how to change text message sounds for the iphone

not content with doing my own custom ringtones see previous blog i decided i wanted custom text message sounds – so hello google….

anyway its basically the same procedure but slightly different

pick your mp3 and shorten it in audacity to however long you want the tone to be – around 6 seconds i use

open itunes and go to preferences, advanced and importing and change it to “import using aiff encoder”

drop the 6 second mp3 into itunes and right click and convert it to aiff

find it in the itunes folder

you’ll need to rename it to sms-recieved1,2,3 etc with the extension .caf

ie if you dont want the glass sound rename it to sms-received3.caf etc

open up winscp and bung it in /system/library/audio/uisounds/ and overwrite the existing one


here’s one i made earlier using ministry – jesus built my hot rod and faithless šŸ˜‰

to change the name of the text message sound follow the instructions here

an update to my ringtones:

btw i bought all of those albums so i dont see why it isnt fair use to put it on another device i own šŸ˜‰


16 Responses to “how to change text message sounds for the iphone”

  1. 1 Joseph
    July 14, 2008 at 5:41 am

    is there a comparable winscp program for macs?

  2. July 14, 2008 at 11:06 am

    i would guess so šŸ˜‰

    effectively you need an ftp program that uses sftp and ssh (as far as i’m aware) – try http://www.modmyifone.com/forums/ – or just try various mac ftp programs šŸ™‚

  3. 4 Preet
    August 9, 2008 at 2:45 am

    hey u should make a video or something and put it on youtube. i cant get it to convert to aiff. i dont know how to do that. can u help me out?

  4. 5 sabine
    December 6, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I noticed that I had to go to edit, preferences, the general tab, and then go to import settings and select import using aiff encoder

  5. 6 Jody
    February 13, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Pls hpow do i do this ? open up winscp and bung it in /system/library/audio/uisounds/ and overwrite the existing one

  6. May 24, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Hi… can you provide me a link to custom LOUD iphone sounds for voicemail, received text, and alarm? Thanks.

  7. May 25, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    David – in audacity when you create the sound file you can boost the volume in that (effects menu)

  8. May 30, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I don’t like audacity.

  9. 10 pete
    July 16, 2009 at 3:10 am

    ive got as far as the aiff file.

    how do i do this bit:
    open up winscp and bung it in /system/library/audio/uisounds/ and overwrite the existing one

    er..im a bit thick.what is winscp?
    i did the ringtone bit easy enough.

    cheers joey

  10. 11 Bear
    October 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Ok, found a solution.

    Download “iPhoneBrowser” – http://code.google.com/p/iphonebrowser/

    (I had to download the latest beta which worked with Windows 7 64-bit)

    Install it and plug your iPhone into USB. Boom.

    • 12 Kelly
      March 11, 2010 at 5:23 am

      Bear – I downloaded the iphonebrowser but I can’t get to the folder he mentioned above. where did you get to the message sounds?

  11. 13 Rosco
    April 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Is there a way of doing this without Jailbreaking my iPhone?

    I istalled the program you sugested and it asked if I’ve successfuly Jailbroken my iPhone.

    I don’t want to Jailbreak it as I’ve heard some bad things.


  12. 16 Rx
    December 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Well then make an easy to use interface and put it on iTunes you goon.

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