How to Play .FLAC and .OGG Files on Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

This step by step guide will show you exactly how to play FLAC and/or OGG files on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Let’s just get right into it.

  1. The incredibly popular PC/Mac media player VLC is also available for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch – and you can use it to play FLAC and OGG audio files. To install it just head over to the Apple App Store on your iOS device and tap the GET button.
  2. VLC on the iTunes App Store

  3. Launch it from whatever Home screen it landed on.
  4. the VLC icon on an iOS home screen

  5. Select the Audio tab from the row at the bottom of the window.
  6. the VLC app bottom tab bar

  7. Once you’ve transferred some FLAC or OGG files to your iPhon/iPad/iPod, this is where they’ll appear.
  8. the Audio section of VLC for iOS

  9. Try sending one to your device now – use whatever method you usually use to copy files to it. I find AirDrop easiest so that’s what I use. If you aren’t sure how to send files to your iOS device, VLC has detailed info on the various ways you can do it with VLC. When you send the file, make sure to select VLC as the App to “open” it.
  10. transferring a flac file to play on an iPhone

  11. Once the file is on your iSO device, it’ll start playing. Tap the Done button in the upper-left corner of the window.
  12. playing a flac in iOS using VLC

  13. Now the Audio section of VLC will have a list of the files you’ve copied to your device.
  14. list of flac and ogg files to play on an iPhone

  15. If you already had some files on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch you can use the Files App to move them into the VLC that now resides inside of the On My iPhone (iPad, iPod…) section.
  16. copying a file on an iPhone using the Files App

  17. You can control VLC the same way you do with other media apps on your device – from the Lock Screen (if you’ve allowed media players permission to access it), the Control Center etc.
  18. a iOS Lock Screen with VLC playing a flac file

  19. That’s it! You can use VLC to play all kinds of file formats, you’re not limited to just FLAC or OGG.
  20. If your FLAC or OGG files don’t have the right metadata (artwork, track name etc), we have guides that explain how to add it whether you’re using macOS or Windows.

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