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Josh Brown Oct 20, 2020

How to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone Without iTunes

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Bored of the default ringtone or has it become just too mainstream? We've got two simple ways for you to own the process and the best tools to make it quick and simple.

iPhones are great, but let's be honest, ringtones are a definite drawback. If you ever tried to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone with iTunes, you would understand how exceptionally difficult it has become.

The byproduct of Apple's philosophy is a unique yet very enclosed ecosystem that makes some simple actions become tiresome processes.

It seems odd that in order to make your favorite track into an iPhone ringtone, you are forced to go through complex steps. The fact that you are also limited only to the selection of iTunes Music Store, if you choose to purchase one, doesn't make it any better.

The overall workaround on how to convert your MP3 to iPhone ringtone didn’t get revamped since the very 2007. At least it feels like it. You either buy your ringtone or you turn it into one with iTunes.

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Alternatively, I've got two simple and quick ways to convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone. Let's dive in.

What is an iPhone ringtone?

To understand how to set a custom ringtone on iPhone, I got to explain what an iPhone ringtone is. The iTunes audio files come in the AAC format. The songs you get from iTunes have M4A in their extension. The ringtones, however, are a little different and have M4R as its file extension.

Take sample-song.m4a which you want to set as an iPhone ringtone. To have your iPhone recognize it as ringtone, you have to rename the file to sample-song.m4r using your PC’s file manager and then add it to iTunes. That’s simple enough. However, the situation becomes more troublesome if you want to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone. Here’s a quick guide on how to make MP3 into ringtone, iPhone compatible, using iTunes.

How to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone without trimming songs in iTunes

Spoiler: None of the ways we are offering use products belonging to Apple and are developed by independent software engineers.

iTunes Music Store is still alive in 2020 and lets you purchase a ringtone charging $1.29 for a copy. It's a very straightforward formula: buy it > use it.

In case you don’t find your song available on the store or you are not very enthusiastic about spending $$$ every time you want to change a ringtone, the best way to achieve the result is to convert your MP3 to iPhone ringtone, just like we did in this tutorial.

To set iPhone custom ringtone in the simplest way possible we will be using WALTR 2 and/or iRingg. To find out which one is more suitable for you, continue reading.

Convert MP3 into iPhone ringtone with WALTR 2

First things first. If you have your song in M4A, it’s a lot easier for the process to turn it to M4R. For this you basically just need to rename it, change its extension to M4R and transfer it with WALTR 2 to your iPhone.

The best part – there’s no need to trim your ringtone.

If you have your song in a MP3, you need to make an extra step to get the proper format.

Step 1. Go to Audiko and convert your MP3 to iPhone Ringtone.

It’s a free ringtone maker taking literally seconds to re-format your song into M4R. Upload it, select the best 30-second fragment and download it back to your computer.

Step 2. Download WALTR 2 & launch it.

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We would need WALTR to transfer your ringtone to iPhone, this way you don’t have to trim it with iTunes. Ringtones transfer is one of the many many functions WALTR 2 has.

It also lets you put ebooks, music, videos to your iPhone in a total of 2 steps.

WALTR 2 is a blockbuster app that is continuously covered by leading tech blogs worldwide. The trial doesn’t cost a dime , so don’t hesitate and give it a try.

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Step 3. Plug your iPhone into your computer.

Once you’ve seen WALTR 2 recognize your device, just drop your ringtone into the drop zone and wait.

Drop any ringtone into WALTR to get it transferred to iPhone

The transferring speed of WALTR 2 is pretty nice, but when it gets to 30-seconds file, you literally won’t notice it, so fast it is.

WALTR 2 is transferring your ringtone into iPhone

Step 4. Go to Settings app > Ringtones select your ringtone.

Within just 10 seconds you have your song all set up as a ringtone. If you have M4A track it becomes even faster, since you don’t have to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone.

Change its extension to m4r manually and drop into WALTR.

your ringtone is now on your iPhone

The alternative would be to get your song into iTunes, convert it to M4R, then put it back to your iTunes library, trim it and then sync with iTunes. I know, I probably lost you halfway through that sentence.

On the other hand, WALTR 2 does all the dirty work for you and delivers your song to your settings app directly. In addition to letting you convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone, WALTR 2 has a bunch of other features that can come in handy on a daily basis:

A round-up of WALTR 2 superpowers:

  • puts music/movies on iPhone or iPad regardless of its format

  • transfers eBooks to your iPhone within seconds

  • accesses all your content from default Apple applications– update your iPods with the latest music (WALTR 2 supports all of them)

  • uses Wireless networks to put content on your Apple device

How to set a custom ringtone on iPhone with iRingg

The second efficient way of turning songs into ringtones and getting them on your iPhone as quickly as possible is by using iRingg. The process is even easier and quicker.

Step 1. Download iRingg

iRingg is a 2-in-1 app that has been designed specifically to answer the "how to set custom ringtone" question. It quickly trims and creates ringtones for iPhone and sends them straight to the connected device. It supports USB as well as Wi-Fi connection for transfers.

Download & launch iRinggDownload iRingg, install and launch it on your PC. It's available for Mac as well as Windows. Upon opening, it will ask you to connect your device.

Step 2. Connect iPhone

For the first time, you will need your USB cable for connection. Onwards, you can go fully wireless if you choose so. iRingg will detect the device over Wi-Fi.

Step 3. Create ringtone

Trim a ringtone or keep the original length

After the connection is successful, browse your PC for the music file or simply drop your MP3 file in iRingg’s window. It will load the file and show you the song’s waveform along with a 30-second trimming window.

Preview it and move the trimming window to get your desired part of the song as iPhone ringtone. You can also increase or decrease the time to find what sounds the best, but keep it below 35 seconds.

Step 4. Edit the ringtone

Add a sound-emoji, a fade-in or fade-outAfter trimming, you can add pre-defined sound effects to the ringtone, a voiceover, fade-in or fade-out and a few more handy things. There isn’t a maze of settings to go through and the process is as simple as it can be. Click to add an effect, drag to adjust or right-click to remove.

Play, edit and re-play to make it ideal. After you are satisfied with what you are hearing, hit “Export”.

Step 5. Send a ringtone to iPhone

Push your ringtone to an iPhone And this is the best part. When you have your iPhone connected and the ringtone ready, let it fly to the connected device now. The transfer takes seconds.

With iRingg you can have your unique iPhone ringtone within a minute or so. The audio will show up in the iPhone’s Sound settings to be picked up as ringtone. Sweet, isn'it it?

Go to Settings > Tones and see your new ringtone above the default ones

You can also save the created ringtones to your PC, to push them all later using WALTR 2.

The Takeaway

Converting MP3 to iPhone Ringtone using iTunes is an uphill battle. But it doesn't have to be. You should be free to set custom iPhone ringtone anytime you wish so without having to overcome obstacles along the way.

You should be free to choose any track you want, whether it's new, old, or very indie. In fact, there isn't a single reason why you shouldn't be able to craft a ringtone every time you get a new favorite track. Both WALTR 2 and iRingg make iPhone custom ringtones quick to craft and simple to transfer.

Discover them for yourself and let us know how you like it!

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Josh Brown
Josh Brown

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