VLC for Mobile

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  • Last update: 3 years ago
  • Compatibility: 2.2 and up
  • Author: Videolabs
  • Content rating: Rated for 3+
  • Package name: org.videolan.vlc
  • Last update: 3 years ago
  • Version: 2.7.8
  • Size: 72.9 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: VideoLAN
  • Content rating: Rated 4+
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Belarusian, Bosnian, Cambodian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Faeroese, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian Bokmål, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Singhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian
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VLC for Mobile review

There are lots of available video formats littering the Internet and your smartphone, so looking for a decent media player may be hard. Luckily, the VLC multimedia player exists.

VLC is a free to download and use, open source cross-platform media player. Using it, you will be able to play discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. VLC supports most multimedia files.

Functionality 4/5

Don’t be surprised, but you won’t find anything to watch or listen to after you first launch the app. The reason is that it’s a player, not a browser. That’s why you have to connect to other services with various videos. It may be a streaming server, own videos on your PC, or a UPnP media server.

VLC supports such formats as MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, FLAC, M2TS, AAC, and much more. Every codec is included without separate downloads. The app also supports subtitles, Teletext, and closed captions.

There is a media library for audio and video files, and folders which you can browse directly. You’ll find a handy widget for audio control, supporting audio headsets control, cover, art, and an extensive audio media library.

With VLC, you can use the auto-rotation, aspect-ratio settings and gestures to manage volume and brightness.

Design 4/5

The redesign looks awesome and keeps most of the controls in one easy-to-use menu with lots of options for uploading content.

You can change the picture quality. To do that, tap the button in the lower right to see some sliders, allowing you to set the brightness, contrast, saturation, and so on. All these settings are available while a video is playing.

Usability 4/5

With VLC you’ll play any video and audio file, network streams, network shares, drives, and DVD ISOs. It is a full audio player with a big database, an equalizer, and filters. VLC will play even the weirdest audio formats.

There’s a great equalizer, various filters, and handy features. It will be easy to browse the folders directly even if it’s a new app for you. It also supports multi-track audio, subtitles, and auto-rotation. You will be able to customize volume and brightness within the app.

VLC recognizes and sorts all the media files on your device. The app will organize your library by the metadata descriptions within the files. It’s a quick way to cope with all your media from one spot.

The app is easy-to-use, powerful, and supports different audio and video formats, even the rare ones. That allows you to watch the videos in a smooth and fast way.

Cross-platform use 4,5/5

This app is compatible with Android devices 2.2 and higher. You can also download it on iOS 7.0 or later. VLC is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

In-app purchases

VLC is suitable for everyone — it’s free, has no ads and in-app purchases. The dedicated volunteers developed the app, and it won’t spy you. Even the source code is available for free.


VLC is a cool video player for both iOS and Android devices with smooth controls you won’t experience with other apps from the genre. These gesture-based controls work seamlessly, and you won’t have to leave the video to use them. You’ll be able to tweak the picture quality in real time.

The app is comprehensible even for a non-tech savvy person. So, just wind the content you like and enjoy it with the VLC media player.

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If you have videos to watch, and I’m sure you do, then try VLC out. It’s a good app for video playback with gesture controls on mobile and high performance.

Pros : Convenient onscreen controls;
Various ways to upload media;
Support for Dropbox and Google Drive;
Friendly UI.

Cons : Creating a video library from scratch takes time;
You have to look for the videos on your own.

Functionality 4.0

Design 4.0

Usability 4.0

Cross-platform use 4.5

Average : 4.1

VLC for Mobile Version History

  • VLC for Mobile v.2.0.6 for Android 2.2+ Aug. 11, 2016
  • VLC for Mobile v.2.0.5 for Android 2.2+ Jul. 23, 2016
  • VLC for Mobile v.2.0.4 for Android 2.2+ Jul. 16, 2016
  • VLC for Mobile v.2.0.3 for Android 2.2+ Jul. 08, 2016
  • VLC for Mobile v.2.0.2 for Android 2.2+ Jun. 29, 2016
  • VLC for Mobile v.2.0.2 for Android 2.2+ Jun. 28, 2016
  • VLC for Mobile v.2.0.1 for Android 2.2+ Jun. 22, 2016
  • VLC for Mobile v.2.0.0 for Android 2.2+ Jun. 20, 2016
  • VLC for Mobile v.1.7.5 for Android 2.2+ Jan. 02, 2016
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