DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance, and it allows the compatible DLNA devices to stream data over the air. For example, if you have a DLNA compatible HDTV, you can stream videos and music to it using your phone. For Android, there are several apps that can enable the DLNA streaming function and enhance the streaming experience. Let’s check them out.
1. BubbleUPnP UPnP/DLNA
The BubbleUPnP UPnP/DLNA app takes the first place in the list. This app lets you broadcast your content right off your device to your compatible DLNA device. It supports Chromecast, any DLNA-enabled TV, and the newer gaming consoles currently on the market. Other than basic streaming, it also comes with features like playback queue, editable playlists, scrobbling, sleep timer and various shuffle modes. It has a full-screen image viewer and controller for you to control the content.
The app costs nothing and can be obtained from the Google Play store.
2. MediaHouse UPnP/DLNA Browser
If you like to have apps with plenty of features, you may want to try out the MediaHouse UPnP/DLNA Browser app. It has a number of DLNA streaming features that help you stream your videos and music the way you want. For example, it auto scans your WiFi network to see if there are any DLNA enabled devices, so you can then connect to them. It divides the scanned devices into two categories, the first being the devices you can stream your content to, and the second one being the devices you can stream content from. It supports creating playlists for your music files, has an image viewer, and it works in landscape mode.
It is available for free at the Google Play store.
3. DLNA Player
DLNA Player lets you play content to the compatible devices and also lets you access content available on the DLNA servers. It is actually a zero configuration app that works out of the box. Just install the app on your device, and it should start working right away. It comes with a play history, so you know what you recently played on your device. The app has a library for you to manage your content, so you can easily find the file that you wish to stream to your DLNA device.
You can get the app for free from the Google Play store.
4. iMediaShare Personal
If you want a DLNA app with an awesome interface, give iMediaShare Personal a try. The app lets you stream your digital media right off your Android device to your large TV without needing any cables. While your media is being played on your TV, the app acts as a remote for you to control the media. It allows you to control the play, such as pause, next, and so on using your hand gestures.
The app does not cost a penny and you can obtain it from the Google Play store.
Do you happen to have a number of DLNA-compatible devices and want an app that can stream the content to all of these devices? AllCast can help you do that. While the apps listed above work very well to stream content to any device, this app brings more compatibility for you. It can stream media to Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and other DLNA-enabled devices. It also allows streaming content from your Dropbox, so you don’t need to download content and then play it, as it can be directly streamed from there.
AllCast is a great DLNA app, and you can download it for free from the Google Play store.
If you often find your desk full of cables, the apps above can help you get rid of a few of them, if not all. These apps let you broadcast your media from your small screen Android device over to a large HDTV, so you can enjoy your favorite content with your friends and family.