MP4 on iPad – How to Play MP4 on iPad/Mini/Air/Pro

Do you have some downloaded or recorded MP4 movies that you would like to play on an iPad but surprised to find that iPad doesn't accept your MP4 videos? Well, according to the information on Apple's official site, the iPad only supports MP4 encoded with H.264, MPEG-4 or Motion JPEG video format. It cannot play the MP4 videos if they are encoded with some other codecs. Thankfully, you don't have to worry too much about this because there are 2 ways provided in this article to help you resolve this incompatibility issue and play MP4 on iPad (2/3/4), iPad Mini 4/3/2, iPad Air 2/1, iPad Pro, etc. successfully.

Play MP4 on iPad

First Way: Convert MP4 to iPad MP4 to Play on iPad/iPad Mini/iPad Air/iPad Pro

In order to solve iPad doesn't play MP4 videos and successfully play all kinds of MP4 files on iPad devices; we had better convert iPad unsupported MP4 to iPad more supported MP4. The wonderful tool is named Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac which makes it become more efficient to convert any MP4 video to iPad supported video file easily. This powerful MP4 to iPad converter for Mac (OS Sierra) offers a reliable, simple and fast way to convert MP4 to iPad. It can easily convert H.264/H.265 MP4 in SD/HD/4K to iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air, new iPad 2017 and more in fastest speed.

Apart from that, it does work like a charm in the following aspects: 

  • It enables to convert almost all kinds of video clips like AVI, MOV, FLV, ASF, WMV, MKV, OGV, 3GP, WebM, MXF, SWF, MTS/M2TS, AVHCD, MOD, TOD, etc to iPad supported formats; 
  • The ideal MP4 to iPad Converter can not only process videos but also handle audio files like MP3, WAV, M4A, AC3, DTS, AIFF, FLAC, WMA, etc to iPad popular formats; 
  • It has the feature to convert more than 180 kinds of video and audio files to iPhone, QuickTime, Xbox, PS3, PS4, PS4 Pro, Apple TV, Surface, BlackBerry, etc or edit these clips in iMovie, FCP, Adobe, etc;
  • Works on Mac OS X 10.5 or later (OS Sierra 10.12 included); 
  • The Windows version is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. 

Best MP4 Video Converter for iPad

Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac - It is able to convert any MP4 file, be it in SD, HD, 4K or 8K, to almost all formats (i.e. AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG) and devices (i.e. iPhone, iPad, Android) you like with all kinds of output format choices.

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Tutorial: Convert MP4 to iPad keeping the best quality

Step 1: Start the top MP4 video converter for iPad. Click "Add File" button to load the .mp4 video file. Or click the drop-down memu of "Add File" and choose "Add multi-files" or "Add Folder" to multiple MP4 videos for batch covnersion.

MP4 video converter for iPad

Step 2: iPad supports M4V, MP4 and MOV format. So in this step, you can choose one of them from "Format > Video" or "Format > HD Video" as the output format. Or you can directly select iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, etc. from "Device" > "Apple". The preset could fit on your corresponding iPad model perfectly.

Tip: Before start the MP4 conversion for iPad, you can click the Settings icon and adjust the video bitrate, codec, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc parameters.

iPad video settings

Step 3: Click "Start" button and start converting MP4 to iPad supported formats. After the conversion is completed, click "Open" and transfer the converted videos to iPad via iTunes or free Dimo Media Server. Now you can enjoy MP4 movies with iPad with ease.

PS: If you have no collected files, you can use Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, compatible with 300+ online sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Dailymotion and Metacafe to download iPad MP4 files to share and play on iPad/iPad mini/iPad Air/iPad Pro wirelessly, or downlad MP4/MKV/WMV/F4V/ASF/FLV etc videos and convert videos to iPad supported MP4 format for playaback.

Note: Free movie apps for iPad allow you to watch movies online for free, not working for MP4 movie download. Leaving aside only old films are available for members, you may be fed up with annoying ads, buffering and maybe virus. Once MP4 movies are downloaded on iPad, you can finish a full movie in one sitting.

Second Way: Download a free iPad MP4 Player

Besides using MP4 to iPad encoder, you could also make use of free MP4 player for iPad to play MP4 video on iPad. You could get multiple iPad MP4 video players online, all of which support MP4 video playback on iPad, regardless of the encoders. The below is a list of some free and paid best MP4 player for iPad. You could freely select any of these best iPad MP4 players to replace the original one on your iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air, new iPad 2017, etc..


Free iPad MP4 Players
#01. OPlayer Lite #02. Free Video Player #03. PlayerXtreme Media Player #04. VLC Media Player
#05. Infuse 3 #06. MoliPlayer #07. Joobik Player #08. 8Player Lite
#09. PowerHD Media Player #10. WMV HD Player #11. KMPlayer #12. MCPlayer HD
Paid iPad MP4 Players #1. AVPlayer/AVPlayer HD #2. Creation 5+ Media Player #3. MCPlayer HD #4. It's Playing

Now, it will never be a problem to play MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MKV, FLV, ASF, etc on iPad with this professional yet easy-to-use MP4 to iPad Converter or MP4 iPad Player and all the following demands fulfilled: 

I took a video in .mp4 format on iPad, it's about 3GB and it can be played on the tablet. Why? 

I download some movies from YouTube and they all are MP4 formats. When I want to watch them with my iPad Mini 4 on my road, I'm met with "Sorry, this video cannot be played". 

Why my iPad Air 2 won't play MP4 files? These files are recorded by my camera on my son's birthday and they are all MP4.

I'm working on a project that needs video with .mp4 extension to be playable on iPad Pro. How? 

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