How to fix the audio-video not supported error 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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