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Changing your ringtone is one of the best ways to personalize your phone, The Best Tweaks You Can Make To Your Android Without Rooting The Best Tweaks You Can Make To Your Android Without Rooting Customizing your Android device isn't only for the tech savvy. Learn how to get the most out of your unrooted Android phone or tablet! Read More  but many people don’t bother to swap out the default ringtone on their devices. How many times have you heard this in public and mistakenly thought it was yours?

Thankfully, you have thousands of possibilities for a better ringtone.

We’ve previously shown you sites that let you download all sorts of ringtones 5 Sites to Download Ringtones That Don't Suck 5 Sites to Download Ringtones That Don't Suck Whenever you're sick of your cell's ringtone, or just having trouble telling your phone apart from everyone else's, finding a new sound can help. Here are five sites to download ringtones. Read More , but today we’re going to focus on ringtones that sound like actual phones. Whether you’re going for a vintage effect or want to mimic a ringtone from TV, these will do the job.

1. Universal Hollywood Phone Ring

You probably recognize this tone from a plethora of old TV shows 5 Sites to Download Famous Sounds from Movies, Games, & More 5 Sites to Download Famous Sounds from Movies, Games, & More Are you searching for the perfect sound to adopt as your ringtone? Sounds from famous movies, TV shows, games, and even NASA have found a home on the Internet thanks to these five websites. Read More . Classics like Leave it to Beaver and Magnum P.I., along with movies like Ghostbusters, used this as the ringtone for phones on screen. It’s recognizable and functional.

2. Classic UK Phone Ring

If you prefer a European flavor to your classic ringtones, try this double-tone ring. It sounds a little classier than the standard ring.

3. High-Pitched Retro Ring

Looking for a can’t-miss vintage tone? This one will pierce the ears of anyone nearby.

4. General Retro Ring

This one doesn’t have a particular phone or era attached to it, but features that classic phone sound nonetheless.

5. Austin Powers / Our Man Flint Phone Ring

Want to blend in as a pseudo-secret agent? Here’s the ringtone that Austin Powers answers to. Interestingly, this originally came from the 1966 movie Our Man Flint, which had a similar vibe.

6. 24’s CTU Ringtone

In the show 24, protagonist Jack Bauer works for the Counter-Terrorist Unit, or CTU. The phones ring a lot in this series, and when they do, you hear this sound.

7. Jurassic Park 3 Satellite Ringtone

Who ever thought a ringtone could be scary? In Jurassic Park 3, one of the dinosaurs swallows a cell phone. Later on, the protagonists are scared silly when they turn around and hear the phone ringing — inside the dino’s body.

You might send a few people running when they hear this one!

8. Geico Boss’s Ring a Ding Dong

Geico is the king of fun commercials, and one of their older ones features a great ringtone. The gecko’s boss shows off his boring ringtone of a guy talking about how great Geico is, then his phone breaks out with a hoppin’ beat.

It makes a great ringtone even today.

9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop’s Ringtone

2009’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop isn’t the funniest movie you’ll ever see, but it does contain a few laughs. In the film, Paul Blart buys a cell phone but doesn’t know how to change the ringtone.

It results in Rasheeda’s “My Bubble Gum” playing whenever he gets a call, which amusingly clashes with his straight-edge good guy vibe.

10. Nokia Tone

We end with perhaps the most classic How Many Of These 25 Retro Tech Sounds Do You Remember? How Many Of These 25 Retro Tech Sounds Do You Remember? Typewriters, floppy drives, the original Playstation starting up. Which of the following, aged tech sounds, do you remember? Which other sounds take you back? Read More mobile ringtone of all. For many people, a Nokia phone was their first cell phone. Thus, this short tone alerted thousands to their first on-the-go phone call. That’s pretty neat!

Nokia has released several renditions of this, including a piano and dubstep mix, but the original beep-boop reigns supreme.

