How To Easily Convert Any MP3 Track To M4R For iPhone Ringtone [NEW]

MP3 To M4R

Published on September 24th, 2019

You may think that your iPhone is perfect enough, but the time will come, if it didn’t already, when you’ll want to change something. That could be your ringtone.

Since iPhone can be quite complicated to manipulate when it comes to setting your custom ringtone, here, we will go through some ways of converting MP3 to iPhone ringtone format, M4R.

Apparently, a question that emerges is why do we need to convert at all? Wouldn’t it be great if you could just download the song you want as a ringtone and simply set it up? Well, as we said earlier, iPhone can be really complicated sometimes, and this is one of those scenarios.

The thing is, if the default “Opening” ringtone gives you headaches and you want to change it with something more refreshing, you will have to convert your song from .mp3 to .m4r because that’s the only format your iPhone recognizes as an actual ringtone.

Another issue, besides format, is the duration of the song. iOS limits ringtone files to 40 seconds, so that’s something you have to think about also.

Now that we know we have to convert let’s take a look at what our options are regarding software we’ll use to accomplish this task. In this guide, we will also uncover a simple ringtones maker that helps you skip iTunes altogether.


iTunes - MP3 To M4R

You could probably guess that iTunes  has to be on this list. It’s developed by Apple -for Apple products, so it makes perfect sense to use iTunes, looking from that perspective. Even though iTunes is discontinued on Mac, it still works for Windows.

Problem with iTunes is that sometimes things can get quite complicated when you want them to be simple. You often have to take many steps in order to accomplish some fairly simple task.

Nevertheless, if you want to use it, here is how to make mp3 into ringtone iPhone.

Import Songs To iTunes

You can do this from File tab. Click on ‘File’ and ‘Add File to Library.’ A new window will open asking you to choose files from the file system. You can also drag and drop songs into the program window.

Step 1. Trim Your Song To 40 Seconds Or Less

As we said earlier, maximum length is 40 seconds and chances are that your song is way longer. Right click on the song and choose ‘Song Info.’ In a new window, you’ll see a tab named ‘Options.’ That’s the one you want. Set ‘Start’ and ‘Stop’ times as you wish.

Step 2. Create The ACC Version Of Your Tone

Select the song you just trimmed by clicking once on it. Go again to ‘File’ tab and choose ‘Convert’ and ‘Create ACC Version.’ Nice! You’ve just turned your song from mp3 to m4a format. Immediately, you will spot one more file in your library with the same name as the original.

Step 3. Change The Extension To M4R

The only difference between .m4a and .m4r is the file extension. Right click on the song, and manually change the extension from .m4a to .m4r.

Step 4. Sync Your Ringtone To Your iPhone

The ringtone is ready, and you just have to transfer it to your iPhone.



Another good option to convert MP3 to M4R is to use an app called iRingg. iRingg is designed for this exact use case. That’s why the whole process is so straightforward.

You can choose the songs from YouTube, SoundCloud and from your computer, which is another cool feature most of the tools of this type on the market don’t support. Best of all, you aren’t required to use any extra apps.

For instance, here’s how to set ringtone in iPhone without iTunes . All in all, the entire procedure won’t take more than a minute.

In order to get to the right format, you have to:

Step 1. Select the song

Trim it to the right duration

Step 2. Personalize

That’s what makes iRingg so fun. You can add some special effects to your ringtone and even record your voice intro.

Step 3. Export

You have two options here – push the ringtone directly to iPhone if it is connected or save it to a specific location on your computer.

Online Tool – ConvertFiles

convert-files - MP3 To M4R

There is also the possibility of using online tools to convert .mp3 to iPhone ringtone. A website called offers conversion between many different file types, .m4r being one of them.
The process is relatively simple. You just have to:

Step 1. Choose mp3 as input and m4r as output format

Upload the song from your file system

Step 2. Click on convert

Step 3. Download the song

Once you have your song in m4r, you can use various tools like iTunes or WALTR2 to transfer it to iPhone.

Besides solutions we examined above, some more software products can be used similarly to convert mp3 songs to m4r iPhone ringtones. Few of those are AnyTrans, iMyFone TunesMate, etc.

All of these solutions are quite similar. For example, to convert the MP3 to M4Rwith iMyFone TunesMate (the process of converting is, luckily, less complicated than the name of the software implies) you just add the song from the file system and trim it and save it either on a device or on a local drive.

AnyTrans is similar, also. This app, like iTunes, is designed to be a simple data management tool for iPhone.

There is also a way to add a ringtone to iPhone with GarageBand app by customizing an existing song or creating it with the app. Since this article is called ‘Simple ways of converting,’ we’re not able to go through this process, since it is considered to be quite complicated. I recommend sticking to the above-mentioned solutions.

All of these have their advantages and disadvantages. iTunes is considered by many to be rather slow or unfriendly to its users because of its high complexity.

In case you don’t want to download anything, you can use an online converter, which will do the job just right (although you still have to transfer the ringtone somehow) and if you want to convert and transfer all at once, in a less time-consuming manner, you’ll choose iRingg.

Once you convert your mp3 song to ringtone, you have to set it on your iPhone. Great! Now you know how to change a tone on an iPhone.

  • Go to ‘Settings.’
  • Select ‘Sounds’
  • Click on ‘Ringtone’ section

Here you can see many different ringtones that come with iPhone by default. The one you added manually should be the first one. You just have to select it, and that’s it.