When you buy an android or iOS mobile device it comes bundled with media apps allowing you to play your favorite media files, whether video or audio.

After testing them out, you might find that they just perform basic functions which don’t satisfy your advanced viewing and listening needs.

Fret not as help is at hand, in the form of media apps providing you with advanced functionality. Most are available for free.

Here's a selection of media player apps comprising Apple media players and Android media player apps to help you choose the right one for your needs.


Apple Media Player: OPlayer

With OPlayer installed in your iPhone or iPad you don't have to go through the hassle of converting the video files you wish to play.

This versatile Apple media player app supports a multitude of video formats like MKV, DIVX, XVID. M4V, 3GP and H265 (HEVC), including Window's proprietary video format, WMV.

This media player app comes packaged with a built-in web browser. There's gesture support and you could easily compress or decompress any media file. 

There's also the background play feature. Videos play while you're using other apps.

Have some private videos which you don't want other to watch? You can password-protect them.

A standout benefit of this app is it doesn't tax your battery power as it has a built-in facility to decode MP3 and MP4.

You may even lock the video window while watching a clip to prevent accidental touches to the player buttons.


Apple Media Player App: Infuse 5

If you're looking forward to playing only video files over your iOS mobile device, then check out Infuse 5.

Among the popular formats supported are WMV, MP4, AVI and MKV.

It will come useful if you're playing a foreign language movie as there's feature which enables the importing of subtitles from the Internet.

Apart from an eye-catching interface, it has versatile video streaming options.

Add to that cloud storage integration and FTP file sharing.

What’s more, you can control the volume and fast forward or rewind your video through the use of gestures.

The free version comes with enough bells and whistles to leave you impressed.

Having covered Apple media players, let’s now look at top picks for Android media player apps.


MX Player: Android Media Player App 

If swipe gestures and pinch to zoom is your kind of thing when watching videos, the MX Player will suit your taste.

This easy-to-use, versatile Android media player app features subtitle controls, flexible aspect ratio switch, all accessible through the main video view screen.

If you don't really need DTS or AC3 audio then you should opt for this media app.


VLC for Android

Would you like to play just about any media file format? If so, VLC for Android should be your Android Media Player app of choice.

Chances are you’ve used VLC to play videos over your desktop computer.

There's support for subtitles whether embedded or external. This would include ASS and DVD subtitles.

Gestures and headphone control will enhance the usefulness of this app.

It even supports 360 video and 3D audio.

Apart from supporting universal formats like MP3 and MP4, it also handles little-known formats like MKV and FLAC, among others.

Want network streaming or to populate and organize a media library? VLC would do a fine job on that front.

Now that we have looked Apple and Android media player apps, let’s check out a Windows media player which takes care of all your viewing and listening needs.


Windows Media Player: DVDFab Player 5

DVDFab Player 5is a versatile Windows Media Player alternative which supports the playback of DVD, Blu-ray, and AVCHD, 4 K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, ISO files and folders with or without navigation menus.

It also does a good job when handing popular digital video file formats. Support is also available for the newer formats including 4K HEVC, with or without HDR10 or Dolby Vision media content.

If you're going for a Windows media player which will last you years into the future, DVDFab Player 5 should be your first choice.

Operating it easy. Download DVDFab Player 5 for free today and follow the instructions below.

How to Play Your Media Files with DVDFab Player 5

On launching DVDFab Player 5, you’ve two options to proceed with - PC Mode or TV Mode.

If you wish to view a video file over your computer, choose the PC mode.

You may also choose the PC mode if you've your computer connected to your HDTV via an HDMI card.

In this case, what you’ll see on your computer screen will appear over your television screen.

The next step would be to click the + button on the middle of the program interface.

You’ll be presented with two main options you’ll likely use - play a DVD by clicking on Disc or play a digital video file stored in your computer or from a removable storage device by choosing My Computer.

Download DVDFab Player 5 and give it a test drive today. You’ll find that you have in your hands one of the best WIndows media players in the world.