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Can I Play .wav Files On My Chromebook?

Can I Play .wav Files On My Chromebook? Yes, Chrome OS can play .wav files. However since .wav files can be encoded with a variety of codecs, Google Chrome OS cannot sadly read all of them.

Here’s a list of formats that does not work yet, from François Beaufort
11,025 Hz 4 bit ADPCM
8,000 Hz 4 bit ADPCM
8,000 Hz Lernout & Hauspie SBC 12 kbit/s
8,000 Hz DSP Group Truespeech
8,000 Hz Lernout & Hauspie CELP
8,000 Hz ITU G.711 A-law

Need more information on supported devices, file systems and file types? I have updated the blog post.

Supported file types

The following file formats are supported on Chrome devices:

  • Microsoft Office files (read-only): .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx
  • Media: .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .ogv, .ogm, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wav
  • Images: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .webp
  • Compressed files: .zip, .rar, .tar, .tar.gz (.tgz), .tar.bz2 (.tbz2)
  • Other: .txt, .pdf

Supported external storage devices

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You can open and save files on external devices connected to your Chrome device, if they use the following types of filesystems. To identify the filesystem for your external device, consult the help manual for your external device.

  • Ext2
  • Ext3
  • Ext4
  • FAT
  • HFS+ (read-only on journaled HFS+)
  • ISO9660 (read-only)
  • NTFS
  • UDF (read-only)

Supported external peripherals

Here are the types of peripherals you can use with your Chrome device. If a peripheral doesn’t work with your Chrome device, it may not be supported at this time.

  • USB keyboards (Windows and Mac)
  • USB mice with the following features: left button, right button, scrollwheel
  • Bluetooth mice and keyboards
  • Monitors with DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, or VGA connections
  • USB, DisplayPort, and HDMI audio devices
  • Headset with a 3.5 mm jack
  • Webcam with a USB cable
  • MP3 player or mobile phone with a USB cable (can be used for charging)




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