Android Gallery Files Types

The Android's Gallery application is native to all Android smartphones and tablets and is accessible via a device's "Gallery" icon, which is found in the App Drawer. The Gallery application natively supports a variety of video, audio and image file types. Google allows manufacturers of Android devices the ability to customize the operating system to support additional file types.

  1. Video

    • The Gallery application provides native support for 3GPP and MPEG-4 video files, using both the H.263 and H.264 AVC codecs. The 3GPP format is the universal format for videos on most cellphones, making the file type accessible to contacts using non-Android cellphones or tablets. Devices running Android 2.3.3 or higher also have support for video files in the WebM format.


    • While the Gallery application is not the default means for playing audio files, a video or image file may have an audio stream built into it. The Android operating system supports 3GPP files with various codecs, MP3, AAC, MIDI, Ogg and WAVE files. Devices running Android 3.1 or higher also support FLAC audio files. FLAC files are raw, lossless audio files, aiming to provide the original audio source in the purest, most intricate format.


    • Image files in the JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP formats can be viewed in the Gallery application. The JPEG format is typically the default file type for pictures taken by Android devices. The GIF format is capable of including motion, slideshows or audio in a single file. The BMP format is an uncompressed file type that takes up more storage space than other formats.

    Additional Information

    • Google's Android operating system is an open-source mobile interface that encourages development and customization. The manufacturer of an Android device has the ability to give a smartphone or tablet additional support for any file type that it sees fit. Refer to the manufacturer's device specifications for information on the media file types it supports.

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