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How to Watch an AVI File on an Android Phone

Updated on July 10, 2013


The Audio Video Interleave (AVI) video playback is one of the many formats which are associated with media files. The AVI format is very common having been created by Microsoft and is supported by many devices. Unfortunately, the AVI format is not supported on android devices.

Many android users are disappointed with the fact that they cannot play AVI files they have downloaded or transferred to their android phones. Hence the big question by these android users is how to watch an AVI file on an android phone or android tablet. Despite the challenge, there are ways which are effective and efficient in playing and watching AVI files on your android device.

How to Play AVI on Android

Watch an AVI file on android

Having noted that android does not natively support AVI files, all hope is not lost. There are two major ways an android user can still enjoy playing and watching the AVI format files.

Solution 1: Convert AVI to an Android Friendly Format

Converting the AVI file into a format which is naturally accepted on android is perhaps the first thing that will come to mind. MP4 is the friendliest format on android. The conversion of AVI files can be done with the help of android video converters such as Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate.

Here are three easy steps to convert AVI files using the converter on Windows:

  1. Launch the converter and click on ‘Add Files’ or drag files onto the item bar to load them ready for conversion.
  2. Click on ‘Output Format’ and choose MP4, Android or MP4, Android device.
  3. Finally, click on the ‘Convert’ button to start the conversion of the AVI files.

This video converter works very well with other file formats such as MKV, MTS, TS, MPEG, WMV, ASF and VOB. The converter will maintain the high quality of the video.

Solution 2: Use an AVI Player Android app

Third party app developers have developed free AVI players made available as apps on the Google Play store. With any of the android AVI players, an android phone owner or user can play AVI files on android without converting them.

Examples of AVI players for android are Mobo Player, VLC for Android, iMPlayer, YX Player, ArcMedia Player, RockBase Player, VPlayer and MX video player. These are the most popular AVI players and an android user should read through the features of the chosen player to ensure that it is compatible on your android phone.



Large video files can take quite some time to convert and hence the preference to watch them through the android AVI players.

On the other hand, not all file and video formats will play on android. This necessitates that video files are converted to MP4, the android friendly format or any other format native to android phones and tablets.


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