The default video player on the iPad can only do so much. It’s good but it’s not as powerful as you want it to be. Thankfully, Apple didn’t think of keeping developers away from playing with video player apps designed for the iPad.

And that means there’s a ton of them on the App Store. Look around and you see countless iPad video players. Some of them, users say, are the best. Some are good. Some are so-so.

While the definition of “best” differs from person to person based on their requirements and the features, we nevertheless thought to collect the most popular and trustworthy iPad video players for you.

Best iPad Video Player Apps

Each iPad video player app has its own set of pros and cons and while it’s easy to judge them based on user reviews, I feel that nothing beats using them personally.

Note: Apple’s change in policies has stripped a lot of players the power to support AC3 codecs.

Best Free Video Players for iPad and iPad Mini

#1. OPlayer Lite

OPlayer Lite iPad App LogoOPlayer Lite is currently one of the best video players for iPad. It has excellent support for almost all formats (the latest update includes MKV support too). There’s an AC3 issue with the current version though. Still, a far better player than many others out there. The decoding can be particularly tricky with other apps but Oplayer appears to handle it quite good.

Download OPlayer Lite

#2. Free Video Player

Free Video Player iPad App IconIt’s the ultimate video player for your iPad, as it can play almost any video format. Above all, it is completely free. There are advertisements along with this app, but they aren’t intrusive. Even then, if you do not like to watch advertisements you can pay $0.99 to remove them. Out of all the features, rotation lock is the best feature. Give it a try and you might not need any other video player.

Download Free Video Player

#3. PlayerXtreme Media Player

PlayerXtreme Media Player iPad App IconWhen it comes to watching movies or playing music on your iPad, you need some extraordinary media players to deliver the best! And PlayerXtreme seems to be the one. Whether the file is in MKV format or MP4, it plays all the videos and music files on your iPad or iPhone. Most interestingly, the latest version of the app supports the streaming for files larger than 4GB too. It plays the files from your emails too. I haven’t observed this feature in any of the apps till date.

Download PlayerXtreme

#4. VLC

VLC Player iPad App IconVLC is one of the widely used media player on Mac, desktops, mobile, and tablets. It is available for free for iPad as well. The best part about it is its user-friendly interface. You’ll not need more than 5 minutes to get used to this media player. VLC player supports almost all video formats. There are tons of other features, so give it a try and download it.

Download VLC

#5. Infuse 3

Infuse 3 iPad App IconInfuse 3 bridges the gap between iTunes and your other content. The user-interface of the app is more eye-catching compared to other video players. Like all others, Infuse 3 supports almost all kind of video formats. You’ll not need to convert your favorite movie to a different format in order to watch it on your iPad. The app is free, but you can upgrade to pro version to get additional features.

Download Infuse 3

#6. MoliPlayer

MoliPlayer iPad App IconMoliPlayer is yet another free app which doesn’t display any kind of ads. The music and video streaming app supports almost all the files and also displays the subtitles which are embedded or files such as srt, ssa, .ass etc which are downloaded separately. In the new updated version, settings option is added to resume playback in last position. Now, it supports RTSP, RTMP, .LRC lyric etc kind of files.

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#6. Joobik Player

Joobik Player iPad App IconJoobik player is available for both iPhone and iPad users. You can now easily sync your playlists, videos, music files from iTunes and play them instantly. Different play modes are available in the app to shuffle or repeat your favorite tracks. Most interestingly, it can play any non-DRM video on your iOS device. It requires iOS 7.0 or later to work oniPhone or iPad. With the latest version, you can now see the artist or album name, especially for the TV shows.

Download Joobik Player

#7. 8Player Lite

8player Lite iPad App Icon8Player Lite and the paid version ($5.99) offer a clean and simple way to access video not just on your iPad but any other DLNA-compatible device. The cool thing about 8Player is its interface and it kind of makes up for the lack of a full-fledged video format support. Still, it supports all popular formats although there’s no AC3 support due to the Apple issues.

Download 8Player Lite

#8. PowerHD Media Player

PowerHD Media Player iPad App IconUnlike other video players, PowerHD Media Player supports Picture-in-Picture mode for iOS 9 iPad. You can work while you watch movies by enabling PIP mode. You can also resize the PIP window to fit your screen and aspect ratio. Apart from that, it supports many subtitle file formats that need to be downloaded separately.

Download PowerHD

#9. WMV HD Player

WMV HD Player IPad App IconWMV HD Player will let you play any video file from your Email, Cloud storage, Camera Roll, or PC. You can easily import any video files using this video player. The app can run FullHD (1080) videos flawlessly. The WMV HD Player is free to download with limited features, but you can purchase full version by making an in-app purchase.

