2024 | How to Convert M4A to M4R on Windows/Mac/Online

M4R is the format designed by Apple to be used as ringtones on iPhone. You can purchase these ringtones on iTunes. If you don't want to spend money, you can convert your M4A to M4R as a ringtone on Windows and Mac.

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Melissa Lee

Updated on Apr 03, 2024

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Quick Access to Answer

🎉 To convert M4A to M4R on Windows 10 & 11: Download EaseUS VideoKit, in the "Audio Converter" tab, upload the audio file(s) and specify M4R as the target format, change the storage location and turn on GPU acceleration as needed, and press the convert button.

🎉 To convert M4A to M4R on Mac: Open iTunes and click the song, go to "Get Info" > "Options" and set the start and stop time of the ringtone under 40s, click on the file created and go to "File" > "Convert" > "Create AAC Version," then right-click the audio and rename with .M4R extension, add it to "Tones" and sync the file to your iPhone.

🎉 To convert M4A to M4R online: Visit the Convertio website and upload the M4A file, select M4R as the output format, and after that, download the finished file.

M4R is an iTunes ringtone format. Your iOS devices can download or buy M4R ringtones from the iTunes store. Likewise, if you don't want to download it or you have the song in M4A format, you can convert the audio to M4R format for a ringtone.

m4a to m4r conversion

In this article, you can learn how to convert M4A to M4R with several of the best free audio converters.

Save M4A as an M4R on Windows

You have two choices here, including using a third-party tool, EaseUS VideoKit. Also, without installation, you can use the Windows Control Panel to change the format of the M4A file directly. 

Tool 1. EaseUS VideoKit

To choose the best free audio converter, EaseUS VideoKit is the right solution. By importing your M4A file into this tool, you can convert it quickly. Also, it allows the batch converting feature, which can help you save much time. You can define the sample rate and resolution, suitable devices, location, and high-speed GPU conversion.

With 100% quality ensured, you can freely import your video and audio files into this Windows-converting software with high compatibility with thousands of file formats.

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How to make this conversion:

Step 1. Start EaseUS VedioKit and move to the "Audio Converter" tab.

move to the Audio Converter tab

Step 2. Click "Choose File" or drag and drop your audio files. Add another file or folder above. 

Choose File

Step 3. Select the target format that you want to convert, and choose its ratio. You can also tab the gear icon next to the file to access the same interface.

audio setting

Step 4. Click "Save to" for the storage location, and check "Merge all files" as needed. Turn on "High-speed conversion" and "GPU Acceleration" optionally.

define video output setting

Step 5. Press "Convert" at the right of the clip or click "Convert All" in the bottom right to convert. After that, you can find the converted file in the designated folder.

Convert file

Tool 2. Windows Control Panel

Without downloading any software, you can make this conversion. Converting M4A to M4R is easy when using the Windows Control Panel. By showing the extension of the file format, you can modify it. Because M4A and M4R are similar, Windows operating system allows changing its format directly.

A guide for saving M4A as an M4R via Windows Control Panel:

Step 1. You should use the Windows Control Panel to show the file extension of .m4a. Press and hold down the Windows logo key + R, and you type the Control Panel in it. Then, click "OK". 

hide extension on windows

Step 2. Find one option named the File Explorer and click it. 

Step 3. Choose the View menu and uncheck the Hide extensions for showing the format. Finally, click "OK". 

Step 4. Then, drag your M4A file to the desktop. You can see the file extension in .m4a. Then, manually modify it to .m4r. 

windows m4r to m4a

Different Windows operating systems have varied processes. But the aim is to show the file extension and change it.

Convert M4A to M4R on Mac

Although it's easy to download the M4R ringtone from the iTunes store, sometimes you may want to make a favorite song as your personal iPhone ringtone. Fortunately, there is an easy way. Using this app lets you make M4A to M4R conversions.

Also, iTunes enables you to select precisely which part of the song you want to trim as your ringtone. Overall, using iTunes will feel natural for most Apple users. So, converting between these audio formats will be an easy task.

m4a to m4r conversion

How to convert M4A to M4R with iTunes:

Step 1. Open the iTunes application and find the song that you want to make a ringtone.

Step 2. Click on the audio and select "Get Info" from the menu that appears. Then, choose "Options".

Step 3. Choose the song that you wish to convert. Click "Start Time" and then "Stop Time". After that, click "OK".

Step 4. Now, you can create an AAC format of the ringtone. Choose the song and click "Create AAC Version." Once you have your AAC version, click on it and select "Show in Finder." A new window appears where the AAC is located.

Step 5. Press Ctrl and click "Rename". Click "M4A to M4R" and then click "Enter." It asks you to change the extension. Click "OK". Then, you have the M4R file ringtone.

Convert M4A to M4R Online

Two M4A to M4R online converters are provided in this part. Both of them are functional and time-saving. 

Tool 1. Convertio

To avoid installing any third-party application on your computer, there is a faster way to save M4A in the M4R format. In that case, an online tool like Convertio can achieve this task. The whole converting process takes less than 2 minutes, and you only need to click several buttons. Since this is an online converter, you need to have a stable Internet connection. 

audio converter

Here is a list of steps for M4A to M4R conversion with Convertio:

Step 1. Open Convertio on the browser and click to choose the M4A file that you wish to convert. Select it from your computer.

Step 2. Next, you need to choose the output format for this conversion. Here, you select "To M4R".

Step 3. After the conversion is ended, download your M4R to the computer.

Tool 2. Zamzar

Another solution is using the Zamzar. You must know this tool if you use video and audio frequently. It allows hundreds of conversions, including converting M4A to M4R. With the simple interface, it attracts many beginners. You can easily apply it without having much technical knowledge.

zamzar m4a conversion

A simple guide for you to learn how to save M4A as an M4R with Zamzar: 

Step 1. Open the Zamzar website. Then, import the M4A file you want to convert. Select "Add Files".

Step 2. Choose the M4R as the converted format in "Convert To."

Step 3. After setting, click "Convert Now." Finally, download this converted file on your computer. 


To avoid spending money buying ringtones, you can convert M4A to M4R. It ensures that the audio format is suitable for ringtones. In this article, you learn different ways for this conversion. For Windows users, try EaseUS VideoKit!

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