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Universal VLC app is back on Windows 10 Mobile with slew of fixes in tow

The universal VLC app for Windows 10 has picked up a fresh set of fixes in its latest update, improving HD playback and heralding the app's return to Windows 10 Mobile. The update largely contains fixes across the board, including with the UI, that should make the app smoother overall.

Here's the full breakdown of what's new and fixed:

  • Fix a potential deadlock when dismissing a dialog
  • Fix camera roll appearing in the regular video collection
  • Fix systematic black screen after a full playback
  • Fix SD card discovery on Windows Mobile
  • Fix potential crash when switching between audio collection tabs
  • Fix potential thumbnailer deadlock
  • Fix media library re-indexing
  • Fix wrong thumbnail being displayed in SMTC
  • Fix potential crash when browsing folders
  • Fix potential deadlock when discovering media
  • Use the correct swapchain resolution
  • Add support for encrypted password store
  • Improve dialog navigation on Xbox1
  • Various WM10 UI fixes
  • Add previous/next buttons for video playback
  • Fix duplicated network shares display
  • Various command bar improvements
  • Improve hardware decoding support
  • Allow audio items deletion
  • New subtitle rendering engine with font fallback
  • Major playlist & playback code rewrite

If you're concerned with version numbers, this update ticks the app up to version 2.2.0. Keep in mind that a number of people (included ourselves) have experience the app crashing immediately following the update. However, the fix seems to lie in uninstalling and reinstalling the app, which should clear things up.

In any case, be sure to grab the latest update to VLC from the Windows Store and let us know in the comments what you think!

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31 Comments
  • Is this newer than the beta version? Is it worth getting rid of that & replacing it with this? Or is the beta version still being updated?
  • Jeez, store links NEVER work...!?!
  • It worked for me, are you on a Windows 10 device?
  • Updated a moment ago and now the app has become a complete garbage. It crashes on launch.
  • Same, but fixed with reinstall!
  • Listen to this most intelligent person, I left just a minute ago and I'm back with a working app.
  • I had the same issue, but a reinstall fixed it ;)
  • BEAUTIFUL. Clean install and SMB browse now asks for credentials. Thank you!!!! Happy!
  • Omg when did they add smb? A few weeks ago I was pissed that I still couldn't browse my nas!!! Just installed it and FINALLY! I can just browse and stream movies from my NAS to my phone!!! No more trying to install browsers or other streaming tools!!! Thanks!
  • Yay ! We finally have a universal app for SMB playback. I was using Smart Player before. I think I can get rid of all other media apps and just use VLC. I also had used ACG player. But it didn't have SMB support on mobile. When I mailed the dev about it, he said that it is an api restriction for mobile. And that SMB is available only for tablets and pc's for windows 10. I am very much happy to see SMB support in VLC on mobile. No crashes, nothing.
  • So glad to see they fixed very quickly the issue with swapchain. I checked on Google and there was maybe two people complaining about this issue, but no one on the official project page on GitLab. I opened a new issue in there and for what it seems, the dev didn't notice this bug before. So, please, for those using the VLC app on Xbox One, if you notice a new bug, please report on the official project page:
    https://code.videolan.org/videolan/vlc-winrt/issues
  • When I seek on a track its crashing, uninstalled.
  • Films and T.V. Is the best player we have for now
  • Am I the only one where the video database gets rebuilt every time the app is launched? It's pretty annoying.
  • Unfortunately VLC won't launch after update.
  • Reinstall it
  • Is this as fully featured as the old .exe application?
  • I'm wondering if continuum support was added.
  • Top news! Though for the foreseeable future i cant see myself to stop using the built in media player in my Lumia 950.
  • Guys why is there no easy way to play 3D movies on windows 10 pcs/ there is no player that has a menu where you just click to play a 3D movie to 2D. 
  • I encountered a crash before uninstalling and then reinstalling it back, but the other issue was a breaking in the sound playback I experienced when playing a video file on my phone which happened to be playing pretty well on the previous version. Could it be a bug or something different?
  • I encountered a crash before uninstalling and then reinstalling it back, but the other issue was a breaking in the sound playback I experienced when playing a video file on my phone which happened to be playing pretty well on the previous version. Could it be a bug or something different?
  • I encountered a crash before uninstalling and then reinstalling it back, but the other issue was a breaking in the sound playback I experienced when playing a video file on my phone which happened to be playing pretty well on the previous version. Could it be a bug or something different?
  • I encountered a crash before uninstalling and then reinstalling it back, but the other issue was a breaking in the sound playback I experienced when playing a video file on my phone which happened to be playing pretty well on the previous version. Could it be a bug or something different?
  • Slightly confused, does this mean the Xbox version of the app - is it universal? has been updated too, as that is a little unstable during playback
  • I didn't realise it was gone, probably due to me not really buying content these days - I get my music from Groove and watch most TV through either subscriptions or rental, anything I own is in Plex. Glad to see this app back, when I gave it a go when it first released I did really like it for browsing some local content
  • Go cc player
  • Vlc cannot play mp4 video with 70mb file
  • When playing music the previous/pause/next buttons don't appear when pressing the volume keys and instead the song playing in another app appears. Furthermore if you press play the 2 songs play concurrently
  • I did the install & re install process several times on my L950...Any help guys??
    It is not working for me
  • It wad better I sticked with the old & working app rather than this crashing app.