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How to put videos to Android Smartphones via USB connection?

It should be easy to transfer video to Android devices. But there are still many people that don't know the steps clearly. To transfer videos, music, images and other files to an Android smartphone, you need to ensure that USB Storage Mode is on or that the SD card is mounted. Here we share with Android beginners the steps to mount SD Card or Turn on USB Storage Mode:

1. Connect your Android device to computer (either PC or laptop) using the USB cable comes with your smartphone. You’ll receive a notification from the task bar of desktop that the USB is connected. Install the device as it instructed.

2. When the Android smartphone is connected as USB storage, the screen will indicate that USB storage is in use and you receive a notification. Pull down the notification bar on your Android device and choose USB Connected or USB Connection.

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3. Touch Turn on USB Storage (or MountUSB Mass StorageDisk Drive depend on the device you use) to confirm that you want to transfer videos to Android Smartphone.  

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4. Now you see the green Android image turn to orange and the screen reads USB storage in use. You can now copy videos back and forth. Just open Movies folder and copy videos or music to Android device.

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Note that if you turn on USB storage, some applications you are using will stop and may be unavailable until you turn off USB storage.

Steps to dismount your SD Card or Turn off USB Storage Mode: 

1. Drag down the notification bar on the Android device and choose "Turn off USB storage," "Turn Off," or "Dismount" the card.
2. Disconnect the Android smartphone from the USB cable.

The above guide of mounting/dismounting Android device is suitable for HTC Android phones, Samsung Galaxy S series, Samsung Note Series, Huawei phone, Lenovo phone, Sony Xperia phone, Motorola Droids including 4G smartphones. If you have a HTC 10 or Samsung Note 7, just feel free to follow the guide for putting videos to your Android phone.

But always remember to check the file format before you transferring videos to Android phone and make sure the file format is supported by your device. Generally, most Android phones play H.264, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid videos without hassle. You can refer to the chart below:

Android Supported Video Format/Codec

Supported Video File Types/Container Formats



• 3GPP (.3gp) 
• MPEG-4 (.mp4)


H.264 AVC

• 3GPP (.3gp)
• MPEG-4 (.mp4)
• MPEG-TS (.ts, AAC audio only, not seekable, Android 3.0+)

Baseline Profile (BP)


•3GPP (.3gp)



• WebM (.webm)
• Matroska (.mkv, Android 4.0+)

Streamable only in Android 4.0 and above

When your Android device refuses to play a video, it could be due to one or more of the following factors:

1. Unsupported video format (e.g. *.vob format)
2. Unsupported codec (e.g. AC3)
3. Huge file size (e.g. H.264 MP4 video of 10GB+)
4. High resolution (e.g. 1080p video and above)
5. Protections (e.g. iTunes videos)

When you have trouble in playing video on your Android, you can use some video converter software to re-encode the video or compress video for your Android devices.

Best Video to Android Converter

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is the top-ranked video transcoder that can help you convert MKV, Tivo, VRO, WMV, H.265/HEVC, MP4, FLV, MOV, M4V, WebM, etc video to Android supported H.264 MP4/3GP video. It also can re-encode video from a video/audio codec to another codec for Android. For those too large videos, it can compress them by downsizing video resolution and bitrate so it can compress your Dji Phantom 4 4K footage and other 4K video to 1080p, 720p and 540p video for your Android phone.

This video converter also can split your whole video to several parts and merge several fragments to a single file. Considering the small screen of your Android phone, you also can use the application to crop the black area around the movie. By resetting the A/V parameters, you can determine the output size by yourselves.

What's more, this Video Converter is also a Blu-ray Ripper + DVD Ripper so that you can use it to rip Blu-ray and DVD to Android tablet and smartphone. It can remove protection in DVD and Blu-ray including CSS, region code, AACS, BD+, MKB61, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney x-project DRM, etc. Then it rips the movie title off DVD and Blu-ray discs and shift the format to Android playable one.

Step-by-Step to Convert Unsupported Video to Android Devices

Step 1: Import video files 

Click “Add video” button to upload MP4 files from your computer. You can also directly drag the video files into the program directly. Batch conversion is supported here.

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Step 2: Set MP4 as the output format 

Basically the “Android Tablets 720P Video(*.mp4)”, “Android Tablets 1080P Video(*.mp4)”, “Android Phones 720P Video(*.mp4)”, “Android Phones 1080P Video(*.mp4)” from “Android” are all universal formats for Android tablets and smartphones. Besides, there are optimized formats for Samsung, Motorola, Acer, Asus, Sony, Toshiba, HTC, etc branded Android devices; choose a proper one as you need. Or depends on your device, you can choose a suitable video format from “Android” catalogue. 

Android phone format 

Step 3: Adjust the video/audio settings 

If you think the video size this not suitable for your Android Tablets or Phones, you can first choose any one of the provided type, then change the settings. Please remember the file size is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in bigger file size, and lower visible quality loss. Learn>>Trim/Cut Video Files Without Re-Encoding

Step 4: Start to convert video toAndroid 

After the setting, the last thing is to click the “Convert” button at the bottom right corner to start converting unsupported video to Android supported H.264 MP4. After the conversion, click Open button to get the MP4 videos and then you can transfer them on your Android tablets and phones for watching at ease. 

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Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows/Mac is also a useful tool for Android devices. It can rip Blu-ray and DVD to Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, Asus Zenpad 3S 10 Z500M, Lenovo Vibe A, Asus Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TL, Sony Xperia X Performance, Sony Xperia XA Ultra, LG X Skin, LG X5, HTC One M9 Prime Camera, HTC 10, etc. It also can rip Blu-ay and DVD to game console like the new released Xbox One S and the older Xbox 360.

Comparing with Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, ByteCopy not only can convert Blu-ray and DVD to MP4, MKV, WMV, 3GP, FLV, etc SD/HD/4K video but also can rip Blu-ray and DVD to lossless MKV as MakeMKV does in lossless quality. It also can convert Blu-ray and DVD to multi-track MP4/MOV/AVI preseving multiple subtitle streaming and audio tracks.

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