How to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone Without Touching iTunes

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Julia Nash Mar 17, 2020

Pssst: you can convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone in seconds without iTunes. This article will demonstrate a seamless way to do this.

iPhones are great, but ringtones is one of the things keeping them in the past. If you ever tried to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone with iTunes – you would understand how exceptionally difficult this has become.

Apple has its own philosophy, and at its core is an attempt to turn iOS ecosystems into closed, shut labyrinths.

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 this). You either buy your ringtone or you turn it into one with iTunes.

Alternatively, you convert your MP3 to iPhone Ringtone with the way following below.

How to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone without trimming it with iTunes

Spoiler: neither we used iTunes nor any other Apple services. The tools used are mainly developed by independent software engineers.

iTunes Music Store is still alive in 2020 and it still lets you purchase a ringtone charging $1.29 for a copy. This is a smooth one-directional formula: buy it -> use it.

But in case you don’t find your rare song available there or you are just not very enthusiastic about spending additional $$$ every time you want to change a ringtone – go and convert your MP3 to iPhone ringtone, just like we did in this tutorial.

First things first, if you have your song in M4A, it’s a lot easier to turn it to M4R (the special ringtones format Apple established). 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 MP3 you have to get to a bit greater lengths to change its 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 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 was covered by leading tech blogs worldwide. It doesn’t cost a dime to try it out, so don’t hesitate and give it a try.

WALTR helps to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone

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.

In other words, this is a long-lasting story of complaints and disappointment ( you know this if you’ve ever tried it out).

On the other hand, WALTR 2 does all the dirty job for you and delivers your song to your settings app directly. Besides 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

I, as an iPhone owner, and an eager consumer of tons and tons of music, would just love to change my ringtones every month, every day & every time I find a song I love. Or I would just love to know that theoretically, I CAN do this.

After all, your current ringtone can quickly get obnoxious.

The Takeaway

Converting MP3 to iPhone Ringtone is an uphill battle. iTunes makes you either buy your ringtone or convert it to specially designed M4R format with iTunes.

Turns out there are many of us who love to change their iPhone ringtones from time to time. Whether short or long, a ringtone is like a visit card of your iPhone. And it’s just cool to have your fave track as a tune on your iPhone.

And with new fab songs coming out every now and then you always want to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone. This is what also lets you personalize your iPhone with setting your fave tracks as a ringtone.

The trivial workaround to get the job done is to use iTunes, trim your MP3 song and then sync it. Well, here we showed you a workaround to convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone, that’s so much easier, it gets almost unnoticeable.

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Julia Nash
Julia Nash

Apple junkie at Softorino

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