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3 Ways to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone M4R

Last Updated: Nov 7, 2022| By Joakim Kling

Hello, all! Recently I had been addicted to Lizzo’s new song Truth Hurts, and tried to set it as my iPhone ringtone. I had never considered to purchasing this ringtone on the iTunes Music Store, as it is way too expensive for me to spend additional penny every time to change a ringtone. Thus, I tried to convert the MP3 to M4R as my iPhone ringtone. Like many apple fans, iTunes was the first app that comes to my mind to get the job done, and it did the job. However, the converting process was exceptional complicated and time-consuming indeed. Are there are any other ideal ways to convert an MP3 to an iPhone ringtone without using iTunes? I wondered, and luckily I found them. If you have similar need, I would like to explain 3 ways to help you make your customized iPhone ringtones from purchased MP3 songs or downloaded MP3 music audio tracks.

One Click Solution to Convert MP3 to M4R iPhone Ringtone
DearMob iPhone Manager

DearMob iPhone Manager is a tailor-made yet free iPhone ringtone maker that helps turn MP3 into iPhone ringtone from MP3 audiotracks ripped from CDs, extracted from movies or downloaded from online sites. You can get a maxium 40s ringtones from pop, jazz, rock, etc music to liven your iPhone at will.

Part 1. How to convert mp3 to M4R iPhone ringtone? Fairly Easy Process without iTunes?

DearMob iPhone Music Manager is super-handy for making MP3 an iPhone ringtone. As the name implies, it specializes in iPhone music management, like organize iPhone music in order, copy music from iPhone to computer for secure backup, add music to iPhone from Mac/PC and convert any MP3 song and audio to iPhone ringtone as well. For your concern here, how to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone?

Step 1. Download DearMob iPhone Music Manager, install and launch it on your Mac or PC. It is a free and lightweight software that takes you only seconds to run.

Step 2. Once you lauch it, it will ask you to connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable. Once connected, tap Turst This Computer in the confirmation pop-up to continue.

Step 3. Add the MP3 music you want to convert to M4R iPhone ringtone by clicking on "Add Music/Add Folder". When you see the MP3 song on the UI of this manager, you can move your mouse to the music title and then you will see the Make Ringtone option, just click it to access MP3 to M4R ringtone section.

Step 4. Pick a maximal 40 seconds episode of MP3 music from the song and set it as a ringtone. Click OK and DearMob iPhone Music Manager will automatically turn MP3 into iPhone ringtone and sync to your iPhone meanwhile.

Note that the above guide is also applicable to making a TikTok your iPhone ringtone.

Turn MP3 into iPhone Ringtone

Part 2. How to convert mp3 to iPhone ringtone online?

Online ringtone maker is a good choice for you who do not want to download any third-party iPhone ringtone makers to make iPhone ringtones. As long as you have internet, you can access this way to convert AAC, FLAC, M4A or MP3 to M4R iPhone ringtone without costing a dime.

Step 1. Click "Upload", choose the MP3 music file you want to turn into M4R ringtone from your computer. It may takes you seconds to upload MP3 files, wait patiently.

Step 2. Go to the "MP3 to M4R" ringtone section to set the range and clip duration. You can play the MP3 song to choose your favorite clips to convert.

Step 3. Choose the iPhone ringtone format M4R and then click "Make Ringtone" to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone automatically.

Step 4. The converted iPhone ringtone here will be saved to your local folder on computer, and you need to use iTunes to add ringtone to iPhone.

Online Ringtone Maker

Part 3. How to convert mp3 to m4r in iTunes?

Though iTunes is the last way I explain for you to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone, it is a necessity for you Apple fans.

Step 1. Launch iTunes.
Please make sure that your iTunes is in the latest version. To transfer M4R ringtones to your iPhone, you can connect your iPhone to iTunes via USB cable in this step.
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Step 2. Select the MP3 song you want to convert.
Right-click the song and select Get Info.

Step 3. Set the range and clip duration.
Click the Option tab to set a start and a stop time, and then click OK. To have the best ascending lead-in, you are suggested to play your MP3 song first to find where exactly you want to start and stop before trim. Please also remember the clip should not be longer than 40 seconds.

Step 4. Create an AAC version.
Right-click the song again and click on Create AAC Version, then you will immediately see a trimmed track.

Step 5. Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone M4R.
Right-click the new track and choose "Show in Finder", and then you will get the clip with a .m4a extension. Just rename .m4a to .m4r and then click Use .m4r when a popup asking if you are sure.

Convert MP3 to M4R Ringtone via iTunes

Step 6. Delete the AAC version.
Go back to iTunes, right-click and delete the AAC version that you created in step 4. Then, click Delete Song and Keep File on the popups.

Step 7. Add to Tones.
Go back to Finder and double-click on your .m4r ringtone file and it wil automatically gets added to iTunes' ringtone library.

Step 8. Transfer ringtone to iPhone.
Now, sync M4R ringtones to your iPhone. When it's done, you can go to Settings -> Sounds in iPhone and select your new iPhone ringtone.

Comparison of the 3 Ways to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone

DearMob iPhone Manager
Online Ringtone Maker
Pros ● No need for iTunes.
● One-click to convert MP3 to M4R and sync to iPhone automatically.
● Compatible with various audio formats.
● Manage iPhone iPad music and transfer music between iOS and computer freely.
● No need to install any application. ● Also available for other iPhone data management.
Cons ● Needs installation. ● Needs iTunes to transfer ringtone to iphone.
● Upload MP3 & then download M4R.
● Needs internet.
● Time-consuming and intricated in converting process.
● Limited in supported format: only MP3.


Online ringtone maker is very convenient for you who occasionally convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone, but without iTunes, you can't transfer such M4R ringtone to iPhone. Now that you have to attach online ringtone maker to iTunes, why not just use iTunes to turn MP3 into iPhone ringtone? To save your time, it is highly recommended to use DearMob iPhone Music Manager to get ringtones for iPhone iPad etc easily and as many as possible. Liven your iPhone with different M4R ringtones now.

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