What is a .WMA File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .wma extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .wma file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .WMA file?

The file extension .WMA comes from Windows Media Audio File. This file extension belongs to the developer Microsoft. The file has the binary format, and it is a audio related file.

What to know

There are currently 6 software that can open the .wma file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .WMA file?

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

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

The .wma file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Microsoft Windows Media Player, Nullsoft Winamp and Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .WMA file

2. The second 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 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .WMA file on Mac

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

1. The first step is to download the Eltima Elmedia Player software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is ShedWorx Smart Converter and Eltima Elmedia Player.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .WMA file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 Eltima Elmedia Player software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .WMA file on Linux

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Audacious software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Audacious software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .WMA file

2. The second 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 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Audacious software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .WMA file?

If you are still unable to open the .WMA file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .WMA file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .wmd – Microsoft, .wmdb – Microsoft, .wme – Microsoft, .wmf – Microsoft, .wmf – The Widelands Development Team. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .WMA file with the Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate, Microsoft Windows Media Player, Nullsoft Winamp programs on Windows, Eltima Elmedia Player, ShedWorx Smart Converter programs on Mac and Audacious software on Linux.