With a media upload size of up to 2 GB, Telegram allows you to share large video files in groups and channels. The problem occurs when the downloaded Telegram videos fail to play on the PC. Here is how you can fix Telegram videos not playing on Windows 11 PC.
1. Download Telegram videos without any problem
First, let us show you how to download Telegram videos without any hassle on Windows 11 PC.
Step 1: Open Telegram on your PC or laptop.
2nd step: Go to a chat, group or channel where you want to upload the video.
Step 3: Right-click on the video file and select Save As from the context menu.
Step 4: Select the desired download location on the Windows 11 PC and Telegram will start downloading the video.
You will see the Telegram video appear in the file manager, but it won’t open until it completes the download process in the app.
Things to keep in mind when downloading videos in Telegram
- Check the video file size – if it’s too large, make sure you’re using a fast internet connection. Opt for a 5 GHz Wi-Fi connection and not the 2.4 GHz one.
- Pause other download processes or streaming in the background.
- Don’t completely close the Telegram app. You can minimize the app and continue working on other tasks.
If you pause the download process or cancel it before completion, you will end up with a broken Telegram video file that won’t open on PC.
2. Use the Movies & TV app
The default media application on Windows can play popular video formats like .mp4 without any issues.
Open the File Manager app on the PC. Select the video file you want to play. Right-click it and go to Open with menu > Movies & TV app.
The video will open in the Movies & TV app and start playing.
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3. Install HEVC Video Extensions
The default video player does not support all file formats. When trying to open some Telegram videos, you may encounter an error with the system asking you to install the relevant HEVC codec files.
Microsoft offers HEVC Video Extensions from the Microsoft Store on Windows. You can buy it for $0.99 and they will be integrated into the video player.
Now you can go ahead and start playing Telegram videos.
4. Use VLC video player
Are you still facing problems with Telegram videos not playing on your Windows 11 PC? This can happen with a few video file formats, such as .mkv, which are not supported by the default video player on the PC.
If you downloaded a Telegram video in .mkv or other unsupported format, you need to use a third-party video player on the web.
VLC is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed video players for Windows. Using VLC, you can play the downloaded Telegram video on the PC.
VLC media player is officially available on Microsoft Store on Windows.
Step 1: Visit Microsoft Store on Windows and search for VLC.
2nd step: Find the app among the suggestions and click Install.
Step 3: After successful installation, go to file manager and find the Telegram video.
Step 4: Right-click on it and select Open With from the context menu.
Step 5: Select the VLC media player and the app will start playing the video as usual.
If you are happy with the VLC experience on the Windows 11 PC, you have the option to set the app as the default video player for specific video files. Here’s how.
Step 1: Right-click on the video file and go to the Open With menu.
2nd step: Select Choose another app.
Step 3: Click on the VLC media player and check the box “Always use this app to open a specific file”.
5. Contact the group administrator on Telegram
Sometimes the group admin accidentally uploads a broken video file to the platform. You can download it, but no matter what you try, you will not be able to play the video on Windows 11 PC.
You can contact the admin of the Telegram group or channel and ask them to check the video file and upload it again.
Watch Telegram Videos on Windows PC
Since Telegram supports all file formats, you may download a file format that is not supported on the PC. You need to install video codecs or rely on a third party video player to play the file for you.
What trick worked for you? Share your findings in the comments below.
Last updated on January 21, 2022
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