WCAP File Extension

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Wireless Diagnostics Captured Packet Format

What is WCAP file?

Full format name of files that use WCAP extension is Wireless Diagnostics Captured Packet Format. Files with WCAP extension may be used by programs distributed for Mac OS platform. WCAP file format, along with 4853 other file formats, belongs to the Misc Files category. Users are advised to use Mac OS X software for managing WCAP files, although 1 other programs can also handle this type of file. Software named Mac OS X was created by Apple, Inc.. In order to find more detailed information on the software and WCAP files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support WCAP file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support WCAP files. WCAP files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support WCAP file

Updated: 02/13/2020

How to open file with WCAP extension?

Problems with accessing WCAP may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with WCAP extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with WCAP files.

Step 1. Download and install Mac OS X

Install software to open WCAP file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening WCAP files is that no program that can handle WCAP files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Mac OS X or different compatible program, such as macOS. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Mac OS X installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Apple, Inc. website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Mac OS X

Update software that support file extension WCAPIf you already have Mac OS X installed on your systems and WCAP files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. 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 WCAP files are not compatible with Mac OS X. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Mac OS X.

Step 3. Assign Mac OS X to WCAP files

After installing Mac OS X (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open WCAP files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with WCAP file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the WCAP with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Mac OS X is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open WCAP files and clicking OK.
Associate software with WCAP file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the WCAP file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with WCAP extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the WCAP is not faulty

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 WCAP file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

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

If the WCAP 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. If the scanner detected that the WCAP file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Ensure the file with WCAP extension is complete and error-free

If the WCAP file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the WCAP file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Mac OS X

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

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

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Wireless Diagnostics Captured Packet Format files. It may be the case that the WCAP files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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