This article teaches you how to listen to a WhatsApp OPUS file on your Windows or macOS computer. The simplest way to do this is to install VLC Player, which supports OPUS and many other audio formats.

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Windows

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    Install VLC Player for Windows. VLC is a popular free app that supports a wide variety of audio and video formats.

    • Go to https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html in a web browser.
    • Click Download VLC and wait for the download to begin.
    • If prompted, click Save File or Download to save the installer.
    • Double-click the file you just downloaded to run the installer. You may have to click Yes or Allow to start the process.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions to install VLC Player.
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    Press  Win+E to open the File Explorer. A list of files and drives on your computer will appear.
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    Open the folder that contains the OPUS file. It’s the file that ends with .opus.
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    Right-click the file. A context menu will expand.
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    Click Play with VLC media player. It’s should be close to the top of the menu. This opens the file in VLC. You can now listen to the file.

    • If you don’t see this option, click Open With, then select VLC Media Player.

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macOS

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    Install VLC Player for macOS. VLC is a popular free app that supports a wide variety of audio and video formats.

    • Go to https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html in a web browser.
    • Click the orange Download VLC button. The download should begin automatically.
    • If prompted, save the file to a folder on your computer.
    • Double-click the file you just downloaded (the name begins with “vlc” and ends with “.dmg.”). A window with icons inside will appear.
    • Drag the VLC icon (an orange cone) to the Applications folder icon. This installs the application.
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    Open the folder that contains the OPUS file. You can do this by clicking the Finder

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    icon in the Dock and then browsing to the folder.

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    Open VLC Player on your Mac. It’s in the Applications folder.
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    Drag the OPUS file to VLC Player. This automatically imports the file into VLC, where it should begin playing automatically.

    • If the file does not begin playing, click the play button (a triangle) beneath the preview.