iPhone tip!
Assign different text tones to different people.

Here’s a handy little tip.

Half of you out there will be thinking, Pfttt. I already knew that. Who didn’t know that? Everyone knows that.

The other half will be thinking, GASP! I didn’t know that. Who knew that?! Did anyone else know that?

The other half will be saying, Uch. I own a Blackberry/Galaxy/I hold an cob of corn to my ear to fool people into thinking I own a cell phone.

I realize that’s too many halves but 50% of the time math isn’t my strong suit.



These same commands can be used to change the ringtone of a specific person. Just select ringtone instead of text tone.

Now when that very important person in your life sends you a text message but your phone in another room, you’ll know just by the sound of it that you should run, run, run to see what they have to say. Conversely, if it’s from your husband, you know you can ignore it.

One only needs to hear so many fart jokes on any given day.


  1. diane says:

    Oh boy. I will be up until midnight at least. Do you sleep?

    • Karen says:

      Well … it is currently almost 1:00 a.m. here. So, apparently I do not sleep. I’m actually cursing the fact that I am WIDE awake at the moment. 🙂 ~ karen

  2. kel m says:

    I love having different ringtones or sounds for alerting me for who is calling or texting. FYI: on the Samsung Galaxy 4 you also have this option. in the edit mode of a contact it is called message alert and they have a variety of sounds to choose from. Happy texting!

  3. Rhonda SmartyPants says:

    Arghhhhhhhhhhh…what is it about people like us that sleep is so hard to grasp?! I actually have to set an alarm on my phone to remind me to begin getting ready for bed at 9:30 so I will GO TO BED at 10 p.m. (Yes, you can see how well that’s working!)Thanks for the tips. I have a cell phone, but it might as well be a corn cob for the few phone calls I get (texts, too!). Hey, do you think if I went to bed earlier I might get more texts or calls? Here goes the questions again and here goes the ‘monkey mind’ again. PS-Thanks for the late night video you ran last week or so of trying to bandage The Fella’s boo-boo; only a fellow insomniac can truly appreciate the mind that would pursue that thread to its knotty end. Love it!

  4. Jen says:

    I love assigned text/ring tones. Not everyone deserves my acrobatic efforts to reach my phone.

    I also entertain myself with adding telemarketers into my phone under the name “It’s a f%#@$ing telemarketer.”

    Other gems in my contact list:
    I’m Dave and I’m a weirdo
    Lord Voldemort
    Haha you’re poor! (This one is my bank)

  5. Candice says:

    Thanks! I’ve had my iPhone 5 for about a month and am still figuring stuff out (but I do love it). What I hate is…is when I receive a group text message I can’t figure out how to respond to just the sender without sending a completely separate new text. My previous 6 years ancient Samsung (that wasn’t even a smartphone) would let me choose whether to text respond to “all” or just the “sender”. Anyone know how to do that?

  6. Norma Jo says:

    Cool…..I will be doing this. Love all the little emoticons you showed us how to insert in our texts. You’re so clever.

  7. Denise says:

    Excellent! I don’t get that many texts, but I have reassigned some fun sounds to those that I do get! Thanks.

  8. Jeanie says:

    Gasp! I did NOT know that! Thanks so much.

  9. Theresa says:

    Great, I never knew it either. I’m one of the 3 50%’s you spoke about!

  10. Shauna says:

    pfft – I’m in the Galaxy S4 half;)

  11. Candice says:

    baaahahahahahhaha!!! I had that text tone assigned to MY mom!

  12. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Don’t forget the 50% of us who are to cheap to get an I-Phone..I pay $15.00 a month to talk and text on my little phone..and take pictures..it has great coverage and works very well..It’s all little old me needs so why pay more..So there..Yeah..Don’t be leaving us cheap people out..we count too..Some of us can even do Math..

  13. Helana says:

    I set my ringtone as well– one for the people I’ll run to answer, one for everyone else … and, uh, one for my ex.

  14. Sue From Vermont says:

    I set my ancient Samsung to the “Suspense” ring whenever my son’s school called. “dun dun DUN”. Had to be something bad . . .

  15. Marti says:

    Yep, I’m one of the “already knew this” group.
    I also have photos of people…or whatever image I choose… of them.

    But what I really want you to show us is… how to record a sound clip and then be able to insert it as a ringtone choice.

    And that next soup option! 🙂

  16. You do enrich my life Karen!

  17. Elen Grey says:

    Well, I had to do this right away. And then I had to text a select few and get them to text me back so that I could hear the different text tones. I’m so easy. TY!

  18. Sera says:

    Unrelated question. How do you feel about the Pro Camera app? I have camera++ and it seems too slow.
    Of course I don’t have a real camera to take photos on.
    I’d like one but I also don’t have a real job making any real money.

    • Karen says:

      I don’t actually use Pro Camera, LOL. I did ages ago, but not anymore. Now I tend to use my real camera, and if I use my iPhone I use Instagram of PS Express (tiny photoshop version) to edit. ~ karen!

  19. Marcy says:

    In college I had to assign certain ringtones to people so I’d know if my phone rang or got a text message at 2 or 3am it was not an emergency, just inebriation.

  20. Lori says:

    When I started reading this I was thinking “pssht, who doesn’t know that?” then I realized you were showing how to assign tones to texts & i thought “wait. DID I know that? I don’t think I knew that!! OMG I didn’t know that!!”

    So, what I’m trying to say is thank you.

  21. I know it’s a while since you posted this Karen, but I’ve only just assigned the tones, so thanks! Now if those people would ring/text me, not right now cos I’m off to bed, but maybe tomorrow, and not too early…

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