iOS 5 Users Can Make Custom Text Tones Too

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    One of the new features of iOS 5 is the ability to purchase alert tones from the iTunes Store. Users have long been able to purchase and create custom ringtones, but the ability to customize text tones is new.

    The process for creating custom alert tones is identical to creating custom ringtones. iOS 5 now offers the ability to select full-length ringtones as a text message alert. To create a custom Alert Tone, simply make a "ringtone" of the proper length (2-5 seconds) and select it as the text message alert in Settings/Sounds.


    Italian Apple site [Translation] noted process was the same as creating ringtones. There are a few ways to create custom ringtones. The easiest option is a dedicated app like Ringer from Pixel Research Labs. This $3.99 app, available on the Mac App Store, creates custom-length audio-files directly from the iTunes Library, including fade-ins and -outs. It converts them properly and sends them directly to iTunes for syncing.

    For users who don't want to pay to create a custom ringtone, there is a free option. Simonblog has the full instructions with screenshots, but here's the summary:
    If you're going to use a file as a text tone, be sure to keep it short or you'll be hearing 30 seconds of AC/DC's Back In Black every time you get a text. GarageBand can be used to create custom ringtones as well.

    Article Link: iOS 5 Users Can Make Custom Text Tones Too
  2. r2shyyou macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
  3. utwarreng macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2009
    I'm surprised Apple hasn't made this more publicized. People have been begging for this forever.
  4. Lunchbox700 macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2008
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    I haven't upgraded yet due to my main computer being out for repair. Can you do custom tones now for iPod touch because it would be nice to do custom alerts for mail and what not
  5. andylyon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
  6. blubyu macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2010
    You say that like its a bad thing :)

    I have found that it works to keep the custom texts to 15 seconds or less. I used some of my ring tones that were 30 seconds and they didn't always work. If I edited them to under 30 seconds they worked every time.
  7. ChromeAce macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
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    Jordan, they're called Alert Tones, not Text Tones. You can use them for more than just SMS notification.
  8. khafiboy macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    Now if only we could set txt tones specific to the sender. e.g. I'd like to make a txt from my gf sound different than a txt from my bank telling me I'm overdrawn.
  9. elisedriver macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    Better to have different tones from the wife or the mistress :D
  10. madridista59 macrumors regular

    May 19, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I'm not sure if they removed this in iOS5, but on my 4 I can goto my contacts, edit and assign a specifc txt tone as well as ringtone to them.
  11. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I say the proper length for a text tones is around 1 sec. 2+ is a little on the long side.
  12. Crispy Duck macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Correct - this feature still exists.
  13. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    You could do this with 4.x. Now you can apply a custom tone to any sender.
  14. rutskiuk macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    iOS custom text tones

    Spotted this one right away :D

    These are the instructions I sent to my mates yesterday:

    Tested the custom text tones facility on iOS5. Works a treat with iRinger. Go to to get the latest version, import the file you want as a tone, export it as a text tone (CAF) then tick export to iTunes, click go, go to iTunes and drag the alert tone (from ringtones) onto your phone. On the phone go to settings > sounds > text tone > pick your new tone and tada! What's even better is that now if you look at your contacts and edit there is a custom field for text tone so you know who text you just from the alert :)
  15. MrCrowbar macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    I despise the default ringtone. This and the ability to have my upcoming calendar entries overlaid on the lock screen (Cydia app called "Lock Calendar", if there's something similar of iOS5, please let me know via PM or something) was the only reason for me to stay jailbroken. And the ability to use my sim card in an AT&T locked phone.

    Now I feel even better for waiting for the iPhone 4S. My current 2G still works fine. Gonna sell it on eBay I guess.
  16. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I've used garage band to create five different ringtones for my iPhone already.

    Guess I'll look into making myself some mail tones and such now.
  17. shandyman Suspended

    Apr 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    Notification center shows events that are upcoming in the next 2 days.
  18. timd.mackey macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2010
    Probably because it's embarrassing that they're several years late on this. Definitely happy we finally have this though, now I won't have my dad ask me "was that my phone or yours" every time I get a text...
  19. surf2snow1 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    atleast someone's parents know how to text
  20. kurosov macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    GarageBand is still the best method of creating custom tones.
  21. GuitarDTO macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    This is huge for me. Everything that I thought was better about my Droid phone has been answered with this update now, except for not having Google's navigation (Loved that, was better than a standalone Navigation unit). I loved custom text tones on my droid and it drove me nuts that you couldnt do it without jailbreaking. The iPhone is almost perfect, and I'll just have to pay for a Nav app to get the only remaining thing I am missing from the iPhone.
  22. Chumburro2U macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2009
    I Love L.A.

    You could also buy them on iTunes. I got R2D2 from Star Wars, Darth Vader, John Belushi saying "Toga, Toga!", etc. All for .99 cents.
  23. w00master macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2002
    What about lazy folks like myself? Any sites that have pre-made Alert Tones that someone could recommend?
  24. Burgess07 macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2007
    Watertown, WI
  25. frunkis54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2009

    you can......

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