How to Set Special Ringtones for Individual Contacts

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If you want to know which friend or family member is calling you without having to look at your iPhone screen, you can assign them each their own ringtone. It’s fun to do and allows you to select something personalized, funny, or unique to your friendship. In this tip, you won’t assign the ringtone in Settings, rather you’ll visit individual contacts in order to select special ringtones for each person. Here’s how to set special ringtones for individual contacts.

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To do this:

  • Open the Contacts app or Phone app and navigate to Contacts.
  • Choose the Contact you want to assign a special ringtone to. Tap Edit.
  • Tap Ringtone.
How to Set Special Ringtones for Individual ContactsHow to Set Special Ringtones for Individual Contacts
  • Choose the Ringtone you to assign to the contact. Tap Done.
  • Tap Done again.

How to Set Special Ringtones for Individual Contacts
You can also choose Buy More Tones to buy ringtones from the iTunes store or use a ringtone maker app to create music ringtones to use. You can search Ringtones in the App Store to check out your options. Hopefully, Apple will allow us to use songs from Apple Music for ringtones in the future.

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Sarah Kingsbury

As the Editorial Director at iPhone Life, Sarah Kingsbury manages the online editorial team and oversees all website content. She is a long-time Apple enthusiast who never goes anywhere without her Apple Watch and owns way too many HomePods. Since joining iPhone Life in 2013, Sarah has done everything from writing hundreds of how-to articles to founding the Daily Tip newsletter. She even co-hosted the early episodes of the iPhone Life Podcast. When not at work, Sarah can be found hiking in the mountains and canyons around Las Vegas, where she lives with her partner and dogs.