Ringtones and notifications: how much do you customize yours?

Ringtones and notifications: how much do you customize yours?
Gone are the days when phones would ring with violent, ever-repeating tones that sound more like a heavy sleeper's alarm clock than a gentle call notification. Nowadays, smartphones ring with beautiful melodies — either ones provided by the manufacturers, or ones that the users choose to install on their phones. Picking your own ringtone is always equal amounts fun and annoying — digging through to find the right track from the stock ones can get a bit boring, while putting your favorite song's chorus as a phone ring, just to find out that you will end up hating it for that. But still, personalizing the ringtone is a great way to make sure that we won't be startled by other people's phone rings.

Some people even go further and customize their various app notifications. For example, Facebook Missenger's “blinnnng” is a well-known signature sound that often remains unchanged. If someone else around you gets a new chat message, you are sure to get confused and look for the notification on your own phone, only to find an empty lockscreen there. After the depressing feeling of loneliness clears up, you might want to consider changing your Messenger tune as well, just to avoid such mistakes in the future.

So, how much do you customize your ringtones?

How much do you tinker with your ringtones?

I just leave them on default. I might change them in the future, but who knows
15.58%
I will browse through the stock ringtones to pick a different one, but I mostly leave notifications as they are
16.19%
I change both my ringtone and notifications, usually with sounds from the stock library
28.29%
I make my own ringtones and / or notification sounds!
39.94%

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40 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2276; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The second option for me. It annoys me when people leave their ringtone as the default carrier one. I don't care to know what carrier you are on. I don't really care so much about notification sounds really, but on my iPhone, I changed text tones to another sound. It's annoying to hear a text tone in a public place that iPhones have and find yourself checking yours because you're not sure if it was your phone or not.

29. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

what about the option for "I always leave on vibrate" ? thats what mine is usually on

2. jack11141

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

For all who thinks iphones are easy to use just make a custom ringtone. I'm not an iphone hater but facts aren't subjective.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

I do it all the time - there are numerious apps that you can make a ringtone from any song/sound you like and there are plenty of premise ringtone apps. It's not as simple to make as android, but it's quite easy.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It's easy to use when you don't mind getting separated from your cash like a twit; throw your cash at iTunes to get ringtones without any other device. When you start thinking of doing it yourself or aren't satisfied with what iTunes offers, it's a cumbersome process. After making the ringtone on your phone, have to install the iTunes bloatware on your computer, extract it, add it to your iTunes library, sync back into your phone, then you can select it on your phone...

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

When you buy a song, you buy the possibility to listen to it and that's your license; to be able to use that song as a ringtone, you should buy a different license. If we're talking about songs your children sang, you are right: iTunes is an ordeal (in fact, Apple'a mirrors for iTunes are working up until 50% these days, which means one should go elsewhere to get the program).

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

When I buy a song, I do whatever non-commercial stuff I want with it, be it set part of it as my ringtone, alarm, add to my playlist, or share it with a friend. Couldn't care less what them greedy corps dictate...

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Of course you do, but that doesn't make it ok as far as the law is concerned. (DRM was invented so that fewer did what you say you do)

19. AlikMalix unregistered

1. It's only a $1 Geez.. 2. You can create custom ringtones with an iTunes. You have an iPhone - you probably have iTunes installed. (But, good effort trying to make an easy task look difficult - you get 2 gold coins for that - good job).

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

1. Per ringtone, and it all adds up when you start setting custom ringtones for various contacts. 2. Creating it in iTunes is a just as cumbersome process, as you need to modify the duration of the song you want to use part of, create AAC version, find it in your file system, modify its extension to .m4r, add it back to your iTunes library, sync it back to your phone, then you can select it. Nowhere near as convenient as open it in ringtone maker app > select portion of song > create ringtone > assign it, but keep trying to defend the cumbersome process, it's the only way you have to creating your own ringtones without jailbreak.

22. gendo

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

This!

23. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3103; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Second that.

