How to Watch the Apple WWDC Keynote on Windows or Android

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How to watch the Apple keynote without a Mac. (Getty)

Excited about this morning’s Apple Keynote but not sure if you’ll be able to watch it? Even if you don’t have a Mac, there are still a lot of ways that you can watch the keynote live. If you have a Windows PC or an Android phone, multiple options are available to you so you can still watch the WWDC keynote event as it airs, including using a livestream URL via the VLC player, which we have below.


Official Livestream Links for Windows

The official link for watching the livestream is here. The only problem is that if you don’t have a Mac, an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you’ll have a tougher time accessing the stream. Android users are especially out of luck.

To watch the livestream on your Windows PC, only Windows 10 with the Microsoft Edge browser will work.


How to Watch the Apple Keynote via VLC Player and Direct Livestream URL

If you don’t have Windows 10 or if you’re using an Android, there may still be another option for you. A Reddit thread on the topic suggests that you can watch the keynote on your PC via a free VLC player, but you’ll need the full livestream URL for this to work. This also works if you have an Android; you can download a VLC player for Android on the Play Store.

According to 9to5Mac, first download the VLC app, whether you’re using a Windows PC or Android phone. Install VLC and launch it. Select the “Open Network Stream” on the Media tab. In the URL field, find and copy the direct livestream URL for this Apple event. Press play and begin watching. (It won’t work until the event itself has started.) According to Reddit, the direct livestream URL to use for VLC is here, but it will only work in VLC and will download an .m3u8 file to your computer. This Reddit thread suggests this link for Windows. If neither link works, an updated link may appear in the threads.

Note that watching this way doesn’t always work and the live stream can sometimes quit. If you want a high quality version and can’t watch it live, Apple will load the full video later to iTunes and you can watch it there.


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