How to Convert WMA to WAV

This minHour teaches you how to convert a Windows Media Audio (.WMA) file to a Waveform Audio File (.WAV).

Using VLC Media Player

Install VLC Media Player.

If you don’t have VLC, you can download it for free from

  • See Download and Install VLC Media Player to learn how to install the app.

Open VLC Media Player.

It’s in the Window Start menu in the area, typically inside a folder called . If you’re using a Mac, you’ll find it in the folder .

Click the Media (Windows) or File (macOS) menu.

It’s at the top-left corner.

Click Convert / Save.

It’s near the bottom of the menu.

Click + Add.

Go to the folder that contains the .WMA file.

Select the file and click Open.

Click Convert / Save.

It’s at the bottom of the window.

Click the “Create a New Profile” button.

It looks like a sheet of paper with an orange dot. This opens the Encapsulation tab of the profile editor.

Select WAV.

Click the Audio codec tab.

Check the box next to ″Audio.″

Select WAV from the ″Codec″ drop-down.

Type WAV into the ″Profile Name″ field.

It’s at the top of the window.

Click Create.

It’s at the bottom of the window.

Select WAV from the ″Profile″ drop-down menu.

Click Browse.

It’s under ″Destination″ at the bottom of the window.

Go to the folder in which you want to save the .WAV.

Name the file and end it with .WAV.

The new file’s name should look like this: filename.WAV.

Click Save.

Click Start.

Your new .WAV file is now saved to the folder you selected.

Using an Online File Converter

Go to in a web browser.

This is a free online file converter that will convert nearly any type of audio file to the .WAV format.

Click Browse.

It’s under the ″Upload your audio you want to convert to WAV″ header.

Open the folder that contains the .WMA file.

Select the file and click Open.

Adjust the audio options if desired.

You can change the bit or sampling rate by selecting options from the drop-down menus. This is optional.

Click Convert file.

Once the file is converted, you’ll be given the option to download the new .WAV file.

Follow the on-screen instructions to download the .WAV.

You can now play the .WAV file in any supported application.

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