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Top 10 Best Video Player Android Apps – 2021

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There are quite a few quality video player apps for Android, and we did our best to show you the best ones. In the list below, you’ll find 10 video player applications for Android, and pretty much all of them are quite versatile. There are more great video player apps available in the Play Store, but we had to filter through them, and cut that list down to around 10, so, this is the result.

Do note that the apps shown below are not listed in a specific order. Just because one app is listed before the other doesn’t mean much. Each of these apps has something different to offer, and it all depends on what you’re looking for in a video player app. If you want something that will play a video locally, you’ll find it below. If you need something for streaming, that’s not a problem. The same goes if you’re planning on running a local server, and so on.

Top 10 Best Video Player Android Apps 2021

Below is a quick overview of the top 10 best video player Android apps for 2021, including any download and in-app purchase costs.

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Download CostIn-app cost (per item)
MX Player
VLC$0.99-$11.99
BSPlayer
Plex
AllCast
LocalCast$0.99-$21.30
FX Player$3.99
XPlayer$3.99
KMPlayer$1.99-$19.99
BubbleUPnP$4.69

Top 10 Best Video Player Android Apps 2021 Downloads

Below is a little more information on each app, a suggestion for the type of user the app is best suited to, and a direct link for easy downloading.

All download links go to the app’s Google Play Store listing. Users are always recommended to download apps from Google Play or an authorized app store.

Best Video Player Android App For Most Users

MX Player

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: Varies with device

MX Player is easily one of the best known video player apps for Android. There is a good reason for it, though. This app has been around for quite some time, and it has consistently been great. The app comes with a great UI, and it’s packed with useful features, not to mention it can play pretty much any video format you can think of. It comes with advanced hardware acceleration, and it supports subtitles.

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The app also offers multi-core decoding, while it supports gestures. MX File Transfer feature is also included in the package, and it allows you to share files, music, and apps. It has the ‘Kids Lock’ feature as well, so you can keep your kid entertained, without giving him too much freedom when it comes to what he/she chooses to watch. There are many more features included here. The free version of the app comes with ads, but you can fix that if you’re willing to pay up.

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Best Video Player Android App For Obscure Formats

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VLC

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Varies with device

If you’re planning on playing some obscure formats on your Android phone, VLC is probably your best bet. This app is made to play basically any file type you can think of, and it has been quite consistently great at it. VLC has been quite popular on PCs before it made its way on Android devices, and it has been available in the Play Store for a long time now. The app only got better with time.

This app can stream videos if you have the URL, while it also comes with all the necessary codecs built-in. It does support subtitles, of course, while it has support for multi-track audio as well. The app comes with a widget for audio control, while it also supports audio headsets control. The app also supports auto-rotation, aspect ratio adjustments, and gestures to control volume, brightness, and seeking.

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Best Video Player Android App For Playback Modes

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BSPlayer

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: Varies with device

BSPlayer is yet another video player that has been popularized on PCs. This app comes with various playback modes, and it has all the features you’d expect in a modern video player application. The app’s UI is spot on, while it comes with multi-core HW decoding support. Background playback in the pop-up window is supported, while it supports both external and embedded subtitles.

The app can try to find subtitles for whatever you’re about to watch, though you’ll need an internet connection for that, of course. It can play files from external drives that are connected to your devices, while it can also play files directly from uncompressed RAR files. It supports USB OTG, and it comes with vast codec support. This is one of the better video player apps for Android, without a doubt.

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Best Video Player Android App For Server Streaming

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Plex

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Varies with device

Plex is… well, a really well-known app for a good reason. If you’re planning on doing some server streaming, this is the app for you. You can set up a server on your PC, and that way keep all your devices connected via Plex. Once you connect them, you’ll be able to play media wherever you want, and have access to that media from all devices that are connected, pretty much.

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This is a great solution if you watch a lot of videos on your phone, but don’t have much storage, for example. You can simply put all those on your PC, and simply stream to your smartphone. The service is free to set up, but you’ll need to pay up for the mobile app, as it costs $4.99. You can also pay a $4.99 monthly subscription to get access to Plex Pass, which some of you will value.

