Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone

Want to make customized iPhone ringtones? Other than purchasing or downloading iPhone ringtones, you can actually create your own ringtones from sound or music. Best of all, to make free ringtones for iPhone, you need just the free iTunes and your MP3 music files. In this iPhone ringtone making guide, we will describe the easy steps to convert MP3 music to ringtones for iPhone. What you need is iTunes and MP3 audio files. Simply follow steps below and we have a video guide on Youtube for your convenience. You can also find more details at the low section of this guide.

Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone — Youtube Video Guide

How to Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone?

Now let’s go to make free music ringtone for iPhone. Get your music files ready and we can get started right away.

Step 1. Run iTunes on your computer.
You can download iTunes on to your PC or Mac if not yet. It is free to download from Apple website here:

Step 2. Drag and drop MP3 music from computer to iTunes library.
Drag and drop MP3 to iTunes library, then you can find it from the Music library in iTunes. If the music has been added to iTunes before, you can go to find it from the Music library without adding it again.
Step 3. Trim your music for iPhone ringtone
You have to cut long music songs to less than 40 seconds. Your iPhone will not accept longer music files as ringtones. Right click on the MP3 file, select Song Info from the jump down menu. Go to Options tab, then specify the start time and stop time to trim long mp3 music song.

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Step 4. Create AAC version
MP3 files are not recognized as ringtones on iPhone. You need to convert MP3 to AAC version within iTunes. Select the music track in Music library. Click File menu >> Convert >> Create AAC version.

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Step 5. Rename m4a file to m4r ringtone format
After converting MP3 to AAC audio format, you can drag and drop the converted AAC version from iTunes to your computer desktop. You will then find the file is in .m4a audio format. You need to rename the music file from m4a to m4r file which is the right format for iPhone ringtone.

Step 6. Sync ringtone from computer to iPhone
You can sync ringtones to iPhone via iTunes. No iTunes? No problem. We have you covered in this copying ringtones to iPhone without iTunes guide.

Update Jan 2018: this article was originally published in 2014 and has since been updated. In this update, the change of new iTunes 12.7 has been reflected.


    • Do you mean iTunes does not show “Create AAC Version”? If so, you need to change the settings of iTunes and set AAC Encoder as the default option.

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