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Best Phone Video Formats for iPhone, Android, Microsoft

It would be maddening when your Android phone videos are rejected by iPhone after you upgrade mobile phone from Android to iPhone. The same also happens in other mobile phone switch like Microsoft to Android, Microsoft to iPhone, etc. The reason is simple. Smart phones with different operating systems vary from each other in supported video formats.

So, if you want to play video files on any mobile phone without incompatibility issue, you'd better get the hang of phone supported video formats of each brand phone. After that, you can choose or convert file to the best video format that is supported by all the smartphones.

Supported Video/Audio Formats by iPhone

iPhone compatible video codecs: HEVC, H.264, MPEG‑4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG. Please be noted that iPhone is friendly with HEVC hvc1 subcodec, not hev1. If you want to play HEVC hev1 video footage on iPhone, use an HEVC video converter to convert hev1 to hvc1 first.
Note: HEVC codec is supported by iPhone 7 and later iPhone models.

iPhone compatible video container formats: .mp4, .mov and .m4v.

iPhone compatible audio formats: Apple Lossless, Dolby Digital (AC‑3), AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, FLAC, Linear PCM, Dolby Digital Plus (E‑AC‑3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Dolby Atmos, Spatial audio playback.
Note: FLAC audio format can only be playable on iPhone 7 and later iPhones. Meanwhile, iPhone 8 and newer iPhone models all exclude AIFF and WAV audio files.

iPhone supported video formats
iPhone supported video formats

Supported Media Formats by Android

Supported video codecs by Android: H.263, H.264 AVC Baseline/Main Profile, H265 HEVC, MPEG-4 SP, VP8, VP9, AV1.
Note: support for H.263 is optional in Android 7.0+ and AV1 decoder is available on Android 10+.

Supported video container formats by Android: .mp4, .3gp, .mkv, .ts, .webm.

Supported audio formats by Android: .aac, .m4a, .amr, .flac, .gsm, .mid, .xmf, .mxmf, ota, .mp3, .ogg, .wav.

Best formats for Android phone
Best formats for Android phone

Supported Media Formats by Microsoft WP8 Mobile

Supported video formats by Microsoft WP8 Mobile: WMV2, MP4 (H264), MP4 (MPEG4).
Supported audio formats by Microsoft WP8 Mobile: WMAV2, WMA, AAC, M4A, MP3.

See, the supported video formats vary a lot among iPhone, Android phone and Microsoft WP8 phone. But there is one video format supported by all of them. That is MP4 (H264). Consequently, in case you want to play your recording videos on any of mobile phones without incompatibility issue, the best way is to convert video to MP4 (H264). WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can do this favor for you!

Losslessly Convert Video to MP4 with Best Compatibility

With 370+ codec inputs and 420+ profiles supported, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe allows you to convert whatever videos to iPhone, Android, Microsoft supported MP4 (H264) format, as well as decode video to MOV, HEVC, M4V, WMV, AVI, FLV, WebM, 3GP, iPhone iPad, Android, Microsoft, Sony, PS4/5, Xbox One, etc. any format/device.

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Convert video to phone supported MP4
Convert video to phone supported MP4


author - Kaley Torres

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Kaley Torres is particularly skilled in writing and sharing video-related contents. Her guides cover from deep-seated video/audio parameters, to media entertainment on different platforms. She also enjoys shooting and processing videos by herself for a more reliable basis of informative info with her articles.

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