The Google Pixel was up there with the best phones of 2016, and it’s still one of the finest out there today. It is a landmark device, signalling the first proper foray into phones by the search engine giant. As we all know, it is available in two sizes: – the smaller one Google Pixel and a larger 5.5 inch Pixel XL. It is no doubt that they are good choices for you to enjoy movies on the move. However, some users complained about the problem that they couldn't play MKV movies on Google Pixel, no matter those downloaded from Internet, or recorded by camcorders. So, we wrote this article to show you the efficient solution to play MKV movies on Google Pixel/Pixel XL and the new coming Pixel 2.
Part 1: Google Pixel Supported Formats
It is essential for us to be aware of file formats supported by Google Pixel. Just like Apple, Google Pixel also has a very limited support for video formats. The built-in MP4/H.264 player makes Google Pixel /Pixel XL only natively support MP4, H.264 video files playback. And audios formats by Google Pixel include MP3, WAV, eAAC. That is to say, neither Pixel nor Pixel XL can play MKV freely.
So here comes the question: How to play MKV on Google Pixel? To play MKV on Google Pixel smoothly, the best way is to convert MKV to H.264 MP4, which can be played on Google Pixel without any problem. Here an MKV Converter is much-needed to complete this task. In this case, I will recommend you Pavtube Video Converter for Windows / Mac(Read the Review). Besides converting MKV to H.264 MP4 for Google Pixel, the program also helps to convert any other SD/HD/4K videos like AVI, WMV, MOV, MKV, MTS, etc. to compatible formats for Google Pixel (XL) or other devices reaching 30x real time speed thanks to NVIDIA CUDA and AMD APP acceleration technology.
In addition, it provides you with rich video editing features, such as cut/trim/extract video segments, merge multiple separate videos into one single files, splitting large video files into small parts, adding transparent text watermark to video, adjusting video color brightness, contrast, saturation, inserting external subtitles to video, removing audio in video or replace audio in video.
Now you can download this Google Pixel video converter and follow the steps to convert MKV files or other videos to Google Pixel (XL) playable format.
Part 2: Step by step guide: Convert MKV to Google Pixel
Step 1: Load MKV files
Simply drag and drop MKV videos to the main interface of Pavtube Video Converter, or click “File”> "Add Video/Audio" or "Add fro folder" button to load your MKV files that you need to watch on Google Pixel.
If your MKV has subtitles embedded in it, after loading MKV files, the program can automatically detect subtitles from source MKV files and list them in each video title for you to choose from. Check the files that you want to keep subtitles, on the file displaying list, click "Subtitles" drop-down list and select one of your favorite subtitles to output.
Step 2: Select output format for Google Pixel
To achieve a smooth video playback effect on Google Pixel, tap on the "Format" bar, choose to output "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" under "HD Video" as final output file format.
Step 3: Adjust video/audio parameter settings
Click the "Setting" button and you can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the Profile Settings window according to your needs and optimize the output file quality. For example, to play MKV movies on Google Pixel in full screen, you'd better set the Video size as 1920*1080 perfectly fit Google Pixel's resolution.
Step 4: Convert MKV to MP4
When all settings are done, what you need to do now is to click the "Convert" button and the program will begin MKV to Google Pixel conversion immediately. After conversion, tap the Open output folder button to locate the resulted video. Now, you can fluently watch MKV movies on Google Pixel.
Part 3: Transfer Video Files to Google Pixel
Refer to this guide to see how to transfer video files to Google Pixel: You can use your Google Account or a USB cable to move video files between your computer and Google Pixel.
Option 1: Move video files with your Google Account
After you upload files to your Google Account, you can use them on both your computer and Google Pixel: How to upload video files to Google Drive?
Option 2: Move video files with a USB cableWindows Computer
1. Unlock your Google Pixel.
2. With a USB cable, connect your Google Pixel to your computer.
3. On your Google Pixel, tap the "USB for..." notification.
4. Select Transfer files.
5. A file transfer window will open on your computer. Use it to drag files.
6. When you're done, eject your device from Windows.
7. Unplug the USB cable.
Mac Computer: Your computer must be running Mac OS X 10.5 and up.
1. Download and install "Android File Transfer" on your computer.
2. Open Android File Transfer. (The next time that you connect your device, it opens automatically.)
3. Unlock your Google Pixel device.
4. With a USB cable, connect your Google Pixel to your computer.
5. On your Google Pixel , tap the "USB for..." notification.
6. Select Transfer files.
7. An Android File Transfer window will open on your computer. Use it to drag video files.
8. When you’re done, unplug the USB cable.