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How to play videos in the background with VLC for Android

Hello friends! VLC has become one of the best video and audio players for Android. It is possibly the best option we have on Android in this category and since it has a great track record in its PC version, now the VideoLAN team shows us how it is possible to launch any type of video or audio without having to worry about whether it supports such format on your Android phone. And if YouTube has surprised us all by its background playback of videos in its premium version, now we can do the same with VLC. In this post, we will show you how to play videos in the background with VLC, so you can continue listening to your favorite music from a concert also play those videos you have downloaded from YouTube.

How to play video in the background in VLC

The Android application can listen to videos that are playing, even when you have left the application. As this feature is not activated by default below I detail the steps to follow to activate it so you do not miss any of the audio while you do something else on your Android smartphone or tablet, either to be in contact with your friends through Facebook or browse any of the web browsers you have.

Download VLC

Before we start remember that this feature is available from version 1.3.2 of VLC. You can download the latest version from Google Play by following this link:

Google Play | VLC for Android

First step

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Open VLC and tap the “more” button located at the bottom right corner of the screen as in the image below.

Open VLC and tap the "more" button located at the bottom right corner of the screen play videos in the background
Open VLC and tap the “more” button located at the bottom right corner of the screen

Second step

Then tap the “Settings” button and access the general settings.

Then tap the "Settings" button and access the general settings play videos in the background
Then tap the “Settings” button and access the general settings.

Third step

After that, in the “Video” section tap “Background/PiP Mode” and select “Play videos in the background”.

After that, in the "Video" section tap "Background/PiP Mode"
After that, in the “Video” section tap “Background/PiP Mode”
select "Play videos in the background"
Select “Play videos in the background”

Now when you exit the application and when a video is playing you will have the video controls from the notification panel and you can continue listening to the audio of the video in question.

How to play videos in picture-in-picture mode with VLC

VLC also incorporates the picture-in-picture function, this function will allow you to continue watching the video in a small floating window every time you exit the application in this way you can, for example, answer a WhatsApp or check your social media, without pausing the video you are playing. This function is disabled by default but can be easily enabled.

First step

Open VLC and tap the “more” button located at the bottom right corner of the screen as in the image below.

Open VLC and tap the "more" button located at the bottom right corner of the screen play videos in the background
Open VLC and tap the “more” button located at the bottom right corner of the screen

Second step

Then tap the “Settings” button and access the general settings.

Then tap the "Settings" button and access the general settings play videos in the background
Then tap the “Settings” button and access the general settings.

Third step

After that, already in the “Video” section tap “Background/PiP Mode” and select “Play Videos in picture-in-picture mode”.

After that, in the "Video" section tap "Background/PiP Mode"
After that, in the “Video” section tap “Background/PiP Mode”
select "Play Videos in picture-in-picture mode"
Select “Play Videos in picture-in-picture mode”

Now every time you exit the app you will notice how the video continues to play in a very useful floating window.

Video Test
Video Test
home screen floating window
Home screen floating window

Conclusion

VLC for Android stands out for its large number of features and multiple supported formats. It is probably the most complete player and one of the most comfortable thanks to its background playback and picture-in-picture functions. Thanks for reading us. Bye!

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