How to Set Up the VLC Remote for Android

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How to Set Up the VLC Remote for Android
VLC Remote runs on any Android-based phone. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The VLC Remote app lets you control the VLC media player on your computer using your Android-based smartphone. Using the VLC Remote, you can rewind, fast-forward, play, and pause video and audio files; you can also adjust the volume control and scroll through VLC playlists and video files on your hard drive. Unlike a conventional remote control, you don't even have to point the phone at the computer: the VLC Remote app controls the VLC player using Wi-Fi. For the VLC Remote to function properly, your computer and smartphone must be connected to the same wireless network.

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  1. 1

    Launch VLC Player on your computer. Click the "View" menu, then hover the mouse over "Add Interface." Click "Web Interface."

  2. 2

    Open the VLC Remote app on your Android phone. Press the "Menu" button, then tap "Settings." Ensure that the box next to "Wi-Fi" is checked; if not, tap "Wi-Fi," then tap the name of your wireless network to connect to it.

  3. 3

    Tap "Add VLC Server." Tap the text box under "Hostname or IP Address." Type your computer's network IP address into the box. Tap the "OK" button.

  4. 4

    Press the "Back" button to return to the VLC Remote control screen. Tap the onscreen controls to use VLC Remote.

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  • To find your computer's IP address, type "ipconfig" into a Windows Command Prompt.

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