iPhone tip: Use a Silent Ringtone to Screen Calls in Your Sleep

Have you ever wished your iPhone would ring only when certain people call? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Download the “Silence” ringtone here: silence.m4r
  2. Copy this file into the Ringtones section of your iTunes. (Click to enlarge.)

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  3. Sync your iPhone with iTunes to load the ringtone.
  4. On your iPhone, change your ringtone to “Silence” (under Settings -> Sounds -> Ringtone). You’ll no longer hear your phone calls.

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  5. For each person whose calls you still want to hear, change his or her Custom Ringtone to something audible: Click the name in your contact list, choose Ringtone, then choose something besides Default

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Now you can screen calls in your sleep. Because Sunday afternoons are for napping.

UPDATE (Apr 14, 2011): I haven’t used it, but MrNumber.com appears to be an interesting service for identifying phone numbers belonging to telemarketers and blocking them.

329 thoughts on “iPhone tip: Use a Silent Ringtone to Screen Calls in Your Sleep

  1. Ryan
    Thank you so much! Just downloaded this to put on as a custom number for a telemarketer number and ONSTAR rep that keeps calling and when you pick up it just leaves you an automated message…

    So handy..

  2. Tom
    Please enlighten me…my iTunes does not show a Ringtone folder and I can’t seem to find a way to create one.
  3. Daniel Pinkerton
    I bought a silent ringtone app and the documentation was so bad I had to turn to you for a clear, simple explanation of how to install and use it. Thanks so much!
  4. Daniel Pinkerton
    I boughta silent ringtone app and the documentation was so bad I had to turn to you for clear, concise instructions. Works great now, although I unfortunately paid 99 cents for the exact same application I could have downloaded here for free. Thanks for your help!
  5. Christian Morris
    (1) DND works very well
    (2) download a silent ringtone and align with your iTunes – this works very well for me. Remember to keep that tone with any sync
  6. Mike Renna
    Thanks for the file. Haven’t installed on the phone, but it shows as 30 seconds?! does that tie up the phone longer than a 2 second ring tone? Any reason you went that long with the tone?

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