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I’m a fan of assigning ringtones to my contacts. However, this task is one that until now always had to be done on the iPhone itself. To make matters worse Apple buried the Ringtone assignment under the Edit button instead it being a pop-up menu like it used to be (in iOS 5 or 6). Also since Apple still won’t let us assign ringtones to groups of contacts, it’s still very much a “manual” one-by-one process.

With Mac OS X Yosemite it gets a little easier. Because of the new continuity/hand-off features between iOS 8 and Yosemite, your Mac will now ring when your iPhone rings. Well wouldn’t it be nice if it rang with the same ringtones as the ones on your iPhone? Luckily that’s the case as long as you’re using the built-in ringtones. I use the built-in “Sonar” ringtone for my work/colleague contacts. I noticed that one day my MacBook Pro was ringing with this same ringtone. I didn’t put the two together at the time. However, I went to go edit a different contact soon after and noticed the new Ringtone option right in the Contacts App. Since I sync my Contacts with iCloud, the new ringtone assignment appeared on my iPhone and iPad. Sadly Apple doesn’t let you choose your custom ringtones even if they’re in the iTunes library on the same Mac. Sigh..

Since it’s a little faster doing this on my Mac than it is on my iPhone, I’ll definitely use this method for assigning ringtones to my friends, family and coworkers. Also since Apple has added new ringtones recently that aren’t nearly as obnoxious as the original 2007 set, I’m more inclined to use the built-in ones more often. All jokes aside there is a good collection of built-in ringtones now that most people will easily be able to get by without ever buying or creating custom ones. Yet, the “Imperial Death March” is still the best for your boss. 🙂

I’m happy to discover this little tip and I can only hope that Apple will continue making enhancements to ringtones and hopefully contact groups.

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