Play MP4 on Google Pixel

Google Pixel not reading MP4 files?

I’m trying to load some MP4 videos onto my Google Pixel smartphones through my PC. However, an error message pops up saying that .mp4 files are no longer able to be played. Is anyone else experiencing this issue?

Why Google Pixel not read MP4 files?

After searching for Google Pixel supported file formats, we get the information that Google Pixel smartphone such as Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL has native playback support for MP4 files encoded with H.264 video codec and AAC/MP3 audio codec. However, it is well known that MP4 is a container file format which can be encoded with various different video and audio codec listed below:
Video codec: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4(A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Vidoe, Theora, VP8, VP9, MVC
Audio codec: MP3, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, AAC, AC3, DTS, PCM, LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DTS-HD

If the MP4 files are not encoded with Google Pixel readable video codec or audio codec, the built-in video player of your Google Pixel will fail to read the MP4 files or play MP4 files with no video or audio.

Transcode MP4 for Google Pixel playing

To fix the video or audio codec incompatible issue, you can download our powerful MP4 Video Converter – Pavtube Video Converter, which has full importing support for all 4K/2K/HD/SD MP4 video encoded with all above listed unsupported video or audio codec. Thanks for its batch processing function, you can encode a folder full of videos in one fell swoop.

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With this powerful yet simple to use application, you can easily convert MP4 to Google Pixel most preferrable MP4 file format with H.264 video compression codec and AAC/MP3 audio compression codec. To get best output file quality, you can flexibly adjust output profile parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc according to your own needs.

For Mac users, you can switch to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to perform the conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, etc.

Step by Step to Convert MP4 for Google Pixel Watching

Step 1: Load MP4 video into the application.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import source MP4 video files into the program.

Load source MP4 video

Step 2: Define output file format.

There are various output format options available. Here, you can select one of Google Pixel readable digital file formats such as “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Output Google Pixel playable file formats

Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.

Adjust output profile parameters

Step 3: Enable GPU Encode Acceleration.

Click “Tools” > “Options”, in the opened “Options” window, click “Acceleration” menu, then check “Enable GPU Encode Acceleration” otpion so that the program will accelerate converion speed when encoding MP4 to H.264 codec.

Fast encode video to H.264

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from MP4 to Google Pixel.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files.

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