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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How to convert mp3 to m4r

How to convert mp3 to m4r - for using them as iPhone ringtones :

This guide will show you how to easily convert mp3 to m4r ringtones so you can use them on your iPhone.

What you need for this operation:

  • The mp3 file you wish to convert to m4r.
  • iTunes installed on your PC.

How to convert mp3 to mp4:

1. Open up iTunes.
2. Go to File -> Add File to Library -> Your_file.mp3
3. Your selected file will be added in the Music Library.

4. From the upper right corner of iTunes, select the Songs option, to view the library sorted by songs and not by albums.

4. Right click on your mp3 file.
5. Select "Create AAC version". This will create a new version of your file, with the same name but other extension (m4a). It appears below your original file.

6. Now you can right click on the second file in the list and select - Show in Windows Explorer. This will show a folder, depending on the
album information of your mp3 file. Usually it's : Unknown Album. You will find your converted file in that folder.

7. This file has the m4a extension. All you have to do is rename it to a m4r extension. For example: Your_mp3.m4a rename to Your_mp3.m4r. Also be sure you don't just rename Your_mp3.m4a to Your_mp3.m4r.m4a. This is a common error.

Note: If you can't see the file extensions in Windows Explorer, go to Control Panel - Folder Options - View - and uncheck -> Hide extensions for known file types.
(In Windows Vista/Windows 7 this can be found in Control Panel - Appearance and Personalization - Folder Options.)

After the renaming of the file, you can upload it to your iPhone. Here's a guide for how to do this on a jailbroken iPhone - "How to Install Ringtones on the iPhone the Free and Easy Way".

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Anonymous said...

great walkthrough!
simple and easy, Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! this is exactly what I've been looking for!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Really Helped Me Not Confusing One Bit Like All Other Things

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Great post.

Anonymous said...

So helpful!

zortingen said...

if not.
right click on m4a.
add to rar.
open rar.
right click.
rename as xxx.m4r
thats all

aziza said...

uhm... hw to rename it to not make m4r.m4a???

Anonymous said...

Okay, (my phone isn't jailbroken.)I added it to my iTunes and it shows up under Tones. After I synced my iPhone, I check under settings>Sounds>Ringtone it's only the default ringtones and alerts? All my ringtones that I have changed to m4r isn't showing up? is there a way to add it to my iPhone without jailbraking it or is this only for jailbroken iPhones? Please reply.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. That was really helpful

Anonymous said...

Searched for ages for a simple way to do this. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Or you could just drag the file from iTunes into a folder, then rename it to .m4r there. That's a lot simpler and quicker.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, really helped

sathish said...

awesome thank you

Anonymous said...

I dont have Advanced tab in my itunes.

Anonymous said...

मदद के लिए बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद । Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

Go to File --> Create New Version--> Create AAC version

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!

Prince Hussain said...

Thank u ..!

gokul said...

this is the correct solution.thanks

Anonymous said...

Hmm, Not only do I not have an Advanced tab in my itunes but there is no "Create AAC version" under "File -> Create New Version". There is only

"Create iPod or iPhone Version"
"Create iPad or Apple TV Version"
"Create MP3 Version"

and the first two are grayed out.

Anonymous said...

after syncing my iPhone, it doesn't show up on the settings/sound/text tone. please help!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

thank you for posting this, it helped me a lot, especially the step by step instructions because I'm a computer idiot xD

Sweet Fairy said...

This is so helpful. Thanks for sharing this helpful idea. en ucuz iphone 5

Unknown said...

I have a problem, I chose not to auto sync my iphone with music, I just put what ever I want on the phone manually, So I cant seem to put the mp3 in the Library therefore I cant even convert it..

Anonymous said...

I not have an Advanced tab in my itunes but there is no "Create AAC version" under "File -> Create New Version". There is only
"Create iPod or iPhone Version"
"Create iPad or Apple TV Version"
"Create MP3 Version"
and the first two are grayed out.

Kayla Sluka said...

The part about displaying the extension was especially helpful to me. I looked at at least 20 tutorials before finding yours and it worked WONDERFULLY. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

You can also right click the track and choose "Create AAC Verison"

Anonymous said...

Change File Extensions in as a batch (BIG TIME SAVER) "ren *.m4a *.m4r"

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