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How to change the alert sounds on your iPhone

Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge

In the past, Apple’s ecosystem has been a little “one size fits all” without a lot of room for personalization — however, now we’re getting a lot more ringtones in iOS 17. Customizing your iPhone’s alert sounds can make your device feel a little more personal and fun. And maybe — I’m just spitballing here — you can even make a funny reference to a ’90s comedy starring Bill Murray in the process. Just an idea.

In any case, here’s how to change the sounds for your ringtone, mail, texts, and calendar alerts. For reference, this was tested out on an iPhone 11 running iOS 17.

Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.

Tap the task with the alert tone you want to change.
Scroll down to choose from a list of sound clips. The clips will be…

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