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Three Free Methods to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone

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Updated on June 9, 2022

In addition to buying ringtones from the iTunes Store, you can also customize iPhone ringtones using your favorite songs or tunes. Here I introduce three ways on how to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone without spending a dollar on getting new iPhone ringtones. Moreover, the highly recommended option, WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory offers the easiest way to turn MP3 into ringtone. You can directly install it here:

AAC is the default audio encoding for iPhone ringtones, which are with .m4r extensions. If you want to create iPhone ringtones using a specific segment of an MP3 song, you need to cut the song and convert it to iPhone ringtone supported format. It's not that hard to create iPhone ringtone as it seems and there are many tools to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone online or offline. We have selected the most common and useful options for you. Just follow!

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Method 1: Convert MP3 Files to iPhone Ringtone with WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory

WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory is the quickest and simplest way to turn MP3 into iPhone ringtone. It enables users to convert MP3 to M4R, convert WAV to M4R as well as any other audio formats to M4R for iPhone ringtone, and cut audio and video clips easily. Moreover, it offers the ready-made presets for many kinds of devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, etc.

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How to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone

Add MP3 Files into the iPhone Ringtone Converter

Before the start, please free downloadfree download and install the software on PC.

Step 1. Add MP3 File into the Software  

Go to "Converter". Click on the Add Files button, browse and select MP3 files from your computer, or you can directly drag and drop MP3 files into the Video Converter window.

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Step 2. Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone

Click on the Output Format button on the right side of the main interface, and choose "Ringtone for iPhone" under the Audio tab. The software also presets M4R for iPhone Ringtone.

Cut the Audio File and Start MP3 iPhone Ringtone Conversion

Step 3. Trim the Audio File

Press the scissors icon on the menu bar below the imported audio and the Trim window will appear. You can drag the slider under the progress bar to set the start time and the end time to cut the music or input the beginning and ending time for more precise selection. You can play the audio synchronously and the cutted segment will be displayed. Remember to cut the length of the iPhone ringtone to less than 40 seconds, which is the maximum limit. Then, click on Trim and OK.

Step 4. Start the Conversion Process

Click on the triangle icon to select an output folder or keep the default option. Finally, click on Run to start the conversion. Once the conversion process is finished, you can check the converted audio file and transfer it to your iPhone via iTunes or a USB cable.

You can also upgrade the software to the pro version. The pro version offers the convenient Ringtone Studio, which enables you to directly convert audio to iPhone ringtone format and supported file length with a single click. As shown, open the Ringtone Studio tool, select iOS, click on Add File and import an MP3 file. Then drag the blue slider above the progress bar to choose the start time and end time, and choose Phone ringtone or SMS ringtone. Finally, click on Save to convert the audio to iPhone ringtone.

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Method 2: Convert MP3 to Ringtone with iTunes

iTunes is a popular choice to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone. It's available on both Mac and Windows. Although it's a bit complicated for new users, once you go through the whole process, you will find that it's quite easy to handle. If you don't have iTunes on your computer, you can download the compatible version on the Apple official website:

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Step 1. Open iTunes. Add the MP3 song to the library by clicking on File > Add File to Library.

Step 2. Right click on the MP3 audio and select Song Info.

Step 3. Go to the Options tab and set the start time and the stop time of the ringtone. Please note that Apple limits all ringtones to 40 seconds. After you are finished with the settings, click on OK.

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Step 4. Go to File on the upper-left corner > Convert > Create AAC Version. If you don't find the option, you can go to the Edit menu > Preferences. The General Preferences window will pop up. Just click on the Import Settings button, select AAC encoder from the Import Using drop-down list and click on OK.

Step 5. Change the extension of the converted audio file from .m4a to .m4r.

Tips. To find the output folder for saving the converted audio file, go to the Edit menu > Preferences, and select the Advanced tab. You can also change the output folder there.

Step 6. Now connect your iPhone to iTunes and drag and drop the M4R audio file to the Tones tab under iPhone. After that, you can set the audio as your iPhone ringtone.

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Method 3: Create Ringtones with Online iPhone Ringtone Maker

If you don't want to install any software or plug-in on your computer, you can use online ringtone makers. is a useful website to make ringtones for mobile phones. It supports AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, WAV, and WMA audio files to Android and iPhone ringtone conversion.

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Step 1. Visit the site:

Step 2. Click on the UPLOAD FILES button and select an MP3 file from your computer. It will take a while to finish the upload process.

Step 3. Drag the green slider to set the start time and end time of the ringtone.  

Step 4. Select M4R as the output format. The M4R button will turn green.

Step 5. Finally, click on MAKE RINGTONE to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone online. After the conversion, download the audio file to your computer.

In Summary

This article has shown you three methods on how to convert MP3 to iPhone ringtone online and offline. Generally, it takes more steps to make iPhone ringtone with iTunes and there are some confusing options, which is not very friendly to new users. In many cases, online ringtone converters are slow as it requires to upload and download audio files. If you have a bad internet connection, it can be a time-consuming process to make ringtone online. WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory, by contrast, makes every feature self-explanatory and enables you to convert audio files offline quickly without pausing. And it can maintain the original audio quality while making unique ringtones for your iPhone.

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