How to Convert WAV to Text for Free
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How to Convert WAV to Text for Free

Soorya Radhakrishnan
Soorya Radhakrishnan

Converting WAV to text can be incredibly helpful if you prefer reading over writing or need quick access to information.

However, traditional methods like manual transcription are time-consuming and error-prone.

In this blog, we'll share the fastest, easiest, and most affordable solution for converting your WAV file to text. Read on!

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How to convert WAV to text?

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Manually converting WAV files into text can take up a lot of time. For this reason, we suggest using AI transcription software such as Fireflies.

Fireflies is a transcription tool that uses AI technology to provide fast, accurate, and affordable transcriptions. Fireflies also offers advanced functionalities like editing tools, and seamless integrations with 50+ other productivity tools.

Follow these 3 simple steps to convert a WAV file to text with Fireflies effortlessly:

Step 1: Log into

Step 2: Upload the WAV file

Step 3: Open and explore the transcribed file

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Step 1: Log into

Log into Fireflies

To begin, log into your Fireflies account.

If you're new to the tool, you can sign up using your Outlook or Google Calendar.

At this stage, you must permit Fireflies to access your calendar.

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Allow Fireflies to access your Calendar data

Fireflies only collects information about your calendar, like emails and preferences. Your data is kept secure with end-to-end encryption at rest and in transit. Also, Fireflies fully adheres to SOC 2 TYPE 2 and GDPR requirements.

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Step 2: Upload the WAV file

Once you’re on the Fireflies dashboard, click Uploads from the navigation menu.

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Fireflies Upload

Upload the WAV file you want to convert. You may drag and drop the file or select the files to upload the file from your computer.

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Upload the WAV file

Once uploaded, you can see the converted file at the bottom of the same upload page.

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Processing WAV file

Step 3: Open the transcribed file

The transcription process can take a few seconds to minutes, depending on the file size. Once done, you’ll receive an email notification from Fireflies.

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Email notification from Fireflies

You can access the file from the same Uploads page or the My Meetings channel in your Fireflies Notebook.

For the sake of an example, we’ve uploaded a WAV file of a podcast with our co-founder, Krish.

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Fireflies Notebook

Click on the file to see the converted text on the right side.

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Text on the right side

The transcribed WAV file doesn’t detect speaker labels. However, it identifies different voices and allows you to update the labels.

Just click on Speaker 1 and Speaker 2, write the name, and that’s it!

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Add speakers

You can also easily find any information in the audio using the Smart Search filters on the left or the search bar above the transcript.

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Smart search features

Alternatively, use AskFred, the ChatGPT-powered bot, to ask questions about the audio file. The bot will give you accurate answers in just a few seconds.

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Chatbot AskFred on the left side

Voila! There goes the answer to your question—how to convert wav to text for free?

Why choose Fireflies to convert WAV to text?

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Many online wav to text converter tools are available today, but they don’t offer the same level of features or security. Here are some reasons you should choose Fireflies as your go-to wav-to-text converter.

1. Generate accurate transcriptions in minutes

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Fireflies generates 90% accurate and time-stamped transcripts in just a few minutes, depending on the file size. These transcripts are easily editable, allowing you to make any necessary changes.

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2. Guaranteed 100% security to your data

Fireflies fully adheres to GDPR and SOC 2 Type II regulations. Its database is housed in a Virtual Private Cloud with AWS, and the servers are hosted on Google Cloud.

Also, all of your data in AWS S3 is completely encrypted both at rest and during transit. This ensures the privacy of your voice data because no one can access your recordings, unlike manual transcribers, who need to listen to your audio file to create transcripts.

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3. Highly cost-effective

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Transcription service providers typically charge $1.30 to $3.50 per minute.

Fireflies’ free plan gives up to three transcription credits and 800 minutes of storage per user at zero cost.

If you need to transcribe multiple audio files, you can get more transcription and storage credits at just $10/seat/month, billed annually—which is still cheaper than any other transcription software or service providers.

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4. Advanced collaboration features

Even in its free version, Fireflies offers state-of-the-art features that enhance collaboration like:

  • Soundbites: Create shareable snippets from the highlights of your WAV file
  • Thread: Add and reply to comments within the transcript

It also seamlessly integrates with around 50  video conferencing, dialers, and productivity tools like Zoom, Zapier, Notion, Slack, Aircall, etc. It also has an API for building custom integrations.

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5. Supports 32+ languages

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Fireflies can create transcripts in over 30 languages, including French, Spanish, and Vietnamese (more on the way), making it one of the most inclusive automated transcription software.

It also supports 3 English accents: UK, US, and Australian.

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6. Export files in 5 different formats

Fireflies allows you to export the generated text file in 5 formats with or without timestamps—DOCX, PDF, SRT, CSV, and JSON.

Wrapping up

Converting WAV to text is as easy as pie and does not leave a hole in your pocket when done with Fireflies.

Using Fireflies to convert wav files to text is like having a personal assistant who never gets tired, never takes breaks, and always converts your WAV files with 90%+ accuracy.

So why settle with anything less when the best is here? Get Fireflies today, and become the WAV to text converting maestro!

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