VLC for Android

4.1
1.79M reviews
100M+
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Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols.

This is the port of VLC media player to the Android™ platform. VLC for Android can play any video and audio files, as well as network streams, network shares and drives, and DVD ISOs, like the desktop version of VLC.

VLC for Android is a full audio player, with a complete database, an equalizer and filters, playing all weird audio formats.

VLC is intended for everyone, is totally free, has no ads, no in-app-purchases, no spying and is developed by passionate volunteers. All the source code is available for free.


Features
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VLC for Android™ plays most local video and audio files, as well as network streams (including adaptive streaming), DVD ISOs, like the desktop version of VLC. It also support disk shares.

All formats are supported, including MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv and AAC. All codecs are included with no separate downloads. It supports subtitles, Teletext and Closed Captions.

VLC for Android has a media library for audio and video files, and allows to browse folders directly.

VLC has support for multi-track audio and subtitles. It supports auto-rotation, aspect-ratio adjustments and gestures to control volume, brightness and seeking.

It also includes a widget for audio control, supports audio headsets control, cover art and a complete audio media library.


Permissions
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VLC for Android needs access to those categories:
• "Photos/Media/Files" to read your all media files :)
• "Storage" to read your all media files on SD cards :)
• "Other" to check network connections, change the volume, set the ringtone, run on Android TV and display the popup view, see below for details.

Permission Details :
• It needs "read the contents of your USB storage", in to order to read your media files on it.
• It needs "modify or delete the contents of your USB storage", in order to allow deletion of files and store subtitles.

• It needs "full network access", to open network and internet streams.
• It needs "prevent phone from sleeping" in order to prevent... your phone from sleeping when watching a video.
• It needs "change your audio settings", in order to change audio volume.
• It needs "modify system settings", in order to allow you to change your audio ringtone.
• It needs "view network connections" in order to monitor whether device is connected or not.
• It needs "draw over other apps" to start the custom picture-in-picture widget.
• It needs "control vibration" to give feedback on the controls.
• It needs "run at startup" to set recommendations on Android TV launcher screen, only used on Android TV devices.
• It needs "microphone" to provide voice search on Android TV devices, only asked on Android TV devices.
Updated on
Feb 20, 2023

Data safety

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Ratings and reviews

4.1
1.67M reviews
Huy Pham
May 20, 2023
Good "default" video player with a good selection of options. However, is annoying that you have to manually select "play as audio" if you wanted to have the audio continue playing when you turn the screen off or exit the app (there should be an option to do it automatically). Also, when using the repeat/loop video option, the video shows a black screen for a brief second in between the loop (at end and beginning), I think it's better if the video could loop seamlessly without a gap in between.
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Videolabs
May 24, 2023
You can enable playback in background for when you turn off the screen by going to More -> Settings -> Background/PiP mode. As for the gap less playback, we are working on it, and should be there in version 4 of the app. Thank you for the feedback
Bronson
May 26, 2023
After some customization, it's quite good. The only thing I wish for more than anything in this app is the ability to play audio from this app while watching something in your browser. Sometimes I'm able to brute force it into working, but it's impossible to sync the two audios that way. PiP or playing in background don't solve this problem. It's a 1/1,000,000 chance for me to trick my phone into playing VLC and browser audio at once. Please, I beg you, make this a consistent feature.
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Bill Hustad
May 29, 2023
Very frustrating to use with poor file managemeSome folders/ music files do not transfer from computer or are incomplete. When i plug my phone into my computer i can see some files that I cannot access on the phone or the identifying information is missing. An example is a CD I transferred and the first 2 songs are missing. I plugged the phone back into my computer and drag/dropped the 2 songs in there. They show when i look in the folder on the computer but they still do not show on the phone
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What's new

* Fix media controls not working after some time on Android 13
* Fix audio notification icon transparency
* Fix some Android Auto and Android TV behaviors
* Fix opening from other apps
* Bluetooth fixes
* Minor interface fixes
* Crash fixes