How to Solve 'Android Videos Won't Play on Windows'?

Android to Windows Converter:  Convert Android Video to Windows Video Format

Hi all, I have recorded some MP4 files with my Android mobile, but I got playback problem when I tried to play it on my Windows. I only got MP4 audio played and no image. Can I get some solution here?

Well, Android devices are widely used among people and so the chance is very big that you will get an MP4 recorded video file with your Android device. However, you also get the chance that you may fail to open the Android MP4 on your Windows. Well, the Android MP4 playback failure on Windows could be caused by many reasons, like MP4 corruption during the transferring to Windows, missing codecs in Windows Media Player, outdated Windows Media Player, etc. Now the following article just lists the most possible reasons and the corresponding solutions. Check them below.

Outdated Windows Media Player

We all know that Windows Media Player is the default player on Windows and the latest Windows Media Player version have much more wider compatibility with media files. So check your Windows Media Player version and if it is not the newest version update it to be the newest one.

Missing codec in Windows Media Player

Windows default player, Windows Media Player, needs DirectShow-compatible MPEG-4 decoder packs to open MP4 file on Windows, so if it says missing codec you can try the following widely used methods.

Method One: Install the missing codec

You should try to download and install DirectShow-compatible MPEG-4 decoder packs which is required by Windows Media Player to successfully play MP4 files.

Method Two: Convert MP4 to Windows more accepted video formats

You can also choose to convert your MP4 file to your Windows more supported WMV, ASF, AVI etc which formats are natively supported by any Windows Media Player version.

To convert MP4 to Windows WMV, ASF, etc, a professional Android to Window converter - Avdshare Video Converter is needed.

This Avdshare Video Converter supports to convert any Android device recorded MP4 file to Windows WMV, ASF, etc without any quality loss and with super high conversion speed. Besides, this Avdshare Video Converter supports to convert any Android MP4 file to FLV, AVI, MKV, AVCHD, RMVB, etc or convert any video format to another one without quality loss.

How to Convert Android Video to Windows Video Format?

Check its step by step guide on how to convert Android MP4 file to Windows WMV, ASF, etc.

Make Preparation: Free download Android to Windows Converter

Free download the professional Android to Windows Video Format Converter - Avdshare Video Converter (for Windows, for Mac), install and then launch it, the following interface will pop up.

Step 1 Import Android video file

Click the Add File button to add your Android recorded file to this converter.

Step 2 Specify Windows WMV, AVI, ASF, etc as output format

Click the Profile button>General Video category to choose Windows more supported WMV, ASF, etc as the output format.

Step 3 Complete the Android MP4 file to Windows conversion

Click the Convert button to complete your Android device recorded MP4 file to your Windows computer more supported WMV, ASF, etc.

Method Three: Install third player to Windows

If your Android recorded MP4 file is not supported by Windows Media Player you can install another third player to your Windows and use it to play your MP4 file. VLC Player is so powerful to play almost all media files and MP4 is one of them. You can go to VLC Player official website to download and install VLC Player to your Windows. And VLC Player also supports to play many other video format files on your Windows.

Other reasons and solutions

Corrupted MP4 file

Android MP4 file may get corrupted during your transferring it to Windows, in which case you should re-transfer it or use an MP4 repair software to fix the corrupted MP4 file. And then try to open the re-transferred or fixed MP4 file on your Windows.

Outdated Windows drivers

Android MP4 file not playing on Windows problem could also be caused by Windows outdated drivers, to fix which, you should update your Windows drivers following the two steps below.

  1. Click WIN + X>Device Manager
  2. Find all the drivers with an exclamation mark in front of them, right click on the drivers and click Update button to update your Windows drivers.


There are many reasons which could cause Android MP4 playback failure on Windows, but the most frequently reported reason is the missing codec in Windows Media Player and the most used solution is to convert Android MP4 file to Windows WMV, ASF, etc. So when your Android MP4 file failed to be played on Windows do not worry and first try to convert your Android MP4 file to your Windows most accepted WMV, ASF, etc and if this solution does not work you can try other solutions as above.