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Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2 to Restore Vanishing Ringtones

Apple has released iOS 8.1.2 to fix various bugs and address an issue that could cause ringtones purchased from the iTunes Store to disappear. In terms of security updates, iOS 8.1.2 offers nothing that wasn’t already included in iOS 8.1.1.

Since Apple didn’t see fit to describe any other bug fixes or include any security fixes, if you don’t use purchased ringtones, we can’t see any urgency in installing this update. That said, we haven’t seen any widespread reports of problems, so it’s probably innocuous. Be sure to back up your device before updating.

If your purchased ringtones have gone missing, update to iOS 8.1.2, and then visit Apple’s Restore Tones page on that device to get them back. Apple describes the process in a support document.

iOS 8.1.2 can be obtained on your device via Settings > General > Software Update or on your computer in iTunes. It weighs in at about 28.2 MB on the iPhone 6, though the size will vary depending on your device.


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Comments about Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2 to Restore Vanishing Ringtones
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Mike Brown  2014-12-10 21:20
Ringtones are not the only thing fixed. With 8.1.1, my new iPad, when I wanted to add another pdf book to my iPad using iTunes, it would not just send it to my iPad, but it would then reload all 40 GB of my music files into my iPad. But before they would transfer, it would take an equally long time just figuring out what it was going to do. It did that every time I connected to iTunes. Others have reported this problem as well. Now with 8.1.2 its fixed!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-12-11 10:32
Freaky! Glad to hear that was fixed.
Mike Brown  2014-12-15 17:42
Looks like I spoke too soon. It worked fine the first time and every once in a while, but most of the time it does what it did before. So this problem was not fixed for me.
DeeAnne Lau  2014-12-11 02:28
Wasn't the only thing missing from my iPhone, just one of the many things. I backed up all the time! To my computer, to iCloud, to a 3rd party program. Then my iPhone (or iCloud) complained it had't been backed up in over a month. And I couldn't erase songs or albums (still?). So I went to iTunes 12 and it didn't know my iPhone from a new one. Backed it up, reset it, and tried to restore. An entire week later, learning in person all the reasons 2-factor auth can go wrong, I finally pin down every last thing that brings my iPhone back to "normal" and I find out there's a software update!

I should mention, perhaps, that I have an iPhone 5 that had a horrible time making the transition to 8.0, losing its ringtones back then. But it has never become so confused before. My I Pad 2 had a horrible experience going from 6.0 to 7.0, thereby causing me to have triple backup insurance. My iPad loves iOS 8.0. Go figure!
Dennis B. Swaney  2014-12-15 23:30
My iPhone6 128GB says the update is 64 and change MB
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-12-16 09:59
That's odd - my 64 GB iPhone 6 had the same number as Josh's, which is why I tried to be a little more specific when editing.
James French  2014-12-16 03:37
I had connectivity problems with my car via Bluetooth (frequent interruptions) but this latest update has fixed that totally.