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VLC Media Player Alternatives for Android

There are many alternatives to VLC Media Player for Android if you are looking for a replacement. The best Android alternative is MPV, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to VLC Media Player and loads of them are available for Android so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Android alternatives to VLC Media Player are MX Player, Kodi, KMPlayer and GOM Player.

VLC Media Player alternatives are mainly Media Players but may also be Audio Players or Internet Radio Services. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of VLC Media Player.
This page was last updated Jun 29, 2022
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  1. MPV is an MPlayer-based video player that is available on all major desktop operating systems. Linux users in particular cite MPV as one of the best alternatives to VLC. Its interface is extremely minimal, though with that comes extraordinary stability.

    MPV vs VLC Media Player opinions
    Almost everyone thinks MPV is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
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    Shuunen

    finally seeking in a video is smooth <3

    Top positive comment  about 1 year ago
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    JohnFastman

    There was a time when VLC was justifiably considered the best open-source cross-platform movie player. MPV has closed the gap substantially and is likely to work out-of-the-box in a minority of cases where VLC gets stuck. Excellent software. Open souce (trustworthy) and free, of course.

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    salvadormoraleslen

    It does not have similar interface.

    Top negative comment  2 days ago
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    awvalenti

    Very minimal, indeed, and very fast. Has many keyboard shortcuts and displays album art for songs. I decided not to use it because I need global hotkeys (play/pause, next, previous) to work, and they didn't (at least on Windows).

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    vanzkiiee

    Best player for entertainment language learning as it can display 2 subs at a time and can be synched with Anki, the best tool for learning. ?

    Positive comment about 1 year ago
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    collorfrisie

    it integrates with syncplay

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
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    xvhpqg

    Changing playback speed doesn't cause audio dropouts.

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
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  2. Though MX Player only supports Android devices, it is often cited as one of the platform's best video players. Featuring extensive customization options, an Android-optimized design, and plenty of supported video formats, MX Player is worth checking out on your Android phone or tablet if you're looking for a simple, optimized video player.

    MX Player vs VLC Media Player opinions
    Most users think MX Player is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.

    Powerful, Support lots of formats. Easy to use

    Positive comment almost 6 years ago
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    salvadormoraleslen

    Some missing features but almost similar to VLC player

    Positive comment 2 days ago
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    HurDugggio

    Really does a good job of playing a video with maximized settings. Looks gorgeous.

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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    aalooksth

    Fully customisable, very easy to use interface, modern design, very powerful

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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  3. Though Kodi can function as an alternative to VLC, its strengths lie in its robust cataloging of media and robust sorting and organization options for TV shows, movies, and music. Its media server capabilities are front and center, its playback functionality is nothing to sneeze at, and it can be used for that exact purpose.

    Kodi vs VLC Media Player opinions
    Some users think Kodi is a great alternative to VLC Media Player, some don't.

    Kody is more oriented to being a fullscreen video/music cataloguing application, but it has an internal video/audio/iptv playing system with very good decoding capabilities like VLC and can be windowed as well

    Top positive comment  almost 7 years ago
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    Can also play many formats, and can organize video libraries, playing over UPnP, FTP, and many other protocols

    Top positive comment  about 3 years ago
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    Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a software media center.

    Top negative comment  almost 7 years ago
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    LesterCovax

    Kodi is a media server first and foremost. It's like comparing Google Docs to Microsoft Office.

    Negative comment over 1 year ago
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    Kodi is a fullscreen media library manager, a whole home theater frontend. Slower for the purpose, with more complex navigation.

    Negative comment about 2 years ago
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  4. KMPlayer

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    KMPlayer is often praised for its interface, which has been described as more functional and user-friendly than VLC or Media Player Classic Home Cinema. Its playlist manager is more akin to WinAmp's than it is to VLC or other video players, which makes it desirable for those with vast multimedia catalogs. It also includes very granular customization options.

    Most users think KMPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
  5. GOM Player

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    GOM Player is a freeware media player. Key strengths are the ability to play the majority of media files without the need to obtain a codec, and the ability to play some broken media files, both advantages over traditional players, like Windows Media Player.

    Bundleware

    The installer contains additional bloatware that can hijack your browser's settings. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/

    GOM Player vs VLC Media Player opinions
    Most users think GOM Player is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.

    VLC Player looks like it belongs on a Windows 95 computer. GOM Player has a much more professional interface with lots of options.

    Positive comment almost 7 years ago
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    clydelyman

    Its effects are easier to use and it has an extensive Preferences selection; BE AWARE, they have a separate music player. I have both. the Reverb is solid. you can avoid the crapware by doing the first download from Ninite and just updating or do a custom install. To my knowledge GOM does not recored.

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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    Support almost all types of video formats.

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  6. Poweramp v3 is a major update focused on the new Audio engine, UI, and navigation.

    Most users think Poweramp is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
  7. BSPlayer

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android
    • Kindle Fire

    BSPlayer is the first software movie player ever to enable its users to focus on watching the movie instead of dealing with poor computer capabilities or running around looking for a proper setting and codec. Also, it has very low CPU and RAM requirements.

    Almost everyone thinks BSPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.
  8. RadioDroid

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    Radio streaming app that uses the online radio lists from www.radio-browser.info.

  9. Vanilla Music

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid

    Vanilla Music is designed to be simple, clean and minimal. Supports browsing by folder, queueing, shake-to-skip and more.

    Vanilla Music vs VLC Media Player opinions
    Some users think Vanilla Music is a great alternative to VLC Media Player, some don't.
    tvgoing1

    Music only, it is not multimedia

    Negative comment over 3 years ago
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  10. A fork of Phonograph Music Player that "makes all Pro features free, as they used to be". It has a material design that's easy on the eyes, and it's easy to use, customizable (multiple themes), has folder browsing, a sleep timer and tag editor.

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