A WAV file is an acronym for Waveform Audio File Format. It’s a file format for audio files in the Windows operating system, but the macOS computers and iOS mobile devices cannot play .wav files. Hence, if you would like to play a WAV file on an iPhone, it must be converted to MP3 file or played by a .wav file player app.

In this guide, we are going to show you how to convert WAV files to the MP3 file format with and without using iTunes. We shall also be sharing some tips on how to play wav files on iPhone using WAV file player apps.

How to Play WAV Files on iPhone with Music App

In this part, we shall be discussing two common solutions to help you convert WAV files to MP3 so that your iPhone can play them.

1 Convert WAV Files While Transferring Them to iPhone (Time-Saving)

There are several limits to the format of music file iPhone can play. So, most iPhone users prefer to convert their .wav files to an acceptable music format before transferring them to iPhone. But for some of us who have come across some smart iTunes alternatives such as iMyFone TunesMate, you will agree with me that any music or media file format you transfer with this tool always gets to play on your iPhone.

Why is this so? This is because iMyFone TunesMate, built-in automatic converter, converts any unacceptable music format to an acceptable format such as MP3, AAC, ALAC, etc. while transferring it to your iPhone. More so, to avoid any data loss while transferring songs via iTunes, we sincerely recommend TunesMate for all your media transfer.

Key Features of iMyFone TunesMate

  • Convert iOS incompatible audio files to iOS compatible audio files while transferring them to iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
  • Two-way sync to freely transfer files between PC/Mac/iTunes and iPhone, without data loss or limits.
  • Extract music from iPhone to iTunes, computer, USB drive, including purchased and non-purchased files.
  • Manage playlists smartly like to export, import, add, edit playlists or manage songs in playlists.
  • Well-spoken of by top software review websites like cNet.com. Geekreply.com, trickworldzz.com, etc.

Steps to Convert and Transfer .WAV Files to iPhone via TunesMate

Step 1: Download and install iMyFone TunesMate on your PC/Mac and launch it. Plug in your iPhone using a USB cable.

Step 2: Click the “Music” tab. All your iPhone music files will be listed, click “Add > Add Files”.


Step 3: Then search to select the .wav file on your computer. Once selected, click “Open” to transfer the files.

This helps you to transfer the .wav files to iPhone. While transferring, the WAV files will be automatically converted to compatible format, like MP3. So you can play the added songs in your Music app instead of using third-party player app.

2 Convert WAV First and Transfer to iPhone via iTunes

Since iPhone doesn’t support wav file format, it’s expected that you would convert every wav file to mp3 format before transferring it to iPhone. One of the ways to convert audio files to other formats is through iTunes.

Step 1: Open iTunes and click “Preference > General > Import Settings”.

Step 2: Set “MP3 Encoder” in “Import Using”, and select 128kbps, 160 kbps, or 192kbps. Click “OK” to close the Preference interface.

Step 3: Import your WAV file into iTunes by clicking “File > Add File to Library”. Select the WAV file you would like to convert, and go to “File > Convert > Create MP3 Version”. Then you can find your iTunes library has 2 songs with the same name but in different format.

sync music

Step 4: Connect your iPhone to your PC, then click your device icon > Music > Sync Music > Select the .MP3 file > Apply.

sync music

Disadvantages of using iTunes:

  1. Using iTunes to convert WAV file is rigorous and time-consuming.
  2. Syncing iTunes songs to your iPhone will erase the existing music from iPhone as well. You will lose the non-purchased files.

How to Play WAV Files on iPhone with 3rd-Party Player

Are you looking for a good player app for your iPhone? Then go through the list to choose of the following iOS audio players.

1. Infuse Pro 5

Infuse Pro 5

This is one of the prime WAV file players on iPhone. This app can play wav, mov, mp4, m4v, mkv, avi, 3gp, webm, wmv, flv, ogv, iso, video_ts, ogm, dvr-ms, wtv, dts, dts-hd, mp3, aac, ac3, e-ac3, wma, pcm, ogg, dolby, truehd, flac and more. It can also play videos synced from other devices.

2. 8player


This app is one of the best media prayers with good designs. It can play audio files, videos files such as mp4, mov, m4v, 3gp, avi, mkv, mpg, wmv, asf, flv, ogg, and vob. It can also listen to audio files formats such as mp3, aac, wav, aif, alac, flac, wma, etc, and view picture file formats such as jpeg, png, gif, bmp, ico, tiff, etc.

3. It’s Playing Pro

It’s Playing Pro

This is one of the best audio media players in the App Store. This app supports virtually all media file formats including ogg, m4a, wma, flac, mp3, wmv, mkv, mkv, rmvb, mov, vob, mp4, avi, etc.