How to Play MKV Files on Android Phones with/without Converting

By Paula Lin | Last Updated:

There are many chances that you can meet MKV videos, no matter you download your favorite videos online or get a copy from DVD/Blu-ray discs. You can easily play them on computers with suitable video player. However, playing MKV files on Android phones can be challenging due to MKV's versatility. Some users find some certain MKV files won't play on Android devices. Or some video files in MKV format have no sound when playing on Android phone.

Luckily, there are two ways to get MKV played on your Android phone - install a MKV player for Android, or convert MKV to Android supported video formats such as MP4. Follow the guide below to get the job done easily.

Play MKV on Android Phones

Way 1. Install MKV Player for Android

There are many Android media player apps that allow you to play MKV files on Android phone. Below are the top 5 free MKV video players for Android.

#1. VLC for Android

VLC is a free and open-source media player available on various platforms. VLC for Android supports different audio and video file formats, including MKV. It's highly recommended due to its simple and easy-to-use interface and it offers playback speed control, subtitles, and an audio equalizer.

Besides allowing you to play MKV files on Android, VLC for Android also allows users to stream videos from various online sources, such as Vimeo, YouTube, and Dailymotion. It also provides network streaming protocols like HTTP, RTP, and RTSP.

Use VLC to Play MKV on Android

#2. MX Player

MX Player is another media player that can help you play MKV files on Android phones. It has a user-friendly interface that supports various features, such as subtitles, audio equalizer, and playback speed control.

MX Player is capable of accepting other plugins for extensibility. The developers of this perfect movie player claim that it plays any media file format. This monster of a player with over 10 million downloads has powerful hardware acceleration support with multicore decoding; thus, a significant boost is expected for users in multicore processor environments.

Use MX Player to Play MKV on Android

#3. KM Player

KM Player was initially developed for Windows, however, it has since then been evolving and by now, it is available for almost all Android devices. This media player is known for its user-friendly interface and its ability to support various media formats, including MKV.

KM Player's key features also include high-quality video playback, supporting up to 4K video; floating screen feature, allowing users to multitask; subtitle support; video playback speed control; support a wide range of video formats; bookmark management; etc.

Use KM Player to Play MKV on Android

#4. BS Player

BS Player is yet another one of android's best media players. This media player has superb gesture support and a user-friendly interface that makes it stand out from the crowd. This option is recommended for playing MKV as it has supported a variety of other video formats.

BS Player's key features include: a user-friendly interface; a wide range of video and audio formats support; hardware acceleration, network streaming, subtitle support, a customizable interface, an audio boost that enhances the audio output; etc.

Use BS Player to Play MKV on Android

#5. GOM Player

Just like VLC, GOM is a well-known media player for desktops. Now they are available on Android smartphones too as an MKV player for Android phones and tablets. The application is completely free to use but is ad-supported. It supports multiple media formats including 360 videos. You can play your media files from multiple cloud storage solutions and through network protocols like FTP.

Use GOM Player to Play MKV on Android

Way 2. Convert MKV to Android Playable Formats

If you tried all the MKV player for Android but still can't solve your problem, converting MKV to Android compatible format could be another way to make MKV playable on your Android phones. Then you can transfer the converted new file to Android for flawlessly playback..

EaseFab Video Converter is a great MKV converter. This tool supports 500+ codecs and formats, so it can recognize all your MKV files, no matter what the encoding formats are. There are presets for almost all popular Android and pads, such as Samsung, Huawei, Google Pixel, and Amazon Kindle Fire. Thus, it can directly convert MKVs to Android phones/tablets, as well as iPhone iPad, Xbox, PS5/4, Apple TV, YouTube, MP4, MOV, AVI, MPEG-2, VOB, etc. devices and formats with 98% quality kept.

Now, let's free download EaseFab Video Converter to have a try!.

Install it on your computer and follow our guide to convert MKV to Android phone for easier playback.

Step 1. Open EaseFab Video Converter, and click "Add Video" button on the main UI to browse and open target MKV files. Dragging and droppping works too. You can import multiple MKV files for batch conversion.

Step 2. Click the Profile bar at the bottom and you can select MP4 (encoded by H.264) from "Common Video" category since MP4 is an universal format for all Android devices. You can also select Android Phones or Android Tablets from Android category. If you need to convert MKV for a specific device, you can also find a profile from the corresponding category according to your Android device.

Convert MKV for Android Phones

Step 3. Hit "Convert" button to begin converting MKV for Android phones. Once done, you can transfer the new file to your Android phones. After that, you should open and play MKV files on Android phone.

Tips: This MKV converter can also help you encode MKV to Android compatible MP4 and other formats with desired audio track and subtitle. And if there is no desired subtitle in the original MKV, you can add external SRT, SSA, ASS subtitle to video for better illustration.

Choose Desired Audio or Subtitle or Add External Subtitle

FAQs about playing MKV on Android

1. Can MKV files play on Android?

Of course, yes! There are lots of apps available on the Google Play Store that support playing MKV videos directly on Android phones and tablets without the need for mkv to mp4 conversion. You can try the MKV players for Android mentioned above, or find a suitable one through Google.

2. Does VLC for Android support MKV?

Yes! VLC for Android supports different video and audio file formats, including MKV.

3. Why won't VLC for Android play MKV?

VLC for Android can play MKV files, however, some factors may prevent it from playing them. The most common reasons are incompatible hardware, file corrupted, or may be the codec is not supported on your VLC app.