How to Change the Default Ringtone on iPhone

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How to Change the Default Ringtone on iPhone
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The iPhone comes with various pre-installed ringtones that can be used to alert you to incoming calls, text messages and alarms. iPhone users can also purchase and download ringtones from third-party sellers and can assign individual contacts their own ringtone. Setting a default ringtone is a simple process and takes just a moment to complete.

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Things you need

  • iPhone

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  1. 1

    Click on "Settings," then "Sounds."

  2. 2

    Click on "Ringtone." This will bring up a list of pre-installed ringtones in alphabetical order.

  3. 3

    Preview a ringtone by clicking on its title. Select a ringtone to assign to incoming calls by clicking on it and ensuring that a checkmark appears next to the title.

  4. 4

    Click "Sounds" to return to the sound settings.

  5. 5

    Select "New Text Message" to view available ringtones for incoming text messages. Click on a ringtone to assign it to incoming text messages.

  1. 1

    Click on "Contacts" and then select the contact that you would like to assign a ringtone to.

  2. 2

    Click on "Edit" and then "Ringtone."

  3. 3

    Scroll through available ringtones in the list under "Standard." To assign a ringtone to a contact, click on its title and wait for the checkmark to appear next to the title.

  4. 4

    Click on "Info" and then "Done" to save the ringtone to the contact.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process to assign a default ringtone to other contacts.

Tips and warnings

  • Be certain not to exit the sound settings without completing all of the above steps or it may result in your ringtone not being saved.
  • Be wary of third-party ringtone programs, as many of them require a monthly fee to be charged to your phone bill and the charges are oftentimes difficult to remove.

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