Our smartphones are like small but very powerful computers. We can use it to read, listen or watch practically anything on them. Audio files, videos, and photos are examples of media files that we hold on our smartphones.
Thanks to technology and the internet, there are thousands of media file formats available. One challenge with that is that files are not always supported across devices, so often you can’t open or view files sent from a computer, or the other way around.
It is easy to transfer files from Android to your Windows PC. Once you plug your phone into your computer using a USB, the options for file transfer will show. You just need to make sure that a file you transfer onto your Android is supported, so that you can open it later.
What now? Convert them to an Android supported format.
As you can imagine, converting one file after another is a waste of time and productivity. You need to be able to batch convert your files and convert them at a go.
To do this, you could download the Filestar software on your PC. Afterward, connect your Android phone to your laptop via a USB cable and you’re good to go. You’ll find your files either on the ‘Download’ or ‘Files’ folder once your phone opens on your computer.
Filestar is a file converter that supports more than 30,000 file conversions. Here are some of the reasons as to why it’s my go-to desktop application for the job.You can do most things you need to do to any kind of file. The main categories are convert, merge, split, transform, compress and extract.
Filestar has a user-friendly interface that’s straightforward and easy to navigate. No learning curve needed with the intuitive platform.
Additionally, Filestar uses the Google search manner to easily locate the skill you’re looking for. All you do is start typing what you want to do to a file in the search box, and options will automatically appear for you to select from.
The application loads fast and it takes just a few seconds to move from one command to the next. Be assured of converting your files on the fly.
You can rest easy knowing the file formats you upload won’t be corrupted. With the software locally installed on your desktop there is no need to upload or download files. Your files are not stored anywhere, nor manually monitored by anyone. The files used in Filestar are deleted as soon as your file conversion is done and downloaded. They store no record of the files that you process, such as filenames, content or other metadata. All traffic is encrypted to and from the servers.
Ads can be quite a hindrance to your productivity if all you need is to convert a file in a few taps and get moving. Filestar lets you do 10 free conversions per month, and for unlimited access it is as easy to sign up for a monthly subscription as it is to cancel, should you not need it anymore.
To know what kind of file conversion you might need or want to do when it comes to Android, let’s have a look into the files supported by Android OS.
You don’t want to convert your unsupported media file to another unsupported format. That’s a waste of time. Right?
Here is a list of android supported file formats to help you know the media files you can convert to.
Common Android Supported Media Files
It is the most popular audio file supported by all operating systems and browsers. The format is still taking the music world by a storm. Mp3 was developed by MPEG’s (Moving Pictures Experts Group) and it uses lossy compression meaning some audio quality is lost. It is commonly used to compress audio files for web transmission purposes and storage.
The Free Lossless Audio Codec is an open-source format that holds very high-quality music. It compresses audio files by half their original size without any loss in quality. Currently, almost all popular media players can play FLAC files. It’s the go-to format for downloading high-resolution audio.
It is supported by systems above Android 3.1+
This is the Apple alternative to the popular Mp3 files. It’s a lossy compression format similar to Mp3 but it produces higher quality files taking less storage space. It’s commonly used on iTunes or Apple Music streaming.
It was created by IBM and Microsoft. Almost all CDs are encoded in Wav format as this is the standard. It produces high-resolution audio but it takes a huge space as it’s uncompressed. It can occupy up to 10MBs per minute which is quite huge.
It is supported by systems above Android 5.0+
Ogg Vorbis is a lossy compression format file that can serve as an alternative to Aac and Mp3 thanks to the lack of patent restrictions. It’s very popular with music streaming apps like Spotify.
It is an audio file that uses Aac encoding which uses lossy compression. M4a files are very similar to Mp4 files only that they store audio data. You’ll find them on iTunes if you want to download ringtones. Some m4a files are copy protected so they’ll have .m4p extension.
Mp4 was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for streaming over the internet and storing multimedia. It uses the lossless (no quality is lost), AAC (Advanced Audio Coding), and AVC (Advanced Video Coding) technologies.
It is the standard video file format as it is supported by most browsers and devices. It can store text, still images, video, and audio. The popularity of Mp4 is credited to its ability to compress video files to small sizes while maintaining high-quality videos.
