Can You Make a Song As Your Text Message Alert on an iPhone?

by Randall Blackburn
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If you’ve grown tired of the tri-tone audio clip that plays when you receive a text message on your iPhone, you can personalize your device by assigning a song as a ringtone for your message alerts. As long as the clip is saved as a tone in your Ringtones folder, you can assign a song clip as your text message alert. Assign a text tone to play for all SMS and MMS messages, or assign specific tones to friends and family members in your Contacts list.

Change Default Tone

Step 1

Tap the “Settings” icon in the iPhone home screen to open the Settings menu.

Step 2

Tap the “Sounds” tab to open the Sounds menu.

Step 3

Tap the “Text Tones” tab to open the Text Tones screen.

Step 4

Tap a tone to preview. Tapping a tone selects and plays the tone.

Step 5

Continue tapping tones until you find the clip to assign as your ringtone.

Click the “Save” button to save your desired clip.

Assign Contact Tone

Step 1

Tap the “Phone” icon in the iPhone home screen, and then tap “Contacts” to open your Contacts list.

Step 2

Tap a contact entry to open the contact’s details screen.

Step 3

Tap the “Edit” option to open the contact entry for editing.

Step 4

Tap the “Text Tone” option. The Ringtones list opens.

Step 5

Tap the desired tone to assign to the contact for messages.

Tap “Save” to save the contact’s text tone.


  • Information provided in this article applies to the iPhone 5 running iOS 6.0 and above. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other models of the iPhone or versions of the operating system.


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About the Author

Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.

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