How to Update VLC Media Player to the Latest Version

With VLC Media Player, you always want the latest version of the software in your computer. There are additional features, security updates and improvements in the app when it is the most up to date version. The VideoLAN group always pushes regular updates and you will get an automated notification when you open the application. If it doesn’t show any update notification, go to Help > Check for Updates from the menu bar and a manual check will be performed. It will look for new versions of VLC Media Player online.

To update VLC Media Player to the latest version in your laptop or desktop:

  1. Click on Help > Check for Updates. If there is an update, it’ll display a message like,

    A new version of VLC (3.0.3) is available.

    VideoLAN and the VLC development team present VLC 3.0 “Vetinari”.
    VLC 3.0 is a major update to VLC, introducing hardware decoding by default, allowing 4K with low-cpu usage (and 8K on recent machines), supporting HDR and 360 video. It also improves audio passthrough, allows to stream to ChromeCast, Blurays and local network drive browsing.

    Do you want to download it?

    VLC Update Found

  2. Click on Yes and it will begin downloading the update file immediately.
    Downloading Update
    Once downloaded, it will say

    The new version was successfully downloaded. Do you want to close VLC and install it now?

  3. Hit the Install button.
    Install Now
  4. It will ask for admin privileges. Click on Yes to proceed.

    Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?

    Admin Privileges

  5. The installation wizard will start. Click Yes.
    Installation Wizard
  6. You will have two options. Hit Next.
    Upgrade Install Options

    • Upgrade VLC using previous settings (recommended)
    • Change settings (advanced)

    Most users will choose the recommended option.

  7. The installer will now extract the files and install the softwareInstalling Upgrade
    It will display a confirmation at the end. Click Finish.
    Installation Completion Screen

If you had checked the ☑ Run VLC media player option, the new and updated version will now run. Otherwise, you can access it from the start menu or any other shortcuts to launch the app in your system.

To confirm that everything went smooth and the update happened, Click on Help > About.

About VLC Media Player

10 thoughts to “How to Update VLC Media Player to the Latest Version”

  1. I upgraded my player and now it won’t play anything. It whines and makes all kinds of weird noises for about ten minutes then just stops.

  2. After installing latest update to VLN, video no longer works (audio does). The video on the .mov file worked perfectly on the older version. What do I do now?

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