What is a .WAV File And How To Open It – Microsoft & IBM (Guide)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .wav extension, but you are not sure what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .wav file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .WAV file?

The .WAV file extension comes from WAVE Audio File. The creator of this file extension is Microsoft & IBM. This audio related file is in binary format.

What to know

There are currently 12 software that can open the .wav file on 5 platforms.

How to open a .WAV file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .WAV file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .WAV file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .wav file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Clementine software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Microsoft Windows Media Player, Nullsoft Winamp, Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate, RealNetworks RealPlayer 20/20, VideoLAN VLC media player and Clementine.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .WAV file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Clementine software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .WAV file on Mac

To open the .wav file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Clementine software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Apple iTunes, Apple QuickTime Player, Eltima Elmedia Player, VideoLAN VLC media player and Clementine.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .WAV file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Clementine software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .WAV file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .wav file on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the Clementine software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: XMMS, VideoLAN VLC media player and Clementine.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .WAV file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Clementine software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .WAV file on Android

There is easy way to open the .wav file on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .WAV file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the antvplayer Media Converter software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the antvplayer Media Converter software. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .WAV file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Google Drive. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .WAV file?

If you are still unable to open the .WAV file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .WAV file.wav – DTS. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .WAV file with the Clementine, Microsoft Windows Media Player, Nullsoft Winamp, Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate, RealNetworks RealPlayer 20/20, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Windows, Clementine, Apple iTunes, Apple QuickTime Player, Eltima Elmedia Player, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Mac, Clementine, XMMS, VideoLAN VLC media player software on Linux, antvplayer Media Converter software on Android and Google Drive program in the Browser.