you can change the default iPhone ringtone if you want.

How to Change the Preset iPhone Ringtone
  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Select Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Tap the ringtone you want to use as the default.
  4. Tap Back to save the new default.

How to Change Alert Tones for Text Messages on iPhone 

Just like you can change the default ringtone for all calls or assign individual contacts their own ringtones, you can do the same for the alert tones that play when you get a text message or other alerts.

Source: LifeWire