This is the Matroska Multimedia Container and it can hold limitless videos, audios, pictures, and subtitle tracks, in one file.
It’s the universal format for storing multimedia content. If you’re a fan of downloading videos online or receiving videos from others, more often than not you will come across Mkv. It has particularly become popular in the anime fun-subtitled community.
It is either a video or audio container developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). Their main purpose was to save on space, data usage, and bandwidth hence, the reason they are used to transfer media between 3G mobile phones and the internet.
It’s the standard format for sending media files using Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (MBMS).
It is an open-source media file designed for the internet. It’s based on a similar video format as the MKV file. WebM is popularly used for video streaming as it’s supported by all popular browsers. Even Wikipedia and Skype have jumped on the WebM bandwagon.
PNG (Portable Network Graphic) file is a format that is popularly used in web design for transparent or semi-transparent backgrounds.
It has almost entirely replaced GIF format which was very popular before the PNG came along. If you need to have the most image details as possible or to preserve image transparency, PNG is the format to use. The wide range of color support contributes to the large image size.
It is a lossless image file that supports transparency. The only drawbacks are it has a limited color palette and it doesn’t support CMYK. They can only accommodate 256 colors.
On a single day, there are millions of funny cats’ animations shared online. Even WhatsApp had to include GIFs in their messaging thanks to their popularity. We see them on email images, memes, banner ads, you name it.
Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) is the most popular image file format by digital cameras. It uses lossy compression hence minute details are removed from your image.
You have the freedom to choose the compression ratio depending on the image quality you desire. Normally, you can have a reasonably high-quality image occupying less storage space.
However, JPEG layers are flattened making it almost impossible to tweak previous edits. So image degradation is a pain in the butt if you keep editing and saving JPEG files repeatedly.
Jpeg images are commonly used to share images on social media or on emails.
It is a raster graphic file that is lossless and stores uncompressed images. It was developed by Microsoft Corporation for the easy exchange of images between devices. These files are much larger in size compared to their compressed counterparts like PNG and JPEG. However, their uncompressed data makes them great for image processing and archival purposes.
It is supported by systems above Android 4.0+
It was specially created by Google to replace Png and Jpg files. The WebP image format is known to maintain the original image quality while keeping the images smaller. They dramatically reduce the image size by 26%-34% compared to JPG and PNG file formats.
Also, it supports transparency, animation, lossy and lossless compression. This gives users the best of both worlds as they provide both performance and features optimization. They are perfect for web pages as the smaller file sizes make your pages load quicker increasing your search engine optimization.
Using Filestar a typical file conversion with PNG to WebP would be done like this. And converting the other way around is of course the same simple procedure.
It is supported by systems above Android 8.0+
It was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). The Heif container format owes its popularity to Apple who is responsible for bringing the spotlight into their backyard. This container format allows you to store a series of images, HDR data, thumbnail, alpha, and depth maps.
The major benefit of using HEIF (High-Efficiency Image Format) is a better image quality on smaller sized files.
How to Convert Audio Files for Android
Filestar supports 60+ audio files. You can convert any audio file format to another seamlessly.
Let’s see how you can convert ac3 to mp3 format.
- Download Filestar on your PC.
- Connect your phone to your PC through a USB cable.
- Locate the folder/files you want to convert. Right-click and choose ‘Convert with Filestar’ from the drop-down menu.
- Type convert to mp3
The converted mp3 file will be automatically saved in the same folder as the original one.
How to Convert Video Files for Android
Filestar supports 40+ video files and their different conversions.
Android devices don’t natively support Avi files so you have to convert them to an android supported format like mp4.
Let’s see how you can convert Avi to Mp4
- Right-click on one or more Avi file(s) that you want to convert and select Convert with Filestar.
- Type convert to mp4 in the search box.
- Press Convert.
How to Convert Image Files for Android
Filestar supports 130+ video files and their different conversions.
The file conversion is the same as in the above examples. Simple three-step process. Take for instance you want to move your Canon Raw (Cr2) photos to your phone. You’ll need to convert them to lighter and android supported formats like Jpeg.
With Filestar, you can easily convert any media files with a few taps. You find the software available for PC users to download here.
I hope this makes your file conversion a seamless process.