I have downloaded some interesting Japanese anime videos in MKV format and I want to transfer them to my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and then enjoy them offline. But it is a pity that my Android device doesn’t support playing MKV files. My friend Caroline told me that I need to convert MKV to Android format so as to watch my downloaded MKV videos on Note 3. Can you recommend me some software to complete my mission? – Naida

There are many people who have the similar problems of how to play a downloaded MKV file on a Galaxy Note like Naida. If you are one of them, you are in the right place. In this article, two ways are provided to turn video in MKV format into the formats that are compatible with Android.

Online Solution: Free Online Video Converter

Better Solution: MKV to Android Converter and Android manager

MKV players for Android: Play MKV on Android devices directly

A Free Online application to convert MKV for Android device

If you are looking for a free online app to convert MKV for your Android device, Apowersoft Free Online Video Converter is your ideal choice. It is a web-based video converting application, which is capable of converting video among various formats.

The steps of converting MKV to Android online:

Step 1: Click “Browse” to add your MKV file.

online video converter's screenshot

Step 2: Choose the output format. For example, you can select MP4, 3GP for your Android device.

Note: Do some video/audio settings and advanced settings as you need.

video/audio/advanced settings

Step 3: Click “Convert” button to free convert MKV video to Android online.

Two simple methods to convert the downloaded HD MKV video to Android

Method 1: Using a MKV to Android Converter

Here the first method that I recommend you is using Apowersoft Video Converter. It is a versatile video conversion tool, which supports converting MKV files to any video or audio formats like MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI, WAV, MP3, WMA, etc. It stands to reason that you can use it to convert your HD MKV file and transfer it to your Android device.


Let’s start MKV to Android conversion after downloading and installing this trustworthy desktop video converter.

The quick steps of how to use it:


Import MKV files to this software.

Click “Add” button to import your local PC’s MKV video that you need to convert.

Tips: In this step, you can also add a series of MKV video files at a time.


Set output folder and choose output format.

Click “Open” button to choose the output path as you want and click “Setting” button to choose your output format. Here you can go to the “to Android” tab and then choose the proper resolution for your Android tablet PC and phone.

convert to Android


Do some video editing and subtitle settings. (Optional)

If you have the need of editing your MKV video, you can hit “Video Edit” button to trim video, crop video, adjust the video effect and hit “Subtitle Setting” button to insert some subtitles as needed. But please be sure that the third step is just an optional one.


Start MKV to Android Conversion.

In the end, let’s set about converting MKV to Android phone by clicking “Convert” button.

Warm Prompt: After conversion completes, please transfer your converted MKV videos into your Android device via USB cable and watch them anytime and everywhere.

By the way, it can not only assist you in converting MKV files, but also do some basic video editing, merge MKV videos into one and even support batch MKV video conversion. If you want to play HD video in your iPhone 5s, please get the way by referring to the article – how to convert MKV to iPhone.

Method 2: Convert MKV and transfer it to Android with Apowersoft Android Manager

The next program that I list is Apowersoft Android Manager. It has the ability to convert MKV videos and transfer them to Android phone simultaneously. Don’t hesitate, please free download it to try right now!


The process of converting and transferring MKV to Android:


Connect your Android phone or tablet to PC after launching this Android Manager.



In the left directory of the main window, go to “Videos” tab and then click “Add” button to add your HD MKV video. You will be told that the Android phone doesn’t support MKV format. And a message – Do you want to convert the file to Android optimized format will popup. Please click “Yes”, “Convert” buttons to convert your MKV video as the following picture.

transfer MKV to Android

Apart from transferring MKV files to Android, this Android manager is the proper program to manage Android files from computer. It allows you to restore text messages, contacts, install or uninstall apps, transfer many kinds of media files between Android and PC with ease.

Frankly speaking, converting MKV for Android not only overcomes the incompatibility, but also helps to shrink the file size so as to let you save more videos on mobile.

Install MKV players for Android platform to play MKV on Android device

If you haven’t downloaded the HD MKV videos onto your computer, you don’t necessarily need to convert them to Android first. If you have enough space in your device, you may directly use a third-party player to play MKV files on Android directly. However, you must have an Android video playing app that supports playing MKV.

Here I recommend two perfect Android MKV video player apps.

As the name suggests, MKV Video Player/Browser can provide the function of playing and browsing MKV media file. What’s more, you can easily search, copy, paste and move your MKV file with it.

MoboPlayer is one of the best video players for Android platform. It supports various video and audio formats, including SWF, AVI, VOB, MKV, OGG, and AC3 and so on. So you can use it to enjoy your HD MKV on your Android phone without conversion.

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