How to Play WAV Files on iPhone

While some users may be able to play WAV files on their iPhones at times, others can experience problems. If you encounter troubles, consider converting the WAV file to a different format or downloading a WAV audio player.

Whether you are listening to a lecture, a song, a podcast, or any type of content, a few things are more annoying than it’s not playing, failing to load fully, or otherwise not working as it should. This can happen due to things like your internet quality, but can also be due to the audio file type.

In particular, some iPhone users have experienced trouble playing WAV files on their phones. In an effort to help, this guide is going to go over a few things to try if your WAV files aren’t playing properly on your device.

Key Takeaways

  • While many iPhone users can listen to WAV files on their devices at times, others have reported issues that prevent them from doing so.
  • The first option is to convert the WAV file to another type of file that works more consistently on iPhones. This should let you play the file with ease, and there are plenty of ways to convert the file.
  • Another option is to download a media player that is capable of playing WAV files without an issue. Do your research on the various options and make sure to consider the reputation, reviews, and features of the player.

What is a WAV File?

WAV (or WAVE) stands for Waveform Audio File Format and it is an audio file format that was developed by IBM and Microsoft and released way back in 1991. It is seen mainly on Windows computers, but has great compatibility and can be played on other devices, too.

These files are normally uncompressed and as a result, can have great quality, and are often used for digitizing audio or archiving audio. However, they are also incredibly large compared to other formats, and thus storing the files can be challenging.

2 Ways to Play WAV Files on iPhone

While many iPhone users will be able to download and/or play WAV files without a problem, others may experience issues like the files not loading or not playing at all. If you are running into a problem, here are a few things to try in order to play the WAV file on your iPhone.

Method 1: Convert the WAV File

The first solution is to convert a WAV file to another type of file that is supported by iPhone, such as MP3, AAC, ALAC, or M4A. This will generally make the file much smaller and easier to handle in many cases, too.

There are several pieces of software for converting audio files, and most are quite simple to use. The exact steps can vary, but it generally involves importing the WAV files to the converter of your choice, choosing the audio format you want to convert to, and then converting the files.

For example, with the CloudConvert tool, the process is very simple:

  1. Choose the WAV file you want to convert by clicking Select File.
  2. Choose the file type you want to convert to.
  3. Click Convert. After a few seconds (or more, depending on the size of the file), the process will finish and you can easily download your new file.

It also provides options like trimming the clip, adjusting the volume, changing the sampling frequency, and more. Options can be accessed by clicking the wrench button next to the “Convert to” section.

Method 2: Download a WAV Audio Player

Another way to play a WAV file on your iPhone after experiencing issues is to download a WAV player

Just like with the conversion method, there are plenty of media players out there to choose from. This includes AudioShare, VLC Media Player, Documents by Readdle, and many others.

Do your homework by reading reviews and learning the various features of these platforms before choosing which one to go with. All you need to do is download the player from the Apple App Store, add your desired WAV files to the player, and then play them in the app.

Keep in mind that not every media player will play every media type, so make sure WAV files are supported by whichever player you ultimately go with.

Final Thoughts

When listening to audio on the iPhone, everyone likes the experience to be as painless and seamless as possible. If you have been encountering difficulties playing WAV files on the iPhone, I hope this guide has helped you learn ways to fix this issue.

Is there something you feel I should have included in this guide but didn’t? If so, I’d love to hear your feedback in a comment below.

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