More Retro Tones

If you haven’t found the vintage phone tone you’re looking for in the list above, don’t fret. Beepzoid’s vintage phone ringtones page has over 60 ringtones for your retro pleasure. Unfortunately, these have generic labels (like “Ringtone #23”) and thus it’s hard to decipher the exact phones they’re emulating. We recommend you take a browse and find which one you like best.

Adding These Tones to Your Device

Now that you’ve picked out a new retro ringtone, it’s time to put it on your phone. Start by finding your favorite above, then right-clicking it and choose Save As. Place it somewhere on your computer for safekeeping. After that, the process differs depending on whether you use Android or iOS.

Android

You have several ways of adding these tones to your phone. The easiest way is using Pushbullet to send the files Pushbullet Puts Your Android And PC On The Same Wavelength Pushbullet Puts Your Android And PC On The Same Wavelength Find out how you can keep your Android perfectly synced with your PC -- push your phone's notifications to your desktop, share files, and much more! Read More from your desktop to your phone. Once you’ve downloaded them, you’ll need to use a file manager app to move the MP3s from the Downloads folder to the Ringtones folder.

Anything placed in that folder will then appear in the list when you visit Settings > Sound > Ringtone. Have a look there to set your new tone!

If you don’t use Pushbullet, you can do this using cloud storage Fastest Ways to Transfer Files Between PCs and Mobile Devices Fastest Ways to Transfer Files Between PCs and Mobile Devices File transfers have never been faster than they are today. But to move data between devices can still seem slow and inconvenient. We have you covered with solutions for cross-device file transfers. Read More . Place your MP3s in Dropbox, Google Drive, or a similar service. Then use the app on your phone to download the files to your internal storage. Check the Downloads folder and follow the same procedure as above.

Finally, to do it the old-school way, connect a USB cable from your phone to your PC. Use a File Explorer window to transfer the MP3s directly to the Ringtones folder on your phone. Then you can assign it through the Settings menu.

iOS

Unfortunately, assigning ringtones on iOS is a massive pain and requires jumping through several hoops in iTunes. We’ve written a complete guide to creating an iPhone ringtone How to Create or Import Free iPhone Ringtones with iTunes How to Create or Import Free iPhone Ringtones with iTunes You can buy ringtones via iTunes, or you can create or import your own alerts for free with this guide. Read More , so check that out for the full steps.

What’s Your New, Old Ringtone?

Lots of people have a favorite movie soundtrack or song as their ringtone. But you can stand out by using one of these retro tones instead. They aren’t for everyone, and some of the vintage phone sounds can be quite grating. But keeping them on your phone is a fun idea for when you need to step back into the past for a bit.

If you’re a fan of gaming, we’ve taken a look at the best retro game ringtones and notification sounds Make Your Ringtone Awesome With Retro Video Game Sounds Make Your Ringtone Awesome With Retro Video Game Sounds If you're still using the generic ringtone that came with your phone, it's time for a change. Why not use some classic video game music an awesome new ringtone? Read More  too.

What’s your current phone ringtone? Is there another retro or famous ringtone you’d like to use? Give us a ring down in the comments!

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  1. Aeowolf
    August 20, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Two to add: Wallander's, from the show of the same name, and Gibb's from NCIS. At the mo I use the Our Man Flint one.

    • bobpat56
      August 22, 2017 at 2:10 am

      I clipped Wallander's ringtone from the video. BBC invent their own ringtones because they never pay license fees and they have their own music department.

  2. cjester66
    August 19, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Not sure why you didn't mention this, but I went to makeuseof on my phone and downloaded one of the ringtones directly to the phone itself saving the extra steps.

  3. Brian
    March 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Um, guys. When I click the ring tone to listen there is no way to go back to the page. I have to close the browser tab to get out.

  4. Moe
    January 17, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Fabulous ring tones, thank you for sharing them.

