MP4 Tips and Tricks

How to Play MP4 on Android Tablets/SmartPhones?

August 21 2015 , Written by Bonnie

Outline: Not all MP4 video can be played on Android, for those displayed, we are here to give you a powerful method.

MP4 is so loved by Android tablets and smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S6/S5, Galaxy Note 5/4, Google Nexus 7/6, HTC, LG, Samsung Galaxy Tab or Note, etc. However, you may have troubles in playing MP4 videos on your Android devices, often get “Sorry, this video can’t be played”. “Error viewing the video”, and so on.

Why Android won't play MP4 files?

First, you should know what video format/codec Android supported:


Android Supported audio formats: MP3, 3GP, MP4, M4A, AAC, WAV, TS, FLAC, MIDI, Vorbis, PCM/WAVE, Opus.

Android Supported image formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, WebP.

As you see, Android only accepts MP4 files encoded with H.263 or H.264 AVC. If your MP4 video can’t be played on Android devices, that maybe because the MP4 files codec is not recognized by Android.

For those MP4 files which unsupported by Android devices, you need to transcode MP4 to Android friendly format for playing them on your Android smartphones or tablets smoothly. Luckily, here we offer you a professional tool to help you - Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, which has the strong ability of converting all kinds of MP4 files to a suitable format for using in Android devices. What's more, it also can convert MP4 as well as other popular video formats such as
Tivo, AVI, WMV, MKV, 4K, H.265, M3U8, 3D videos, MKV, DVD, Blu-ray to play on iTunes, Apple TV, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 Plus, iTunes, PS3, PS4, PSP, Xbox 360, QuickTime, VLC, Windows Media Player, DVD Player, Sony Blu-ray Player, smart TV and more with high speed and zero quality loss. In addition, it supports some useful editing funtions like trim, crop, merge, split, watermark, subtitles, effect, etc.

Download MP4 to Android Converter, install and launch the program.


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The way to transcode and watch MP4 videos on Mac is the same as on Windows. Click here iMedia Converter for Mac .

Next is the step-by-step guide on MP4 to Android conversion, just keep reading.

How to encode MP4 files to Android friendly format with iFastime Video Converter Ultimate ?

Step 1. Add MP4 video files

Click Add Files to import the MP4 video clips you want to change to the program. You can either load the files from your computer's hard drive or camcorder, USB, cell phones, etc.

Add downloaded MP4 Files

Step 2. Choose Android as the output format

To watch the videos on your Android devices, you can click “Format” and go to Android from the format list to select the output video format like MP4/AVI etc according to model of your Android device.

Choose output video format

Step 3. Set video parameters

You can click “Settings” to adjust the video/audio parameters.

Step 4. Convert MP4 to Android

In the end, click the big convert button to start converting the added videos to Android compatible files.

When the conversion completes, click "Open Folder" to locate the converted video MP4 files. After that, you can transfer videos or photos and music files between your computer and Android device using a USB cable.

How to transfer files between your computer and Android device?

Part one: Trouble transferring files through USB

If you’re having trouble transferring files, try the following steps:

1.Try a different USB cable. Not all USB cables can transfer files.

2.Test the mini-USB port on your Nexus device by connecting your device to a different computer.

3.Test the USB port on your computer by connecting a camera or other device with USB.

4.On your device, make sure that the USB computer connection is set to “Media device (MTP)”

Touch Settings > Device > Storage. Then touch Menu > USB computer connection. MTP should be selected by default, but you may have to uncheck MTP, check and uncheck Camera (PTP), and then recheck MTP.

5.Update your Android OS to the latest version available.

6.Restart your device.

7.Restart your computer.

8.Windows troubleshooting

Part two: Windows troubleshooting

Check your computer’s settings to make sure Windows automatically detects new hardware.
Mac troubleshooting

Part three: Mac troubleshooting

1. Make sure that Android File Transfer is compatible with your computer. You must have Mac OS X 10.5 or later and Android 3.0 or later.

2. Make sure the Android File Transfer application is open.

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