There is one fascinating way for you to identify who is calling you without looking at your iPhone – by setting unique contact ringtones. This means that a specific ringtone will play when a particular contact, to which the ringtone was assigned, tries to call you. For example, different ringtones can be set for your boss, your special friend and your significant other. Also, you can have a separate contact ringtone for your main office number so that you don’t have to answer it during your day off. Furthermore, this feature can be extended in assigning contact text tones to help you identify who sent a certain text message, or in setting phone vibrations for you to recognize who is calling whenever your iPhone is in silent mode.

Assigning contact ringtones on an iPhone does not require you to buy any ringtone application nor install a special software. As a matter of fact, it is one of those iPhone features that you can easily carry out, which Apple has designed and included on most models. Same thing goes for customizing text alerts and phone vibrations. Nevertheless, you may have to buy new ringtones if you prefer more interesting alerts other than the built-in tones of your iPhone or if you don’t want to create personalized ones using a Mac device.

Customized ringtones, text alerts and vibrations are available in iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s using iOS 8, iOS 7 and even iOS 6. This guide presents step-by-step instructions and images using iOS 8, but are similar on other device models.

First of all, make sure that you have an existing contact to whom you will assign a specific ringtone. You need to go to the Contacts list to set the ringtone you prefer. However, if you are trying to assign a silent ringtone so calls will not bother you, it is strongly advised that you block such contacts from calling you or use iPhone’s Do Not Disturb mode instead.

Assign Ringtone to a Specific Contact

Follow these easy steps to assign a different ringtone to specific contacts other than the default ringtone.

Step 1: Go to Contacts list.

Step 2: Tap the name of the person you want to have a different ringtone.

Step 3: Tap Edit from the upper right of the screen. You will see the contact’s profile that you can edit.

Step 4: Scroll down and tap on Ringtone. A list of ringtones will appear. You can now choose which ringtone you want to use for this person. You can listen to all ringtones so you have an idea how it sounds like.

How to Set a Ringtone to a Specific Contact on iPhone 3G

Step 5: Simply tap on the Save button in the upper right corner.

When this person calls, you will hear a different ringtone aside from the default. Great, isn’t it? You can also change the ringtones for family, special love one or work. You can leave others as default. This way, you do not have to figure out and hurry whether a call is too important or not. You can also change the text tone of specific contacts.

Acquire a New Ringtone

Your iPhone comes with a couple dozen of interesting tones, but you can modify this selection by including virtually any songs in trend, attention-grabbing sound effects, and many more. The following are some of the ways to acquire new ringtones:

Buy ringtones from the iTunes Store. To do this, open first the iTunes Store app on your iPhone. At the bottom-right corner of your screen, tap the More button then select Tones. You will be taken to the ringtones section of the iTunes Store where you can buy new tones the same way you buy a song.

Create your own ringtones. There is a great deal of applications available that can help you create and customize your own ringtones.

Set Text Tone to Specific Contacts

Simply follow these steps to assign text tone to specific contacts.

Step 1: From home screen, go to Contacts list.

Step 2: Tap the name of the person you wish to have a different text tone.

Step 3: Tap Edit from the upper right of the screen. You will see the contact’s profile that you can edit.

Step 4: Scroll down and tap Text Tone. You can now choose a sound that you prefer for that contact.

This way, you will know who texted you even before you open the message. Hope this article is helpful!

Set Customized Contact Vibrations

Apple has designed its iPhone models to allow you to set contact vibrations for a particular phone call or text message. This is advantageous for users who place their iPhones on silent mode most of the time. You are able to recognize who is calling or texting you by means of your iPhone’s vibration patterns, especially if your device is in your pocket or on your work desk. There are several built-in vibration options available that you can choose from or you even have the choice to create your own. Follow these easy steps to set contact vibrations:

Step 1: Go to Contacts list.

Step 2: Tap the name of the person you wish to set a vibration.

Step 3: Tap Edit from the upper right of the screen. You will see the contact’s profile that you can edit.

Step 4: On the Edit screen, tap on Default next to Vibration. Now choose from the list of vibration options that you prefer for that contact and then tap Done.

Step 5: If you want to customize and create your own vibration pattern, tap on Create New Vibration and then tap Done.

Step 6: Tap Done again to take you back to the main contact screen. Both the assigned ringtone and vibration will work at the same if your iPhone’s sound is turned on