Your iPhone can make a lot of different notification sounds based on the app that is triggering the notification. But a lot of these sounds are the same, and a lot of the notifications will get ignored once you have become used to them. But some of the notifications that you get are actually for something that you want, such as a text message from a friend or family member.
Your iPhone offers a convenient way for you to distinguish text messages from specific contacts, and it can be found by adjusting a setting that is found on the contact card for that specific individual. Our tutorial below will show you where to go to apply this setting to a contact that is on your device. You can even buy some new tones, which can be a great use of an iTunes credit. Find out how to check your iTunes gift card balance and see if there’s a credit on your account.
Using a Different Text Message Tone for a Contact in iOS 8
The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. The steps may vary for different versions of iOS.
Note that you can skip the first two steps below by selecting the Contacts icon instead of the Phone icon. If you cannot find your Contacts icon, this article will show you where it is.
Step 1: Tap the Phone icon.
Step 2: Select the Contacts option at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Select the Contact for whom you wish to set a custom text message tone.
Step 4: Tap the Edit button at the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 5: Scroll down and tap the Text Tone button.
Step 6: Select the text tone that you wish to use for this contact, then tap the Done button at the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 7: Tap the Done button at the top-right corner of the screen again to save your changes.
Do you want to get some new ringtones or text tones for your iPhone, but you aren’t sure how or where? This article will show you how to purchase and start using them on your iPhone.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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