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 is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.