VLC beta for Windows Phone 8.1 lands in Store for download for registered users only [Hands on]


VideoLan, the developer of popular VLC media player has finally launched the video playing app for Windows Phone 8.1 in Store. The app just like its Windows 8 app lets you play videos and music with a couple of awesome features. The app also lets you play .mkv files which makes it a unique app to support that media file type. Interestingly, the app is being launched on Windows Phone after about a 8 month of launch on Windows 8.1.


VLC Player is available as beta in Store and it includes many bugs and hiccups but, still it is very smooth and the user interface of this awesome media player is amazing and easy to use.

Right from the start, you are taken to the ‘popular’ video page of VLC where you can see all your videos which are popular in your device as well as favorite videos.


Swiping left or right lets you access videos, music and sd card sections where media files are sorted in the particular section.


You can also choose to open individual media files by using the ‘open’ button which lets you pick media files from your photos hub. Interestingly, you won’t get the option to browser files from your SD card or other locations.

Coming to the playback, the app lets you play all media file types including .mkv format but, I wasn’t able to play the sounds of videos using this particular beta version. I was also not able to play HD 720p videos in the app. You can always choose to get subtitles and select different media tracks to play from that particular video.

You can also enable sidebar from the ‘Settings’ which lets you get all sections in the sidebar accessible from right side of screen. The sidebar also includes a search option which might be useful for you to search for different media files.


Since the VLC is in beta, the crashes and other bugs will need to be reported to developers but, the app seems to be automatically gathering data and asks you to provide bug report to developer.



VLC beta for Windows Phone 8.1 is now available for download from Store but, you will need to have access to beta for which the registrations opened earlier this week and were open for just 2 hours.

If you are a registered user, you can download it from the link below where it has a download size of just 10MB and requires Windows Phone 8.1 to work.

Download VLC Beta

VLC WP 8.1


Ahmad Wahid

Being a University student of computer, has developed keen interest in technology and like to test out the new gadgets. His interests include Social Networking as well.