3 Ways to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone M4R

Last Updated: Febuary 5, 2018

Hello, all! Recently I had been addicted to Camila Cabello's catchy song Havana, so I tried to convert the MP3 to M4R as iPhone ringtone via iTunes. iTunes is great but the converting process is quite complicated and time-consuming indeed. So, I wonder if there are other ideal ways to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone, and luckily I found them. If you also want to convert MP3 to M4R ringtone, I would like to explain 3 ways to help you make your customized iPhone ringtones from purchased MP3 songs or downloaded MP3 music audiotracks.

Best iPhone Ringtone Maker to Convert MP3 to M4R Free

Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone

DearMob iPhone Music 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.

Method 1. Turn MP3 into iPhone Ringtone via DearMob iPhone Music Manager

As the name implies, DearMob iPhone Music Manager specialize 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?

Turn MP3 into 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 will cost you nothing but a little time and storage space.

Step 2. Once you lauch it, it will ask you to connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable. Once connected, you should tap Turst This Computer to continue if there is a message popping up on your iPhone.

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 ringtone. Click OK and DearMob iPhone Music Manager will automatically turn MP3 into iPhone ringtone and sync to your iPhone meanwhile.

Method 2. Convert MP3 to M4R Ringtone Using Online Ringtone Maker

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.

Online Ringtone Maker

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.

Method 3. Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone Through 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.

Convert MP3 to M4R Ringtone via iTunes

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-clicking 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 sedonds.

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 the clip with a .m4a extension. Just rename .m4a to .m4r and then click Use .m4r when a popup ask if you are sure.

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 Music Manager Online Ringtone Maker iTunes
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 X/8/7/iPad etc easily and as many as possible. Liven your iPhone with different M4R ringtones now.

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Amanda joined DearMob in 2015 and is always happy to share everything about movie, TV shows, music & new tech trends you are interested in. Especially do well in discovering Apple products flaws and providing remedy. Please feel free to contact her for more tech support.

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