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Editors' Review

VLC for Android is a must-have video player to watch almost any video or audio file you have on your phone. It handles a wide range of multimedia files, it's powerful yet easy to use, and perhaps, best of all, it's a free download.


Handles a broad range of formats: The VLC player for Android can play most video and audio formats -- including MP4, AVI, Ogg, FLAC, and AAC -- and is the app to turn to if you can't open a multimedia file with your current player. To tweak playback, the app includes a built-in equalizer you can control by dragging sliders.

Handy interface: VLC's playback window does a nice job of displaying the video title, total and remaining time, subtitle tracks, and more. By swiping on different parts of the screen, you can adjust brightness, volume, and playback, as well as navigate through your files.

View or browse files on your device: In the app's browser view, you can see all the videos on your device, individually and grouped by name. If you'd rather browse for a multimedia file, you can use VLC's built-in file explorer to navigate through the folders on your device.

Free and open source: VLC is available as a free download on Android and iPhone devices, Mac and Windows, and Linux. The software is open source, which explains in part why other video players in the Google Play store closely resemble VLC.

SEE: The Best Mobile Apps for Watching Video


Chromecast not supported: VideoLAN Project, the developer of VLC, said it is working on the ability to stream via Chromecast. The company, however, has been promising support for at least three years.

Bottom Line

The VLC player for Android handles a wide variety of multimedia formats, does a great job of helping you navigate through folders, lets you control playback with gestures, and offers a surprisingly rich collection of tools for setting the quality of audio and video playback. You might be able to find a better free multimedia player than VLC, but we're not sure it would be worth the effort.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.13


* Fix subtitles not reloaded when multitasking

* Fix forward/rewind actions with Assistant

* Improve video player accessibility descriptions

* Stability improvements

* Misc. fixes


* Video player: improve use of seekbar with remote

* Fix crashes in main screen

* Restore recommendations on Oreo


* Update VLC core


Publisher Videolabs
Publisher web site
Release Date November 10, 2018
Date Added November 10, 2018
Version 3.0.13


Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size Not Available
File Name External File


Total Downloads 136,302
Downloads Last Week 72


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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