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How to Install VLC on Android TV to Play Media Files

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VLC on Android TV

Looking for a media player to play all your local media files on your TV? Without any hesitation, download VLC Media Player on Android TV from the built-in Play Store and play all the files efficiently even in 4K quality. Apart from local files, it is also one of the most efficient players to watch IPTV on Android TV.

The VLC Media Player on your TV can play all the videos & audio file formats that you can imagine. It includes MP4, MP3, MKV, AVI, MOV, and many more. One of the advantages of VLC is that you can search for subtitles for your video right from the media player. You don’t need to add it from an external source.

The best thing about VLC is that it also reads and plays the media files on the storage devices connected to your TV. The other features of VLC include a built-in video converter, extract audio from video, graphic equalizer, video loop, and more.

How to Install VLC Player on Android TV from Play Store

1. Go to the home screen on your Android TV and click on Apps.

Apps section of Android TV.

2. Open Google Play Store and click the Search icon.

3. Enter VLC Player in the search bar and locate the app.

4. Select VLC Player from the suggested result.

5. Click Install to get the app on your Android TV.

6. Once the app is installed, click Open to launch the app.

7. When the home screen appears, go through the on-screen prompts to allow necessary permission.

8. Now, play the required local media file on your TV.

How to Cast VLC Player on Android TV

If you aren’t able to install the VLC media player on Android TV due to issues like lack of storage, you can cast the media player on your TV from your smartphone (Android or iPhone). Before casting, ensure the VLC media player on your smartphone is updated to the latest version.

1. Install VLC Player on your smartphone from the Google Play Store or App Store.

2. Connect the TV to a WiFi network. On the other hand, ensure that your TV is connected to the same network.

3. Open VLC Player on your smartphone and log in with your account.

4. Click the Cast icon from the app.

Tap the Cast icon

5. From the list of devices, choose your Android TV.

6. Play the video content on the app. Now, the content will appear on your Android TV.

How to Sideload VLC on Android TV

If you can’t find VLC in the Play Store due to some reasons, you must use the Downloader app to sideload the VLC APK file on your Android TV.

1. Install the Downloader app on Android TV from the Play Store.

Install Downloader on Android TV

2. Click the Settings icon on your Android TV.

3. From the options, go to Device Preferences → Security & Restrictions.

Click Security & Restrictions

4. Click Unknown Sources → Turn on the Downloader toggle.

5. Now, open the Downloader app on Android TV from the home screen.

6. Tap Allow to accept the storage permissions.

7. Choose Home from the left pane, and enter the download link of VLC APK in the URL field.

Enter the VLC APK link to download it on Android TV

8. Click Go to download the VLC APK on your Android TV.

9. Once the file is downloaded, open it and click Install.

10. Then, click Open to launch the app and watch the content.

VLC Supported Android TVs

  • Sony Smart TV
  • Sharp Smart TV
  • TCL Smart TV
  • Hisense Smart TV
  • Philips Smart TV
  • Skyworth Smart TV

VLC Supported Android TV Boxes

  • AirTV
  • AT&T TV
  • Epson
  • Mi Box and Mi Box S

Frequently Asked Question

Which is the best alternative player for VLC on my TV?

The best alternative for a VLC media player is KMPlayer on Android TV. For more video players, visit our dedicated guide on the best video players for Android TV.

Is VLC Player available for Android TV?

Yes. The official app of VLC is available on the Google Play Store for your TV.

Is VLC Player available on Google TV?

Yes, VLC Media Player is natively available on Google TV.

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