Install VLC Media Player on Android

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VLC is a highly popular, open-source multimedia player that is available on a variety of platforms, including Android. Because VLC is open-source software, run by the Non-profit VideoLAN organization, it's continuously getting improved and enhanced. VLC can play any media file; mp3, WebM, MKV, AVI, FLAC, etc. In addition to its versatility, users can customize the look of their player with various skins and layouts.

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VLC for Android also comes with a vast selection of settings for playing audio and video files. Aspect ratio, Background PiP, Screen orientation, Brightness level, Audio boost are just a few of the many options users can tweak to enhance playback.

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In the following VisiHow tutorial, we're going to walk through the steps for installing and using VLC for Android. In this article, we used a Google Pixel running Android 8.1.0.

Download and Install VLC Media Player for Android

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    From the home screen, swipe up to access the app drawer.
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    Once inside your app drawer, tap the "Play Store" shortcut.
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    When the Play Store app opens, search for; "vlc for Android" (without the quotes)
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    When the search results populate, tap the first link.
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    On VLC's information screen, tap the green "INSTALL" button.
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    Once the app has installed, tap "OPEN".
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    To properly use VLC, you'll have to grant the app permission access to your photos, media, and files.
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Play a Video File with VLC for Android

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    Launch VLC from either the home screen or app tray.
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    By default, video playback is the first option that VLC will open when it is started
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    Also, the first time you play a video file, you'll see a few tips appear on the screen.
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    If you tap the play button in the bottom right corner of the main video screen, it will play the first video file in your library.
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    At the top of the screen there are a few icons that can be helpful
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    The first is for searching for files on your device.
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    VLC will lead all playable file extensions in the video section each time the app is opened.
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    The second icon at the top of the screen, when tapped, will play all the video files in your library.
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    VLC will play each video one at a time until it has gone through your entire library.
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    The third icon at the top will allow you to sort your video files by; name, length, or date.
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    The last icon is the three-dot menu
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    Tap this; then you can refresh your files, as well as access the app's equalizer.
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    The equalizer will give you control over various frequencies. You can also select from a variety of presets.
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    When watching a video, there are a few buttons that appear when the screen is tapped
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    The first is the lock button; when tapped you will not be able to access your navigation bar until it's playback is unlocked.
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    The second button gives access to subtitle options
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    If a subtitle file is in the same location as the video you're playing, you'll be able to enable/disable it.
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    You can also download a subtitle from the internet, as well as sync an audio track.
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    The middle button is for Pausing or Playing
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    When a video is paused, you can move the playback position by dragging the dot to the left or the right.
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    The horizontal line represents the entire length of the video.
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    The fourth button will open up a variety of tools, such as; Jump to time, Playback speed, Audio/Subtitle delay, Equalizer and more.
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    The last button to the far right opens options for aspect ratio and various screen fitting settings.
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Play an Audio File with VLC for Android

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    Open VLC from the home screen or app tray.
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    With VLC open, tap the hamburger menu in the top left corner, then tap "Audio".
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    On the main Audio screen you'll see the same icons in the top right section of the screen (search, play all, sort, refresh, and equalizer)
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    Also, you can access audio files by tapping one of the section that runs across the entire top of the screen; ARTISTS, ALBUMS, SONGS, GENRES, and PLAYLISTS.
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    In our example below, we tapped on an Artist
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    This then opens a screen with all CDs/Albums listed in your library for that particular Artist.
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    You can play everything by tapping the large play button in the lower right corner, or, you can select an individual CD or Album.
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    When you choose a CD, for example, all the tracks will be listed, and if there is cover art, it will be displayed in the upper portion of the screen
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    You can play individual songs by tapping them, or you can play them all by tapping the large play button near the top left.
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  • Once a song is playing, it will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. You can how far into the song you are, and you can also pause it by tapping the pause button.

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      When you tap the song that's playing, you'll come to the main playback screen
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      Here you can choose; shuffle, repeat, skip to another track, move the play position around, and to play/pause.
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      At the top of the main playback screen there are three icons
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      The first will allow you to search for more music.
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      The second icon brings up the entire track list for the CD/Album you are on.
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      The third icon opens up various tools; Sleep in, Playback speed, name a playlist, equalizer, and jump to a specific time.
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      When on the main playback screen, you can go back to view the entire track list by tapping the song at the top of the screen.
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      While on the screen with the whole tracklist for a CD/Album, tap the three-dot menu next to a track
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      A menu will pop-up with the following options; Append, Insert next, Information, Add to playlist, Delete, and Set as ringtone.
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      To go back to the main CD/Album screen, tap the back arrow in the top left of the screen.
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      When on the main screen for a CD/Album, you can see additional options by tapping the three-dot menu next to it
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      The options are; Play, Append, Insert next, and Add to playlist.
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    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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