publishUpdated   Feb 20, 2018, 3:46 pm

One of the main uses of a smartphone is playing media. Nowadays, this usually means streaming music or video from services like Netflix and Spotify. However, some people do prefer to store media locally. To play that media you’ll need a, you guessed it, media player. We’ve got the best multimedia players for audio and video right here.

Plex

Plex is a great way to set up a server filled with content for your friends and family. Drop all of your photos, videos, and music into Plex and it will be available to everyone in your group. One of the best things about Plex is it works on nearly every platform, including Android TV and Roku.

DOWNLOAD: Plex

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Downloads: 5M – 10M

Poweramp

If you have a large library of local media to play, you want tons of control over how it sounds, and the ability to play many file types, this is your app. Poweramp doesn’t have any of the streaming capabilities, but it’s the best music playing app.

DOWNLOAD: Poweramp

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Downloads: 5M – 10M

doubleTwist

This gorgeous app is a music player, podcast manager, and it can sync with iTunes. That last feature is especially useful for any Mac Android users. Double Twist can also AirPlay music and videos with an optional in-app purchase. If you’re looking for a well-designed app to play music this is one of the most stunning ones you will find.

DOWNLOAD: doubleTwist

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Downloads: 10M – 50M

AllCast

AllCast is one of those must-have Android apps for Google’s Chromecast owners as it allows you to cast just about anything to the dongle. Whether it’s media stored on your device, or in the cloud, AllCast makes it all possible. The free version of the app caps video viewing at 5 minutes, but there’s also AllCast Premium which will run you $5.

DOWNLOAD: AllCast

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 3.9/5
  • Downloads: 10M – 50M

MX Player

MX Player is a powerful video player with advanced hardware acceleration and subtitle support. MX Player is the first Android video player which supports multi-core decoding. Test result proved that dual-core device’s performance is up to 70% better than single-core devices.

DOWNLOAD: MX Player

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Downloads: 100M – 500M

VLC

VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. VLC is one of the best video playback options across many different devices, including your computer and mobile devices.

DOWNLOAD: VLC

  • Price: Free
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Downloads: 100M – 500M