Once you get a new tablet, you will surely want to install an app to watch your movies and series without any problem. This is not only recommended but mandatory if you want your tablet to have a very versatile multimedia use.
The problem is that there is not only one video player for Android tablets, but on Google Play you will find dozens of apps. That is when downloading a free video player for an Android tablet becomes an almost impossible decision to make.
Let’s see, you can always download and try, but why not save time and data with a list that shows you the most complete and comfortable options to play your content? Well, that is precisely what we propose to discover in this post.
1. VLC Player: The “workhorse” player
VLC Player is not just your usual free video player for Android tablets, but after its adaptation to Android (because it was originally developed for the Apple ecosystem) it’s a real workhorse.
First-hand, it offers us an intuitive and pleasant interface, with support for many formats, and subtitles and this app also does not depend on the codecs that your tablet has, but rather brings its own.
- Totally free and without advertising.
- Supports: MKV, MP4, TS, AVI, MOV, FLAC, M2TS, AAC, etc.
- Supports embedded subtitles and independent files of SRT, SUB, USF, SVCD, IDX, AQT, CVD, JSS, DKS, TTXT, TXT, RT, etc. format.
- Automatically download subtitles.
- Allows you to set the playback speed, delay audio, subtitle, etc.
- Includes sleep timer.
- Chromecast support.
The download of the subtitles is automatic, so errors may occur as you have no control over the process.
2. MX Player: The most versatile player
MX Player was originally a good avi video player for Android tablets and other devices. However, as it is already what we would call an old dog, it has been incorporating many customization options that make it as recommendable an option as VLC.
In essence, it has a simple interface, but it incorporates several themes to customize its appearance, something that undoubtedly attracts attention, it has also included gestures to control the brightness and volume, among other options that we will see in its strong points.
- It’s free.
- Support video formats: AVI, DIVX, 3GP, FLV, MKV, MP3, WMV, MPEG, MOV, VOB, WEBM, F4X, etc.
- It has a sleep timer.
- You can control the playback speed and delay the audio.
- It is possible to search and download subtitles online.
- Support SUB, SRT, TXT, DVD, DVB, SAMI, IDX, PJS, VTT, ASS, SSA, MPL, etc subtitles.
- Allows you to change the aspect ratio of the screen or zoom manually.
- It has advertising.
- In windowed mode, it only plays the audio in the background.
3. InShot Video Player: The multi-format player
InShot Video Player is also known by the name All Format Player as it offers the most supported video formats out of all of them.
Not only this, but it includes support for 4K video and allows you to cast videos to Chromecast. In addition, it has the following characteristics:
- Support formats: MP4, MKV, M4V, AVI, 3GP, MOV, FLV, RMVB, TS, WMV , etc.
- Allows playback to advance through a timeline with a preview of the video.
- Volume and brightness control via gestures.
- Supports embedded subtitles and SRT, SUB, SSA, and ASS format.
- It allows you to search for and download subtitles, as well as modify their size and color.
- Night mode and the possibility to create private folders.
- It has advertising, although it is not too annoying (removing it costs €4.29).
4. GOM Player: The most complete basic player
If you are looking for a mkv video player for an Android tablet because your device is not compatible with this format, you may want to get hold of GOM Player, because although it does not include its own codecs, it supports a good number of formats.
It offers very interesting options, such as the 360 ° view option that allows you to play any video in 360 degrees, just like the Facebook viewer does. In addition, it has support for Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDav and FTP.
- Compatible with video formats: MP4, MPG, AVI, DIVX, MOV, TS, ASX, DAT, IFO, VOB, MKV, OGM, RM, and 3GP.
- Supports SRT, RT, SMI, SUB, and IDX format subtitles.
- Support search and download subtitles by the web browser.
- Allows streaming playback and window mode.
- It is possible to configure the playback speed, rotation, and the aspect of the subtitles.
- Includes a 360 ° view mode.
- It’s free, but with advertising.
- It is not compatible with Chromecast.
5. KM Player: A very interesting free player
KM Player was one of the most versatile players on Windows, which is why many users, including the writer of this post, didn’t think twice about installing the Android version on their tablet.
The problem is that, despite having interesting options, it does not include its own codecs, so that by only supporting the formats that the device supports, it will require the download and installation of codecs separately, even for some of the most common formats of video.
This point makes it slightly superior to GOM Player, which does not support such codec download. Still, it has its plus points.
- Totally free and without advertising.
- Supported subtitles: SRT, SUB, ASS, SAMI, USF, SSA, as well as those embedded in MP4, MOV, VOB, 3GP, ASF, MKV, and OGM videos.
- It has floating window mode.
- Subtitles can be set.
- It allows you to connect with Google Drive or with KM Connect, which is the player’s own cloud, to watch videos from there.
- Codecs must be downloaded separately.
- Does not support searching and downloading subtitles.
You will definitely have noticed that each player offers many options, which make them more or less complete. But without a doubt, in our opinion , the best player for Android tablets is VLC , why?
Well, it’s free, it’s in Spanish, it brings its codecs, it allows you to download and configure the subtitles, and on top of that it has support for Chromecast. Do you dare to try it?