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Best Video Player Android App For Reverse Casting

AllCast

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 5.0+

If you’re looking for a great app for reverse casting, AllCast is it. What does that mean? Well, you can turn your Android smartphone into an AllCast receiver, so that you can cast content from other devices to your smartphone. That’s a great feature to have, though it’s not the main feature of this application, not at all. AllCast is actually primarily made so that you can cast content to other devices from your phone, to larger screens, preferably.

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It’s a great option to utilize Chromecast, and push some video content to your TV, or something of the sort. It can cast content to your Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox 360/One, and various other DLNA compatible devices. The app supports videos, but it also has support for other types of media. The free version of the app shows ads while casting, but you can always pay up and get the premium version.

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Best Video Player Android App For Streaming From Cloud Storage

LocalCast

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 5.0+

If you’re planning on streaming some content from cloud storage, well, LocalCast is a great choice. Streaming from cloud storage is possible with this app, though that’s not its main purpose. This app is actually quite similar to AllCast, as it allows you to cast content from your phone to other devices. You can share videos, music, or pictures by using this application, without a problem.

LocalCast can stream to a Chromecast, smart TVs, Nexus Player, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV (or Stick), Sony Bravia, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, and other smart TVs. You can also stream to Sonos, Xbox 360, Xbox One, or pretty much any other DLNA device. The app’s UI is quite nice, it’s intuitive, which makes the app easy to use. Do note that a Chromecast only supports some formats / codecs, so if you don’t have audio / video while casting some formats, you’ll know why.

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Best Video Player Android App For Pop-Up Playback

FX Player

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 6.0+

If you’re looking for a really capable video player app that supports pop-up playback, the FX Player is a good choice. You can watch videos with this app while you’re doing something else on your device. It works in a similar fashion to YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode, to be quite honest. Even without that feature, this app would be quite compelling, as it’s a great video player in general.

The app can play all video formats that you’d think of, including MKV, MP4, AVI, TS, WEBM, MOV, WMV, 3GP, ASF, FLV, MPG, OGV, RM and many more. It also supports all the video and audio codecs you’ll ever need, not to mention it can play high-def videos, and it offers an automatic optimization function. It supports built-in hardware acceleration chipset, and so much more.

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Best Video Player Android App For UI Design

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XPlayer

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Varies with device

XPlayer is one of the best-looking video player apps for Android. This app comes with a great-looking UI which is easy to navigate and a joy to use. This app also offers the floating window feature, so that you can continue watching your content no matter what else you’re doing on your phone. XPlayer also comes with a wide range of supported video formats, including MKV, MP4, M4V, AVI, MOV, 3GP, FLV, WMV, RMVB, TS, etc.

It can play high-def videos without a problem, while it supports hardware acceleration. The app can keep your videos safe in a private folder, which you can lock, of course. Casting videos with Chromecast is easy with this app, while the app does support subtitles. It comes with a dark theme, and a quick mute option. There are many more features included in this app, there’s a reason why this app is one of the best rated video player applications in the Play Store.

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Best Video Player Android App For Language Support

KMPlayer

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 4.3+

If you’d rather use your own language in a video player app, rather than English, well, KMPlayer may be a solution for you. This app supports a wide range of languages, 30 of them, to be exact. It’s also a really good video player app, without a doubt. This app also comes with a really nice UI that most of you will enjoy using. It stays out of the way when it needs to, and yet it looks really nice and it’s highly functional.

KMPlayer can bookmark where you’re left off with your video, while it supports high-def playback. You can make various color adjustments to your videos, including changing the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and gamma information. You can invert videos, while the pop-up play feature is supported. You can control the speed of playback, while the app also offers the ‘Timer’ function.

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Best Video Player Android App For Chromecast

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BubbleUPnP

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: Varies with device

BubbleUPnP is a rather oddly-named app, and it’s not free. It’s an extremely useful app, though. If you’re having issues with audio while casting to your TV, this app could be a solution. Chromecast does not support all codecs, and I do often have issues with audio codecs when streaming MKV files. Well, this app can solve that issue, as it transcodes audio in real-time, so that’s not an issue.

Another thing it can do, it can extract embedded subtitles in MKV files, that you wouldn’t normally be able to access while streaming, and it can allow you to use them once it downloads them locally. Those are two killer features for this app that make it worth paying for. It has all the other features you’d expect out of an app made for streaming video (and other) content. It’s a great app to have, that’s for sure.

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