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iPhone users: You know you can assign different ringtones to your friends, right?

It’s handy to know whether it’s work or your best friend that’s trying to contact you.

IF YOU’RE THE kind of person who gets a lot of calls and texts (first of all, well done for being so popular) it’s useful to know that you can assign specific alert sounds for people like your friends on iPhone

Now if you want someone in your contacts to have a specific alert, then go into Phone > Contacts and find that person. If you go into edit mode, you will be able to assign a specific ringtone, text tone and vibrations to them.

custom ringtone vibration

If you want to go a step further, you can create your own custom vibrations. To do this, go into Settings > Sounds and you will see options for different alerts like ringtone, calendar alerts, and so on.

Tapping on any of them will bring up Vibration as the first option. Here you can choose from a number of preset vibrations but if you don’t like them, you can create your own at the bottom.


Tapping on Create New Vibration allows you to set your own pattern. Tapping or holding down on your phone records a vibration so you can variate it between short and long taps.

Once you have that done, just save it, and it will appear underneath the regular options.


If you want to give someone a ringtone that isn’t listed, you’ll either have to buy one in the iTunes Store or upload one yourself. The latter is possible but it does take a bit of time to get done.

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