contacts icon 256On iPhone and iPad, Apple allows you to set a custom alert tone for text messages received from a specific person in your contacts.

Setting a special message alert tone for someone in your Contacts app enables you to recognize when that particular person has sent you a text, without you even having to look at your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ screen.

To know instantly when someone specific has sent you a text message, follow these steps.

How to Assign a Custom Text Alert Tone to a Contact

  1. Launch the Contacts app on your ‌iPhone‌.
  2. Select a contact from the list.
  3. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen.

  4. Tap Text Tone.
  5. Choose one of the sounds that you want to use below Alert Tones.
  6. Tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen.
  7. Tap Done again.

Did you know that you can also assign custom alert tones for your WhatsApp contacts? Check out our separate guide to learn how.