VLC Remote : Tips

Access Fullscreen from the main page

Turning on fullscreen mode when watching movies is really handy. You can do that with the icon in the main remote page at the top right.

It’s the one that looks like four arrows point outwards.

How to access external drives

(requires paid version)

Unfortunately, VLC doesn’t recognise aliases or shortcuts (it just tries to play them), so these won’t help you.

There is a dedicated drive button in the browse page that will take you to your full drive list.

You do need to take some steps to make sure that external drives appear in this list:

on Windows

  • Make sure that the drive is mapped to a letter.

on Mac

  • You have to browse the drive manually from your computer to make sure that the system ‘mounts’ the drive, or use the next tip…

Mac OS: Automatically mount external drives so that they are available to browse on startup

See this page

Add a whole folder to your playlist

(requires paid version)

just tap on the ‘play icon’ next to the folder and all its contents will be added to the playlist.

Stop VLC asking to fix files

this isn’t actually a VLC Remote feature, but it is annoying when you are trying to play things remotely. You can control the behaviour in VLC at

Preferences (switch to All preferences in the bottom left)
 Input / Codecs
  Demuxers
   AVI
    Force Index Creation

Start VLC automatically on Windows

The easy way is just to drag VLC, (or a shortcut to VLC) to your autostart folder. This will start VLC in its normal configuration with a window visible.

If you are willing to get a bit more technical, then you can fire up your Windows Registry editor and add the following:


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"vlcRemote background start"="\"c:\\program files (x86)\\videolan\\vlc\\vlc.exe\" -I ntservice --ntservice-install --ntservice-extraintf=http --video-on-top"

Add this line to the reg in windows so there is an auto start for the vlc service for the remote no more have to run before it will work. This will work on windows vista and windows 7 both 32 and 64 bit versions for windows xp remove the x86

-Thanks to Nathanael for the tip.