VLC for Android

4.1
1.75M reviews
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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
Nov 3, 2022

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4.1
1.75M reviews
Jacob Flandro
November 26, 2022
A UI is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it's not that good. Everything else about the player is super solid! But please bring back the old "return to video view" button instead of the bizarre "long tap the cover to restore the video" thing with a recurring pop-up that always ends up covering up the very control its trying to explain. (Or at least give us an option to disable the recurring explainer pop-up?)
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Chris Zeimet
November 30, 2022
Since the death of Play Music this has been my go-to for media on my phone. It works pretty well, I also use it to listen to soma.fm and has Android auto capability. My only complaint is with the Android Auto interface itself. I have a lot of albums on my phone and the ones I listen to more frequently are towards the bottom of the list, every time I go back to the albums it takes me all the way to the top and I have to scroll down again.
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Videolabs
December 6, 2022
Thank you for the feedback, we are currently working on adding favorites, so you should have this issue in the next version.
Danielle Siegel
November 8, 2022
The video changes after pausing and switching apps or screen timeout. It will pick up a completely different video in my folder or playlist at the same timestamp where the original one that was playing was paused. This did not occur until the most recent update and I can't seem to figure out how to fix it. Sometime while playing a video only playlist it switches to audio only. To get the option to switch back to video I have to turn off and on my screen to get the setting to populate.
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What's new

* Fix permission check on Android 12
* Fix the video playlist mode on TV
* Minor graphical fixes and improvements