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How to Convert MP3 to M4R for iPhone Ringtone

Zoey Wesson
BY Zoey Wesson   
LAST UPDATED: Mar. 01, 2017

When you get a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you have plenty of choice to make it unique and personalized. Setting your own ringtone on your iPhone is one of the examples. I know that Apple's iPhone already comes with some pretty cool ringtones and you can always buy an iPhone ringtone from iTunes Store, but why not explore the possibility of creating your own ringtone? In this post we will provided you with a step-by-step guide to convert MP3 to M4R, so that you can set any of your MP3 song as ringtone on your iPhone.

Part 1. M4R – iPhone Ringtone File

Files that contain the .m4r file extension are custom ringtones created for the iPhone mobile device. These ringtones are created with iTunes and can be created from songs that have been purchased from iTunes Music Store. So the iTunes ringtone files in the .m4r format are actually just .m4a files that have been renamed to .m4r. The file extensions are different only to differentiate their purposes.


If you have a collection of unprotected MP3 songs which you would like to use as iPhone ringtone, then read on this post. It will show you how to convert MP3 file into M4R easily.

Part 2. How to Convert MP3 to M4R in iTunes

Note: Update your iTunes to the latest version to avoid wrong operation and failing conversion.


Step 1. Add MP3 Files to iTunes Library on PC

Launch iTunes and click on "File" > "Add File to Library" to add your MP3 music files into iTunes library.

Add Files to Library

Step 2. Clip MP3 Music as Ringtone Length

When you added the songs successfully, choose the music you would like to set as ringtone and right click and choose "Get Info" > "Options". Set the start time and stop time as you like and make sure that the ringtone length is less than 40 seconds.

Clip MP3 Music

Step 3. Convert MP3 to M4A File

After you finished the clipping, right click on your song and choose "Create AAC Version". iTunes will extract the song to a M4A file and appear in the iTunes Music library.

Step 4. Rename M4A as M4R

Find the location of the converted AAC file. Right click and select “Show in Windows Explorer”. Then you need to right-click and select "Rename" and change the ".m4a" extension to ".m4r".

Step 5. Sync M4R to iPhone as Ringtone

Now iTunes will recognize the file as a ringtone and you can add it to your iPhone's "Ringtone" icon when connected to your computer. In iTunes, move to "Tones" section and click on "File" > "Add File to Library" to add the .m4r file to iTunes. You can now sync it to iPhone as a ringtone.

Part 3. Make M4R Files with MP3 to M4R Converter

When converting MP3 to M4R with iTunes, it will take you quite a while to accomplish the whole process. And you will probably fail to do so if not having enough patience. To help you get your MP3 songs converted to M4R quickly, I recommend you try MP3 to M4R converter to make M4R iPhone ringtones.


Apple Music Converter is also a MP3 to M4R converter that can convert any MP3 songs you want to a custom iPhone ringtone. It allows you to remove DRM protection from all iTunes audio files and convert them to DRM-free MP3, AC3, M4A, M4R, etc. By integrating with iTunes, this program enables you to preview, select and edit ID3 tags of iTunes music files directly. Aside from MP3 song, you can even set Apple Music as ringtone for Android/iPhone easily with this program.

Apple Music Converter – MP3 to M4R Converter

Apple Music Converter is the best tool to convert MP3 to M4R. With it, you can set any MP3 music file as your iPhone ringtone.

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Step 1. Add MP3 Music to iTunes

Open iTunes and click on "File" > "Add File to Library" to add your MP3 music files into iTunes library.

Step 2. Launch Apple Music Converter

Launch the program and then click on "Library" from the "Playlists" section to locate the MP3 songs you've just added to iTunes.

 Launch Apple Music Converter

Step 3. Choose M4R as Output Format

Now select the MP3 songs you would like to convert to M4R format. And go to "Output Settings" to select "M4R" as output format. You can change the output parameters like codec, bit rate, sample rate, etc.

Choose M4R as Output Format

Step 4. Convert MP3 to M4R

Now click on "Convert" button to start converting MP3 to M4R. You can locate the converted files by clicking on "Explore Save File".

Convert MP3 to M4R

Step 5. Sync M4R Files to iPhone via iTunes

You can add the M4R files to iTunes and cut the ringtones length less than 40 seconds. After that, you can sync them to iPhone as ringtones.


In this tutorial, we mainly explain how to set your favorite MP3 songs as ringtones on your iPhone. If you encounter any troubles related Apple Music/iTunes music, for example, converting protected M4P to MP3, syncing Apple Music to iPod shuffle or burning Apple Music to CD, free to contact us by joining our discussion section below. Enjoy!


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