VLC for Android

4.1
1.85M reviews
100M+
Downloads
Editors' Choice
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
Aug 27, 2023

Data safety

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Ratings and reviews

4.1
1.72M reviews
Christopher Stevens (ChrusherComix)
May 18, 2024
The only music player on my phone. It does a great job of organizing music by artist, album, year, whatever I want, and uses the album art, which not only is esthetically pleasing, but helpful in organizing and finding what you're looking for. Also works for video, which particularly on my laptop computer is far and away my favorite as well. My go-to on both mobile and PC.
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Matthew Tateossian
March 1, 2024
Three main issues for me. First, VLC has a bad habit of not detecting changes to things like a song's album art, though usually there's a way to get it to work eventually. Second, there's no way to sort by composer, which is annoying as a classical music listener. Lastly, the app sorts by number as if they were just characters and not as the actual number (i.e. it sorts 1, 12, 15, 2, 20, 26, 3, 31, etc.)
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Kyle Baker
April 1, 2024
1. Picks random pictures for album art... ??? Picked a NSFW image that had nothing to do with a random song I downloaded, and added it as an album cover. Super awkward, and no easy way to fix it. This isn't the only time it has done this, but by far the worst example of why this is a huge problem. 2. Getting horrible audio artifacting from many high quality MP3s I have. I thought my headphones were blown out, but it sounds fine when I switch to a different app. This is your one job, vlc...
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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