How to Change iPhone Ringtone?

To change ringtone on iPhone, you can open Settings, then scroll down and tap Sounds & Haptics, you will then find various sound settings on your iPhone, including the ringtone.

iphone settings general sounds & haptics ringtone

Scroll down to the Sounds and Haptic Patterns section, choose Ringtone to open the ringtone list and pick a new ringtone and set it as your default iPhone ringtone. You can listen to each ringtone by tapping on its name. Once you’ve found the one you like, tap on it to select it.

change ringtone on iPhone from Settings

Set custom ringtones for specific contacts

You can assign different ringtones for different contacts. To do this, go to your Contacts app, select the contact you want to assign a custom ringtone to, tap Edit in the top right corner, and then scroll down to Ringtone to choose a different ringtone for that contact.

assign custom ringtone for contacts on iPhone

Create ringtones by yourself

If you are tired of the generic default iPhone ringtones, you can also download and purchase ringtones from the iTunes Store. You can also convert music to ringtones using iTunes on your computer. Keep in mind that custom ringtones must be in the correct format (usually .m4r). You can added to your iPhone through iTunes, see how you can sync ringtones to iPhone, then follow the steps to activate iPhone ringtone. You can also use GarageBand or third-party apps to create and add ringtones to iPhone.

iPhone Ringtone FAQ

What format are iPhone ringtones?

iPhone ringtone has an M4R extension (R for ringtone). iPhone ringtone format is based on MPEG-4 but renamed to have the M4R extension. MPEG-4 Part 14 is just a container format, MPEG-4 files may contain any number of audio, video, and even subtitle streams, thus it is very difficult to determine the type of streams in an MPEG-4 file based on its filename extension alone. That’s why Apple uses and popularizes .m4r ringtone for iPhone, the audio only mp4 file specifically made for iPhone.

The M4R is an extension of MP4 just like M4A. Compared to other ringtone types for other mobile phones, the sound spectrum of iPhone ringtone is quite different. iTunes can help you convert music to ringtones for iPhone.

How long are iPhone ringtones?

The maximum ringing duration of the iPhone is limited to 40 seconds by Apple for all ringtone files on iPhone.

What are the Audio Specifications of iPhone ringtones?

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio codecs supported: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.