Unable to set default open with app... (playing .mp4 via VLC)

#1
Hi,

I own a new u1, it has been going great but there is one thing I have not been able to do - I cannot set up an default app to play videos. For example in a file browser app like Solid Explorer, every time I click on a .mp4 file a screen pops up asking which app do I want to use, I select VLC but it doesn't remember the choice. I've tried settings and also third party apps in the play store to set VLC as default video player but nothing has worked. It's a bit annoying having to select a video player each time. Is there a fix for this?
 

ArcticWolf

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#2
Hi,

I own a new u1, it has been going great but there is one thing I have not been able to do - I cannot set up an default app to play videos. For example in a file browser app like Solid Explorer, every time I click on a .mp4 file a screen pops up asking which app do I want to use, I select VLC but it doesn't remember the choice. I've tried settings and also third party apps in the play store to set VLC as default video player but nothing has worked. It's a bit annoying having to select a video player each time. Is there a fix for this?
Many file explorers I've tried also exhibit a similar behaviour. (I.e. they'll usually ask.)

Having said that, invariably there's one or two that might stand differently that others may have tried that they can point you towards :).

In the meantime, with VLC your best option is to run the app itself first & then simply search for your media using VLC's built in file explorer/indexing in the same fashion as you would using a separate dedicated file explorer. (VLC will even index networked sources etc. if your media is on other shares.) Just search by media type (video, audio), a directory, or local network options :).

That save you some clicking?

Kodi is also another consideration too with its own file explorer.
 
#3
My files are stored on a FreeNAS box - I've tried mapping them via VLC but nothing happens once I enter in the username/password.

I might try Kodi.
 
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