Android won't let you play a video: What to do

Watching videos is one of the things we do most often on Android. Be it videos that we have recorded ourselves, on platforms such as YouTube or Netflix or if someone sends us a video through messaging applications. But there are times when we cannot reproduce such content.

There are several solutions to try in the event that you can’t play a video on your Android phone. The reasons why this happens can be varied, especially depending on the type of video (one in your gallery or one on YouTube). We leave you with what we can do in this type of case.

Can’t you just play that video?

A first aspect to check is if only you run into this problem, especially in the case that it is a video that you have in the gallery or that has been sent to you. Since it could be the case that said file is damaged, for example, which prevents someone from playing it. So it’s good to see if other people can play that video on their phones or not.

If other people can, but you can’t, it could be a failure on your phone. If other people can’t play that videoSo it is a problem of the file itself, which is surely damaged or corrupt and makes it impossible to reproduce it.

Does not let you play a video in the browser

If it is a video that you are trying to play from the browser, but it does not let you, if the connection is not the problem (you can navigate without problems and see other content), there may be a problem with JavaScript. It may be the case that it is not activated in your browser and it is something that we need to play online content. It could be the cause of this problem. You can check if this is the case like this:

  1. Open Google Chrome on your phone.
  2. Click on the three vertical points.
  3. Go into Settings.
  4. Go to the “Website Settings” section.
  5. Enter JavaScript.
  6. Check if the switch is on.
  7. If not, activate it.

When choosing Android browsers, the selection is wide, but there are some browsers that are ideal for playing videos, which is an important aspect to keep in mind.

You can’t watch videos in an app

If this problem that prevents you playing a video happens in an app, it may be a problem in the application itself. You can always check if said application needs an update, which could be the case, that there are problems in its operation that are solved with an update. Also that you have updated it and that is when the problem has started, you can go back to a previous version of said app.

In apps like YouTube or Netflix, there may be times when there are errors in playing a video. Many times it is a failure that is solved by exiting and re-entering the video or the application itself.

Storage issues

Many times, when trying to download and play a video that is sent by WhatsApp, you may get a warning that tells you that cannot be played due to lack of space. If you get a message like this on the phone, you will have to free up space on Android, to then allow the download and playback of it.

When it comes to freeing up space on Android, there are many ways, although Google has a great application that will help us make this process easier. Also in the Android settings you have the storage section, where there is usually an option to free up space, while some layers like EMUI have an optimizer, which allows freeing up space on the phone without us having to do anything for it.

Video Player Problems

If the problem with video playback occurs only with those videos that have been sent to you by an application or that you have downloaded, it could be a failure of the video player you are using on the phone. There are formats that not all players can play, which could be the source of this problem in your case.

If you are looking to have a video player that will give you the best possible performance, VLC is still the best possible option on Android. An open source player, easy to use, which is constantly updated with improvements and has support for a huge number of formats, which is what makes it such a recommended option. With this player you will not have problems when watching any video.

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Requires VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. This is the port of VLC media player to the Android ™ platform. VLC for Android can play any video and audio files, as well as network streams, network shares and drives, and DVD ISOs, like the desktop version of VLC. VLC for Android is a full audio player, with a complete database, an equalizer and filters, playing all weird audio formats.VLC is intended for everyone, is totally free, has no ads, no in-app-purchases, no spying and is developed by passionate volunteers. All the source code is available for free.Features –––––––– VLC for Android ™ plays most local video and audio files, as well as network streams (including adaptive streaming), DVD ISOs, like the desktop version of VLC . It also support disk shares.All formats are supported, including MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv and AAC. All codecs are included with no separate downloads. It supports subtitles, Teletext and Closed Captions.VLC for Android has a media library for audio and video files, and allows to browse folders directly.VLC has support for multi-track audio and subtitles. It supports auto-rotation, aspect-ratio adjustments and gestures to control volume, brightness and seeking.It also includes a widget for audio control, supports audio headsets control, cover art and a complete audio media library.Permissions –––––– –––––– VLC for Android needs access to those categories: • “Photos / Media / Files” to read your all media files:) • “Storage” to read your all media files on SD cards:) • “Other” to check network connections, change the volume, set the ringtone, run on Android TV and display the popup view, see below for details.Permission Details: • It needs “read the contents of your USB storage”, in to order to read your media files on it. • It needs “modify or delete the contents of your USB storage”, in order to allow deletion of files and store subtitles. • It needs “full network access”, to open network and internet streams. • It needs “prevent phone from sleeping” in order to prevent … your phone from sleeping when watching a video. • It needs “change your aud io settings “, in order to change audio volume. • It needs” modify system settings “, in order to allow you to change your audio ringtone. • It needs” view network connections “in order to monitor whether device is connected or not. • It needs “draw over other apps” to start the custom picture-in-picture widget. • It needs “control vibration” to give feedback on the controls. • It needs “run at startup” to set recommendations on Android TV launcher screen , only used on Android TV devices. • It needs “microphone” to provide voice search on Android TV devices, only asked on Android TV devices.
VLC media player is a free and open source multiplatform media player that plays most of the media files as well as the discs, devices and network transmission protocols. This is the port of the VLC media player to the Android ™ platform. VLC for Android can play any audio and video files, as well as network streams, resources and network drives and DVD ISOs, as the desktop version of VLC.VLC for Android is a complete audio player, with a base of Complete data, an equalizer and filters, which plays all the strange audio formats. VLC is intended for everyone, is completely free, has no ads, no in-app purchases, no spy and is developed by passionate volunteers. All source code is available for free. Features –––––––– VLC for Android ™ plays most local audio and video files, as well as network broadcasts (including adaptive streaming), DVD ISO , like the desktop version of VLC. It also supports shared disks. All formats are supported including MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv and AAC. All codecs are included without separate downloads. Supports subtitles, teletext and subtitles. VLC for Android has a media library for audio and video files, and lets you search folders directly. VLC has support for multitrack audio and subtitles. It supports automatic rotation, aspect ratio settings, and gestures to control volume, brightness, and search. It also includes a widget for audio control, supports headphone control, cover art, and a comprehensive library of audio media .Permissions –––––––––––– VLC for Android needs access to these categories: • “Photos / Media / Files” to read all your media files:) • “Storage” to read all your media files on SD cards:) • “Other” to check network connections, change volume, set ringtone, run on Android TV and show popup, see below for more information. Permission details: • Need “read the contents of your USB storage” to be able to read your media files on it. • You need to “modify or delete the contents of your USB storage”, to allow deletion of files and store subtitles. • You need “full access to the network “for open network and internet transmissions. • You need to “keep the phone from falling asleep” to prevent … your phone from falling asleep while watching a video. • You need to “change the audio settings” to change the audio volume. • You need “modify system settings” to allow you to change your audio ringtone. • You need to “see network connections” to monitor whether the device is connected or not. • You need to “draw over other applications” to start the custom widget of Picture in Picture • You need “vibration control” to give feedback on the controls. • You need “run at startup” to set recommendations on the Android TV home screen, which is only used on devices with Android TV. • You need a “microphone” to provide voice search on Android TV devices, only requested on Android TV devices.
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Restart the phone

How to turn off and restart your mobile without pressing the power button

Something that always works well for any problem on Android, including not being able to play a video, is to restart the phone. There are times when some of the errors on the phone are caused by failures in the processes that are running. By restarting the device we have ended these processes, making the phone start all of them again. It is likely that doing this will allow you to play the video normally.



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