VLC Remote

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

As described in the iTunes Store:

VLC Remote lets you remotely control your VLC Media Player on your Mac or PC.

Awarded Gizmodo's ❛Essential iPhone App❜ 2008, 2009 and 2010

Awarded T3's ❛Best iPhone Apps❜ 2010

Without question this is one of the best apps out there. It's interface is elegant and stylish and it's functionality is very well rounded. I recomend it to anyone who uses VLC. - US Reviewer


  • Easily control VLC from your sofa!
  • Full browsing control on your computer (select any file on your computer to play)
  • Stop, Play and Pause
  • Full DVD controls
  • Control volume, position, next track and previous track
  • Turn fullscreen on and off
  • Control subtitles, aspect ratio, audio track and delays
  • Use the picker control for fine control of volume and position
  • View the playlist and play files from it
  • Easily access external drives
  • Use landscape mode for more control and customise with skins

VLC is a great, free and popular media player that can handle almost any file format.

VLC Remote lets you sit back enjoy your movies and music while you control things from your easy chair.


Needless to say, we loved this app for everything it’s got. - AppsTouch.com

It is a joy to use - no more reaching for the mouse when you want to pause your show, select the next episode, or play some different music.

As far as I'm concerned, this is a necessary download! This is one of the few apps that I have bought, but by far my favorite. Works great, setup was super easy and I use this every day. MUST HAVE!!! - US Reviewer

This app does exactly what it's supposed to do. It works flawlessly and lets you add files to the playlist with ease. Was very easy to set up as well. VLC is one of the best video players you can get for the desktop and this app is a perfect way to bring that to the iPhone. Do yourself a favor and get this app if you use VLC on the PC. - US Reviewer

More Features...

  • Automatically scans your local network for VLC players
  • Supports VLC on Windows XP, Vista, Mac and Linux
  • Free setup helper quickly configures VLC for use with the remote
  • Supports VLC 1.0 (and earlier versions)
  • Set default device to control.
  • Set default browse location for selecting files
  • Supports Mac OS 10.4 Tiger (though you will have to follow the manual setup instructions)

Response to feedback

If you do have any problems connecting to VLC, then please just check the help instructions in the app. Feel free to drop me an email (my personal mail is in the app) if you need help. Enjoy!


VLC Remote is currently translated to 9 languages. If you are willing to translate it to your language, or would like to improve the translations, please head over to www.AppTranslate.com



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

AppleVis Editor Note: this app was submitted before Usability Ratings were introduced, so one has been chosen on the basis of the accessibility comments made by the original poster. If you have used this app, please post a comment to let us know if you agree with the Rating.

Original Comments: The player's controls are not clearly labeled. Instead, they show up as /var/mobile/Applicat, but it's not hard to figure out what the controls do if you play around with them. From left to right, they are Previous, Stop, Play/Pause, Next, Volume Down, and Volume Up. I have tested the setup helper on OS 10.6.4; it is fully accessible. I ran the helper on Windows XP and saw no issues with it. If neither work for you, try the manual setup instructions.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.


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Submitted by DPinWI on Thursday, May 23, 2019

I have been happily using Tango Remote to control playback of an iPod with my iPhone. Unfortunately, Tango was abandoned, and it appears that it broke with iOS 12.3. I do not expect a fix and am looking for alternatives.

I have an old laptop I could dedicate to music playback. Assuming I can get this remote to work, I could be back in business with a remote music control solution.

I am open to other remote control options, but in the mean time, is anyone using current versions of VLC and the remote app with an iPhone and Windows?

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