2.8. Music and video player

Once the video or audio is downloaded to the Documents app, tap any audio to start the playback. Tap the Play button on the folder in the Library section to play all the music in this folder.

You can arrange the queue of songs according to your mood and create playlists. For this, tap Next track at the bottom of the Player tab, tap and hold on the left edge of the song and drag it to the needed position in your queue.          

Note: the list of the supported formats can be viewed here

If you have too many songs and are running out of disk space on your device, you can stream music and videos from any cloud storage, without downloading them.

The music and video player provides the ability to enable AirPlay sharing.

The music player takes the contents of the folder as a playlist and allows it to use ShuffleLoopRepeat modes. There are also a few additional helpful settings in the Documents settings > Viewers section.

Listening to the music in the background or when the screen is locked

Documents app allows listening to the music when the app is in the background or the screen is locked. Check out our article to troubleshoot the cases when the music stops.

  • Audio files: if the music stops when the screen is locked, open Documents settings > General > disable iOS data protection toggle.
  • Video files: once the screen is locked, tap the Play button on the lock screen to start the video. To listen to the video in Documents when you work with other apps, tap the Play button in the control center.

Fast forward or rewind the track

  • Audio files: to fast forward or rewind the audio file, perform the right or left swipe on the audio’s artwork to go 10 seconds backward or forward respectively.

  • Video files: tap on the edge of the video file to fast forward/rewind it. 

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Video tempo controller   

You can adjust the speed of the video playback for the following video formats: .mp4, .mpv, .3gp, .m4v, .mov.

Videos with subtitles

The Documents app allows playing videos with embedded subtitles or with subtitles from an external source. Embedded subtitles will work with all video formats supported by Documents 7. To use an external subtitle for the video file in Documents:

  • External subtitles will work with the following video formats: .avi, .mkv, .flv, .ogg, .mpg, .mpeg, .ts. The Documents app supports .srt, .sub, .ssa, .ass, .pjs, .rt, .smi, .stl subtitle formats (extensions).
  • make sure to put the video file and the subtitle file in the same folder.
  • the title of the related video and subtitle files should coincide or start with the same sequence of letters (e.g. some_name.mkv and some_name_subtitle.str).
  • Documents supports external audio files of .mp3, .aac, .m4a, .m4b, .m4p, .m4r, .amr, .ac3 formats (extensions).

You can also change subtitle font preferences for the following video formats: .mp4, .mpv, .3gp, .m4v, .mov. For this, go to iOS Settings > General > Accessibility > Subtitles & Captioning > Style > change the default style.

Picture-in-picture for videos

The Picture-in-Picture feature is available on compatible iPad models, the iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, and the iPad Pro line. You can use the feature with the following video formats: .mp4, .mpv, .3gp, .m4v, .mov.

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