Android TV – How to Install and Use VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is universal and is available for Android TVs. Besides being freely available for desktops/laptops (PC/Windows, Mac and Linux) and Mobile Devices (Android, iPhone/iPad and Windows Mobile), it can be installed on our big screens. That is if our big screens is powered by Android TV or if we have an Android TV Box like the Xiaomi Mi TV Box S. It is officially available at the Google Play Store for Android TV. This version of the Play Store holds a fewer number of apps designed specially for smart Android televisions. The app is also called VLC for Android and is similar to the Android Phone version. Installing VLC Media Player on your Android TV is as easy as locating the app on the Play Store and hitting install.

This post will be a visual guide to install and use VLC Media Player on your Android TV.

Installing VLC Media Player

  1. From your home screen, locate Google Play Store and click on it with your remote.Google Play Store Android TV
  2. Search for VLC in the Play Store for Android TV and click on it.Searching for VLC
  3. Hit Install on the app listing page.
    Install VLC
  4. Once the app installation is complete, you can open it. It can also be accessed from the All Apps section.

Using the VLC for Android App

The first time you run the app, give it the necessary permissions to access your storage media.

Give Permissions

Now, you can access Video, Audio, Browsing and Other sections from the Left. Video and Audio is to access your local media and media from the library.

Browsing allows you to access foldersInternal memory, USB storage, Local memory and Streaming devices.

Browsing in VLC in Android TV

Locate a media file and tap on it to open it with the app. When any media is open, hit the down button to bring up the navigation. Scroll through it using the left/right arrows once the timeline is highlighted. Pressing left/right buttons will skip 10 seconds forward or backward.

Press on the up button to bring up the settings. From Other > Settings, we can access all the necessary settings. The settings are quite similar to the one that you see in smartphones.

We can choose the media library folders, auto re-scan, video options, playback history settings, and extra settings related to Interface, Video, Subtitles, Audio and Advanced. Check out our complete guide for Android’s VLC to know every detail about these settings.

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