Play all types of videos on your iPhone or iPad

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VLC is a free and open source video player that is available on many platforms, including iPhone. It can play almost all video formats, including HD and 4K files.

Installation and first use


  • Download VLC for iOS if you haven't done so yet.
  • Once opened, you will be greeted by an “empty media library” where you can add video files.

Add video files to VLC

There are two ways to add video files to VLC:

Via Dropbox

  • Open VLC.
  • Tap the menu icon (three dots) in the upper left corner.
  • Select "dropbox".
  • Enter your Dropbox login credentials.

Via WiFi

  • Open VLC.
  • Tap the menu icon (three dots) in the upper left corner.
  • Select “Send over Wi-Fi”.


  • Enable the “Enable” option.
  • Note the IP address that appears.
  • On your computer, open a web browser.
  • Enter the VLC IP address.
  • Drag and drop the video files you want to add to VLC.

Managing and playing videos

Explore and manage your library

  • All videos added via Dropbox or Wi-Fi will be listed in the main menu.
  • Next to each video you will see its name and size. Unwatched videos will be marked "new".
  • To delete a video, tap "Edit," then choose "delete."
  • To play a video, simply click on it.

Advanced playback and settings

  • By opening a video, it will play in VLC player.
  • You can turn your iPhone to landscape mode.
  • Adjust the playback speed by clicking the watch icon and sliding from left to right.
  • The "landscape" icon allows you to adjust brightness, contrast, etc.
  • The arrow icon in the upper right corner adjusts the display ratio (for example, 4:3, 16:9).
  • The controls will disappear after a few moments, but you can recall them to the screen or return to the library by tapping the "OK" icon.


VLC for iOS turns your iPhone into a real media center. Thanks to this guide, exploit the full potential of VLC and enjoy your media like never before.