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How To Make Playlists In VLC Media Player


If you own a PC or laptop, regardless of whether it runs on Windows 11 or MacOS, you’re likely familiar with the significance of VLC media player for watching IPTV or other video files on your device.

VLC media player has reigned as the top media player for the past decade, thanks to its robust support for playing various video file formats, as well as IPTV playlists and music files.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of creating personal playlists in VLC Media Player, allowing you to curate your viewing experience to include only the content you want to watch. We’ll also delve into how to create IPTV playlists specifically within VLC Media Player.


How to Create a Playlist in VLC Media Player

By following the steps below, you’ll craft your very own M3U playlist, compatible with VLC media player or other apps supporting M3U file formats or URLs.

1. Begin by ensuring you’ve downloaded and installed the free VLC media player from https://www.videolan.org/vlc/.

2. Launch VLC media player, then click on “Playlist” in the top menu bar, or alternatively, press both CTRL + L on your keyboard to access playlists. (You’ll encounter a white screen displaying “Playlist is currently empty”).

3. Right-click anywhere on the VLC screen and select “Add file” or “Add directory” to incorporate your video/music files into the playlist. (Alternatively, you can drag and drop any folder or file into the playlist).

4. Arrange the video/music or IPTV channels within the playlist according to your preferences by dragging and moving them around.

5. Once satisfied with the order of media files within your VLC playlist, click on “Media” then “Save Playlist To File”. (Alternatively, press CTRL + Y).

6. Choose the desired output folder to save the playlist and save it in M3U file format.

That’s it! You’ve successfully crafted your own video/music, IPTV playlist with VLC media player. Whenever you open this playlist, it will play all your media files in the selected order.

Next, let’s explore how to create playlists on your Windows PC or MacOS for transfer to your Android smartphone, ensuring you have the same VLC playlist on both devices.

Creating a Playlist with VLC for Your Android Smartphone

This method proves handy if you don’t already have the same music on your Android smartphone or tablet and wish to swiftly copy the music along with the playlist.

1. On your Windows PC or MacOS, create a folder containing all your music or video files.

2. Select all the music files you want to include in the VLC playlist for your phone. You can press CTRL + A to select all files in the folder.

3. Right-click any selected file and choose “Properties”, then navigate to the details tab.

4. Here, modify the Album Tag to a unique identifier like “My Playlist Music” to distinguish it from other music on your smartphone.

5. Once renamed, copy the folder to your Android smartphone via a cloud service, USB cable, or Bluetooth.

6. On your smartphone, open VLC media player or the built-in music player, and select to play an album. Choose the album tag you created in step 4, and it will play as if it were an album, but it’s your playlist.

The subsequent section below will guide you through creating a VLC playlist on your Android device if you don’t have a PC/laptop available and wish to craft a playlist using music or video files already on your smartphone or tablet.


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Creating a Playlist on Your Android Smartphone or Tablet Using VLC Media Player

This method is applicable to any Android-based device you own, including Smart TVs (Android-based), Firesticks, Amazon devices, Android TV boxes, Nvidia Shield, and any other devices compatible with the VLC media player app.

1. Launch VLC media player on your smartphone or device. Upon the initial launch, the VLC app will automatically scan for media file types already present on your device.

2. Tap on the three-dotted hamburger menu located in the top-right corner of the VLC media app screen, and switch to the “audio” section.

3. Select “songs” and browse through the songs you wish to add to a playlist. Tap the three dots next to the song and choose “Add to Playlist”. If it’s your first time adding to a playlist, ensure you give it a name.

4. Once you’ve added all desired songs to your playlist, navigate to the Playlists tab and refresh the VLC screen to view your newly created playlist.


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