9 Best Android Video Player Apps Of 2021

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Gone are the days when we had to convert a video to a low-quality file format to view it on our mobile. Well, you can still do that but nowadays, video players take advantage of powerful hardware in our smartphones and can play almost all video file formats.

Although there is a default video player on all Android devices, third-party apps from the Google Play Store provide a richer viewing experience. So, here I have curated some Android video player apps that you might want to give a try.

Note: This list isn’t in order of preference; it’s a compilation of the best Android video player apps. You’re advised to choose one as per your needs.

9 Best Android Video Player Apps Of 2021

  • MX Player
  • VLC for Android
  • FX Player
  • BSPlayer
  • Xtreme Media Player
  • XPlayer
  • Kodi
  • KMPlayer
  • mpv-Android

1. MX Player

MX Player has a neat and easy to use interface. It supports almost all the video and audio file formats. MX Player is known to be one of the first Android video players which supports multi-core decoding.

Moreover, MX Player packs a lot of features, including subtitle support, scroll forward/backward, zoom in/out to change text size, gesture controls like easily zoom in and out by pinching and swiping across the screen. It also features an on-screen kid lock. The app is available for free with ads. It also comes with additional plugins for extra functionalities.

Recently, MX Player has also forayed into streaming business with its own original content and from other labels as well. That’s why it’s still at the top in our list of top video players in 2021.

Google Play Store Rating: 4.2
App Downloads: 500 Million

2. VLC for Android

VLC is an open-source, cross-platform video player tool that handles both video and audio files in several formats. It also supports network streaming (including adaptive streaming) and media library organization.

The video player window is well designed and capable of playing videos with full screen, with gesture-based controls to increase and decrease the volume and brightness settings.

It has support for multi-track audio, subtitles and also comes with a built-in five-band equalizer. VLC is a whole package and meant for everyone. If you are looking for the best video player for Android without ads, then VLC should be your first choice.

Google Play Store Rating: 4.3
App Downloads: 100 Million

3. FX Player

FX Player can play high definition videos, including 1080p and 4K video formats without a glitch. It features an amazing pop-up playback feature using which you can watch videos on a floating screen while you can simultaneously use other apps.

You can even resize the video playing screen and access video playback controls while on the floating window. It supports all popular video/audio formats and codecs along with support for External Codec Pack, which can be applied using Settings.

The FX player also has video locker and video hiding capabilities. With many other features such as subtitle downloader, Chromecast support, Internal Hardware Acceleration, Multi-track Audio, etc., FX player is one of the best free video players for Android, however it does comes with ads.

Google Play Store Rating: 4.4
App Downloads: 5 Million

4. BSPlayer

BS Player is another feature-rich video player application for Android. It features hardware-accelerated video playback that increases speed and reduces battery consumption. It supports almost all popular media file formats (video and audio player), multiple audio streams, subtitles, playlist support, and various playback modes.

Additionally, BS Player enables users to customize video playback with different skins. The interface is simple and easily customizable with different themes. The app has a neat “pop-out” feature to facilitate multitasking. The lite version of this Android video player app is free but contains ads.

Google Play Store Rating: 4.0
App Downloads: 10 Million

5. Xtreme

xtreme video player for Android

Xtreme is another one of the best video player for Android that supports tons of video formats. It is also great music player as well.

The free video player supports hardware acceleration and multi-core decoding. Other than that, there is multi-track support, subtitle gestures, background video playback, audio boost up to 200% and several other features one would expect from a best Android video player.

The easy-to-use interface is another good thing about the Xtreme media player. There are theme options as well. One issue that I faced while testing is that the Android app was not able to read my media files. I had to manually play files from the directory.

Google Play Store Rating: 4.8
App Downloads: 100 Thousand

6. XPlayer

XPlayer video player is one of the most highly rated Android video players in the Google Play Store. It can keep your videos safe in a private folder. There is option to download subtitles, and the subtitles can be adjusted.

It can play all video formats with ease, and users have also reported that it plays HEVC X265 without any lag. Volume, brightness, and playing progress are easy to control. Videos can be viewed as a list or in a grid and sorted by name, date, and size. The app is free with in-app purchases.

Google Play Store Rating: 4.8
App Downloads: 50 Million

7. Kodi

Kodi on Android TV

Kodi is another open-source option if you are in search of the best media player for Android. If you don’t know anything about brilliant software, here is an essential guide on how to use Kodi.

In a nutshell, you can stream movies, watch TV shows, live channels, play games and do a lot more apart from just playing offline content. However, for that, you will need to install Kodi Add-ons (here are some of the best ones.)

While you won’t find several standard video playback features, it’s a brilliant app to watch your local content. Kodi automatically adds posters, fan art, and trailers etc to the imported media. Another best thing about Kodi is that it is available on nearly all major platforms, so you can stream your content from anywhere.

Google Play Store Rating: 3.9
App Downloads: 10 Million

8. KMPlayer

KMPlayer is another impressive Android video player that supports a wide range of file formats and codecs. It has a library viewer that autodetects files and also has cloud storage support. You can view content stored on your Google drive. Moreover, it includes subtitle support, playback speed controls, one-finger gesture volume control, brightness control, etc. It supports HD videos and is available in 30 different languages.

KMPlayer features a new function called KMP Connect. It is a service that allows you to view movies on your PC from your cell phone. Overall, the app is easy to use and free with no in-app purchases. However, it displays ads.

Google Play Store Rating: 4.3
App Downloads: 10 Million

9. mpv-Android

mpv android media player

The last on our list of the best video players for Android is mpv-android. The Android app is completely free and has no ads.

Unlike other Android video player apps here, this one has a very simple UI with less but necessary options. However, it is no less when it comes to video playback. MPV has all the necessary features such as hardware and software video decoding, gesture based control, subtitle support, background video playback.

Other than increasing the brightness while playing a video, you can change its contrast, saturation, and gamma. You can also fix the audio delay. All in all, mpv-Android is one of the ad-free best video players for Android.

Google Play Store Rating: 4.4
App Downloads: 1 Million

Did you find this list of the best Android video player apps of 2021 to be helpful? Share your reviews in the comments section below.

Abhilekh Das

Abhilekh Das

A tech enthusiast who likes to stay updated on latest technological developments.
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