One the ways people like to customize their iPhones is by choosing the sound or song played for the phone's ringtone. While the iPhone comes standard with dozens of quality ringtones, you can also create your own from virtually any song using ringtone apps or buy them from Apple's ringtone store.
When you've got the ringtone you want to use loaded onto your phone, follow these instructions to set your iPhone ringtone (this is for setting the ringtone for all calls on your phone).
NOTE: To learn how to set different ringtones for different people, read this article.
- From the iPhone's home screen, tap the Settings app.
- In Settings, tap Sounds in the third group of options.
- In Sounds, swipe down to the Sounds and Vibration Patterns section. In that section, look for Ringtone. That displays what you have set as your current iPhone ringtone. Tap it to change that.
This menu shows you the list of all the ringtones available on your iPhone.
To get new ringtones, tap the Store button in the top right corner. This will take you to the ringtone section of the iTunes Store where you can stock up on new ringtones.
If you choose not to buy new ringtones, but instead use the ones loaded on your phone, the first set of options in the Ringtones section are ones that you bought from the iTunes Store or created using another app and have synced to your iPhone. The ones below the divider came pre-installed on the iPhone.
Alert Tones, farther down the screen, aren't ringtones exactly. They're alert sounds normally used for alarms and other notifications, but they can be used as ringtones, too.
- When you tap on a ringtone, it will play so you can preview it and decide if it's what you want. When you've chosen the ringtone you want to use as your default, make sure it has the checkmark next to it. Then tap the Sounds button in the top left corner or click the Home button to go back to the home screen. Your choice is saved automatically.
- Now, whenever a call comes in, the ringtone you just selected will play (unless you've assigned individual ringtones to callers, that is. If you have, those ringtones take precedence). Just remember to listen for that sound, and not a ringing phone, so you don't miss any calls.