  5. X
    November 16, 2016 at 1:17 am

    What the hell good are they if you can't download them

    • Riley J. Dennis
      December 7, 2016 at 3:21 am

      right click on any of the links and click "save as"

    • Tammy Jackson
      January 9, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      right on they would be no use what good would they be at all

  6. Phill
    December 11, 2015 at 2:44 am

    http://www.telephonesuk.co.uk/sounds.htm

    If you go to this page and 'Save link as' on 'Trimphone' that is the British 'Cricket Phone'.
    http://www.telephonesuk.co.uk/sounds/

  7. Allen
    April 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Love the British ringtone but how about the British cricket phone tone?

    • Guy
      April 8, 2015 at 12:22 am

      I'm not familiar with that one. It must be out on the web somewhere, though.

  8. Gerry
    January 15, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Guy,

    I submitted my email address, how can I download the "Black Rotary Phone Ring"?

    • Guy
      January 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      You should be able to download it by right-clicking and choosing "Save Link As..." Or whatever the equivalent is on your operating system. Enjoy!

  9. JoshOiknine
    July 28, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    If you can find the "Chirp" ringtone from the Bionic Woman TV show that failed that would be epic.

  10. Jennifer Java
    July 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Thank you so much for this! I've been wanting my phone to actually "ring" but until now, haven't been able to find any downloads. I can't wait to try the "high pitched UK" ringtone! And thanks to Lauren for asking what I was wondering, as well. ;)

  11. Elena
    July 16, 2009 at 2:52 am

    I love '24' and I've had the CTU ringtone in my phone for a few years now. In fact this is the ringtone I've used for the longest time in my phone - and I don't plan to change it soon ;)

    Thanks for this collection! I always prefer "normal" ringtones to more psychedelic melodies.

  12. Matt
    July 15, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    The link for Universal Phone Ring points to UK_Phone.mp3 The link in the flash embed is correct.

    • Guy McDowell
      July 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm

      Yep, the editors are getting on that.

  13. Scott
    July 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    How about the Batphone, from the original Batman TV show? I remember trying to find it years ago, but was unsuccessful. Actually, I don't even remember what it sounds like now...

  14. Alec
    July 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    The link to the "Universal Phone Ring" should be:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/uniphone.mp3

  15. Lauren
    July 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks very much for posting the real-sounding ringtones. I enjoyed several of them very much. However, I could not find a way to actually download any of them into my cell phone. Am I missing something? I would very much appreciate a reply email with instructions for downloading one or more of these ringtones into my cell. Thanks again so much.

    • Guy McDowell
      July 15, 2009 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Lauren,

      I don't have your e-mail address so I can't e-mail you. Basically, you would need a USB cable that is meant to connect to your phone and computer. There are almost as many ways to transfer ringtones from your computer to your phone as there are phone maker's. Check your phones manual or the maker's website for more details, please.

      Cheers!
      Guy

      • vance
        August 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

        Guy,

        I am also interested in the 24 ringer. Could you please email the mp3 to me as well? I have a mac and cannot "file, save as" for some reason (vkfarrow@hotmail.com).

        cheers,

        v

    • cbinflux
      July 15, 2009 at 10:26 pm

      After opening: File, Save As

    • Madame Prettywig
      July 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm

      Lauren,

      USB cables are "one" of your options. If you have a bluetooth enabled phone AND bluetooth capability on your computer, you can send it via computer-to-phone & vice versa. If you don't have bluetooth on your PC (or MAC) but have it on the phone, you'll need to get a USB "bluetooth dongle". They're pretty cheap now ($2-10) & you have the choice of getting a "regular" size or mini dongle (both work the same). If you're not sure how to use the bluetooth technology, you can refer back to your phone's or USB bluetooth's user manual. Anywho, hope this helps :)

  16. Alex
    July 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I'm currently using this ringtone from the movie Brazil:
    babyjesus.se/blog/?p=1464

    :)