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How to Play MKV on Android Devices Smoothly

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Updated on April 16, 2020

Although MKV is a quite popular file format, some MKV files with unsupported codec can’t still be opened on Android device. So here we introduce the top Android MKV players to play MKV on Android. Moreover, since MKV HD videos always have large size, you can directly convert MKV to MP4 that is supported by virtually all android devices and can store videos in smaller size. If you prefer the second method, try the MKV to Android converter:

MKV is a file format with strong capability to incorporate video, multiple audio and subtitles track into one and it’s used for HD video compression. When downloading a movie from Internet, you’re likely meet MKV files. Can Android play MKV? In spite of winning great popularity these years, MKV is far from to be widely supported by all devices. At present, there are many Android devices that don’t recognize MKV files natively. So this article aims to introducing two solutions – the best Android players to play MKV files on Android smoothly and the versatile MKV Android converter that enables to convert MKV to Android supported formats.

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Part 1: The Best MKV Player for Android

To play MKV on Android, the most immediate way is using an Android MKV player and here I select the three top players for playing MKV files on Android without hassles.

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1. VLC Media Player (For Android)

VLC media player is the big name among various media players without a doubt. I believe you're doubtless familiar with this program. The reason I list it as one of the best Android MKV players is that, as a free and portable media player, it supports virtually all media files including MKV and has many amazing features like secondary display, headphones control and equalizing audio. Moreover, VLC works stably and supports multi-core and full hardware decoding. Simply, it can recognize and import a video quickly and enables you to enjoy favorite MKV movies in no time.

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2. MX Player

MX player is a good solution to play MKV on Android phone and tablet. It supports various video formats and there is no exception for MKV. This Android video player is light yet full-featured. One of the highlights is its gesture controls. You can slide your fingers for increasing or decreasing brightness and volume, play the video on the home screen and so forth. Moreover, you can import different types of subtitle and edit them at ease. This user-friendly player outstrips many other Android players for its considerate features and strong video playback support and simplicity.

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3. MoboPlayer

MoboPlayer for Android offers the “software decoding” mode and you can play any videos on it, no matter what the video format is. So MoboPlayer will be a good solution for playing MKV files on Android. Besides, you are allowed to load subtitles in SRT, ASS, and SAA formats. MoboPlayer allows you to create playlist and play the files in the folder continuously. So you don’t need to open each episode respectively when you want to watch TV series. Anyway, this Android MKV player is worth a try!

Part 2. The Best MKV to Android Video Converter

MKV can hold multiple contents under the same container and deliver HD files while MKV files are always large in size. For portable devices like Android phone, the storage space is limited. Therefore, you might as well convert MKV to an Android supported and smaller video format like MP4, which can not only help you to play MKV on Android but also free up storage space on your Android devices. WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is such a great converter. You can follow the steps to convert your MKV files to MP4 in simple clicks.

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Convert MKV Files in Simple Three Steps

Load the MKV files

Before start, please free downloadfree download the software and install it on PC.

Step 1. Load MKV files into the MKV to Android converter

Run HD Video Converter Factory Pro. Select Converter section, click on “Add Files” to load the MKV files. Or you can directly drag and drop the target file into the window.

Tips. It supports batch-mode and converts up to 10 files synchronously.

Choose output format

Step 2. Choose the Android friendly format from Output Format menu

Since we need to play MKV on Android devices, click on Output Format button on the right and choose an Android friendly format like MP4 under Video Tab. If you're not sure which format your device supports, go to the Devices tab where you can choose the specific Android device model. The program offers the ready-made presets for Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20, Sony Xperia XZ Series and more other popular Android devices. Choose the desired one as you like.

Click on Run to start the conversion

Step 3. Click on Run for MKV Android conversion

Specify the output path by the triangle icon next to Folder at the bottom. Finally, click on Run button to convert your MKV files at one go.

Now you can play MKV on Android devices easily. Which method do you prefer? For my part, WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro works best. I don’t need to specially install an Android MKV player and can store and play more favorite movies on my mobile phone because HD Video Converter Factory Pro helps me to reduce video size and fix MKV Android incompatibility simultaneously.

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