How to Turn Off Ringtone for a Single Contact on iPhone with a Silent Ringtone Trick

Mar 15, 2021 - 11 Comments

How to Turn Off Ringtone for a Single Contact on Phone with a Silent Ringtone

Are you getting unwanted phone calls from one of your contacts, but don’t want to block them? If so, you may be interested in muting all their phone calls using this neat silent ringtone trick, and they will have no idea that you muted their inbound calls to your iPhone.

Of course, blocking the contact is the route many users would take with a nuisance caller, but that isn’t always practical for some contacts, and besides it is fairly easy for them to figure out that they’ve been blocked when all their calls get forwarded to voicemail or when their text messages don’t get delivered. This is why using this strick might be a better option in some cases. Although there isn’t an option to mute a particular contact directly, you can assign a custom silent ringtone to the contact and silence all their phone calls.

Interested in taking advantage of this workaround to silence a specific caller to your iPhone? Then read along and you’ll be using the handy silent ringtone in no time at all!

How to Turn Off Ringtone for a Single Contact on iPhone with a Silent Ringtone

First of all, you’ll need to get a silent ringtone. You can learn how to create a silent ringtone using your Mac here, or to make things easier, here’s a direct downloadable silent ringtone file. If you want to do everything right on your iPhone, you can also purchase silent ringtones from the Tone Store.

  1. Launch the “Phone” app from the home screen of your iPhone.

    Phone Icon
  2. Head over to the “Contacts” section and select the contact you want to mute.

    How to Turn Off Ringtone for a Single Contact on Phone with a Silent Ringtone
  3. Next, tap on “Edit” located at the top-right corner of the screen.

    How to Turn Off Ringtone for a Single Contact on Phone with a Silent Ringtone
  4. Now, scroll down and tap on “Ringtone” to assign a custom ringtone for the contact.

    How to Turn Off Ringtone for a Single Contact on Phone with a Silent Ringtone
  5. Here, simply select the silent ringtone you downloaded and set it as the custom ringtone for that contact. You’ll also have the option to turn off Vibration for their phone calls as you can see in the screenshot below. To save all your changes, tap on “Done”.

    How to Turn Off Ringtone for a Single Contact on Phone with a Silent Ringtone

That’s pretty much all there is to it. Now you know how to easily silence phone calls from a specific caller using the handy silent ringtone trick. You can assign this ringtone to as many contacts as you want.

From now on, all the incoming phone calls from this particular contact will be silenced and your iPhone won’t even vibrate, provided you have vibrations turned off anyway. Additionally, they will have no idea that you have silenced their calls since all you did is assign a custom ringtone to them.

You can follow these exact steps to silence text messages from the same contact as well. Instead of choosing Ringtone in the Contact Edit menu, you need to choose Text Tone and assign the silent ringtone in a similar way. Or, if you want to hide all the message alerts, you can simply mute the conversation in the Messages app.

If you’re getting spammed with repeated phone calls from unknown phone numbers, you can easily mute or silence them. Just head over to Settings -> Phone -> Silence Unknown Callers and enable this feature on your iPhone. Apart from that, if you want to temporarily mute all phone calls, messages and alerts to your device, just turn on Do Not Disturb on your iPhone.

This workaround has been around a while, but perhaps a future iOS version will offer a direct “Do Not Disturb” mode for specific contacts calls, similar to what is available for iMessages. Time will tell! Until then however, the silent ringtone trick works wonders, and it’s just a variation on setting a specific ringtone for a particular caller anyway.

We hope you were able to take advantage of this trick to silence specific contacts on your iPhone without their knowledge. How many contacts did you silence so far? What’s your take on this handy workaround? Do share your valuable opinions and experiences in the comments section down below.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Nimrods says:

    You act as if EVERYONE knows the code m4r

  2. ProTips says:

    Appreciate the m4r file! ‘Easy instructions’ above didn’t work for me on iPhone 13 Pro. Here’s what did:
    [1] Confirmed I had GarageBand app on iPhone. Downloaded free app RingtoneMaker from AppStore. Icon is purple musical note with ‘volume bar’ image in it.
    [2] Opened RingtoneMaker. Up popped nuisance ad but above it, nav to app. Pressed and went right in.
    [3] Pressed (+) then [More…] then Import from File. Found m4r file in Dropbox. Clicked and it was in RingtoneMaker.
    [4] Clicked file and pressed Make. GarageBand came up as app option. Dialogue at top of screen walked me through step-by-step.
    [5] Opened GarageBand and there was file. Did press-hold “Share” described above — but tested ringtone on phone and it was LOUD static noise.
    [6] Back to GarageBand. Same file. Did quick-press and opened Editing. Set Track Volume to nothing (all the way to the left). Pressed Play button, let it run to end of blue shaded track, pressed Play button again to stop it. Pressed down arrow to pull up My Songs.
    [7] Did press-hold Share. Pressed Ringtone. GarageBand walked me through step-by-step and exported ringtone. This time ringtone was silent on phone. Perfect. DONE!

    Btw, DON’T do one thing I did in step 6: pressed Mute button, too. GarageBand will go through the motions but then say it can’t export track. Just set Track Volume all the way to the left and don’t press Mute, and you’ll be good to go.

  3. Creek says:

    Well this is silly. Why is “Silent” just not an option in the list of stupidly annoying ringtones that iPhone has decided we DO need, like birds chirping and pop tops popping? Idiotic that I have to pay for………SILENCE? Typical Apple nonsense.

  4. Annie Lou Who says:

    This is stellar advice. For only a one-time purchase of $1.29 I can silence the annoying SPAM callers. I assign them all to names like “annoying telemarketer” or “jerk caller” and then set the Silent ringtone. I just add the numbers to the contact until it is full and won’t let me add anymore. Then I add another like “awful caller” and add any new numbers. I don’t like to silence all unknown callers because I’m afraid I’ll miss my kid / friend / coworker calling me from a borrowed phone.

  5. AA says:

    This was super helpful and very easy to do. I’m not sure why the others are confused, but if you are familiar with purchasing tones in the apple store, this is easy peasy.

  6. J Roussin says:

    This article doesn’t give enough information. I went to iTunes Store and App Store, and couldn’t find any silent ring tones. I have no idea how to get the silent ring tone.

  7. Cher says:

    Hello. How do you import the silent ringtone to your phone? Thank you.

  8. Hrz says:


    I have iPhone 12 and I don’t see the “Silent Ringtone”.
    Any suggestions?


    • Jim Roberts says:

      I can’t figure out from this if “silent ringtone” is a real tone that is actually silent or simply an individual ringtone for contacts that when you hear it you silence the call. I use individual ringtones for contacts so I know some I need to take right away, e.g. my girl friend. I do know I didn’t see “silent ringtone” in my list of ringtones.

      • Paul says:

        The silent ringtone is an audio file that makes no sound at all, so you can select it and when that person calls it does not ring.

        Once you import the silent ringtone m4r file to the iPhone, it’ll be selectable like other ringtones and text tones.

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