VLC for Android, App: Syncing Sound by Adjusting Audio Delay

In VLC for Android, if you find that the audio of a particular movie or video is out of sync, then you can fix it using the audio delay feature. You can specify how much to delay the sound by, in terms of milliseconds. If a sound is delayed by 1000 milliseconds then it will play after 1 second after the video. If a sound is delayed by -1000 milliseconds, it will move forward by 1 second in the video. The option is available on the screen after hitting the three dots … from the controls menu. It is the seventh icon in the on-screen options.

For the desktop version: Syncing Audio in VLC Media Player

The detailed steps to sync audio by adjusting the delay in VLC for Android:

  • Open a video in VLC Media Player.
  • If the on-screen control isn’t showing, tap on the screen.
  • Tap on the second button in the interface
  • Press the option that says Audio Delay
    Audio Delay VLC
  • Tap on the plus ‘+’ or minus ‘-‘ button
    Audio Delay Options

Once you press the Audio Delay feature, you can hit the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ button located on the screen. Hitting plus once will delay the music by 50 ms. You might have to tap the button a couple of times or continue pressing it to make sure that the audio is in sync. Pressing on the minus sign will have the opposite effect. The minus button will speed up the sound as in moving it forward and it will play before the video.

Syncing audio is a really useful feature. Sometimes in movies, you will notice that an actor will move their lips but the sounds of the dialogue will come after a while. Sometimes, the opposite happens and the dialogue will come before the lips move. This is where the audio delay feature will come to the rescue.

So, if your audio comes first before the video, adjust it with the plus button by increasing the audio delay. If your audio comes later than the video, adjust it with the minus button. Sounds confusing? Play with it around for a while and you will get the hang of it!

Remember the Audio Delay

You might have noticed that the audio delay that you set will be there for the current run only. When you open the movie, the next time, it won’t have the same delay in place. VLC will forget the settings. If you want to keep the audio delay for the next run then you should head on to the options.

Here are the detailed steps to make sure that VLC for Android will remember the audio delay:

  • Go to ☰ Menu
  • Tap on Settings
  • Under Extra Settings, tap on Video
  • Check (or uncheck) the Save audio delay option
    Save Audio Delay

Now, the audio delay settings will be saved for the next run. It only applies to the individual video. You won’t have to set it again and again. Visit the same options to remove it.

11 thoughts to “VLC for Android, App: Syncing Sound by Adjusting Audio Delay”

  1. I use a command-line option. It might solve your problem.

    Settings – Extra settings > Advanced
    Custom libVLC options:

  2. I have exactly the same issue. I uninstalled vlc, on 29/03/2020 and did a fresh install. The option IS NOT PRESENT.

  3. I am using VLC on my Fire TV Cube, After setting the delay I was waved if after setting the delay, I pressed back to dismiss the adjust dialog and immediately pressed the down arrow I would have the opportunity to “Save the delay as default”. After resetting my Cube and reinstalling VLC (v3.2.7) (probably a different version than previously installed), I no longer have the option of saving the delay. The save delay per video file has never worked, but I figured it was because I was playing from a server on my network.

    I just noticed that I am not running the newest version, v3.2.9, I will update and report if anything changes.

  4. The audio delay settings in VLC worked fine for me adjusted for firestick – sadly I have just upgraded the app the this function is now gone making the app useless – can it be put back please I cant watch everything out of lip sync!!!

      1. Nope, the second button gives the same options as the fourth: Sleep Timer down to Save Playlist. No mention of subtitles, audio track or audio delay. Looks like a glitch of some sort.

  5. I had noticed once I set the audio delay and tapped the screen to remove the + – symbols that a quick message popped up at the bottom of the display to save settings and it seems that it is now a default audio delay for all files.

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