How to Convert an M4R File to a WAV File

by Andrew Schrader

An M4R file is the standard ringtone format for the Apple iPhone, compatible with the iTunes player. Files bought directly from the iTunes store can be converted to and from ringtones simply by right-clicking on the file. However, for M4R files made or bought elsewhere, the file must first be converted to the AAC (M4A) format outside of iTunes using your "Finder" or "My Computer" window before converting it within iTunes.


Locate your M4R file using "My Computer" if on a PC, or with "Finder" if on a Mac. Rename the file extension from ".m4r" to ".m4a." Save.


Download and install iTunes. Agree to the terms of use and open.


Click "iTunes" and select "Preferences."

Click the "Import Settings" icon bar. In the "Import Settings" window, select "WAV Encoder" from the "Import Using:" menu.

Click "OK" twice.


Open your M4A either by dragging it straight into the iTunes library, or by clicking "File" and selecting "Add to Library."

Locate your file in the pop-up menu and open in iTunes.


Right-click the M4A file.

Select "Create WAV Version." Your new WAV will appear below the old M4A.


  • check If you bought an M4R directly from Apple, follow Steps 3 through 5.

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About the Author

Andrew Schrader has been a professional writer and filmmaker since 2004. He works as a writer and director, holding a Bachelor of Arts in film and media studies from UC Santa Barbara. Schrader specializes in writing about technology and computer software.

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