How to associate a ringtone with one of your contacts on your phone

Want to have a specific ringtone for each of your contacts? Kurt "The CyberGuy" Knutsson explains how to select and purchase various sounds for your contacts on the iPhone and Android.

How to associate a ringtone with one of your contacts on your phone

Do you ever wish you could know who is calling you without having to actually look at who’s calling you? If you are like me, you probably have a lot of contacts on your phone, and sometimes it can be hard to remember who is who. 

Maybe you have a friend who always calls you with good news, a family member who needs your help or a boss who expects you to answer right away. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could tell who is calling just by the sound of your phone ringing? 

Well, guess what? You can. Both iPhone and Android devices have a feature that lets you set a custom ringtone for any contact on your phone. This way, you can assign a different sound to each person and recognize them instantly when they call. 

Settings may vary depending on your Android phone’s manufacturer  

If you don’t want to use the default ringtones that come with your phone, or if you want to have more variety and options, you can also buy ringtones from online stores. Depending on the type of your phone, you can access different online stores that offer a wide range of ringtones for different prices. 

For iPhone users, the most convenient way to buy ringtones is through the iTunes Store. To buy ringtones from the iTunes Store, you need to have an Apple ID and a valid payment method. Frankly, with all the new ringtones in the latest iOS 17 and later software, you shouldn’t need to spend a dime unless you are looking to go big on customizing what you hear when certain people call.

For Android users, there are several online stores that offer ringtones for Android devices. Some of the most popular ones are Google Play Store, Zedge and Verizon Tones. You can access these online stores from your Android phone or tablet or from your web browser on your computer. 

To buy ringtones from these online stores, you need to have a Google account and a valid payment method for the Google Play Store, or a Zedge account and a valid payment method for Zedge, or a Verizon account and a valid payment method for Verizon Tones. 

Settings may vary depending on your Android phone’s manufacturer  

Buying ringtones from online stores is a quick and easy way to get new sounds for your phone. However, you should be aware that some online stores may charge you extra fees or subscriptions for using their services. You should also check the compatibility and quality of the ringtones before buying them. 

Now, when someone you never want to miss calls, you’ll know immediately, even when your phone is across the room. Setting custom ringtones for your contacts is a simple way to personalize your phone. You can also have fun with it and choose ringtones that match the personality or mood of each person. 

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