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)?

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    +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! Oct 11, 2010 at 7:00

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It is unfortunately not (yet or ever?) officially supported as a feature of iOS.

  • 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, 2010 at 18:12
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    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, 2010 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. Oct 11, 2010 at 7:01
  • What about using a 3rd party app, yet without jailbreaking?
    – redolent
    Jan 13, 2014 at 18:55

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.
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    Consider the reviews before buying this app!
    – nohillside
    Nov 21, 2012 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? Apr 13, 2014 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.
    – nohillside
    Apr 14, 2014 at 5:20
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    Unfortunately, this app doesn't work on iOS 8.
    – Tango
    Oct 1, 2014 at 8:08
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    Gringtones is no longer working with iOS 9.It was a good paid for ap but it does not work anymore so dont bother with it
    – user165438
    Jan 12, 2016 at 15:53

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

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    – Ian C.
    Jun 27, 2014 at 1:45

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!

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    The question asked for a solution without requiring a jailbreak.
    – Ethan Lee
    Nov 21, 2012 at 21:56
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    Answer still helped me, exactly what I was googling for. +1
    – finiteloop
    Jan 15, 2013 at 6:45

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