Unsupported Audio/Video Codec is a warning which pops up when the video player can’t play the audio or the video of a file. For audio files, you get an audio error with mute audio, while in the video error the screen is black. If that’s the case with you, then follow this post to learn the three ways to fix unsupported audio/video codec issues on an Android device.
The easiest fix is using the VLC Media Player app on your phone. If you want to learn more about VLC or wish to use the default video player, then follow the blog post.
Find your fix
There are many ways to fix the issue, but the post covers three. The first is the easiest one, but you can’t play the video in the default Android player. The last two are advanced and can take a long time, depending on the length of the video.
Why do I get this message?
To understand why you get unsupported audio/video codec, you must understand what a codec is.
What is a codec?
Before we get to the solution, let’s learn why we get this warning. You might have seen the extensions like MP3, WMA, etc., at the end of an audio file and MKV, WMV, etc., on a video file. These are called containers. A container contains codecs. The video and audio files take a considerable amount of space, so developers use the codecs to compress the file into a transferable source.
Each video player comes with certain codecs installed to play different videos. If one or more codecs are missing in a video player, it will not be able to play the related format video. The default Android video player is limited regarding the codecs, so many users get this message when they try to play videos with extensions such as .mkv.
Using VLC Media Player to fix unsupported audio-video codec
The goal here is to play the video, and the solution is downloading VLC Media Player, which is a free and open-source media player. VLC Media Player comes with a vast amount of codecs installed, making it more powerful than the default video player. Other than VLC, we also have MX Player, which supports the majority of formats. MX Player free displays ads and a pro version is available which offers extended tools.
Using a video converter on Android
I have received messages about playing the videos in the default video player. There are many apps on the Google Play Store, which can convert videos straight in the phone. Try Full Video Converter or Video Converter to convert the video in MP4 (or select Android if device option is available) and choose MP3 or OGG as audio format and wait for the video to be converted. Some converters don’t convert the audio file, so you will have to be careful while choosing the converter.
Using a video converter on PC
These days it’s hard to find a free and relevant video converter. You will need a charging cable for your phone to open files on the PC. Once everything is ready, let’s download a video converter. Some of the free video converters are Freemake Video Converter and Any Video Converter. The free versions have limited features and may leave a watermark. Before starting, make sure you understand what resolution your device supports. If your device is one of the latest, then 1080P would be fine.
Let’s go through the step by step process on how to convert for Android device. I’ll be using Freemake Video Converter, but the technique is the same for most of the converters.
Step 01: To begin, click on Video and then add the video you want to convert.
Step 02: Once the video has been added, click on “to MP4” in the footer. MP4 is one of the popular extensions, and most Android devices support it.
Step 03: The convert screen will come up. It would take some time to convert the video. Click on the “Convert” button to begin. Once the video is converted, you will be able to play the video on your Android device.
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With great phones and software, we expect everything to be perfect, but it’s not the case every time. I hope you found the solution to your issue. Please feel free to ask any questions, and if you have and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.