VLC for Android

4.1
1.85M 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
27 Aug 2023

Data safety

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Ratings and reviews

4.1
1.73M reviews
Darin Woods
4 June 2024
I like VLC on my PC, but the mobile experience could be better. If I access files from the browse section, I can't order anything other than by name. To order by date, I would need to go to the video or audio sections. Network media access has been nice, but sometimes performance is slow or it randomly disconnects. I think the biggest issue I have is casting MOV files. Unless I re-save them on my phone, they always play upside down. They play in the correct orientation in the app.
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Joshua Roberson
1 June 2024
It would be nice if it was easier to "Add this folder" to create a playlist without having to retype the folder name. Otherwise, the app works great. Further, it would be nice if I could disable the previous and next buttons on the lock screen. While listening to audiobooks, I have accidentally hit them so many times instead of the step buttons.
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Videolabs
8 April 2024
Thank you for your feedback, your request was forwarded to our technical team.
Dan Yavuzkurt
5 June 2024
Good: The best free player, and I've tried the others! Has no ads, plays everything. The bad: keeps getting phone battery usage alert. Equalizer takes 3 seconds or more to work or change. Non-dismissible notification, cant exit app, very annoying. it's ok for playing music and videos - but it's terrible for audio books. It loses your place when you switch out of the app and doesn't let you make bookmarks, so you are constantly trying to find where you were. Use Simple Audiobook player instead.
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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