Stepwise Guide: How to Play WAV Files on iPhone

This post is tending to show you the way how to play WAV files on iPhone. If you happen to need it, keep reading!


By Ellie / Updated on June 14, 2023

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Can iPhone play WAV files?

“My friend sends me an email with a WAV files attachment. I want to play it on my iPhone. I double-click on it but it didn’t work at all. I read a lot of information about it and it is said that WAV files are being supported on iPhone. I don’t know what's going on. Can iPhone play WAV files and how do I play WAV files on iPhone?”

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How to play WAV files on iPhone

Can iPhone play WAV files? The answer is Yes! WAV (Waveform Audio File Format), a file format for audio files in the Windows operating system, is supported by the iOS device and it can read and play WAV files. However, some users claim that WAV files fail to play sometimes. In most cases, the WAV file format cannot be successfully played because it consumes a large amount of space.

As a result, many people prefer to convert it to the most iOS-compatible forms with a smaller file size in order to play it. Now, keep reading to realize how to play WAV files on iPhone successfully.

Method 1. Convert WAV files to  a format with a smaller size

For WAV files take up a lot of space and are often unplayable on iPhone, converting WAV files to the most suitable formats for iPhone seems an effective solution. They will be much smaller in size and function much better.

Step 1. Prepare a USB cable and connect it to your iPhone. Launch iTunes, and then go to the “Preferences > General > Import Settings” option. 

General Preferences

Step 2. Go to File type, in “Import Using”, set “AAV Encoder” or “MP3 Encoder”, and then choose the kbps as you want.

Finally, click to close the Preferences interface.

AAC Encoder

Step 3. Click on “File > Add File to Library” to import your WAV file into iTunes. Select one or more WAV files already in iTunes, and then right-click to choose “Create MP3 Version”.

Create MP3 Version

Step 4. Click the Device button > Music > Sync Music > Apply. Now the music can be played on your iPhone.

☞ Note: If you sync your data in iTunes before, you’d better backup your iPhone and then sync in case some existing data is lost.

Method 2. Download WAV files player

If you don't want to convert WAV files or don't have a computer nearby, you can play WAV files on your iPhone by using WAV Media Player apps like VLC, MX Player, and PlayerXtreme Media Player, and others. Once you install the media Player, WAV files can be played normally with these players.

Media Player

How to transfer WAV files from PC to iPhone

Suppose that you want to play WAV files on your iPhone and you happen to own a WAV Media Player in it. However, your WAV files are on a PC and you need to send it to your iPhone. To transfer Music to iPhone, iTunes will be chosen by many users. But it usually takes a long time to achieve and it may delete existing data.

To avoid data loss and long time spent, there is professional freeware-- FoneTool can help you transfer WAV files flexibly. FoneTool surely can give you a surprise and provide you with more than you can imagine. With it, you can enjoy:

File Transfer without any pressure. Sometimes you may meet with iPhone that can’t connect to iTunes, while FoneTool can make your transfer smoother.

Increased transfer speed. You can transfer files at a faster rate with FoneTool, such as 1000 songs in 9 minutes.

Simpler operations. You can transfer photos, music, contacts, videos, etc. among iDevices and a computer with a few clicks.

Multiple functions. In addition, to transfer WAV files, FoneTool also allows you to backup your iPhone to PC, PC to iPhone and iPhone to iPhone.

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Step 1. Download, install and launch FoneTool. Then connect your iPhone to a computer using a USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

Step 2. Go to Phone Transfer, locate PC to iPhone option, and then click Start Transfer.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 3. Click the box to browse and choose the WAV files on your PC. You can also drag and drop the wanted songs to the box directly.

Select Files

Step 4.  Click the Start Transfer button to start.

Step 5. After that, unplug your iPhone and then go to Music App and then click on it to see whether it can play successfully.

FoneTool's powerful transfer functions also allow you to transfer videos, contacts, and photos from iPhone to computer and vice versa. You can also use its backup functions to backup your iPhone to a computer.


Now you may know how to play WAV files on your iPhone. From this post, the truth can be concluded that we can play WAV files on iPhone. But the size of it is usually too big and we need to resort to other ways to play it. For instance, we can play WAV files by converting them and then syncing them to the iPhone with iTunes. Of course, downloading and installing some WAV Files Player is also a nice shot if it works. And if you need to transfer WAV files to iPhone from PC, FoneTool can help you a lot.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.