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Best Way to Convert YouTube to WAV on Windows/Mac/Online

Cedric Grantham updated on Dec 11, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

People usually convert their audio files into video formats when they upload audios to YouTube, that is the main reason why we can't get an audio file directly from that platform. If you want to save the audio of a YouTube video, the best way for you is to convert the video to an audio format, such as WAV.

In this post, we will introduce some useful YouTube to WAV converters that can be compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone. Moreover, tutorials about how to convert YouTube to WAV will be provided in each section. Keep reading on and get more information!

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Convert YouTube to WAV on Windows Download and install the Adapter app on your...Full steps
Fix 2. Convert YouTube to WAV on Mac Launch the app on your Mac, click on...Full steps
Fix 3. Convert YouTube to WAV on phone/Online Head over to the SaveTheVideo website...Full steps

Related post: How to convert YouTube to MP3 >>

Part 1. How to Convert YouTube to WAV on Windows

On Windows computers, you can use the Windows Media Player to play your files, but that is all it can do. If you need to convert YouTube to WAV on Windows, it cannot help you convert your videos to other complex formats. To do the task successfully, you are going to need a third-party YouTube to WAV converter software on Windows.

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

Step by step to convert YouTube to WAV file:

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. How to Convert YouTube to WAV on Mac

If you are a Mac user, you also can convert YouTube video to WAV file with a lot of freeware. Here we will show you an easy-to-use freeware - VLC Media Player, and detail on how to convert YouTube video to WAV format. It does not require much effort, and you can get the task done pretty quickly.

Here is how to convert YouTube to WAV with VLC:

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. How to Convert YouTube to WAV Online/Android/iPhone

If there is a single file or a few YouTube videos that you want to convert to WAV, then you will not actually have to install any software. You can use one of the many online YouTube to WAV converter tools to get this job done.

SaveTheVideo is an online YouTube to WAV converter that you can not miss. It allows you directly to download YouTube videos in WAV format. Moreover, this tool enables you to convert YouTube to WAV on any device, which means you can turn YouTube video to WAV on Android or iPhone to enjoy it anywhere, anytime.

How to convert YouTube to WAV online/Android/iPhone:

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.

Extra Recommendation: How to Convert YouTube to Audio Using EaseUS Video Editor

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 a video editor that helps edit videos, it also 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 YouTube to WAV converter tools to perform the conversion task and get your video in your preferred format. This post shows you reliable ways to convert YouTube video to WAV files on Windows. Mac, Android, and iPhone. We hope our guide above helps you out with your job.

FAQs About Converting YouTube to WAV

If you are still curious about how to convert YouTube to WAV and want to make clear some related questions, those answers below may be helpful.

How do I convert WAV files to YouTube?

We prepared a straightforward tutorial for you, keep reading on.

To download YouTube videos to WAV files, follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Editing and import the file you want to convert.

Step 2. Right-click on the imported video and select Add to project.

Step 3. You can cut this video into pieces to remove the unwanted parts, then rearrange the remaining parts. Or you can add fade-in and fade-out effect to make it sounds more impressive.

Step 4. Export the edited file and save it as the audio format you like.

Is WAV better than mp3?

WAV files are music files with lossless and uncompressed quality. WAV files are also the right choice for enjoying the music or for further editing. While an MP3 file is a compressed music file, therefore the quality of it will not be better than a WAV file.

How do I download a WAV file?

You can use EaseUS RecExperts to save the WAV files you like. Its function of recording audio enables you to save the system sound, the voice from the microphone, or both of them.

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