25. AlikMalix unregistered

1. Still cheap 2. I make custom ringtones all the time - you don't have to do ANY OF THAT!!!

26. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

1. Still a waste of cash 2. Unless you own some special version of iTunes, that's all iTunes ever offered officially since I was using jailbroken iPhones for over half a decade, and the latest guides to making ringtones via iTunes still require you to follow the same cumbersome process ( https://goo.gl/miM7f )...

27. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3134; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If you call changing a file type "cumbersome" then you have no business getting near a PC. I don't care for iOS nor have I ever spent a nickel on iTunes, but it's no harder than using an mp3 trimmer for any other platform.

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"If you call changing a file type "cumbersome"" English clearly isn't your native tongue. Otherwise, how tf do you interpret either of the following processes as merely "changing file type"? "After making the ringtone on your phone, have to install the iTunes bloatware on your computer, extract it, add it to your iTunes library, sync back into your phone, then you can select it on your phone..." or "Creating it in iTunes is a just as cumbersome process, as you need to modify the duration of the song you want to use part of, create AAC version, find it in your file system, modify its extension to .m4r, add it back to your iTunes library, sync it back to your phone, then you can select it. "

33. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3134; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Whoever said you have to create anything in iTunes? Any trimmer can be used. If you have an iPhone, you already need to have the "bloat" installed. It's not an additional step for ringtone creation. The AAC step is logical since you don't want a 10 second clip in your music collection anyway. You're making up steps that are not necessary for ringtone creation just for iOS.

35. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Whoever said you have to create anything in iTunes? Any trimmer can be used" Using any other trimmer only affects the first step of modifying the duration of the song you want to use part of, and it's another application you need to install just to get custom ringtones on your iDevice, making the process even more cumbersome. In the end, still need to create AAC version for compatibility and go through all the remaining steps. Plus, good luck syncing the custom ringtone to your iDevice using any other trimmer. "If you have an iPhone, you already need to have the "bloat" installed" Sounds like you'd be surprised by the number of people who have iDevices yet have never installed iTunes on their computer, not to talk of having a clue how to use it. "You're making up steps that are not necessary for ringtone creation just for iOS." Then please, kindly share your own "faster" process, if you actually have a clue of how to do it, instead of merely making baseless claims. As stated in post #26, the latest guides to making ringtones via iTunes still require you to follow the same cumbersome process I pointed out (https://goo.gl/miM7f )...

32. jack11141

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Ha ha ha. But on android just open sound and notification setting and open ringtone scroll down to add then select any music file.

34. AlikMalix unregistered

Ha ha ha - were also talking about start and stop points of the music file.

37. TheOracle1

Posts: 2247; Member since: May 04, 2015

Alik, you earlier admitted it's easier in Android. Just take your medicine on this subject and admit it's unnecessarily cumbersome on the iPhone.

38. AlikMalix unregistered

Agreed, I'm just arguing that it's easy on iOS as well. Yes it's simpler on android - it's been so since the beginning. But its not as difficult as this guy above makes it sound to be - it's quite easy actually - a built in feature in iTunes (no workarounds).

39. TheOracle1

Posts: 2247; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'm not sure it's that easy. For you, a techie, yes. For most iSheep it's not. That's why most iPhone users never change their ringtones and probably don't even know they can. On Android it seems like anything that produces any type of sound gives you an option to set as a notification.

40. AlikMalix unregistered

"iSheep" = conversation over. You have to respect people, asshole.

41. TheOracle1

Posts: 2247; Member since: May 04, 2015

Alik you're a thin skinned twat just like your hero Trump. How the heck could you possibly take something like that so personally? Were you related to Steve Jobs or is Tim Cook your secret lover?

3. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

from Nokia 3310 to OnePlus 3, never once i use default tones except for incoming message.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

My iPhone has custom rings for a few contacts and I have a few custom ones I made for when I'm tired - but mostly all contacts use same ringtone. I do use custom different vibrations for nearly half of my contacts - I need to know who's calling/texting when my phone is in my pocket without taking it out.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ringtones for when you're tired? I'm honestly trying to figure what that means, or if it's an autocorrect what you meant to type. Please don't leave me in suspense.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

I meant when I get tired of the one using currently. Thanks for catching that.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, I probably should have figured that out. It seems obvious now that I see it.

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