Have you ever purchased a ringtone from Apple only to forget to back it up in iTunes on your computer? If so, chances are you couldn’t sync your ringtone back after setting up your iPhone or iPad from scratch because you no longer had the original audio file in the first place.

The good news is, your purchased ringtones are still yours.

iOS 11 comes with the new ability to redownload any ringtones you’ve previously purchased using your Apple ID, here’s how. Note that this feature is not available on older iOS editions.

How to redownload purchased ringtones on iPhone and iPad

1) Open the Settings app on your device.

2) Touch Sounds or Sounds & Haptics in the list.

3) Now tap on any sound in the list.

4) If you’ve purchased ringtones from iTunes in the past and they’re still available on the store, you should see the option labeled Download All Purchased Tones at the top of the page.

Tap it and iOS will redownload all ringtones and alert tones purchased from iTunes using your Apple ID account and make them available right away through Settings → Sounds & Haptics.

And just like that, I got that Jessie J ringtone back that I bought years ago!

Apple cautions that you might not be able to redownload some of your purchased tones, which usually happens if the owner has pulled them from iTunes Store for whatever reason.

You can use these tones to customize your ringtone, text tone, new mail alert sound, calendar alerts and more, as well as set a ringtone or text tone for a specific contact to know who’s messaging or calling you even when an iPhone is in your pocket.

Ringtones and iTunes 12.7

Apple has brought about some major changes to desktop iTunes with the release of iTunes 12.7 for Mac and Windows. As a result, the ability to browse and download ringtones from iTunes Store is no longer available in the app.

TUTORIAL: How to create your own iPhone ringtones from songs in iTunes

Don’t worry, you can find your previously downloaded ringtones in the iTunes Media folder and move them to your iOS device while plugged in to your Mac or Windows PC with a USB cable, it’s just that you can no longer download new ones in iTunes.

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  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    That’s all well and dandy but I’m looking for how to get my old music videos back! They are GONE! ITunes and my devices. I bought them awhile ago and always ended up deleting them because of storage but now that’s not a problem, but I cant seem to find them anywhere….

  • Galaxy Life

    I have a question, can someone help me.

    I opened up iTunes (PC) a little while ago and I no longer have my apps.

    Music, movies, TV, Podcasts, audio books are there but not my apps.

    I don’t have this backed up to the cloud (I’d rather keep things on my local drive) so does this mean all my apps are gone?

    I had hundreds of apps, too many to remember them all so when I want to browse my selection, how do I do this now?

    Any help please.

    • Revelation

      You can’t have them locally any more. Apps was removed from iTunes 12.7. Only way to browse your apps is trough App Store on iOS device on Purchased. Luckily, anything you purchased is there, unless it’s 32bit and therefore obsolete.
      I too once used to store ios apps locally, but then understood, it’s pointless. If they are once purchased, they will not go anywhere, you can redownload them any time. And if you switch App Store accounts or something like that, they won’t work anyway, so it is completely worthless to store iOS apps in iTunes. There is just no point.
      The only thing I miss is browsing App Store on bigger screen. This one was handy.

      • Galaxy Life

        Ok, thanks. I thought I lost everything, I was not happy about that.

        I too will miss bowsing them all at once on a laptop sized display.

        I guess it has its benefits like no more having to update them from time to time.

        So I guess that means that the most current version will be the one you have.

  • Angel

    About time. Finally could re-download old ringtones after years lol

  • Titos Bados

    With the IOS 11 glitch, your ringtones will not work properly. Sometimes it defaults to your favorite but most often it just ring on what you have.

    I contacted Apple on this and they are working on it. What an oversight – upgrade that looks like a downgrade.

    • Maggie Fleming

      glad it isn’t just me!! none of my assigned called id ringtones will actually play when someone calls – it just plays what ever the default ringtone is. not happy!!

  • Shit Break

    Bullshit. These options do not exist

  • Stefan Dicu

    Thank for this tutorial man!!
    I searched every forum and read all the tutorials from apple. Is not saying anywhere how to re download your tones since they do not appear under “purchases”