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Samsung Galaxy S5: Guide to Playing Videos (DLNA)

By: Harold Hisona | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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After using your Samsung Galaxy S5 for a few weeks now I'm pretty sure you already know how to play videos and other multimedia files. So, apparently, this post is for those who might still be learning the ins and outs of the phone especially the ones who just got their first smartphone.

The new Galaxy S5 can play a handful of video formats such as: MP4, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, ASF, FLV, M4V, MKV, WEBM, and WMV. Playing videos on it is straightforward:

Step 1: From the Home screen, tap the Apps icon.


Step 2: Tap the Video app.

Step 3: Inside the Personal tab you can find videos your captured or downloaded.

Step 4: When there are DLNA-enabled devices are nearby, you can view videos from those devices by tapping the Devices tab.

Step 5: To begin playing videos, simply tap a video.

Pop-up Video Multitasking


Your phone supports multitasking so you can watch videos while reading your messages, browsing the web, playing video game, etc. Here's how…

Step 1: While playing a video, tap on the Pop up Video icon located on the lower-right side of the screen. If the icon is not visible, tap the video to unhide the video.

Step 2: The video will be played in a smaller popup window so as to give you enough space to do other things you want to do while you continue watching it. In this example, the video plays while composing an email.

Basically, you can still manage the video you're playing even if it's on a pop-up window.
  • You can navigate the Galaxy S5 normally while the video remains on top. Double-tap the video window to return to the full-scale video player.
  • The pop-up window can also be moved to the area you want it to play, simply touch, hold and drag it anywhere on the screen.
  • To pause the playback, touch the video. To close it, tap the X icon clearly visible on the upper right side.
  • You can also resize the video by pinching or expanding on the screen.
 

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