You can access media files saved on computer from a mobile device without the need to keep the same files on different devices. On Windows computers, the Windows Media Player, which is built-in various Windows OS, can turn your Windows 10 PC into a media server. You can then access and play media files stored on your PC from your iOS or Android device. Some smartphones even provide native support to media streaming, notably the HTC Connect. Check out this guide to stream photos, videos and music from computer to HTC mobile. however if your phone does not come with an app that gives you remote access to your computer, you will need to use a third party video streaming, audio streaming or media streaming app. VLC player for mobile is a good one. In this article, we will only show you how to access and play photos, videos and music from PC on Android phone via VLC player for Android. However we will not discuss its iOS version here. The VLC player for iOS can help you stream photos, videos and music from PC to iPhone iPad. The screens may differ from the Android version slightly. The free media player and streaming app works for all Android powered devices, such as Samsung Galaxy phones, LG phones, Sony phones, Motorola, Lenovo phones, ZTE phones, Huawei phones, Xiaomi phones, Nexus and more.
Stream photos, videos and music from PC to Android via VLC player
There are basically two steps to stream media files from computer to mobile phone. Firstly you need to setup the media server on computer; then run the media streaming client on the mobile device to access and stream photos, videos and/or music stored on your computer. For the details about media setup on a Windows PC, you can refer to the linked guide at the first paragraph. To access media server using VLC player on mobile phone is straightforward process. Go to download this free app from Google Play store or other Android market. Launch the media player app on Android device, touch the Menu icon at the top left corner to show its sidebar menu, choose Local Network, allow a few seconds for the media player to search all available media servers in your local network.
If the Windows media server does not come up here, make sure your PC and mobile phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Touch your PC name to open all your shared folders and media files. You can browse to your Windows Media Player libraries right on your cell phone. The media player gives you access to any type of media items on the phone, be it audio, video, image, or movies. It also lets you play music files from your computer directly in its built-in media player, play movies and videos from your PC directly on mobile phone. Even your image files from computer can be cast to cell phone. This media player streams your photos from PC to mobile the same way it streams video files. Your photos will be played in its built-in video player on the phone.