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How to Fix Audio and Video Codec Not Supported Issues on Android

Author by Vita

August 28, 2019

The Android device is capable enough to handle kinds of media files yet sometimes we would unexpectedly meet error messages like unsupported audio codec or video codec. In this article, we will discuss how to fix the audio and video codec not supported issues. Meanwhile, you can use this recommended video converter to convert audio and video files to be supported by Android at one go:

What is a Codec and What Causes the Video or Audio Codec Not Supported Problem?

You can easily find that the video and audio files downloaded from the Internet or received from others have their own extensions like .mp4, .mkv, .mp3, etc., which tells what a file format is, and a file format is just a container used to store videos, audio files, and other data. Sometimes, your Android phone or tablet supports a file format, yet you still fail to play the video or audio file. Under such circumstances, audio or video codec not supported should be the culprit. Simply, codec is an approach for encoding and decoding data in the file container. When you play a video encoded with a video or audio codec that is not supported by your Android device, the error message we mentioned above will appear and it will lead to playback failure. Here are two effective solutions to fix this problem.

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Method 1: Use a More Powerful Media Player for Android

The default media player on Android comes with limited codecs installed. When you happen to play a video or audio file with codec your media player can’t recognize, you will meet the audio/video codec not supported issue. To solve this problem, compared with installing the requisite codec pack to make your media player support the file, which may be a little cumbersome, using a more powerful media player for Android can be more straightforward and effective.

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VLC for Android is a mighty and totally free media player app. It is surely the top spot when considering powerful features and easy operation. With VLC for Android, you’re able to play any common video and audio files as well as these unusual formats. Meanwhile, the app supports network streaming, media library organization, and other advanced playback features. The installation process is as easy as a pie. Just give it a spin.

Addtionally, MX Player is another commonly used media player for Android. The same with VLC for Android, it provides users with a wide range of functions and easy to use.  

Method 2: Convert the Android Unsupported Audio Codec or Video Codec

Another common and practical method to fix unsupported video codec or audio codec issue is to convert the unsupported files for Android. To ensure a high-quality and effective conversion, you can use HD Video Converter Factory Pro. The video converter allows to convert virtually all video and audio files to MP4, MPG, MP3, and more formats supported by Android devices without quality damage. It also helps you solve other video format not supported issues, such as Samsung MKV playback and MKV LG TV playback problems. The whole process is pretty easy and rapid, as follows:

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Three Steps to Fix Audio Video Codec Not Supported

Import Video or Audio Files

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Step 1. Add Video or Audio Files

Open WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, select Converter, click on Add Files and select the video or audio files you want to convert. You can also directly drag and drop files into the window.

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Step 2. Choose an Output Format

Navigate to the output format window. If you come across video or audio codec not supported problems when you play a video, go to the Video tab, and choose MP4 or go to the Device tab to choose your device model. If it occurs when playing an audio file, choose MP3 under the audio tab.

Select Run to Start the Conversion

Step 3. Start the Conversion

Click on the inverted triangle icon at the bottom of the software to choose a location for saving the converted files. Finally, click on Run. The conversion will be initialized instantly and soon it will be finished.

Tips. The software offers extra features. For example, you can also adjust the output file parameters, such as changing aspect ratio, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, etc. It also enables to split & cut videos, merge videos into one, add special effects to videos, edit metadata, etc.  

At Last

Now you can transfer the converted files to your Android devices via a USB cable or sync them to your cloud storage account on your computer and then use them on your Android phone or device. We have gone through the process of how to fix audio and video codec not supported issues. If you still have any question, welcome to contact us.

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