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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Launch VLC Player on your computer. Click the "View" menu, then hover the mouse over "Add Interface." Click "Web Interface."
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.
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.
Press the "Back" button to return to the VLC Remote control screen. Tap the onscreen controls to use VLC Remote.
Tips and warnings
- To find your computer's IP address, type "ipconfig" into a Windows Command Prompt.
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