VLC for Android

4.1
1.83M reviews
100M+
Downloads
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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
Aug 27, 2023

Data safety

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Ratings and reviews

4.1
1.71M reviews
Stephen Crye
February 23, 2024
The underlying code is very solid The interface is getting better. Now able to choose which folders to scan. Many people don't realize that this is not technically a video file player, it can decode video streams. So in order to display a thumbnail it needs to stream a bit of the file. I wish it had more of the transcode and convert features of the desktop version.
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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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Brianzilla2004
February 8, 2024
The current version of VLC has an annoying issue with needing to re-sync the entire music library. If you have a lot of music, this can take several minutes before you can listen to your content. Worst of all, if you use playlists they will be completely unpopulated every time the library needs to be re-sync. I just finished putting together a playlist, and then when I tried to open it VLC being syncing again. All gone. Please fix this problem. If it weren't for this I'd rate it 5 stars.
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Videolabs
February 12, 2024
You can deactivate the auto-rescan in the settings, sorry for the inconvenience, we are working to improve performances on this.

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