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How to Watch H.265 Video on Android Phones

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High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), or H.265, is a video compression standard designed to substantially improve coding efficiency when compared to its precedent, the Advanced Video Coding (AVC), or H.264. HEVC promises a 50% storage reduction as its algorithm uses efficient coding by encoding video at the lowest possible bit rate while maintaining a high image quality level. HEVC has become gradually the standard codec for 4k videos and camera video recording. However, it’s not the popular format for Android phones currently since most of the Android phones can’t play H.265 natively. To watch H.265 videos on Android phones, you need a H.265 player on your Android phones or convert H.265 to H.264 for Android.

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Play H.265 video on Android with H.265 Player

Speaking of H.265 player for Android phones, I will think of VLC media player which comes as a powerful and free open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, as well as H.265 videos. You can download it in your phone and try it.

Watch H.265 on Android phones using H.265 Decoder

Apart from installing an H.265 player on smartphone to achieve H.265 playback on Android, you also can convert HEVC to Android phone supported format with best H.265 decoder program. When you search on the Google, you will find the Pavtube Video  Converter Ultimate(Review) is a good choice. It can decode H.265 MKV/MP4,etc to H.264 MP4/MKV/MOV/AVI, etc and MPEG, XviD codec video for Android phones, as well as reduce the video size  while transcoding H.265 to Android phone playable video by lowering video size/bitrate or cropping video black area.

To make the long story short, in the following passage, we will show you how to use this software to convert H.265 to Android phone accepted video formats on Windows. If you are Mac users, welcome to download Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac.

Quick Guide to Convert HEVC/H.265 to Android Smartphones

Step 1. Add H.265 videos

Download and install the H.265 to Android program and select Add button to import H.265 files to the software. This app supports batch conversion so you can import several files at a time.

Add H.265 videos

Step 2. Choose right format for Android.

Here, you are suggested to select the "HD Video">>"H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" as the output format for the higher resolution and wider compatibility. Surely you can choose other suitable format as you like.

Choose right format for Android

Tip: Even though common Android phones can be inserted into a extra MicroSD Card, these phones still can’t be put into many HD movies. So you maybe need to reduce the video size for storing more H.265 movies on Android phones.

Go to "Settings" on the main interface and lower the bitrate. Comparing with "Size" spec, bitrate is the main reason to affect the video size. You can preview the size at the below chart. 

H264 SETTINGS

Notice: Bitrate also influences video quality. So don’t ignore video quality while pursuing the smaller size.

Step 3: Start to convert H.265 to Android phone

Simply hit big red "Convert" to begin to transcode H.265 to H.264 MP4 for Android phones. After the process, you can locate the generated video in output folder.


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