Download WMV

#10. KMPlayer

KMPlayer iPad App IconKMPlayer has been downloaded by more than 300 million people worldwide. It’s a free encoding player that plays almost all kind of video files. The app also supports touch gestures to skip, fast forward, or rewind your video file. It is also useful to increase or decrease the volume. There is no need for in-app purchase and this is what tempts us to download.

Download KMPlayer

#11. MCPlayer HD

MCPlayer iPad App IconMCPlayer HD supports wireless streaming of your videos from the internet or from your personal home network. It also boasts Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound functionality. It’s one of the best video players for iPad. The basic version of the app is free while you’ll have to make an in-app purchase to get all features.

Download MCPlayer HD

#12. HPlayer

HPlayer iPad App IconHPlayer is a 2-in-1 app for playing videos as well as music. You can use it as an individual music player or as a video player. The app supports a wide range of video and music file formats. Unlike other video players that use software, HPlayer uses hardware decoding. This helps to get better picture quality on your iPad. Lastly, the app is free to download and use.

Download HPlayer

ALSO READ: Best MKV Video Players for iPad

Best Paid Video Players for iPad and iPad Mini

#1. AVPlayer/AVPlayer HD

AVPlayerHD for iPad App IconAVPlayer HD is specifically designed for the iPad. Amongst most iPad video players, AVPlayer HD ranks high. Supports most popular formats including MKV, AVI, XVID and also features subtitle file support. Adding files to the app is as easy as drag-and-drop. Supports AC3 too.

Price: $2.99
Download AVPlayer

#2 Creation 5+ Media Player

Creation 5+ Media Player iPad App IconIf you are looking for a stylish menu with immense graphics, Creation 5+ media player is the perfect pick. It not only plays videos and music files from your iPad but it also has an inbuilt radio by using which you can listen to your favorite radio station anywhere in the world. Besides that, Photos feature allows you to add the photos from your iPad to the songs you play in the media player. Isn’t really cool? Then what are you waiting for?

Price: $5.99
Download Creation 5+

#3. MCPlayer HD

MCPlayer HD Pro iPad App IconMCPlayer HD is also known as Media Center Video Player which is specially developed to play videos and audio files on iOS devices, especially iPad. The video player has Dolby digital plus surround feature which gives clear sound with customized outputs. You can create your own Watch later list to listen or play the videos when you want to. The app is supported for iOS 6.0 or later versions. It is available in 13 languages which include English, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish etc.

Price: $3.99
Download MCPlayer HD

#4. It’s Playing

Its Playing - iPad App - LogoIt’s Playing is a cool iPad video player. It’s been hit with the codec issues too but it still has a powerful support and easy way to play video files from your library. Interesting aspects include direct subtitle download, gestures, easy way to access videos from a wide variety of sources, and a ton of video features to enrich your experience.

Price: $3.99
Download It’s Playing

#5. ArkMC

ArkMC DLNA UPnP iPad App IconArkMC actually comes as a complete suite of a powerful video streamer and a player. The key focus is on wireless and seamless UpnP/DNLA sharing but the player, it turns out, is enormously powerful and capable too. The Ark Media Player supports a wide range of file formats so you shouldn’t find it hard to use the streamer as a favorite player too.

Price: $4.99
Download ArkMC

  • Ortpeek

    Which players support AC3 sound nowadays?
    Per

  • Den Watsons

    MCPlayer is also a great app to use for the video streaming and playback with Chromecast and Dolby official!

  • chiappa

    Lack of nplayer on this list is an obvious sign that the author knows nothing.

  • mbourgon

    nPlayer fan here. (Have at least 4 from that list)

  • Jake Davidson

    Really?You haven`t got WALTR in your list??With this app you don`t need iTunes anymore, it supports all the formats and it really saves your time. Google it and you`ll see

  • Revlys

    You should add NAStify app in your review !
    It’s free and is doing more than just playing videos !

  • Emma

    I was looking for video player apps so I’ve tried some of these already, like HD Player and AVPlayer but I prefer using nPlayer. I’m surprised it’s not here. Best video player I’ve tried.

  • Chuck

    Nplayer is the best

  • rene

    VLC read every codecs that exist but its minimalist.

  • Zan Zac Zac

    I have downloaded and use most of them. My ranking is:
    1.VLC (why is it not included?)
    2. AvplayerHD
    3. Cinexplayer

  • Ryan

    How is it that nPlayer didn’t make this list? It supports AC3 as well as hardware acceleration for x264-encoded videos. CineXPlayer does not support hardware acceleration, which means HD movies will stutter on older Apple devices, and your battery will drain quickly on any Apple device (thus not making it an ideal player for those long flights).

    As a matter of fact, the only players in your list that claim to support hardware acceleration are HD Player (free) and AVPlayerHD ($3). Considering how battery life is a commonly overlooked element in devices these days (see here: , hardware acceleration should be a major factor in determining your list.