Tips on How to Use VLC for iOS Device

by Christine Smith • Nov 16,2019 • Proven solutions

VLC is very popular free media player software which is capable of playing almost every type of media files. Recently, it's becoming the top media player application for iOS users to play multimedia files, so here we are going to share some useful tips for using VLC on your iOS device through this article.

Part 1. Where to Download VLC for iOS Device

VLC for iOS system is directly available in the App store, but you can also download from other channels. Below lists some reliable resources where you can get VLC. But before downloading please make sure your iOS device is running iOS 7 or later.

Part 2. Top 2 Issues of VLC for iOS

Issue #1: VLC for iOS suddenly has no sound

I was using VLC media player for playing video recordings but VLC video player for iOS suddenly has no sound. It stopped playing sound only video I am able to view. Please help me to solve.

Solution: First thing you must make sure that the master sound of your device is on. If it's on then open the app configurations, activate the Audio feature, after that click on the output section and set it as automatic.

Issue #2: VLC can’t play MKV files on iPad

iPad or other iOS devices comes with H.264 decoding support for hardware which VLC doesn’t use, so sometimes codec issues would cause VLC unable to play MKV format video files. In addition, MKV files needs lot of processing power to play video files, if your iPad is unable to offer that much of power then it would cause VLC can’t play MKV files on iPad as well.

Solution: If you are unable to play MKV files on iPad using VLC media player then you can play this files on iPad after converting it to other VLC supported format which can play with less processing power.

Part 3. How To Add Video Files to VLC for iOS

After solving above common 2 questions, users still face issues in adding files in VLC media player for iOS. This problem is also bigger one because without knowing how to add video files for iOS you can’t play videos in VLC. Now you can know it easily by following the steps below.

Step 1 Tap on the VLC icon on your iPad and launch it. Then tap on the top left side button for Wi-Fi upload, tap it to turn toggle button in orange. Now note down the IP Address under Wi-Fi upload option.

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Step 2 Now go on your Mac to enter that IP address in the browser address bar and hit enter. Now find out “Upload Files” button which looks like the VLC interface. Click on this button add files which you add to iPad. You can also drag and drop files here.

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Note: To add files using this way you must connect both iOS devices to the same Wi-Fi network.

Part 4. Convert Videos to iPhone and iPad with VLC Assistant

Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) is a complete video tool which allows you to convert your videos to iPhone/iPad formats and other 150+ formats in just one click. This software is capable of video converting, downloading, recording, burning DVD and editing videos as well. So we can say it is a complete video tool. This software is developed for Mac and Windows operating systems to help Windows and Mac users to solve problems related to videos. You can go through the feature section of this software to know more about it.


Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) - Best VLC Assistant

  • Convert to optimized preset for iOS devices and almost all mobile devices.
  • Convert to 1000+ formats, like AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, etc.
  • 30X faster conversion speed than any conventional converters.
  • Edit, enhance & personalize your videos file.
  • Burn video to playable DVD with attractive free DVD template
  • Download/record videos from 10000+ video sharing sites.
  • Fetch metadata for your iTunes movies automatically.
  • Versatile toolbox combines fix video metadata, GIF maker, cast video to TV, VR converter and screen recorder
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6.

How to Convert Videos for iOS Device Using Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate)

Step 1 Download and install the Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) software on Mac or Windows computer. Launch it after installation, you'll be under the Convert tab by default.

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Step 2 Click on Add Files button or drag and drop files under the Convert tab to add files to the software. We are using the former way here, click on add files button and then locate the file from your local hard drive which is unable to play in iPad or iPhone.

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Step 3 The loaded videos will display their thumbnails as the screenshot shows. Now click the Inverted triangle icon icon beside Convert all files to:, you'll get an output format list as below. Just click Device > Apple > select your target Apple device in the right.

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Step 4 After setting up your output format click on Convert button and the video conversion progress will start immediately. When the conversion completes, just switch to the Converted tab to fetch the converted video files.

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Part 5. Top 4 Tips for Using VLC on iOS System

Tip #1: Download Videos from Internet

Very few VLC users know that they can also download videos using VLC media player itself. All you need is to find out the video URL that you want to download. Launch VLC and tap the side menu, then tap “Downloads” option and you will see a URL option. Now just copy-paste the video URL in the VLC URL bar and it will start downloading.

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Tip #2: Passcode Lock Option

VLC player for iOS devices also allows you to protect videos using a passcode. Just tap on Setting of the VLC on your iPhone or iPad, then turn Passcode Lock on and it will ask you to enter 4 Digit passcode.

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Tip #3: Add Dropbox Video and Play on iOS Devices

While using iOS devices you can also view Dropbox videos on your iPhone, just tap on the side menu in the VLC app, then tap “Dropbox” option and sign in to your dropbox account, after that you can play Dropbox videos in the iPhone.

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Tip #4: Add Subtitles to VLC Videos

If you are facing issues in understanding language other than your native language then you can add subtitle to the playing video file in the VLC media player for iOS. To add external subtitle file to the VLC media player, you just need to find the subtitle file and give the same name as the video is named there. Now transfer that file to the VLC for iOS by using any transfer medium. VLC for iOS will automatically detect that file from your system and start playing with VLC video.

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