Tip: change your FaceTime ringtone on your Mac to match your iPhone or iPad

By , Jul 1, 2016

OS X Yosemite FaceTime icon full size

Do you like the default ringtone that you hear on your Mac when someone initiates a FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, or Phone call?

Many people set up custom ringtones on their iPhones, but when the call gets forwarded to their Mac via Continuity, they end up hearing something completely different from it than they do their iPhone.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to configure your FaceTime ringtone on your Mac so it sounds the same as your iPhone.

Making your ringtones match

It simply sounds better when you hear the same ringtone across your devices. With that setup, each of your devices going off at the same time sounds like a surround sound system throughout your house, rather than sounding like a menagerie of annoying sounds all going off at once.

Check to see what you’re using on iOS

If you want all of your devices to have the same ringtone, you need to know what you’re using on your iOS device first.

To check, follow these steps:

1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and open the Sounds preferences pane.

Check iOS Ringtone Settings

2) Next, you want to open the Ringtone cell.

3) Take note of what ringtone you have selected. You’ll want to use this same ringtone on your Mac.

Apply the same ringtone to FaceTime in OS X

Now that you know what ringtone you’re using on iOS, you can find the same ringtone in OS X and apply it to the OS X FaceTime app. This will make the same ringtone sound from your Mac whenever you get incoming FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, or Phone calls and they’re routed to your Mac in addition to your iPhone or iPad.

To do that, follow these steps:

1) Launch the FaceTime app on your Mac.

2) From the Menu Bar, click on FaceTime > Preferences.

FaceTime Preferences on Mac

3) In the new Preferences window that opens up, you will select the Ringtone drop-down box.

FaceTime Preferences OS X Ringtone

4) From the menu that appears, pick the ringtone you saw on your iOS device, and it will be applied to your Mac’s FaceTime app.

FaceTime OS X Ringtone Drop Down Menu

And that’s all there is to it! Now your Mac has the same ringtone your iOS device has.

Wrapping up

It’s nice to have the same ringtone across all of your devices; at least, that’s my opinion. For others who like having a different ringtone across their devices, you can also use the method above to pick a completely different ringtone on OS X.

With Continuity, your Mac is going to ring whenever your iPhone or iPad does, so it’s probably a good idea to set up something you like anyways, rather than keeping it at its default.

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  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Hey Anthony, what about custom ringtones? I have set up a custom ringtone on my iPhone, but there is no option to do so on my Mac?!?

    • JRDN

      There is, with an app or manually. But you have to disable the SIP protocol on Macs in order to add the custom ringtones. Fortunately, you can re-enable SIP afterwards and the ringtone will remain in your system (works across FaceTime, iMessage, etc.).

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        My recovery of my Mac is of OS X Yosemite, while I have OS X El Capitan, so the SIP disabling command does not work (Error: command not found), I guess I have to reinstall the OS from scratch, what say? I was thinking that if I install macOS Sierra when it releases, from scratch, I’ll get the Sierra version of recovery??

      • JRDN

        Ohh.. that’s territory I’m not familiar with. I don’t recommend getting Sierra version for recovery then. I’m not to familiar with Sierra, but I doubt there are many guides available for it yet, so that’s something to think about. Plus it’s in beta, so you never know what might happen.

        If it were me, I’d place my recovery and OS to EI Capitan.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Thanks for the reply. 🙂 🙂