Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

In iPhone, you can easily change the default ringtone (Settings → Sounds → Ringtone) and set a custom ringtone for individual people (Contacts → [some person] → Edit → Ringtone).

But can you set a custom tone for a group of contacts? (E.g. "family" or "workmates".)

I think that would be handy—and quite basic functionality, so to speak—but I couldn't find a way to do this through the iPhone UI. Is it possible at all (without jailbreaking)?

share|improve this question
1  
+1 for a good question! Normal phones have had this basic feature for more than a decade, and yet it's still missing in the iphone. Boo Apple! –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 11 '10 at 7:00

5 Answers 5

up vote 2 down vote accepted

It is unfortunately not yet officially supported.

share|improve this answer
    
Well, that sucks. As you say yet, do you happen to know of any evidence that it might be added in a future iOS version? –  Jonik Oct 10 '10 at 18:12
1  
No evidence, but Apple has a trend of constantly improving its phone features, as it did when it allowed the sending of a message to multiple recipients, sharing contacts, etc., so we'll just have to be hopeful. –  sentinel Oct 10 '10 at 18:51
    
Though for this specific feature, they haven't added it in any of the last releases. How many releases has there been so far, twenty?! I wouldn't hold my breath. Yet another reason to jailbreak and look for non-Apple-approved hacks. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 11 '10 at 7:01
    
What about using a 3rd party app, yet without jailbreaking? –  redolent Jan 13 at 18:55

yes, you can assign ringtones to contact groups on iPhone using Grouptones tweak ($2.99 in Cydia, requires jailbreak).

See http://grouptonesapp.com for details!

share|improve this answer
    
The question asked for a solution without requiring a jailbreak. –  Ethan Lee Nov 21 '12 at 21:56
1  
Answer still helped me, exactly what I was googling for. +1 –  finiteloop Jan 15 '13 at 6:45

Just use this app: GRingtones, it is a group managing app.

The most important feature is that GRingtones could set a ringtone for each group!

  1. Setting a group ringtone
  2. Setting a text tone for a group
  3. Groups could be created, edited, or deleted free.
  4. Searching for contacts is also supported.
share|improve this answer
2  
Consider the reviews before buying this app! –  patrix Nov 21 '12 at 22:23
    
@patrix What do you mean? The reviews are 5 stars... is it some kind of dangerous app? How is it able to do this when everyone says it's impossible? –  Gregory Magarshak Apr 13 at 21:26
    
@GregoryMagarshak As far as I remember the app didn't really fulfill all the requirements back in 2012. But it seems to have improved significantly since. –  patrix Apr 14 at 5:20
    
@patrix ok that's great but HOW does that app even do it? What API does it use? –  Gregory Magarshak Apr 16 at 1:15
    
@GregoryMagarshak Might be best to approach the author of the app for this. –  patrix Apr 16 at 6:08

Just use GRingtones

GRingtones is a group managing app.
The most important feature is that GRingtones could set a ringtone for each group!!!!

  1. Setting a group ringtone
  2. Setting a text tone for a group
  3. Groups could be created, edited, or deleted free.
  4. Searching for contacts is also supported.
share|improve this answer
    
GRingtones doesn't work in iOS 8, at least not as of this time. –  Tango Oct 1 at 8:09

It had this feature on my 3Gs. I know because I just upgraded to the 4s and it's not there. They changed it.

share|improve this answer
    
Welcome to Ask Different! You've posted this as an answer, which is only for things that directly answer the question asked. Please take a look at the help section for more info. Consider deleting this as it will only continue to attract down votes for not being an answer to the question asked. –  Ian C. Jun 27 at 1:45

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.