VLC 2.0 for Android released

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 21, 2016
Google Android

The update to VLC 2.0 for Android introduces a large number of new features such as network browsing and video playlists to the popular media player.

VLC Media Player may not be as popular on Android as it is on desktop computer systems, but it is still fairly popular thanks to the feature set it ships with.

The new version VLC 2.0 is available for all Android versions 2.2 and newer, and already available on Google Play and various third-party stores.

VLC 2.0 for Android

The following guide walks you through the major new features that are introduced in VLC 2.0 for Android.

Video Playlists

You can now add videos to a playlist to play them one after the other without breaking the flow at any time during playback.

The feature is a bit hidden in the application. Basically, what you need to do is tap on the three dots next to videos and select play all from the context menu that opens.

This works best for collections of videos that are located in the same directory.

Download subtitles

The new feature enables you to check for subtitles for selected video files automatically. VLC 2.0 uses the Open Subtitles service for that, and will download subtitles automatically when detected.

The player supported options to load local subtitle files in previous versions already.

Simply tap on the three dots next to a video and select "download subtitles" from the menu that opens, or tap on the speech bubble icon while a video is playing and select the option there.

You set the language for subtitle downloads in the player's settings under Interface > Subtitles download language.

Network Browsing

VLC 2.0 for Android introduces options to browse network resources and play media files stored on network servers using the Android device.

The player supports DLNA/UPnP, FTP, SFTP, NFS and Windows Shares. To use the feature, tap on the main menu icon on VLC's start page and there on Local Network.

VLC detects networks automatically, but you may add new servers manually as well. To do that tap on the plus icon and fill out server and account information to add it to VLC.

Pop-out window

Probably only useful on larger devices, the feature allows you to play videos in a smaller pop-out window on the screen while doing something else on the device.

To use the feature tap on the three dots while a video is playing, and select the dotted rectangle icon with the small rectangle inside to launch pop-out mode.

Other features of note

Apart from those major features, several smaller features or changes are also new:

  • VLC 2.0 for Android supports favorite folders and URLS now.
  • The history, notifications, and control, have been rewritten.
  • Faster decoding and playback for all video types.

Closing Words

VLC 2.0 for Android is a big update that introduces several major features to the media player. Even if you don't require all of them, they certainly will increase the appeal the mobile player has.

Now You: Which media player do you use on your mobile?

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  1. Albert said on August 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip Martin.

    It is for these kinds of posts that I follow GHacks.

    1. Mike Williams said on August 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      What’s up with the generic comment, are you a bot?

  2. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm


    Where on the planet is that still in use? I was forced to give up using my RAZRV3 years ago because 2G was phased out by AT&T.

    1. arbuz said on August 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Everywhere 3G has been turned off and you don’t have LTE coverage, and believe me there are many developed countries where this is the case and if it weren’t for 2G you wouldn’t even be able to make a phone call.

    2. Doc Fuddled said on August 31, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t believe tha term “2G” is in the article. Perhaps you are referring to “AGM G2”??

  3. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm


    Your website has gone insane.

    When I the post button I then saw my comment posted on a different article page. When I opened this article again, it is here.

    1. Martin P. said on August 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      @Tachy @Martin Brinkmann

      ” Your website has gone insane. ”

      Same here. Has happened several times.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:42 am

        @Martin P.,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

  4. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    @tachy a lot of non-phone devices with a sim in them rely on 2G, at least here in europe.
    Usually things reporting usage or errors/alarms on something remote that does not get day to day inspection in person. They are out there in vast numbers doing important work. Reliable, good range. The low datarate is no problem at all in those cases.
    3G is gone or on its last legs everywhere, but this stuff still has too much use to cancel.

    Anyhow, interesting that they would put that in. I can see the point if you suspect a hostile 2G environment (amateur eavesdroppers with laptop, ranging up to professional grade MITM fake towers while “strangely” not getting the stronger crypto voip 4G because it is being jammed, and back down to something as old ‘stingray’ devices fallen into the wrong hands).

    But does this also mean that they have handled and rolled out a fix for that nasty 4G ‘pwn by broadcast’ problem you reported earlier this year? I had 4G disabled due to that, on the off chance that some of the local criminals would buy some cheap chinese gear, download a working exploit and probe every phone in range all over town in the hope of getting into phones of the police.

  5. Andy Prough said on August 19, 2023 at 3:04 am

    >”While most may never be attacked in stingrays, it is still recommended to disable 2G cellular connections, especially since it does not have any downsides.”

    The downside would be losing connectivity. I spend a lot of time way out in the countryside where there’s often no service or almost none. My network allows 2G, and I need it sometimes. I have an option on the phone to disable 2G, I may do that when I’m in the city and I have good 5G connectivity, but not out in the country.

    I would imagine that the stingray exploits, like most of the bad things in this world, are probably things you will run into in the crowded big cities.

  6. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I stopped using it in a mobile (Wi-Fi line) environment, so I’m almost ignorant of the actual situation,
    But the recent reality in Japan makes me realize that “the infrastructure of the web is nothing more than a papier-mâché fiction”.

    It is already beyond the scope of what an individual can do.
    What we should be aware of is the reality that “governments and those in power want to control the world through the Web”, and efforts to counter (resist and prevent) such ambitions are necessary.

  7. Anonymous said on August 26, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Why do you want people to disable the privacy features? Hmmmmm?

  8. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Now You: do you plan to keep the Ads privacy features enabled?

    I’d like to tell you, but apparently if you make a post critical of Google, you get censored. * [Editor: removed, just try to bring your opinion across without attacking anyone]

  9. Tachy said on August 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


    You website is still psychotic. Comments attach to random stories.

  10. John G. said on August 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    @Martin please do fix the comments, it’s completely insane commenting here! :[

  11. ECJ said on August 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm


    The comments are seriously messed up on gHacks now. These comments are mixed with the article at the below URL.


    And comments on other articles are from as far back as 2010.

  12. Naimless said on August 29, 2023 at 12:57 am

    What does this article has anything to do with all the comments on this article? LOL I think this Websuite is ran by ChatGPT. every article is messed up. Some older comments from 2015 shown up in recant articles, LOL

  13. Paul Knight said on August 31, 2023 at 3:35 am

    The picture captioned “Clearing the Android Auto’s cache might resolve the issue” is from Apple Carplay ;)

  14. Anonymous said on August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    How about other things that matter:
    Drop survival?
    Screen toughness?
    Degree of water and dust protection?

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