Does Iphone allows differente ringtones?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by jota73, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. jota73 macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2006
    South America

    Yesterday I recied my iphone, and definately this little thing rules!

    I was a motorola user, so I was used to have different ringtones according to the person who was calling me.
    I kow that with the iphone I can get organized my contacts by group but was wondering if also I could assign a different ringtone to a group or a contact.

    I appreciate your help

  2. jota73 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2006
    South America
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    You can assign ringtones to contacts.

    phone>contacts>select contact>edit>assign ringtone.
  4. thisonechance macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    Yes, you can assign ringtones on an individual basis. Just go into contacts, edit, then assign ringtone.

    Hope that is what you were looking for.

    Edit: rdowns beat me to it.
  5. tjk macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2008
    seems like no way to do it for the group... ah
  6. operator207 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    Ya, kinda wish you could do that. I have my contacts sorted into groups. Work, Friends, Family, Other. I would love to have the ability to have one ringtone for each group. Then get more granular with Wife, Boss etc.

    Also, if Apple wants to get hardcore into the business world, they need to be able to assign ringtones and volume based on time of day. That would be a really great feature. Wife's or Friend's calls still goto you, but do so on vibrate only. Business contact come through at regular volume, all that durning business hours. My Nextel i90 could do this back in 2000.
  7. tjk macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2008
    well, there are a lot of things to be improved in iphone
    imho it is too user friendly and fool proof. i would enjoy going more advanced. hope 3rd party software will help me with that.
  8. DBiP macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2010
    A Work-around for Group Ringtones

    I found a ghetto work-around for group ringtones on the iPhone. It's sort of annoying but once you get it set up, its easy to then change a group ringtone. You have to set the ringtone for each one of your contacts, but only ONCE, and then changing the ringtone for a group is easy. You won't want to do this unless you enjoy changing your ringtones every so often.

    I'm a sucker for different ringtones and I like to change the group ringtones throughout the year to match the holiday season I'm in (don't ask me why, I just think it's fun).

    I'm sort of new to the iPhone, so there might be a better way to do this, but this is what I do. (I'm assuming you already know how to create a custom ringtone and how to put them on your iPhone)

    In a nut shell:

    1. Create a custom ringtone for each group you want to set, and give it a default name that you recognize (ie "AA_Family" "AA_Friends" "AA_Work" etc). I put the "AA_" in front so it shows at the top of my ringtones list on the iPhone.

    2. Then add the ringtones to your iTunes library and sync it with your iPhone.

    3. Now the annoying have to go into each contact and set the ringtone for each one according to the group they belong to. I know, this sucks. But I have about 150 contacts, and I did it, and it didn't seem to take me THAT long. You get into a rhythm and just knock it out. (First try just setting it for a few contacts, maybe 10 that are in the same group, because if you don't follow these instruction correctly you will have to do it all over again.)

    4. Now, if you ever want to change a group's ringtone, just create a new custom ringtone, and rename the file the same as the default name (ie "AA_Family") and replace the file in your library. Then, when you sync, it will just update the ringtone for everyone in that group.

    1. DO NOT have the same ringtone on your phone twice.

    For example, let's say you have a custom ringtone for the song "Thriller" (named Thriller.m4r) and you want to set that for your "AA_Family" group ringtone. You do the file rename/replace and stuff in your iTunes library, but make sure that Thriller.m4r is NOT in your iTunes library when you sync. If it is, it will mess up the group ringtone stuff you just did and set the ringtone of everyone in that group to "Thriller" instead of "AA_Family".

    2. DO NOT add back in a previous group ringtone in your updated sync when you change the group ringtone.

    So, I just changed my family group ringtone to Thriller, and now I want to change it to Jingle Bells. I do the same rename/replace procedure, and I make sure that JingleBells.m4r is not in my iTunes library. Thriller.m4r isn't in my library either because I removed it before. Just make sure that you don't add it back in on this sync either because it will mess up the group ringtone stuff. But I want Thriller as a ringtone still on my iPhone, just not as a group ringtone, so what do I do? Well, just do one sync to update the group ringtone (without Thriller in the library), and check it to make sure it worked. Then add Thriller.m4r to your iTunes library, and sync again. Now you have Jingle Bells as a group ringtone, and Thriller.m4r as a single ringtone.

    The iPhone knows that song you are playing regardless of the filename of your ringtone. As long as you don't have conflicts, you'll be alright. Hopefully this isn't too confusing. I tried to be clear without typing out a novel. Again, this is really only helpful if you enjoy changing out your group ringtones often like I do.
  9. Rory Manton macrumors regular

    Rory Manton

    Dec 13, 2005
    Yeovil Somerset
    I too find the lack of groupings a bit of a retrograde step but I have found a free app called "Groups" that does all that my old Samsun did.

    Here is a step by stop walk through of how to add music tracks ( or more correctly portions off) as ringtones.


    Hope this is of use (It is soo simple even I, a technological Luddite, managed to do it!)

    Apparently this website does not allow linking to other sites, shame really. PM me if you want the link.
  10. grouptones macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2011
    Grouptones tweak

    To assign ringtones to contact groups, you can use Grouptones tweak ($2.99, requires jailbreak). Google "grouptones app" for details.

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