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How to Convert YouTube to WAV Using Easy Methods

Cedric Grantham posted on Mar 26, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

YouTube is a video hosting platform, and so everything that you are going to come across on the site will be a video file. Even if what you are playing is a music track, it still needs to be in the video format for it to be published on the platform. If you ever want to get these audio tracks to your computer, then you are going to need to convert YouTube to WAV.

Doing so will allow you to access your files in the format that they should have originally been in. WAV will work just fine for you and your devices, and there are various WAV converters to help you save your YouTube videos in the WAV format.

The following guide takes a look at what WAV is and what are the available ways to convert videos to WAV.

What Is the WAV File Format

You have likely heard of audio formats such as MP3, but WAV is not commonly heard of. It is because it is no longer a widely used format like it used to be many years ago. However, that does not mean it has lost its charm, and that is it no longer useful.

In fact, it is still one of the best formats available out there for audio files. It is a container that can hold your audios in it. There are even a number of devices that support playing this file format, and it includes many popular devices as well.

If you are looking to convert a YouTube video to an audio format, you cannot go wrong with choosing WAV as the target file format. Once your file is available in WAV, it should be playable as an audio file on most of your devices, including your computers and smartphones.

Part 1. Convert YouTube to WAV on Windows

On Windows computers, you have the Windows Media Player app to play your files, but that is all it can do. It cannot help you convert your videos to other complex formats, and so you are going to need a third-party app to convert YouTube to WAV on your PC.

One of the free apps you can use to do the task is Adapter. It is a video, audio, and image converter app that allows you to convert your files from one format to another.

The following shows how you can grab the app and use it to make WAV files out of your YouTube videos.

Step 1. Download and install the Adapter app on your PC.

Step 2. Launch the app and click on Browse on the main interface.

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Step 3. Navigate to the folder where your video is located and add it to the app.

Step 4. You will find a menu saying Select Output Format at the very bottom of your screen. Click on it and select Audio followed by Waveform Audio (.wav) to convert your video to WAV.

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Step 5. You will then see a green button saying Convert. Click on it to start converting your file to the chosen format.

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When the conversion is done, you should find the WAV version of your original YouTube video on your computer.

Part 2. Convert YouTube to WAV on Mac

If you are a Mac user, you can use the free VLC Media Player app to convert YouTube to WAV. It does not require much effort, and you can get the task done pretty quickly.

Step 1. Download and install VLC Media Player on your Mac.

Step 2. Launch the app on your Mac, click on the File menu at the top, and select Convert/Stream.

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Step 3. Click on Open media on the following screen and add your YouTube video file to the app.

Step 4. Click on the Customize button to choose an output format for your file.

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Step 5. Select WAV from the available formats on your screen and click on Apply.

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Step 6. Click on Save as File and choose the folder where you would like to save the converted WAV file.

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That is all there is to it. VLC will start converting the file, and you will get to know when it is done.

Part 3. Use an Online Tool to Convert YouTube to WAV

If there is a single file or a few files that you want to convert to WAV, then you will not actually have to install an app. You can use one of the many online YouTube to WAV converters to convert your file.

Step 1. Head over to the SaveTheVideo website.

Step 2. Paste in the URL of the YouTube video you want to convert to WAV and click on Convert.

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Step 3. Choose wav from the Select format dropdown menu and click on Convert.

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The file will download to your computer when it is converted.

Part 4.  Use EaseUS Video Editor to Convert YouTube to Audio

If you are looking to convert your YouTube video to an audio format and not necessarily WAV, then the best way to do it is to use the EaseUS Video Editor. Although it is an app that helps edit videos, it works as a converter as well and lets you convert your files to various formats, including audio formats.

You are going to need to first download the YouTube video to your computer, and then you can use the app to change its format to one of the available audio formats. The following is how you do it.

Step 1. Import Target File

Launch EaseUS Video Editor, select a desired aspect ratio on the main screen: 9:16, 16:9, or 4:3.

Import target file by clicking "Import" or dragging it into EaseUS Video Editor.

Import desired file

Step 2. Add to Project

Right-click on the target file you would like to convert and select "Add to project".

Add file to project

Step 3. Export Target File 

Click "Export" to start converting the target file.

Export to convert file format.

Step 4. Convert to Desired Audio Format

Select the desired audio format such as MP3 or AAC for the target file, rename it, set the output folder. 

Select file format to convert the target file.

By clicking the Output settings icon, you can set the Quality and Audio specifications of the converted file.

Export and convert target file to audio

Last, click "Export" to convert your target file to the desired audio format.

Your video will be converted to your chosen audio format.


Converting YouTube to WAV is not as difficult as you might think. In fact, there are multiple ways to perform the conversion task and get your video in your preferred format. We hope our guide above helps you out with your job.

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