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WAV File Extension

WAVE Audio Format
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What is WAV file?

The .WAV file extension includes files that are in the Waveform Audio File Format. Such files comprise of the standard digital audio that is mainly used to score the waveform data. The .WAV file format is an IBM and Microsoft audio file format.

The .WAV files can be used to record the audio based files that can be easily saved with different bitrates and sampling. The .WAV file format is very much like the AIF files, however, the .WAV file format is based on the Resource Interchange Format and not the Audio Interchange Format. The files normally consist of the uncompressed, raw audio data.

Programs which support WAV file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 4 operating systems that support WAV files. Files with WAV suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Updated: 06/04/2020

How to open file with WAV extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening WAV files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with WAV files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install Windows Media Player software

Install software to open WAV file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening WAV files is that no program that can handle WAV files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Windows Media Player or different compatible program, such as Winamp, iTunes, QuickTime Player. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download Windows Media Player installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Windows Media Player

Update software that support file extension WAVIf the problems with opening WAV files still occur even after installing Windows Media Player, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Windows Media Player is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why WAV files are not compatible with Windows Media Player. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Windows Media Player.

Step 3. Set the default application to open WAV files to Windows Media Player

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate WAV files with latest version of Windows Media Player you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with WAV file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the WAV file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Windows Media Player installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open WAV files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with WAV file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the WAV file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with WAV extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the WAV file is complete and free of errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper WAV file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check WAV file for viruses
1. Check the WAV file for viruses or malware

If the WAV is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. WAV file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the WAV file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic WAV file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with WAV extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the WAVE Audio Format file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Windows Media Player

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support WAV files. Close all running programs and try opening the WAV file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with WAVE Audio Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the WAV files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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