How to change the ringtones on your iPhone

One of the ways to customize your iPhone is to change its default ringtone. That means that whenever you get a call on your iPhone, it doesn't sound like all the other iPhones from the pockets of the people surrounding you. It is a nice thing to have a unique ringtone, and you probably want it. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to show you how to change the ringtone on your iPhone. Here we go:

NOTE: To create this tutorial, we used an iPhone SE running iOS 13.2.3. If you are running a different version of iOS, things might differ a bit, but the essentials should remain the same.

How to change the ringtone on your iPhone

Like every other change related to how your iPhone works, you must first open the Settings app. Locate its icon on your home screen and tap on it.

The Settings app from an iPhone

Once you've opened Settings, scroll until you find the entry called Sounds.

The Sounds entry from the Settings app

On the Sounds screen, there is a section called "Sounds and vibration patterns." It lists several different settings related to your iPhone's sounds and alerts when you have got something incoming. The first item in the list is called Ringtone. Tap on it.

The Ringtone category of settings in iOS

NOTE: iOS also lets you change the sounds for Text Tones, New Voicemail, Calendar Alerts, Reminder Alerts, and AirDrop. The actions you have to take for each of them are the same as for setting your calls Ringtone.

Now iOS opens the Ringtone screen. On it, there is a list of tones that you can use on your iPhone, shown in the Ringtones section.

The Ringtones list shown on the Ringtone screen

All you have to do to set a new ringtone for the phone calls you get on your iPhone is to tap on the one you want. When you do that, you can also listen to a preview of what that ringtone sounds like.

Choosing a new ringtone for an iPhone

When you have made up your mind and have chosen the new ringtone, you can leave the Settings app. Next time you get a call, the new ringtone is going to be used.

NOTE: The Ringtone screen also gives you one or two additional links, right before the Ringtones list. They're called "Tone Store" and "Download All Purchased Tones." The first one opens iTunes, where you can buy new ringtones for your iPhone. The second link lets you download all the ringtones that you've already purchased from iTunes.

The Tones section from the iTunes store

How to change your vibration pattern on your iPhone

You might also want to look into whether you want your iPhone to vibrate when you get a call. To do that, scroll back to the top of the Ringtone screen and tap on Vibration.

The Vibration entry from the Ringtone screen

Then, select the vibration pattern that you like from the list. Just like for ringtones, tapping on a vibration pattern instantly sets it on, and you also get a preview of what it feels like.

Choosing a new vibration pattern for an iPhone

Furthermore, if you want, you can also create your own custom vibration pattern. For that, tap on "Create New Vibration" and then tap on your iPhone's screen to record a new vibration pattern.

Creating a new vibration pattern on an iPhone

When you're done, choose a name for the new vibration and save it. Then, you can use that instead of the default vibration patterns provided by iOS.

Specifying a name for a new vibration pattern

Cool, right?

Did you change your default iPhone ringtone?

Setting a new ringtone on your iPhone is easy and fast. A few taps here and there, and you're done. Before you leave, tell us why you changed your default ringtone. Which one did you choose? Is it a cool ringtone others should know about? Use the comments section below to share the ringtone that you prefer.