Best Video Audio Formats for Android Phones and Tablets

Diana Joan

Jul 05, 2016 08:05 am / Posted by Diana Joan

According to the latest report from techcrunch, Android now already commands over 80 percent of the mobile OS market share globally and just under 60 percent in the US. This also means that more and more people now using Android smartphone and tablets to watch movies or TV shows thanks to its large high resolution display screen, portable and lightweight body and long-last batter power. Besides streaming movies with the built-in media app on Android phone or tablets, you will also wish to play local media stored on your Android or transferred from computer on Android phone or tablets especially when you are out for traveling. Then, how is the format compatibility of Android phone and tablets? Just take a glance at Android supported video and audio formats in below tablet.

Android phone tablets

Supported video formats for Android

Android Supported Video Format/Codec

Supported Video File Types/Container Formats



3GPP(.3gp), MPEG-4(.mp4)


H.264 AVC

3GPP(.3gp), MPEG-4(.mp4)
MPEG-TS(.ts, AAC audio only, not seekable, Android 3.0+)

Baseline Profile(BP)





Matroska(.mkv, Android 4.0+)

Streamable only in Android 4.0 and above

Supported audio and image formats for Android

Audio formats: MP3, 3GP, MP4, M4A, AAC, WAV, TS, FLAC, OGG, MID, XMF, MXMF, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, IMY
Image formats: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, WEBP

Better understanding of Android phone or tablets supported video and audio formats will not guarantee you to achieve the best video playback effect on Android portable devices. The main reason is that Android phone and tablets also have specific requirements on the profile parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels, etc for the file being played on it. Following are the recommended encoding profiles and parameters that's favorable by Android devices:

Best profile parameters for Android phone and tablets


SD(Low quality)

SD(High quality)

HD(Only available on some devices)

Video resolution

176 x 144 px

480 x 360 px

1280 x 720px

Video codec

H.264 Baseline Profile

H.264 Baseline Profile

H.264 Baseline Profile

Video frame rate

12 fps

30 fps

30 fps

Video bitrate

56 Kbps

500 Kbps

2 Mbps

Audio bitrate

24 Kbps

128 Kbps

192 Kbps

Audio codec




Audio channels

1 (mono)

2 (stereo)

2 (stereo)

Play unsupported formats on Android phone/tablets

It is not difficult to transfer and play above listed file formats on Android-based phones or tablets. However, if you plan to view some incompatible file formats AVCHD, MXF, H.265, XAVC/XAVC S, etc or commercial Blu-ray/ DVD disc on Android phone or tablets, you will need to perform a digital format conversion process.

Related topic: best Android app to watch TV Movies

Have no idea how to choose the best Android video converter, just take a glance at our Top best 5 Android Video Converter review, you may finally settled on Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows/ Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan), the program not only helps to output Android phone or tablets readable formats listed above from commercial Blu-ray/DVD disc or digital file formats, but also beneficially facilitates you to generate Android device preset profile formats with all the suitable profile settings. In addition, you can edit input video by trimming, cropping, splitting, adjusting output aspect ratio to make them fit with your Android phone or tablets.

How to Transfer and Play Unsupported Video on Android Phone/Tablets?

Step 1: Load media source file.
Start up the program, click "File" menu, and select "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" to import source file into the program.
For loading Blu-ray or DVD disc, insert Blu-ray or DVD into internal or external optical drive, click "File" > "Load from disc", when both Blu-ray or DVD exists, the program will load DVD disc first.

Step 2: Set output format.
Clicking the Format bar, you can choose to select "Android Phones 1080p Video(*.mp4)" or "Android Tablets 1080p Video(*.mp4)" video under "Android" main category. This format will be compatible with all Android phones and tablets. You can also opt to output device preset file formats according to the specific device that you are desire to play video on.

Step 3: Compress video for Android.
If the video is too large for playback on Android phone or tablet, you can compress 4K video to 1080p or 1080p to 720p in the following ways:
Click "Settings" on the main interface to pop out "Profile Settings" window, under "
"Size(pix)" drop-down options, select "1920*1080" or "1080*720" to output.

Step 4: Start Conversion
Clicking the Convert button on main interface to start unsupported video to Android phone or tablets conversion.
When the conversion is completed, you will get no problem to transfer and play converted files on Android phones or tablets.

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