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MP4 Player: How to Play MP4 Files

Can't play MP4 files on your computer, windows phone, or Windows Media Player? If so, you can check out the solutions here. There are different solutions offered in this article. You can try either one out to resolve your MP4 playback problem according to your own preference.

Part 1: Convert MP4 to Windows / Mac Compatible Format

To easily watch MP4 video anywhere and anytime, here you can try Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate (Video Converter for Mac).

  • It converts MP4 to any format compatible with Windows Media player or QuickTime player, making you play any video on Mac / Windows seamlessly.
  • It has many built-in optimized presets for various devices. You can convert directly to your iPhone, iPad, HTC, Samsung, TV, etc.
  • It works at 30X faster speed to let you feel free to convert large media files without any quality loss.

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Video Converter Ultimate

Wide Format support

Support converting 150+ video formats like AVI, MP4, MKV, QuickTime MOV, FLV, etc.

Optimized Presets

Directly set your Android or Apple devices as the output format without setting parameters manually.

30 X Fast Speed

Convert files at superior fast speed than all the major converters on the market.

Extract Audio

Perfectly extract music like MAV, MP3, M4A, etc,from movies or TV shows.

Customize Video

Enhance your video by trimming, cropping, rotating, adding subtitle or effects, etc.

Download Video

Download videos from many video sharing sites like YouTube, Facebook. etc.

How to Convert MP4 to Windows / Mac Supported Format

1.Import MP4 video to this application

After installing this software, you can directly drag and drop your video to it, or you can click "Add Files" on the main interface to import your MP4 file.

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2.Set output format

Click the format icon under the Output Format button, and then click "Format" category or "Device" category to choose your output format.

1. Extract Audio: you can just choose "Audio" like MP3, M4A, AC3, etc under the Format category as output format.
2. Edit Video: you can click "Edit" on the imported video to personalize your video according to your desire.
3. Add Metadata: you need to choose your output format from MOV, M4V, HD MOV, HD M4V, or any Apple device first, and then click the "i" button on your video to automatically add metadata.

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3. Start to Convert

Hit the "Convert" button on the lower right, and then you will get your converted MP4 video in a few minutes. After this, you can play MP4 on computer, or you can play MP4 on Windows Media Player, or play MP4 on mobile phones.

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Part 2: Play MP4 in Mac/Windows with the Top 3 MP4 Players

VLC Player

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VLV Media Player is my top recommendation. It is well-suited across different platforms and user-friendly even for the beginners. It is a MP4 player for Windows (Windows 10 included), Macintosh, and Linux. You can just throw any of your video into this player and then enjoy your movie at ease.

Wondershare Player

playing mp4 files on computer

Wondershare Player supports both Windows and Mac OS. It even has an Android version, Player for Android. It can play a wide range of video or audio formats between Android & Other Devices seamlessly.


play .mp4 video with my windows media player

MPC-HC is only for Windows. It is a lightweight player, you can enjoy movie on any SSE CPU, even on your old computer. You can use it to play any common video and audio file formats available. It is 100% clean software, no advertisements or toolbars.

Part 3: FAQs about Playing MP4

Question: Why can't I play MP4 with Windows Media Player on PC, or on my Mac?
Answer: 1. Actually MP4 is a compatible format with Windows Media Player. If you still can't play it, the reason is that MP4 is a multimedia container with video and audio in different codec. So, it all depends on what your MP4 video is encoded with.
2. For Mac users, the default player is QuickTime player which commonly supports MOV format. You need to use a video converter to convert MP4 to MOV.

Question: Why can't I play MP4 with my phone?
Answer: If your video is downloaded from internet, you need to first make sure whether it is drm protected. Secondly, it may still about the MP4 codec thing or the player installed on your phone doesn't support MP4.
Here you can try to install a new player supported by any format or just take Video Converter Ultimate to convert MP4 to your corresponding device with its optimized presets.

Question: Why VCL can't play MP4?
Answer: Please check whether your MP4 file is corrupted, or just try a new player or converter to easily solve your problem.

Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

Please make sure the original MP4 video is ok, and if it happens every time when you download videos from youtube.
no sound on mp4 downloaded from youtube
Of course not.
please tell me if any mp4 vedio download from youtube no sound in
Maybe it needs time to analyze your video file. It's not a major problem, right?
Keeps freezing in the first few seconds everytime I play an .mp4 file
i m using fujitsu pc n i had a graet trouble playind .mp4 videos.. i have windows OS n installed vlc player but it does not play .mp4 formats i dont know y it so? please tell me
Hi Tim, The paid version won't leave a wondershare logo.
Tim Jackson
How do I get the wondershare logo off the center of my TV screen when playing a wondershare burned video.
Please contact our Support Team and send your mp4 file. And the specific technicist will help you test it.