Although your iPhone and iPad have a default built-in video player, they can only do so much. For instance, it cannot play a wide variety of formats or support features such as optimized subtitles. The good news is that there are tons of feature-rich video player apps for iPhone and iPad on the App Store with extra functionality and flexibility.
I have shortlisted the 5 best video player apps that will offer a seamless experience. Let’s dive in!
1. Infuse 7: Editor’s Choice
I started using Infuse back when VLC for iOS wasn’t available. Since then, I am hooked on this app. Fast forward to the present, the latest update – Infuse 7, brings its powerful performance and features to Mac too.
One of the best video player apps for the iPhone, Infuse 7 lets you play anything and everything. It supports all the popular media file formats along with 4K, HDR, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS HD-Master audio. Its intuitive and aesthetic user interface differentiates it from other video players.
Moreover, you can also add your subtitles or download them at your ease within the app. The app gives you 8 video zoom options, gesture controls, and more, making it a breeze to use it.
It allows you to browse or play videos stored on your PC or Mac, on apps like Plex, Emby, Jellyfin, or cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. The flexibility and seamless AirPlay support that other apps can’t match.
- Support for 4K and HDR
- Supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD- Master audio.
- Play videos from Plex, Emby, and Jellyfin
- Available for Mac and Apple TV too
- Needs paid subscription to unlock all features
Price: Free ($0.99/month, $9.99/yearly, or $74.99/lifetime)
2. KMPlayer: Best free video player app for iPhone
The prominence of KMPlayer lies in its ability to play 8K videos, which isn’t possible in most video player apps. Apart from this, KMPlayer also supports HD, 4K, UHD, Full HD playback, and optimized subtitles.
Furthermore, the video player app offers several customization options to tinker with the video and subtitles, such as adjusting the video’s brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, gamma information, playback speed (up to 0.75x), and subtitle color, size, position.
It also offers an option to bookmark the position from where you want to continue the video. Besides, you can stream videos directly by entering the URL or FTP, UPNP, SMB, or Google Drive.
The video player is available in more than 230 countries worldwide and can be accessed in 36 languages, making it one of the best free video players for iPhone and iPad.
- Supports 8K video playback
- Advanced video adjustment options
- Available in 36 languages
- You need to copy video files to KMPlayer
3. nPlayer Lite: Best iOS video player for 3D videos
nPlayer Lite comes with a simple yet functional user interface. It supports all the popular video and audio file formats, along with HEVC/H.264/MPEG4 hardware acceleration. But what particularly caught my attention is its 3D video mode. You read that right! The player can seamlessly run 3D videos.
Moreover, the features like multi-track audio, audio boost, audio sync, and lyrics display enhance the video streaming experience. You can also use gestures to control the playback.
The best thing about the iPhone video player is its inbuilt file manager, which arranges your file neatly. You can also play videos from cloud services, such as Google Drive, OneDrive, or stream them from your PC, Mac, or NAAS storage.
If you want to access more features, you can upgrade to its premium version: nPlayer Plus.
- Supports iXpand flash drive
- Supports HDMI output
- Enjoy 3D videos
- Gesture controls
- Plenty of ads
4. OPlayer Lite: Most reliable iOS video player app
OPlayer Lite is the free version of OPlayer, which has been around for over nine years and is one of the most reliable video player apps for iPhone and iPad. With each update, it has got better. The app supports all the popular video and audio formats, like lossless music, WMA, MKV, 3GP, M4V, Blu-ray, Dolby Digital Audio (AC3), etc.
The player offers an intuitive user interface and supports AirPlay along with Mirroring and HDMI. Further, the video can be played in the background, which is not present in other video player apps.
If you want more features, you can go for OPlayer, the premium version.
- Stream videos from files saved on your PC or Mac
- Built-in web browser
- Supports AirPlay, Mirroring, and HDMI
- Needs premium subscription for AVI/DivX license and DTS license
Price: Free (In-app purchase starts at $0.99)
5. VLC for Mobile: Best open-source video player for iPhone
VLC is one of the widely used video players across every device, and its mobile version brings the same set of features to iPhones and iPads. The app is completely free and easy to use. It supports almost all audio and video file formats, along with the support for H.265 encoded videos, optimized subtitles, and SSA compatibility.
The iOS video player comes with the file synchronization feature, enabling you to play videos stored in Dropbox, GDrive, OneDrive, Box, iCloud Drive, iTunes, or through Wi-Fi sharing.
You can also stream videos from SMB, FTP, UPnP/DLNA media servers, and the web. It also offers multi-track audio and playback speed control. The only reason I kept the app below is for its lack of AC3 file support.
- Completely free
- Open-source application
- Simple user interface
- Can’t run AC3-encoded audio files
These were the best video player apps for iPhone and iPad. Use some other video player app? Tell us in the comments below. We’ll give it a shot, and if we like it, we will add it to this list.