How to Change the Ringtone on the iPhone

An option in the Sounds section of the iOS settings makes it possible to change the default ring tone for all calls you receive on your iPhone. Additionally, you can assign a different ring tone to specific contacts by editing individual contact entries. This works in all versions of iOS, starting from version 4 up to and including 8.1, the most recent version, at the time of publication.

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The Sounds section of the iPhone settings.
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Changing the Default Ring Tone

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Open the Settings app and tap "Sounds." You may have to scroll down for this option to become visible.

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The iPhone settings screen.
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The Sounds section of the settings.
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Tap the "Ringtone" option, found in the Sounds and Vibration Patterns section. This displays a list of all ring tones loaded on your iPhone.

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The list of available ring tones.
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Tap a ring tone in the list to select it as the new default. Selecting it also plays the ring tone, so if you don't like it, simply tap another one. Once you've found a ring tone you like, tap "Sounds" to return to the previous screen or simply press the "Home" button to exit the iPhone settings.

Setting a Ring Tone for a Contact

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Open the list of contacts and tap a contact to display its information card.

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The list of contacts on the iPhone.
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The information card for a specific contact.
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Tap "Edit."

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The editing screen for a contact.
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Tap "Ringtone."

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Selecting a ring tone for the contact.
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Tap a ring tone in the list to play and select it. Once you've found a ring tone you like, tap "Done" to return to the previous screen.

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Saving the changes.
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Tap "Done" again to save your changes and return to the contact information screen.