How to Play AVI on Chromebook Smoothly?

If you ever encountered issues when playing AVI files on Chromebook, don’t worry. This article will give you easy yet effective solutions. Here introduce two ways to play AVI on Chromebook smoothly. To solve the playback issue most efficiently, you’re recommended to use this professional AVI Chromebook video converter. Install it here and learn more details in the following guide:

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Part 1. Can't Play AVI Files on Chromebook?

Part 2. Convert to Play AVI on Chromebook

Part 3. Install Alternative Video Players

Part 4. Conclusion

Part 1. Can't Play AVI Video on Chromebook?

As we know, Chromebook is a laptop running the Linux-based Chrome OS as its operating system. It works great with many apps while connected to the Internet. Though Chromebook is widely used to play video and audio files for its convenience, compatibility issues occur regularly. To play files on the Chromebook, you should make sure they are compatible with the device first. So, what type of file does Chromebook support?

• Media file formats supported by Chromebook: avi, mp4, mov, 3gp, m4v, mkv, webm, ogv, mp3, m4a, ogm, ogg, oga, wav.

If you encounter an incompatible format issue or are not sure what types of files you have, the best way to solve the problem is to convert your videos to be supported by Chromebook. We can see that AVI is one of the Chromebook compatible formats, but why you still can’t play AVI files on Chromebook? In fact, AVI is a video container that includes various video and audio codecs. Among all the codecs, only DivX, Xvid, and MPEG-4 can be recognized by Chromebook. If your AVI files contain MPEG-2, DV, Motion JPEG, or other unsupported video codecs, Chromebook can’t open such files. In this case, you need a professional Chromebook format converter to change the video codec or directly convert the video file type.

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Part 2. Convert to Play AVI on Chromebook

To perform the AVI Chromebook conversion, a good video converter is necessary. I recommend you use WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. It’s well received by Windows users owing to its simplicity, high efficiency, and multi-functionality. This software supports importing all mainstream media files and provides over 500 formats, codecs, and presets for devices. So you can convert unsupported AVI files to Chromebook without any effort.

The following is the step-by-step guide of the conversion process. Please free downloadfree download the converter software on PC to be prepared. Let’s see how to convert to play AVI video on Chromebook easily.

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How to Convert to Play AVI Files on Chromebook?

Step 1. Add AVI Files

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro after you install it on your computer. Then select Converter on the home interface and click Add Files to import the unsupported AVI videos. Or you can drag and drop the target files into the converter directly. (Batch conversion is available.)

Import AVI Files

Step 2. Select Chromebook Preset

Click the format image on the right side of the main interface. Navigate to Device, click the Google image, and select Chromebooks as the output profile.

Back to the main interface, open the Parameter settings under the format image, then you can see the video and audio settings of the output files. Besides the smartly fit codecs, you can change video resolution, bitrate, frame rate, aspect ratio, volume, etc. based on your actual needs. Don’t forget to save your changes by clicking the OK button.

Choose Chromebooks

Step 3. Start Conversion

Set an output folder through the bottom inverted triangle button. Then press Run to start the AVI Chromebook conversion at once. With hardware acceleration, the process will be completed in several seconds to minutes, which depends on the file size. Once done, a window will pop up and prompt you to check the converted files. After that, you can stream the files and watch AVI on Chromebook with ease.

Finalize the Conversion

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Part 3. Install Alternative Video Players

Another way to play AVI on Chromebook is to use a third-party video player that supports kinds of video codecs within the AVI container on Chromebook. After testing, we select the top two players for this task – H.265/HEVC player and VLC for Chrome OS. Both are available in the chrome web store.

H.265/HEVC player


H.265/HEVC player is a standalone video player. It currently supports Matroska and other video containers with common codecs and SSA/ASS subtitles. It’s worth noting that frame dropping will occur if your machine is too slow for decoding videos.

How to play AVI on Chromebook with H.265/HEVC player?

Step 1: Go to the chrome web store, find the H.265/HEVC player extension, and Add it to Chrome.

Step 2: In the bottom left corner of the player, click the Open button. At the bottom right of the new pop-up window, switch Movie files (*.mkv) to All Files (*.*).

Step 3: Select a .avi video and press Open to play it in the H.265/HEVC player.

AVI Player for Chromebook

VLC for Chrome OS


VLC media player is a popular video player working with multiple platforms, including Chrome OS, Windows, Mac OS, and others. VLC for Chrome OS can play most video and audio files, as well as network streams and DVD ISOs. This program is intended for everyone and all the source code is available for free. It’s simple to play AVI files on Chromebook with VLC. Import your AVI file to the program, and you are ready to view it. But there are still issues in the VLC media player, such as playback stop during the middle and not being in full-screen mode.

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VLC Media Player for Chromebook

Though H.265/HEVC player and VLC for Chrome OS are good alternatives to the native chrome player, there are still chances that they cannot play AVI files due to some unsupported codecs. Therefore, the best way to play videos without any trouble is to fix the incompatible audio/video codecs with an efficient video converter like HD Video Converter Factory Pro.

Part 4. In Conclusion

This article has introduced two ways to play AVI on Chromebook. Using an alternative media player seems to be a good solution to such playback issues. However, it does not work with all the video/audio codecs within a video container, which may result in playback failure, either. Fixing the unsupported file format should be the first option for smooth video playing. Thus, free download HD Video Converter Factory Pro and start your conversion task! There are more excellent features waiting for you to explore:

Anyway, hope you find this article helpful. Thanks for reading till the end. Have a nice day!

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