If you’ve had your iPhone for quite some time now, you’re not doubt familiar with the default Opening ringtone. If you use your iPhone as an alarm clock, you may have set this tone as your alarm clock as well. We all know how the sound of our alarm clock can be an unbearable noise, so much so, that if that same tone is heard anywhere else, such as on the train, it can cause you to feel infuriated.

This feeling only increases if your iPhone constantly changes the ringtone back to its default Opening ringtone, despite all your efforts to change your ringtone. You may have even purchased ringtones from the iTunes Store, only for your money to go to waste as your iPhone constantly reverts back to using its unbearable default ringtone. This problem is quite normal, and not usually cause for concern.

If you’re experiencing this problem, there are a few things you can do to stop your iPhone from changing back to the default ringtone. Follow the instructions below to get started and have the ringtone of your choice set as your default tone. While none of the solutions below require deleting any of your data or personal information, it’s recommended to always backup your device before you carry out any troubleshooting methods.

Accidents and mistakes can happen, which may inadvertently delete sensitive information on your device. If you have a backup saved, you can always restore your device using iTunes, if anything goes wrong during the troubleshooting process. Once you’ve backed up your device accordingly, follow the steps below.

Delete and Redownload Purchased Ringtone

If your ringtone keeps changing back to the default Opening ringtone then it’s likely you’re trying to set a purchased tone as your ringtone. It has been reported that this problem occurs with many users who purchase ringtones and then try to set those ringtones as their default tone. It’s best to delete and redownload these ringtones in order to fix the problem. To get started, follow the instructions below,

1. Launch ITunes.

2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. This is the same cable you use to charge your device.

3. Click on the iPhone icon.

4. Click on Tones on the left pane.

5. Check Sync Tones.

6. Check Selected Tones.

7. Select the ringtones you would like to sync.

8. Click Apply.

Once you complete this process, all of your previous ringtones will be erased, except those you selected in step #7. Now in order to redownload the ringtone, follow the instructions below,

1. Ensure that the Apple ID you used to purchase your desired ringtone is the same Apple ID you’re using on your iOS device. In order to ensure this, open the Settings application. Tap on iTunes & App Store. Take note of what your Apple ID is.

2. Go back to the Settings display, and tap on Sounds & Haptics.

Tap on Ringtone

3. Tap on Ringtone.

4. Tap on Download All Purchased Tones.

After the download has completed, check to see if the problem has resolved.

Reset All Settings on Your iPhone

If the above solution didn’t work for you, you should try resetting all the settings on your device. The best part about this solution is that none of your personal data will be deleted. By resetting all your settings, your network settings and personal preferences will be reset.

It’s possible some settings on your device may be causing your ringtones to misbehave. Therefore, by resetting your settings, you may solve the problem. In order to get started and reset your settings, follow the instructions below,

1. Open the Settings application on your device. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Tap on General.

Tap on Reset

3. Tap on Reset.

Tap on Reset All Settings

4. Tap on Reset All Settings. You may be prompted to enter your passcode. Please do so accordingly.

Now check to see if the problem has resolved. After carrying out this process you may notice that your device no longer remembers previous Wi-Fi networks you may have logged into. This is normal. You’ll have to re-enter the passwords you used to log onto your preferred Wi-Fi networks.