How to play APNG files in Windows 10 [FULL GUIDE]

Ivan Jenic
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Playing Animated PNG files on a Windows 10 device

APNG or Animated Portable Network Graphic can be considered to be a more advanced version of GIF files for adding animations just about anywhere, be it on websites, in social interactions and so on.

While the basic working of APNG remains the same, in that it can combine multiple images in a single file, the quality of the sequence created is far better in an APNG file than with GIFs.

However, there might be times when you are not able to open APNG files in a Windows 10 environment. That however is a temporary situation as the same can be remedied easily.

How can I play APNG files on my PC?

1. Using your browser

UR browser how to play apng files in Windows 10

In the past, APNG format was supported only by Firefox, however, that changed over the years and now almost all major browsers support APNG natively. However, if you want the best APNG support, you might want to try UR Browser.

This browser has the same features that Chrome does, but it focuses heavily on user privacy. UR Browser comes with built-in malware, phishing and tracking protection, and there’s also a built-in VPN, so you can rest assured that your browsing sessions will remain secure and private.

Want to learn why UR Browser is one of the most secure browsers on the market? Check out our in-depth review!

2. Using XnView

xnview how to play apng files in Windows 10

  1. XnView is one of the best APNG viewers and it also comes free.
  2. Apart from serving as a free animated PNG viewer, the XnView application also serves as an image file viewer, photo converter and image organizer.
  3. With an in-built navigating pane, finding and selecting APNG files becomes far more convenient than elsewhere.
  4. You will just have to navigate to the APNG file that you wish to playback, and the file will play automatically.
  5. The animation gets played back at the bottom narrow portion of the XnView’s interface though you can always expand the section to make viewing more comfortable.

This should be all that you will need to do if you wish to play APNG or Animated Portable Network Graphic files in Windows 10.