VLC Android: Access Graphic Equalizer & Other in-player Options

The Graphic Equalizer and other in-player options are useful when playing media. It can be brought up from the interface itself. We have to go to More Options to bring up settings like Equalizer, Playback speed,  Sleep timer, and others. VLC for Android has a number of settings and options. The way they are accessed can be divided into 2 categories. The first one is reached from ☰ Menu > Settings. It contains the longest list of preferences for the app. The second one is the options accessible when the media files are open. Both the video as well as the audio player interface has the More options button. It is represented by the three dots or ellipses shown either horizontally ⋯ or vertically ⋮. The video player interface seems to line the ellipses horizontally and the audio player has it vertically arranged.

How to Access Graphic Equalizer and Other Options

In the Video Player

This applies to the video player interface (☰ Menu > Video). The full list of options we can access are graphic equalizer, sleep timer, playback speed, jump to time, equalizer, play as audio, pop-up player, repeat mode, A-B repeat, and Save Playlist. When a video is open, there are a couple of buttons in the bottom part of the screen. If they are not showing, a simple tap on the display will bring it up in the lower part of the screen. Tap on the ellipses ⋯ and the options shown in the screenshot will display.

Options List

Tap on the Equalizer and it will display an on-screen four-band graphic equalizer.

In the Audio Player

It can get confusing to access the options and subsequently the equalizer in the audio player interface (☰ Menu > Video). We have to be in the full player interface. As for the video, it switches to the full interface automatically. The music player is minimized to the bottom part of the screen. There will be the song name and details scrolling down there. A pause/play button will also be there.

We have to tap, hold and drag the player from the bottom toward the top. Only then, we can say that we are in the full audio player interface. Once in the full interface, we will see a number of vertical ellipses ⋮ as they are against every media file. What we need to use is the one on the topmost part. It is there on the top-right of the full player interface.

Once we tap on ⋮, the six options that are displayed are Sleep timer, Playback speed, Jump to Time, Equalizer, A-B repeat, and Save Playlist.

More Options in Audio Player

Tap on Equalizer to pull up the Graphic Equalizer. It will display above the player’s current interface.

Using the Graphic Equalizer

Full Graphic Equalizer in VLC for Android

The equalizer in VLC for Android is a 10-band Graphic Equalizer. It supports 31 Hz, 63 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz, 8kHz, and 16 kHz. We might not see all these 10 sliders at once, It should be scrolled, side-by-side, within the on-screen equalizer. With these 10 audio spectrums and a list of presets, the audio output can be configured. The sliders can be dragged manually or we can choose these presets-Flat, Classical, Club, Dance, Full bass, Full bass and treble, Full treble, Headphones, Large Hall, Live, Party, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Ska, Soft, Soft rock, and Techno. The last one, New, allows us to create our custom preset.

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16 thoughts to “VLC Android: Access Graphic Equalizer & Other in-player Options”

  1. I can’t find the equalizer on my android phone. I know it’s here somewhere, just can’t find it. Van you help?

    1. I can’t find the equalizer on my Pixel either. VLC version 3.5.4 I think it is. I uninstalled and re-installed from the Play store. No difference. Still not there

    2. Unlike the PC version of VLC, you have to open a video to get to the audio equalizer.
      It appears that the settings of the EQ cannot be adjusted without having to close the audio and open a video again. Then the equalizer is available to adjust.

      Then, open your audio file again.
      Simple ! 🙁

      I guess these phones just don’t have enough computing power to run like the PC version.

  2. How can I use concert hall effect?…. there’s a option large hall…. but i don’t let ke that….so please of anyone knows about Equalizer setting to create concert hall effect please reply me ‼️

  3. Doesn’t work for me. Can’t find it going to ‘sound’ (ljud) as it is called in Swedish. the ‘dots’ don’t work and neither does any other options searching? Another thing irritating me is that it can’t just play the music. one after another, That I have stored. That’s a very simple option that should have been there in android vcl. Seems it’s all about streaming those days.


  4. Thanks for this, I knew I had seen it in the audio player, but couldn’t remember how I accessed it before.

  5. Is there a way to make audio equalizer settings follow the song(s) you created it for?
    It’s a pain having to switch for every song. Though some albums, say Ray Lynch, are good throughout, a mix of singles on a playlist needs a different equalizer setting for every one.
    Thanks for any help/ideas on this.

  6. Thank you for the heads up on using the Equalizer.


    I’ve found especially useful is compression. When listening to MP4 Podcasts, some presenters like to occasionally yell to get a point across. I use compression to knock out acoustic trauma. It works really well.

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