As of now, iPhone supports only M4R. This limitation is quite irritating when you have downloaded or purchased an MP3 file, to set it as iPhone ringtone.
We have been buying apps, movies, games, and music on our iPhone, through Apple store, iTunes, and it’s not a difficult task and that is fine. The only thing I don’t understand is that why Apple don’t allow us to set our favorite MP3 music as the ringtone? I guess there is no music file in .m4r format, right? So, we have to convert music file from mp3 to m4r if we want to make our own iPhone ringtone.
The good news is that there are few simple tricks are available and would help us to convert any music format to M4R. So, here we got 3 working methods to get the converting job done easily and for free.
Method 1: How to convert mp3 to m4r with M4R online converter (The best one if you don’t have iTunes)
The iTunes is the authentic and easy way to make iPhone ringtones. However, in iTunes, not all the songs can be made into M4R ringtones. In order to create an iPhone ringtone from iTunes, the song should be permitted for M4R ringtone creation.
The simple way to convert MP3 with the iTunes:
- First, launch the iTunes, and then select your preferred song that you want to create a ringtone. Then just do a right-click on the song and choose ‘Get Info’ on the song.
- Then select the ‘Options’ button and enter the ‘Start time’ and ‘Stop time’ to extract a portion of the song that you want to set as a ringtone. But the time length is should not exceed more than 40 seconds. Then click ‘Ok’.
- Then again do a right-click on the song and select the ‘Create ACC Version’. This will allow the iTunes to extract the song in M4a file format and that should be dragged out into a folder of your choice, from iTunes Music Library.
- Then, ‘Rename’ the file extension of the song from ‘.m4a’ to ‘.m4r’. This will instantly add this ringtone to the iTunes library, just by doing a double-click on it.
- And now, you can sync your iPhone and transfer the converted M4R format song, to set it as the ringtone for your iPhone.
Using Converter Applications
Using a free converter application could definitely be said as the best method to convert MP3 files to M4R files, to use it as an iPhone ringtone. However, you will have to download and install the application on your PC or MAC, to use it. There are plenty free converters available online and easily have a massive list of them through a simple Google search.
Here almost all the converter software applications use the similar mode of operations. The first step is to import the desired MP3 file to the program. Different programs offer different ways to carry out this process. For example, some would demand to specify the file path, some would need you to fetch the file by clicking through the folders and some would enable an easy drag and drop function.
Secondly, you will have to select the preferred output format. In our case, it would mandatorily be M4R or the M4A (we can rename it after conversion). Since most of the converters are multi-faceted, they not only bear the capability to convert to M4R alone but also to many other formats such as MP4, WAV, OGC, AC3, WMA, FLAC, etc. Therefore, it is always to good ensure that the output format is checked as M4R.
Finally, click the ‘Convert’ button and your iPhone ringtone will be ready. All the converters would have this button enabled. The conversion speed and the output file quality depends on the converters you use. According to us, Free Studio, Switch Sound File Converter, Freemake Audio Converter, MediaHuman Audio Converter, Hamster Free Audio Converter, and VSDC Free Audio Converter, are some of the efficient converters that promise high-quality M4R files.
Online M4R Converter
Online converters are similar to that of the ones mentioned above, but here, in this case, we don’t necessarily have to download or install the converter programs to our PCs or MACs. Here, we could access the program’s interface online, through a browser, where you could carry out the conversion process. Some online converters might demand your email address, to which the download link for the converted file will be delivered.
Top 5 online converter
The conversion process flow is also quite alike the converter programs. But here, we need to upload the desired MP3 file to the website, to initiate the conversion process. However, you will have to wait for quite a while if your internet connection is slow before you could move to the next step. Once, the file is uploaded, you will have to select the output formats as M4A or M4R and hit the convert button. After the conversion is done you will be provided with the converted file, which you can download to your PC or directly to iPhone.
Waiting for the upload and downloaded file is a disadvantage, whereas, in the case of converter program, you only have to wait for the conversion. The other disadvantage of this method is that you will need an internet access to do the conversions. Though we are much prone to have a data connection almost all the time, there are exceptional cases, like network failure. Hence, the deficiency to convert audios offline is accountable.
What is M4R
It is just a renamed version of M4A (AAC) file format, defined as the Music for Riots. It is the only accepted format for an iPhone ringtone. Being a renamed version of M4A, one easy way to obtain an M4R ringtone from an M4A file is to just rename it.