Google Drive is an excellent software tool to share videos and music. However, in recent days, many users have reflected that Google Drive would not be able to play some MP4 videos. They often encounter the issue showing that “The video cannot be played” on the screen. If you are trying to play MP4 video on Google Drive, or you have already met the MP4 playback failure on it before, then this article is here for you to avoid the unnecessary failure in the future. Furthermore, more details related to Google Drive would be provided as well.

Part 1: How to Play MP4 Video and Movie on Google Drive?

Google Drive is an online cloud storage service launched by Google. Through this service, users can get 15GB of free storage space. At the same time, if users have greater demand, they can get more storage space by paying. Users can log in through a unified Google account. Google Drive will provide users with 15GB of free storage space, enough for daily use. Now, asides from the function of storing digital data, Google Drive is also enabled with the preview function which now can be compatible with various multimedia formats, including image files, PDF, video and Word documents as well as WebM, MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, etc.

Actually, playing MP4 videos on Google Drive is an easy task, because there is a built-in MP4 video player within Google Drive which can be compatible with various devices, including computers, Android, iPhone and iPad. What you only need to do is to install the Google Drive on these devices, or in other ways, you can directly use the Google Drive web interface to play the MP4 videos. In most cases, the MP4 videos can be played smoothly. However, some unfriendly issues may happen while playing the MP4 videos on Google Drive. Next, I will list the common issues and present the solutions accordingly.

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Part 2: Why Sometimes I Can't Play MP4 Video on Google Drive?

In fact, Google Drive MP4 player is able to present the MP4 video playbacks without any doubts, however, you may encounter some failure during the playback and next, I will list the major reasons for this failure.

Reason 1. Browser version
The MP4 videos are usually played on Google Drive on browser. But if your browser has not been updated to the latest version or some settings are not set properly, then the MP4 videos could not be played.
Reason 2. Installed plug-in may be a problem.
If you get used to installing all kinds of plug-ins or extensions to your browser, then it may result in the speed of the performance of the Google Drive.
Reason 3. Video resolution not supported
The supported video resolution for Google Drive is 1920*1080p. Make sure your MP4 videos are formatted in such a video resolution. Or, it would not be played by Google Drive.
Reason 4. Internet speed is too slow
If you don’t have the proper Internet speed, your Google Drive’s internal MP4 player would not work accordingly. In common cases, Google Drive needs stable and high-speed internet.
Reason 5. Inappropriate router setting
If you are using the traditional routers, usually the MP4 playback failure would not happen. But if your internet router is the new version, then it may come with internet limiters and security protocols.

Part 3: How to Solved Google Drive Won't Play MP4 Movies

Well, actually, the above reason list for the MP4 videos failure is to be continued. For example, it may also be caused by the RAM of your computer. Anyway, based on the Google Drive not playing MP4 problem, the detailed solutions would be given below.

Solution 1. Check your browser version
Make sure your browser version has been updated to the newest if you would like play MP4 videos on Google Drive smoothly. By the way, do not install too many extensions or plug-ins. Or in other ways, you had better disable these plug-ins for another try.

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Solution 2. Check Internet connection
A proper and fast internet would make your MP4 player be played on Google Drive. First, you can check your internet connection using an online speed tester. Then, if you found your speed is fine and you can try to reset the modern and router and turn off for several minutes. In most cases, the internet connection could be reset once again.
Solution 3. Clear RAM
If you have tried the above solutions, but nothing works, then there is another way for you to try. Actually, you should install a new RAM, but here another more convenient way is to clear the RAM. First open the Chrome option and navigate to “History” and locate the “Clear browsing data” option and click “Clear data” option.
Solution 4. Disable hardware acceleration
If the hardware acceleration has been activated, then it may occupy too much GPU on your computer which would slow down the processing speed of your Google Drive. In order to avoid the cause for the failure of MP4 playback on Google Drive, the only way you should do is to disable hardware acceleration. First open the Chrome browser and locate the settings, then click “Advanced” option to choose “System” at the bottom of the setting panel where you can click the “Disable” option to make it works.

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Part 4: Free MP4 Alternative to Play MP4 Movies

Usually, Google Drive is adopted to be used as a cloud storage application whose major function is to keep your abundant files safe and sound, instead of a professional media player to provide users with the playback solutions. At the same time, if allowed, you can download these MP4 videos or movies from Google Drive to keep on your local hard drive. Then, second of all, turn aside to another powerful media player which can undoubtedly play MP4 movies without any concerns. Concerning one of the powerful media players, Leawo Blu-ray Player is the one you can trust.

As a 100% free media player software, Leawo Blu-ray Player contains all media playback solutions you need for your leisure entertainment, including Blu-ray, DVD, HD (4K), ISO file with MP4, AVI, MPEG, and other popular formats supported. With advanced image and audio processing technology, Leawo Free Blu-ray Player software could provide you with quality-lossless image for even 4K video, stereo audio enjoyment, all regions free DVD and Blu-ray decryption and user-oriented playback control. What shouldn't be missed is that it also enables you to convert Blu-ray movies to MKV files without quality loss.

For the detailed instructions on how to play video with Leawo Blu-ray Player, it is quite easy. What you need to do is to download the player and install it on your computer.

Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray Player and install it.
Step 2. Enter the main interface and load the MP4 movie on the computer by clicking the “Open File” button on the home interface.

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Step 3. Set the personalizing parameters. After loading the MP4 file, you can watch it smoothly. But in order to get the specialized watching experience, you can move your mouse to the left upper corner and then you can see four icons which represent Subtitles Setting, Video Setting, Audio Setting and Playlist Panel respectively.

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Step 4. Set video and audio parameters. Click the second icon and the third icon in the marked area on the picture to set video parameters and audio parameters respectively. The editing features of Leawo Blu-ray Player allow you to obtain a customized video and will give you more special watching experience.

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Part 5: Conclusion

If you are worried about your large number of digital files, Google Drive could be your helpful hand to store these data which can be up to 15GB free space for users. If everything goes well, you can immediately play the MP4 files smoothly due to the built-in MP4 player within Google Drive. Sometimes MP4 video cannot be played on Google Drive due to some improper settings, such as plug-ins, outdated Chrome browser, or the unpleasant internet connection.

Then, how to play MP4 files on Google Drive? Referring to the above solutions and hope these solutions would work it out. But as another more convenient method, Leawo Blu-ray Player can be your alternative player option to obtain the MP4 playback solutions. Indeed, it is worth trying!