New to the iPhone and curious how to change your text message (SMS) tone? Apple is not overly generous when it comes to customizing alert tones on your iPhone. Ring tones are completely customizable but email tones can't be changed from the default unless you jailbreak. Text messages are somewhere in the middle -- you can personalize them but not customize them (yet). Read on after the break to find out how!.
To change the tone you hear for all incoming texts:
That’s all there is to it. All new text messages will trigger the new tone when they arrive.
To set a personalized SMS/Text tone for an individual contact:
Now, when that specific contact texts you, you'll get their specific tone. It's a great way to differentiate family from friends, for example.
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