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How to fix the audio-video not supported error on Android

How to fix the audio-video error not supported on Android

There’s nothing more frustrating than downloading or transferring a video to your Android phone, and when you try to play it, here’s the classic “Unable to open file” or “unsupported audio codec” error.

So, how do you resolve the unsupported video file error? Continue reading and we will guide you through the solution.

Before going into details, it is worth explaining why and how this kind of problem occurs. These are the codecs.

What is a codec?

First, the codec is actually short for compressor-decompressor. The name actually says it all: it is a method to encode and decode data, especially for compressed data. Codecs acquire data (in this case video and audio data) and compress them so that they can be sent or stored, or decompressed so that they can be viewed.

Why is my video file not read on android?

In most cases, the reason you receive an error message when you try to play a video file on your Android device is because the codec of your media file is different from that of your video player or the fact that your video player does not support codec (audio).

How can I play “unsupported media files” on my smartphone?

As mentioned earlier, one of the most likely reasons why you receive the message “Unable to open file”, “unsupported audio codec” or “unsupported video file error” is because your current media player does not support your codec video file.

The easiest solution is to switch from the default video player and download a new media player.

I highly recommend the fantastic VLC Player. It supports virtually every file format, can handle multiple audio tracks, subtitles, automatic rotation of the display and corrections to the aspect ratio. The volume and brightness can be controlled by gestures and widgets are also available.

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Tarun Bhardwaj
I'm a fan of the world of video games for PCs since childhood, from the days of games on Floppy Disk and the last glories of the Commodore, reading magazines such as PC Gamer, Games For My Computer and many others. Even the other platforms intrigue me, but the first love never forgets.

2 thoughts on “How to fix the audio-video not supported error on Android

  1. Since R3D is a 16bit codec and Prores a lossless codec, I think there is no worry about bits-limitations with Prores RAW (like the 12bit/4444XQ) and Apple doesn”t mention it in its white paper. Until now, the only friendly codec I used to cut natively and flawlessly on any machine (for example a MacBook Pro retina 2012 with FCPX/better performance mode activated) was the R3D codec. It”s just the best weight/performance codec in the field today. So having a comparable choice for shooting on other cameras is really great for everyone. I don”t use windows machines so I can”t tell how it will works (does Prores 422HQ is slower on windows machines than on Mac ? I doubt of that as windows machines can use better optimised GPU cards (Nvidia) for Premiere Pro, After FX and Resolve than Mac (AMD GPU). As a FCPX user, I have to transcode DNG files before using it, so Prores RAW seems (for me) a better option if you are using FCPX. Even if they release Prores Raw first for FCPX, I don”t think Apple creates a codec to keep it for themselves forever, that makes no sense. Let”s see how other brands will move next months.

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