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How to Set a Custom Ringtone for Your iPhone

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Natali Solovyova Apr 24, 2020

Bored of the default ringtone or is it just too mainstream? We know how to improve it!

Well, whatever be the reason you can change it to a custom ringtone, and it’s legal. The problem though, is the long and confusing process to turn MP3 into iPhone ringtone. So, it’s time to sort out the process. Keep reading!

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ITunes holds one of the largest collection of music and users are bound to fall in love with a new song every day. So, what options do you have to set your favorite song as ringtone? You, either buy it from the store or cut existing songs with iTunes.

But, what if you want to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone? At first, you need to pass the file through a MP3 to iPhone ringtone converter, sync it with iTunes and thus, get the ringtone on your iPhone. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do it all in one go?

Let me start with the basics.

What is an iPhone ringtone?

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 the file extension. So, if you already have the song in iTunes, all you need is to change the file extension.

Take sample-song.m4a which you want to set as 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 when you have to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone. Here’s a quick guide on how to make MP3 into ringtone, iPhone compatible, using iTunes.

Watch this 1 min Video Tutorial on How to Set Custom Ringtone on iPhone

Convert MP3 into M4R ringtones using iTunes

How about a sample-audio.mp3 from which you want to make a, say, 30-second ringtone? Follow the steps –

Step 1. Import the MP3 to iTunes

You will need the file in your Music library first. So, go ahead and drag it in or choose “Import” from the File menu.

Step 2. Trim it down

Once the song is available, right click on it and choose “Get info”. Mac users can press the Apple+i key combination instead. Go to the “Options” tab, specify your Start Time and End Time, and OK.

How to trim a song in iTunes

Now, right-click on the song again and select “Create AAC version”.

As of now, you will notice another file in your music library. It is the trimmed version of your MP3 file. The file is in the M4A format but you can’t use it as your iPhone ringtone yet.

Step 3. Change it into iPhone compatible ringtone file

As I said earlier, for an audio to be available in the ringtone selection list, it should be a M4R file. Time to drag the M4A file to desktop. If you’re not sure which one is the M4A file, you can use “Get info” again to find the difference.

Now, rename the file on desktop from sample-audio.m4a to sample-audio.m4r. Your ringtone is now ready for you to consume. Time to bring it out on table.

Step 4. Sync with iTunes

Drag the renamed file back to your iTunes library. You may want to remove the original files to avoid any further confusion. Now, connect your iPhone with the USB cable and sync.

When the sync is complete, you will find your new ringtone within your iPhone’s Sound settings.

Convert MP3 into iPhone ringtone with WALTR 2

If you don’t want to go through the pain of moving in and out of the iTunes library every time, you can use a third-party MP3 to iPhone ringtone converter. After conversion, send the ringtone to a connected Apple device without any fuss using WALTR 2.

WALTR 2 will transfer M4R files to iPhone in seconds

Apart from ringtones, you can use WALTR 2 to send songs, videos and also eBooks to your iPhone. It allows you to connect your iPhone via USB or through Wi-Fi and then, drag and drop the files in its window.

The ringtone transfers within seconds and will appear in the list of ringtones.

Check out the full guide “How to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone without touching iTunes” for the steps.

Watch Video Tutorial on How to Set Custom Ringtone on iPhone (video length 1:11 sec)

Make ringtones and send them to iPhone with iRingg

“Within seconds” sounds really quick, isn’t it? However, there is yet another way to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone, and that’s by using iRingg. The process is easier, simpler and also, quicker.

Step 1. Download iRingg

iRingg is a 2-in-1 app. It trims and creates ringtones for iPhone and also, sends them to the connected device. It supports USB as well as Wi-Fi connection for transfers.

Download & launch iRingg

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

Step 2. Connect iPhone

Just for the first time, you will need your USB cable for connection. From next time onwards, you can go wireless if you want to. iRingg will detect this device over Wi-Fi signals.

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-out

After trimming, you can add pre-defined sound effects to the ringtone, a voiceover or also an intro sort-of thing. 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 your satisfaction. After the audio sounds perfect, “Export”.

Step 5. Send a ringtone to iPhone

Push your ringtone to an iPhone

And this is the best part. You have your iPhone connected and the ringtone ready, let it fly to the connected device now. The transfer takes only 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. Sweeet!

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.


Almost everyone has the same default ringtone. It’s not that they don’t want to change. It’s either the cost or the process. One doesn’t get all those 30-second beauties for free and going through the pain of conversion every time is not for everyone.

But now, when you receive a call sitting in a café, you will know it’s your iPhone that’s ringing. You have got three methods to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone. Choose the one you prefer and make that new song you love, yours.

Play around, collect all the music you have and trim out the favorite parts to create a bunch of ringtones. Send them over to your phone and let the world hear your new creation.

You never know, someone may come over, just to borrow the tone.

Let your phone speak for you, loud enough. Sshhh!

Natali Solovyova
Natali Solovyova

Apple junkie at Softorino

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