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How to Play MOV on Android Phone & Tablet?

Can Android play MOV files? No. It can’t play MOV directly because MOV is not included in the list of Android supported video formats. But Android can open MOV files with the help of some additional programs, like Android MOV player and MOV to Android converter. Here, we will show you two best ways to let play MOV on Android phones and tablets, including MOV files recorded from iPhone/iPad, created from iMovie, downloaded from online, or received from others.

How to Play MOV on Android

Best Way to Play MOV on Android Phones and Tablets

Converting MOV to Android supported formats like MP4 is mostly recommended for it is 100% working for MOV playback on Android. And Free Video Converter is the best tool to help convert any types of MOV files to formats playable on all Android devices.

  • Smoothly convert 4K, 1080P, HD MOV videos @60fps, 120fps, etc. from DSLR, drones, iDevices, other advanced cameras.
  • Support converting MOV videos in HEVC/H.265, H.264, Prores, MPEG-4, QT, any other codecs.
  • Convert 4K/HD MOV to Android Samsung Galaxy S10, Note 10, Google Pixel, Moto, OnePlus, Huawei, and 420+ popular devices.
  • Compress large and long MOV videos to 90% smaller for Android mobiles.

How to Play MOV on Android?

You Need Some Help As Android Can't Play MOV Format By Default

Android supported formats:

  • Video files: 3GP, MKV, MP4, TS, WEBM (codecs H.264, H.263, H.265 HEVC, MPEG-4, VP8, and VP9)
  • Audio files: 3GP, AAC, FLAC, OGG, M4A, MID, MP3, XMF, WAV (codecs  AAC, AMR, FLAC, GSM, MIDI, MP3, Opus, PCM/WAVE, and Vorbis)

Though there are some differences among different Android brands. For example, you may see Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Plus supports MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM; and Google Pixel 3/3XL plays H.264 and MP4 only. Anyway, Android won't play any MOV videos by nature. With the following two methods, you can play MOV files on Android devices without problems.

Method 1. Convert MOV to Android Formats for Playing within Clicks

Free download Windows Version and install a MOV to Android converter on your PC.
Free download macOS Version and install a MOV to Android converter on your Mac.

Convert MOV for Android
Convert MOV for Android

Step 1. Run the converter and load MOV file(s). Click "+ Video" button on the top left corner to load one or more QuickTime (.mov) videos you want to convert for playback on Android.

Step 2. Choose an output playable on Android. After MOV file(s) loaded, the "Output Profile" panel will pop up automatically. You can convert MOV to MP4 for Android, or select "Android Phone/Pad" under "Device Profile" category and select the model of your Android device.

Step 3. Specify destination folder to store the converted file(s). If your Android device is connected with your computer, you can specify a folder of the Android. If not, choose a folder of the hard drive, and transfer the converted file(s) to Android later.

Step 4. Begin converting MOV to Android playable format. Click the "RUN" button to get MOV conversion to Android started. Thanks to the support for multi-core CPU (up to 8 Cores), the improved configuring for i5 i7 CPU, the optimized AMD 3DNow! and Intel SSE3 SSE2 MMX Instructions, and hardware encoder, it will finish video converting at fast speed.

Method 2. Play MOV Files on Android with a Android MOV Player

When we have some MOV files for playing on Android, going to Google Play and downloading an Android MOV player seems to be the most direct way the majority could think of. For example, VLC for Android, MX Player, MPlayer are some good player apps for Android. You simply go to Google Play and find the player app, download and then you can play MOV videos on Android with them. There is no denying that it is a fix, but you need to figure out a few things before any further.

1. MOV videos, especially 4K 60fps MOV videos in HEVC or ProRes codecs, normally from iDevcies, Nikon, JVC and some other HD DSLR cameras, require massive power to decode. It's hard to provide enough juice on an Android mobile to play a 4K MOV video. Therefore, you may experience some stutters or freezes during the playback.

2. Installing an extra Android MOV player on storage-limited Android device especially Android phone will take up precious memory footprint and may make your device run slower. Do you really need to use a special MOV video player just to play a few MOV files on Android?

3. Most players are not compatible with all video audio codecs. Even if a player is advertised to support for MOV file format, it may be unable to play all MOV files flawlessly. This is also why some people submitted posts online saying "Android player play MOV without sound", "Android player play MOV with sound only, but in a black screen" or other similar questions.

4. Apart from downloading MOV player on Android, a video converter that can convert MOV files to MP4 format accepted by Android will be also a good solution? Of course it is. Besides MOV, after all, you are likely to meet other formats incompatible with your Android and your player.

Play MOV on Android Using Android MOV Player or MOV to Android Converter?

You are recommended to download a video converter instead of a player due to the following reasons:

1. It will not occupy your Android storage if you download a MOV video converter on your computer and convert MOV to Android. Some powerful converters can convert MOV videos encoded with any video audio codec to Android accepted formats. Meanwhile, this tool also enables you to convert MOV to all popular Android devices directly, like Samsung Galaxy S810/Note 10, HTC On, Kindle Fire, Google New Nexus, etc.

2. In addition to help play MOV on Android, converters like WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can also help play other incompatible videos like AVI, FLV on Android via converting.

Free Video Converter can Do More than Help Play MOV on Android

  • Help play videos on iPhone, iPad, Microsoft, Sony, PC, Mac and more popular devices;
  • Convert (MOV) videos to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc. for uploading;
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author - Brent Archer

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Brent Archer is an experienced editor who loves all things related to social. He has spent more than a decade writing instructional contents related to social media, streaming services and video related topics all over the internet for Digiarty. Outside the social, he is addicted to Google I/O, Apple WWDC and other tech news to keep him informed.

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