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Home > Tips > How to Convert YouTube Videos into Ringtones for iPhone

How to Convert YouTube Videos into Ringtones for iPhone

Do you want to convert YouTube videos into iPhone ringtones? You will learn how to make a YouTube video into a ringtone for iPhone in this article.

Updated Sep 21,2018 | by Bennie

When you watch YouTube, you may be fascinated by the background music. You might wonder if the music could be set as a personalized ringtone. So do you know how to convert YouTube to iPhone ringtone? Many people who use iPhone know that iOS system does not support direct customization of ringtones on the phone. Compared with the Android system, it is a bit more complicated to make a ringtone for iPhone with iTunes. What is more, some features have become a little different from the old system with the new iTunes version. Therefore, many people are accustomed to using iPhone with their own ringtones. So setting an exclusive ringtone will make you different from others. In this article, you will learn how to make a ringtone from a YouTube video with the new version of iTunes to set your personal ringtones for iPhone.


You need to download YouTube videos to PC before converting to ringtones.

Part 1: Convert YouTube Video to Audio Format Compatible with iPhone

Since iTunes/ iPhone only support songs in M4A, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless formats, we need to convert the YouTube video to one of these formats first. Here we take M4A for an example. 

There are many format conversion software online, but some of them do not work at all and some of them convert format slowly. IOTransfer is recommended as one of the best free format conversion software. It can convert videos format to M4A, MP3, AVI and so on conveniently. Free download IOTransfer and convert YouTube video format now.

Step 1: Download IOTransfer to PC and install it.

IOTransfer works in Windows 7/8/8.1/10 and fully compatible with iOS 12.

Step 2: Convert YouTube video format with IOTransfer.

Click “VIDEOS” and select “Converter” from the left column. Add your YouTube video into the blank field. Then choose the output format M4A and click “Convert Now”. Once the conversion is complete, the file will be showed in the “Finished”.


Part 2: Convert M4A File to Ringtone and Set Ringtone for iPhone

Only M4R format are supported by iPhone ringtone, so we need to convert the M4A file into M4R format.

Note: Please download the latest version of iTunes to PC before create a ringtone for iPhone with iTunes. You can download iTunes from the official link of Apple:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to PC with the USB cable and launch iTunes on PC. Then add the M4A file to library.

Select “Songs” on the left category. Click “File” and choose “Add File to Library”. Choose the file converted just now.


Step 2: Make a no more than 30 seconds length file.

Right click the song to enter the “Song Info” page. Select “Option” and tick “start” and “stop” to set the ringtone length. The length is usually no more than 30 seconds. Then click “OK”.


Step 3: Set AAC Encoder.

Click “Edit” on the top left corner in iTunes homepage, and select “preference”. Continue with “General” - ”Import Settings” - ”Import Using”, and choose “AAC Encoder”, click “OK”.


Step 4: Convert the M4A file to AAC version.

Select the song which was edited before, Click “File” on the top left in iTunes homepage then select “Convert”, continue with “Create AAC Version”.


Step 5: Rename the M4A file to M4R format file.

The edited file shows up. Right click the song and select “Show in Windows Explorer”. In Windows Explorer, right click the song and rename the file extension from M4A to M4R. Please do not close the windows explorer.


Note: If there is no file extension showed in the windows explorer when renaming, set it like this: Open any folder - click “View”- tick “File Name Extensions”.


Step 6: Copy the M4R file from windows explorer and paste it into iPhone Tunes.


Note: If there is no your iPhone information, you need install the Apple Mobile Device Composite Device Driver for your iPhone.


Step 7: Find the M4R file on your iPhone and set it as your custom ringtone.

Do it as this: Settings - Sounds - Ringtone - Choose M4R file.


Bonus Tips: How to Download YouTube Video with IOTransfer Easily

Congratulations! You have done it. Enjoy your personal ringtone now. By the way, is there any problem when you download YouTube video? IOTransfer not only converts videos format but also is a free online video downloader. You can try to use this software to download video.

a, If you have not installed IOTransfer, download and install it as Step 1 in Part 1. 

b, If you have installed IOTransfer, download YouTube video as this:

Open IOTransfer, then go to “VIDEOS” and select “Downloader” from the left column,  copy & paste the YouTube video’s link into the blank area beside “URL:” and click “Download”. The video will be completely downloaded in a short time.


The Bottom Line

Hope you have already known IOTranfer‘s function of video conversion and downloading. IOTransfer not only downloads and converts videos conveniently but also transfers iPhone data like photos, videos, music, contacts to PC with one click. More and more people use it as a prerequisite software. Do you want to enjoy the fast transfer experience? Try it now.

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