I’m planning on picking up an Android tablet like Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 in a few hours and watch my movie files with the gadget. But from Android forum, I found many guys are having problems when play MKV on Android tablet or phone. I realized that these are fairly difficult codecs, and that a lot of Android devices won’t play MKV files out of the box. Even the 3rd-party video players(most of the popular video players for Android like VLC, Dice Player, MX Player) don’t support the codec for audio in a MKV file- DTS audio playback is problematic because of licensing issues.
However, there are many occasions when we want to play MKV on Android tablets or phones. After multiple testing, I’ve worked a workaround to get MKV files play on Android phone or tablet with ease. Then what’s the best way to play MKV video files on an Android device smoothly? Here you’ll find it out!
The best way to play MKV movies on Android is to change MKV to Android compatible formats like MP4. To achieve it, you can use Brorsoft Video Converter to convert MKV format to Android friendly MP4 and then transfer then converted MP4 files to your Android device. If you’re using a Mac, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac will help you convert and transfer MKV video clips to Android phones/tablets on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra). Just download it and follow the tips to put MKV videos on Android-OS devices.
Steps to Convert MKV to Android Tablet/Phone Friendly Format
This quick-start guide uses Video Converter Windows (Windows 10 included) version screenshots. The way to encode MKV to Android on Mac is almost the same. Just make sure you get the right version according to your computer operating system.
Step 1. Load MKV files
Install and launch the top MKV to Android Converter. Click the “Add” icon to load MKV files. It supports batch conversion.
Step 2. Choose output format
Select an Android friendly format, e.g. H.264 .mp4 for conversion. Basically the “Common Video -> H.264 Video (*.mp4)” is a universal format for Android tablets and smartphones. Besides, there are optimized formats for Samsung, Motorola, Acer, Asus, Sony, Toshiba, HTC, etc branded Android devices; choose a proper one as you need. Or depends on your device, you can choose a suitable video format from “Android” catalogue.
Tip: If you think the video size this not suitable for your Android Tablet or Phone, you can first choose any one of the provided type, then change the settings. Please remember the file size is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in bigger file size, and lower visible quality loss.
Step 3. Start to convert MKV to Android
When all the settings are OK, click “Convert” button to start converting MKV files to MP4 video for playback on Android tablet/phone.
After the conversion, just click “open” to locate the converted video files. Then, connect your Android device to computer via a USB device and transfer the videos to Android for play smoothly.