[Easy & Quick] Convert YouTube to M4R with/without iTunes

Looking to convert YouTube to M4R files? Look no further! This guide covers everything you need to know, from choosing the right converter to customizing your own ringtones.

Clara by Clara Updated July 3, 2024
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On YouTube, you can find all kinds of movies, animations, songs, tutorials, and more. It has become one of the most popular video sharing websites. Want to personalize your iPhone's ringtone with your favorite YouTube music or videos? Of course, you can, and then you face the question: how to convert YouTube to M4R. Because M4R is the default ringtone file format for iPhone.

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In this case, trim it to the 40 seconds recommended by iPhone. In the following article, we will provide you with different methods, whether with iTunes or without iTunes, so that you can successfully complete this task.

How to Convert YouTube MP3 to M4R without iTunes

After you download YouTube music on your computer or iPhone, you can choose to switch YouTube mp3 to M4R with professional tool, or convert YouTube to M4R online free and then transfer it to iPhone.

If you also interested in how to convert MP4 to M4R, you can go to this related article: 5 Best Ways to Convert MP4 to M4R to Make iPhone Ringtone

Way 1. Easiest: Transfer YouTube MP3 to M4R Files by FoneTool

FoneTool is the best desktop ringtone converter for computers. With its advanced technology and user-friendly interface, allows users to convert YouTube mp3 to M4R by simply clicks. After you choose the YouTube files from computer or your iPhone, you can trim, and adjust the songs, then transfer it to iPhone ringtone setting quickly.

  1. enlightened Why do you choose FoneTool?
  2. yes User-friendly interface: You can easily create ringtones and transfer them to iPhone easily.
  3. yes Supports Multiple File Formats: FoneTool can convert mp3, m4a, m4b, m4p, M4R, wav, aac, aif, aiff, flac, and more to iPhone ringtones (M4R).
  4. yes Automatic Music Detection: FoneTool can automatically load source ringtones from your iPhone (including Apple Music, Apple TV, and Podcast apps) and your computer (files or folders).
  5. yes Direct Transfer to iPhone: Convert and transfer your music to the iPhone ringtone setting with just a few clicks.
  6. yes Wide compatibility: Compatible with the latest iOS 18 and all iDevices, like iPhone 15, iPad Pro/Air/mini, iPod.

Now, you can tap the below button to install FoneToolon the Windows PC, and check the detailed steps to learn convert YouTube to M4R via FoneTool.

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Step 1. Use USB cable to link your iPhone and the computer > Run FoneTool > Go to Toolbox and choose Ringtone Maker option.

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Step 2. Select the source music files. You can tap Select from computer to locate the YouTube mp3 files. Or access audio files from your iPhone by clicking Select from device directly.

Step 3. Check and choose the YouTube file that you wish to convert to M4R > Tap Select.

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Step 4. Then you can edit the audio as you like > When it is finished, click Save to Device to transfer it to your iPhone Ringtones.

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Finally, to make a song your ringtone on iPhone, navigate to the iPhone Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone, choose the YouTube songs and personalize your iPhone ringtones.

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Way 2. Convert YouTube Videos to M4R Online Free

Alternatively, you can also use the online converter to convert the YouTube files to the M4R format you need. There are many converter online, we take OnlineConvertFree as example. It is a top-notch YouTube to M4R converter that allows you to swiftly change YouTube videos (typically MP4 files) to your preferred format.

This tool enables you to effortlessly turn your file into an iPhone ringtone and download it quickly. There is no need to install the converter, ensuring you won't face any device storage problems. Here is the process to convert YouTube videos to M4R using OnlineConvertFree:

Step 1. Open the OnlineConvertFree website on your the computer > Click Choose File > Import the YouTube file.

Step 2. Then select the output format as M4R.

Step 3. Tap Convert > Save your ringtone by pressing the Download tab.

By the way, if you need to transfer ringtones from computer, FoneTool offers a ringtone transfer feature, you can transfer ringtones from computer to iPhone with a high speed, like sending 100+ songs within 1 minute.

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How to Change YouTube Files to M4R Files with iTunes

After you use the above method to perform YouTube video convert mp3 to M4R without iTunes, if you also want to use this Apple official tool, you can follow the below guide. Although the steps are a little complicated, be patient and you can succeed.

  1. mail Note:

Before you start to use iTunes to make video as ringtones, you would to do

  1. Part 1: Download YouTube videos

Use an online conversion tool or desktop software (such as 4K Video Downloader, YTD Video Downloader, etc.) to download the YouTube video.

  1. Part 2: Convert the video to an audio format

Use these tools to convert the downloaded video into an audio format (such as MP3 or M4A). You can use OnlineConvertFree, YTMP3 or other tools you like.

Here is the guide to set YouTube file as ringtone via iTunes.

Step 1. Open the latest iTunes on the PC > Choose the converted YouTube music and tap Get Info to start.

Step 2. Tap Option on the pop-up window on iTunes > Adjust the volume, media kind, start and stop time according to your needs > Hit OK.

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Step 3. Go back to the iTunes library, tap the original song > File > Convert > Click Create AAC Version.

Step 4. Locate and Right-click the clipped version > Hit Show in Windows Explorer >Tap Yes to download the song to the desktop > Convert the file format into .M4R.

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Step 5. Click File > Add File to Library > Move the ringtones to iTunes library.

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Step 6. After that, go to the Tones tab > Sync this ringtone to your iPhone.

Step 7. Finally, navigate to Settings app on iPhone > Sounds > Ringtone to custom the iPhone ringtones.


That’s all about how to convert YouTube to M4R with or without iTunes. If you don’t want to use iTunes to do the tasks because it’s complicated, you can choose to use the professional and safety third-party tool - FoneTool, or use the online converter. By the way, FoneTool also provides a ringtone transfer function, you can transfer ringtones from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to PC, or PC to iPhone.

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