android phone to access windows pc via smb using vlc media player

How to stream music & movies from PC to Android?

VLC is an open source media player that can help Android and iPhone users play almost all video and audio files directly. It can also help users stream music and movies from their computer to their mobile phone over Wi-Fi. A great way to access your personal media library from your garden, balcony, bathroom, kitchen, anywhere in your home. Download this free media player for Android here before we get started.

Enable File Sharing on PC

Head to Control panel > Network & Internet > Network & Sharing Center > Change Advanced Sharing Settings. Click to enable Turn on network discovery and File and printer sharing options under the Private (current profile).

Then go to create a new folder on your computer hard drive and put all the music songs, movies, videos you want to share into a folder, right click on it, choose Properties, switch to the Sharing tab and share this folder.

Stream Media from computer to Android

Opening VLC media player on your Android mobile or tablet. Head to its side menu, select Local Network.

VLC Media Player for Android - side menu

As long as both devices are connected to the same network, you should see your computer’s name on the Local Network screen. Tap to open it, type in your computer username and password when you are asked to login.

android phone to access windows pc via smb using vlc media player
android phone to access windows pc via smb using vlc media player

Navigate to wherever your media is stored on the computer, tap a music or video file to listen or watch from your mobile phone using VLC player.

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