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[Solved!] How to Play WMV on Android Devices?

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Updated on May 27, 2021

Android is gradually becoming mature nowadays, and the number of people who are fond of using Android devices is increasing rapidly. However, many people find that when they play WMV on Android devices, there are some errors like WMV files not being played or recognized. Don't worry about it, this article will recommend a free video converter and 3 WMV players for Android to show you how to play WMV files on Android.

Can Android Play WMV?

Q: I have an Android phone and an Android tablet. However, both of them won't play my lectures in .wmv format. When I try to open them, a media player that came with the device says that it can't play that file. Please help!

A: I'm afraid that many people have met this similar problem. Actually, the native Android player cannot support playing WMV files and you can find WMV format is not listed in the supported media formats from the official website of Android ( But some special Android systems or devices with WMV decoder are an exception. In addition to installing video decoder on standard Android devices, this article will recommend a desktop video converter and 3 WMV players for Android to sort it out.

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Method 1 - Convert WMV to Android Supported Format

Since Android doesn't support WMV video playback natively, you only need to convert WMV to the format supported by Android to solve this issue. Well, you can try the totally free desktop program - WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory, which contains various preset profiles for Android and will enable you to convert WMV in just a few clicks. OK, let's take a look at how to play WMV files on android.

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Three Steps about Converting WMV Files for Android Playback

Import WMV files into the software

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Step 1. Import WMV Files into Free HD Video Converter Factory

Double click the shortcut of the software to launch it. You will see two icons on the start-up window. Select Converter on the left side. Then hit the Add Files button or drag & drop the WMV files into the conversion window.

Choose the output format

Step 2. Choose the Output Format

Click the Output format button on the right of the conversion window to choose the MP4 output format under the Video tab.

TIPS: You can also choose your Android model under Device tabs. No need to make extra settings since all preset profiles have been well optimized.

Start the conversion process

Step 3. Start the Conversion Process

When everything is done, press the triangle icon to set the output folder to save the target file. Then, click on the Run button to start the conversion process. Lastly, you can connect your Android devices to computer to transfer the video to your Android devices, and you can enjoy the converted WMV file smoothly on Android.

TIPS: Before you start converting WMV, you can set parameters for your videos in the Parameter settings window. For instance, you can change the video resolution, make video louder, etc.

In this way, it will not only fix the issue that you can't play WMV on Android but you will be able to play AVI on Android, even play WMA on iPhone with the corresponding ways.

Method 2 - How to Play WMV Files on Android with the Third Party Media Player APPs

The advantage of method one is that you don't need to install any extra APP or codec pack on your Android devices, but if you have enough memory, there are three media player apps recommended for helping you play WMV on Android directly, you can pick out a WMV player for Android device.

1 - VLC Media Player

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VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, such as WMV, FLAC, MKV and more. As a media player, VLC Media Player has fast-hardware decoding function, which can decode WMV files and play on Android smoothly. If you want to use media player to play your WMV files on Android, you can download this software.

2 - MX Player

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MX Player is the first Android video player to support multi-core decoding. It features advanced hardware acceleration that can play almost all media file formats on Android, including WMV. This player will help you decode WMV quickly and play without any hassle.

3 - MoboPlayer



Watch videos on Android without conversion, anytime and anywhere. This software supports playing all video formats, of course you need to choose " Software decoding " mode in most cases. With the help of this program, not only can you play WMV on Android, but also fix the iPhone won't play videos error. Come on!


Now, the trouble that can Android play WMV will not bother you anymore. If you have other videos/audio unsupported by Android devices, you can try the methods above as well.

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