Change Your Ringtone

Changing to a built-in ringtone for all incoming calls

  1. Go to your main TextNow menu in the TextNow app, and then click on Settings > Ringtone
  2. Select the ringtone to preview it
  3. Once you have decided on the ringtone, press OK 

Changing to a custom ringtone for all incoming calls

Note: not all models of TextNow phones will have the ability to add a custom ringtones. On an Android device:

  1. Start by going into main Android Settings > Sound > Ringtones. Select the ringtone you'd like to have and click on Add.
  2. Once you've added the ringtone to your music list go to TextNow main menu > Settings > Ringtone > Select the new ringtone that was added to the list. 

Assign a unique ringtone for a specific user

  1. Tap on the conversation in the Home screen or the call log under Call History of the person to whom you'd like to assign the ringtone.
  2. Press the Menu button (usually a button with three dots in the top right-hand corner), select Set Ringtone, choose the ringtone from the list, and then click OK.


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    Marc Houston
    Does the phone ring if you are not on wifi?
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    Kevin TextNow Support
    @ Marc: Thanks for contacting TextNow Support! If your phone is getting a Sprint 3G/4G signal while off wifi, it will ring for incoming calls and text notifications.
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    Corey Deangelo

    Hi how do I change the notification tone to one of the default iPhone ones?

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hi Corey!

    On an iPhone, you may change the notification sound for messages, however, I'm afraid that you can't currently change the notification sound for incoming calls (as that is set by Apple).

    To change the message notification ringtone, please follow these steps:

    1. Open up the TextNow app on your iOS device
    2. Click on the top left parallel bars to open up the menu- click on the top right gear icon to open up your settings
    3. Tap on Notification Sound- choose your ringtone :)

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    Ema Temple-Erickson

    Can i change the SMS tone, i hate the default one !!

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    Tawny, TextNow Support

    Hi Ema,

    You can certainly change your alert sound!

    To change the ringtone from your device, please follow these steps:

    1. Go to your main TextNow menu in the TextNow app, and then click on Settings(gear icon) > Notifications
    2. Click Notification Sound
    3. Select your ring tone for your incoming texts :)

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    Christal Billups

    Will TextNow allow ringtones to be changed on iPhones?

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Christal,

    Currently we do not offer a variety of ring tones for calls through the iOS application, however you can change your notification sound for texts through the TextNow Menu > Settings > Notification Sound.

    Make sure you keep your application updated in case alternate ringtones is something we are able to offer in the future :)

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    Aidan Dyer

    Please make it to where u can change the ringtone on iPhone thank you!

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Aidan! That's a great request, and one that we have submitted for you!

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    Some One

    How Can i set the default ringtone of textnow app as my local sim card's incoming calls and as well as sms notification tone.

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi there,

    The default ring tone is for incoming calls to your TextNow app only, and you incoming messages will require a different notification tone. This means you will not be able to use your ringtone for both calls and texts.

    Edited by Erin TextNow Support
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    I have text now app now on iPad and there is no ring for incoming calls, only a notification after I have already missed the call. The call shows up visually but no sound. Unless I am using my iPad when someone happens to call then all incoming calls are missed calls. There is no option under settings to select a ringtone at all, only notification tones.

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Chelsey,

    We don't currently have an option to change the ringtone for an incoming call which is why you only have the notification tone option in your settings for incoming messages. Please make sure that you have your Notifications for TextNow enabled in your iPad settings, you'll also need to ensure that the Sound is allowed in your device settings.

    To check this, open your iPad Settings > Notifications > TextNow > Allow Notifications (green) and turn Sounds on (green).

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    Lex Nevermind

    Can I turn off and silence the ringtone for incoming calls on my iPhone?

    I want to receive a sound notification of incoming text messages but do not want my phone to ring if someone calls my TextNow number. Help!

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Lex,

    You cannot turn off the sound notification for calls and keep the sound notification for texts on at this time. You either need to have them both on or both off. We appreciate the suggestion to offer feature for something like this though, and I'll pass this idea along to our development team to potentially be added in the future!