How to Get Ringback Tones With AT&T

By Chelsea Day

Ringback tones, which AT&T Wireless refers to as "answer tones," play music to your callers when they are waiting for you to pick up. Instead of hearing the standard ringing sound, callers can hear Lionelle Richie's "Hello" or the Beastie Boys' "So Watcha Want." With AT&T's answer tone assignment capabilities, you can choose ringtones for each caller. Your mom can hear "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills and Nash, your ex-boyfriend can hear "Don't Bother" by Shakira, and your current flame can hear "Give Me All Your Lovin" by ZZ Top. AT&T makes it easy to download and manage your ringback tones.

Step 1

Visit AT&T Wireless's website and click "myWireless Account" in the upper right-hand corner (see Resources).

Step 2

Click "Get started" under "Not yet registered." Enter your wireless number and enter a password and the information to verify your account.

Step 3

Visit AT&T Wireless' Answer Tones website (see Resources) once you are registered. Find answer tones by searching the name of the song or artist name, or browse by the genres listed on the left-hand side of the website.

Step 4

Listen to the answer tones before your purchase them by clicking the blue button with a picture of a microphone.

Step 5

Click "Buy" next to the ringtone you want to buy.

Step 6

Log in by entering your wireless number and password, accept the license terms, and confirm that you would like to purchase the ringtone. Once you confirm the purchase, this song automatically becomes the song that callers hear when they call.

Step 7

Manage answer tones so that different callers hear different answer tones. To do this, visit the AT&T Answer Tones website and click "Manage My Answer Tones."

Step 8

Click on the "Callers and Groups" tab.

Step 9

Click "Add New Caller."

Step 10

Enter the caller's name and phone number.

Step 11

Select a tone to play for the new caller.

Step 12

Click "Save Changes."

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