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How to Play HEVC Videos on Android Devices Smoothly

The support of HEVC(H.265) playback on Android is a growing trend. A new OxygenOS update for OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro comes with a new feature of recording videos in HEVC format. However, there's still nearly 35% Android mobile devices don't include hardware accelerated HEVC decoding. The player will use the CPU to decode the HEVC video when hardware video decoding and encoding is unavailable, which consumes battery life quickly. Therefore, you'd better play HEVC videos only on Android devices with an HEVC hardware decoder. Read to learn how to play HEVC files on Android properly.

HEVC playback on Android
Hardware HEVC Decoder on Android

Does Your Android Device Support HEVC Playback?

The minimum requirements for playing HEVC on Android:
Android 5.0 or later (Main Profile Level 3 for mobile devices and Main Profile Level 4.1 for Android TV), Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 series (or equivalent) processors or newer.

Android mobile devices that are able to play HEVC include:
Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Plus and newer, Galaxy Note 8 and newer, Huawei P9 and newer, HTC U10 and newer, Sony Xperia X and newer, OnePlus 3 and newer, Xiaomi Mi 5 and newer, to name a few.

Most Android devices released before 2016 don't include an HEVC decoding chip and will not play HEVC files well. Some cheap newer devices also lack an HEVC hardware decoding support.

How to Watch HEVC on Android Devices Lack HEVC Support?

You will encounter video artifacts, sync issue, or choppy playback problems when playing HEVC files on Android devices that don't handle HEVC. If you don't have a compatible Android device for HEVC videos, convert your HEVC videos to H.264 codec format accepted by Android. Use WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, a hardware accelerated video converter. You can convert HEVC content for Android speedily with nearly original quality reserved.

Is There Any Video Player App for Android That Can Play HEVC

Even your Android phone, tablet, or TV can handle HEVC videos well, you'd better choose a player with software HECV decoding ability to play HEVC/H.265 content smoothly. Below is a list of the most popular HEVC player app for Android mobile devices. If you have HEVC content to play on your computer, please refer to top free HEVC video player for PC and Mac.

Media Players

Requires Android

Installs

Rating

VLC for Android

varies with devices

100,000,000+

4.4/5.0

MX Player

varies with devices

500,000,000+

4.4/5.0

XPlayer

4.3 and up

10,000,000+

4.7/5.0

KMPlayer

4.3 and up

10,000,000+

4.4/5.0

4K Video Player

4.1 and up

100,000+

4.6/5.0

CnX Player

5.0 and up

100,000+

4.3/5.0

Troubleshoot HEVC Playback Problem on Android

Which app is used to encode videos to HEVC on Android?

It can be very challenging to encode a video to HEVC on Android or other mobile devices. A program such as WinX HD Video Converter, Handbrake, FFmpeg, is always used on a computer for encoding H.264 or other formats to H.265 codec format.

Why does my HEVC (x265) video consume more battery on Android?

HEVC decoding is CPU intensive, requiring a lot of power, therefore, your battery can drain fast. If your Android device is armed with an HEVC hardware decoder doing the decoding work, your battery can not easily run out.

Why does the x265 file play very choppy/laggy on my Android 10?

Some certain x265 HEVC files play choppy, stutters, or have artifacts on Android TV, Oneplus, Samsung phones, and other Android devices. If your device has no built-in HECV hardware decoder, such a playback issue can occur easily. Try converting HEVC to the H.264 format that is more friendly with Android.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author-Kaley Torres

Kaley Torres

Kaley Torres is a self-motivated, creative editor with eight years of marketing and SEO experience, specializing in writing on DVD, video, audio, images, new digital contents etc. With a partiality DVD collection, Kaley also enjoys digitizing DVD and is keen to share her DVD video conversion solutions as well as video sharing tips on social media.

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