Updated: October 25th, 2017

How to Add M4R Ringtones to iPhone without iTunes

Add ringtone to iPhone without iTunes in a drag-and-drop manner! It takes  3 clicks to set up M4r ringtones on an iPhone. Follow the guide below!

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  • by Julia


A cool M4r ringtone is the best way to stand out. On Android you can change it in just 2 taps. But if you wish to add ringtone to iPhone, you have to suffer through a long, ridiculously hard procedure.

Who knows, maybe this is the reason why you hear the default iPhone ringtone playing in every public place you go? In this case, how can you even tell, if it’s your iPhone ringing or someone else’s? 

Either way, here we’ll show you a quick (and most importantly – easy) way to add M4r ringtone to an iPhone without iTunes. Now, it may sound sketchy, but it’s no joke. The way that we’ll describe here is completely iTunes-free. And you know – iTunes is the most cumbersome part of setting up a ringtone.

You will need:

  • MacOS or Windows computer
  • Your existing .M4R ringtone or that awesome track in M4A that you want to add as a ringtone to your iPhone
  • USB cable
  • WALTR 2 app (you can download WALTR simply by clicking on the big green button below):

Video Guide: How to Add ringtone to iPhone without iTunes

Now, grab your popcorn and hit ‘Play’ on the video below. Watch how to add M4R to iPhone without iTunes sync in a short guide.

FYI, for those who are wondering what WALTR 2 is:

WALTR 2 – is a new application, but it’s already essential in the toolkit of every iPhone lover. Besides adding ringtones to iPhones, it’s the smoothest way ever to put songs, videos absolutely in any format on your iPad & iPhone – MKV, AVI, FLAC, APE, AIFF, etc. Moreover, there is NO iTunes involved.

How to Add M4R to iPhone without iTunes

What’s good about this whole workaround is that you are not required to trim your ringtone in any way. You can set up any full song you have as the official tune on your iPhone! Now I assume, you already have your desired track ready in MP3 or M4A. What you need to do – is to take the file and change its file extension.

Step 1. Change the file extension of your file to M4R.

If you don’t have M4r ringtones ready then take the desired M4A song & simply rename it from ‘m4a’ to ‘m4r’. It’s as easy as this. Surprisingly, there’s no converting required.

NOTE: You cannot change the extension of MP3 songs. This only works for M4A.

Then you’ll get the pop-up window like this one:

Make m4r ringtones and add them on your iPhone

Go ahead and confirm it by hitting ‘Use .m4r’

Step 2: Open up WALTR.

If you haven’t downloaded it yet – here’s your link:

Download WALTR 2 for Free
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The download doesn’t cost a dime. Install the app and make sure to watch a short on-boarding video right there 🙂 It will fully inform you about all the WALTR’s superpowers!

Step 3: Plug-in your iPhone

The UI is very intuitive. You won’t meet t@ns of tabs and settings as you can encounter in iTunes or any other utilities. WALTR will ask you to connect your device using a regular USB cable. You  can also click on the settings wheel in the right bottom corner of the app and select ‘Enable Wifi Connectivity’. Afterwards you can even add m4r to iPhone via Wi-Fi.

How to Add Ringtone to iPhone without iTunes

Step 4: Throw your ‘M4R’ file into WALTR

here's how to add Ringtone to iPhone without iTunes

It will take you approximately 3 seconds to transfer it to an iPhone. WALTR works with the speed of a racing car. It’s so much faster than any competitor. BTW, in case you’re interested in more exact speed data, you can check out our blog post, where we published speed test results: Who does it faster? iTunes vs WALTR

WALTR 2 also adds up a cool feature of transferring music to ANY iPod ever released. Remember that ‘old school’ iPod Classic unveiled in 2001? Now you can load it with music without a hitch! The same goes for iPod Shuffle, Nano, Mini, etc.

WALTR 2, add M4r to iPhone without iTunes

Step 5: Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone and select your beloved track 🙂

Head to the Settings on your iPhone, in the Ringtone section you’ll already be able to select the tune you just transferred.

Set up a new M4r ringtones on your iPhone

Voila! That was unbelievably easy, right? You might search everywhere on the web – but you won’t meet anything closely reminding WALTR. In fact, there is no better way to add a ringtone to your iPhone.

On the other hand, with iTunes involved in the game it gets 10x harder. To compare, you are supposed to edit its starting and ending times, convert the track to an AAC file format, change the extension to .m4r  and add it to Tones tab in iTunes. And only then you can go to Settings and select a new ringtone.

Insanely cool features WALTR holds:

  • It’s an iTunes-free way. iTunes was inevitable whenever you wanted to push a track or two to your iPhone. Now it’s finally can be left behind.
  • WALTR does exactly what it says on the can. It’s your easiest way of putting a whole array of unsupported formats onto iPhone. (MKV, AVI, FLAC, APE, MP3, MP4 and many more are supported with no issues)
  • Drag-and-drop easy. You push your file into WALTR – and here it is, ready for playback in the default Video/Music app.
  • Get a good read! WALTR 2 makes it a child’s play to import ePubs & PDFs to iPhone 😉
  • Send M4r to iPhone using Wireless networks

This means WALTR is able to push movies, music, ringtones, eBooks to your iPhone sidestepping iTunes. Furthermore, every file will land into the exact folder where it belongs! For instance, movies go to the default videos app and ePubs or audiobooks are stored into iBooks application. Thanks to inserted Universal Bridge feature, it also supports any iPod ever created. Here’s how to you can transfer music from computer to iPod & put some major music boost to your device!

To sum up:

In conclusion, there are many ways to add ringtone to iPhone. But most of them need iTunes sync. Because they simply can’t get access to all the folders you have on your iPhone.
Meanwhile, WALTR handles everything on its own. So if you’re wondering what’s the easiest way to add ringtone to iPhone – it’s this one.

You can send M4r to iPhone absolutely with no effort! But it’s not only about ringtones, you can watch any movie (even with subtitles) or listen to any music on your iOS devices with WALTR. So give it a try right now and share this easy solution with friends!

P.S. Turns out there are also many people who would love to add ringtone to iPhone. We at Softorino even made our research and published the results here: Do People Still Use Custom Ringtones? Check it out!








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