2023 | 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 Nov 08, 2023

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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.

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

Save M4A as an M4R on Windows

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

Tool 1. EaseUS Video Converter

To choose the best free audio converter, EaseUS Video Converter is the right solution. By importing your M4A file into this tool, you can convert it fastly. Also, it allows the batch converting feature, which can help you save much time. 

With 100% quality ensured, you can freely import your video and audio files into this Windows converting software. 

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How to make this conversion:

Step 1. Download and launch this program. Next, select the "Audio Converter" option from the left sidebar for audio conversion, and click "Choose Files" to import the audio file.

Add media files

Step 2. Click the gear icon to select your output audio format at the bottom. Besides, you can change the saving path, enable the high-speed conversion, GPU acceleration, or merging functions if needed here.

Choose format

Step 3. You can click the "Edit" button to change the file name, bitrate, sample rate, and other settings for your output file.

Adjust settings

Step 4. Once done, you can click the "Convert" or "Convert All" button to begin your audio conversion.

Start conversion

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". 

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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 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 which 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 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 for saving M4A as 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. 

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

Step 1. Open Convertio on the browser and upload the M4A 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 knowing 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 Video Converter!

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