Release a MediaPlayer instance and resources

Last update: 2023-10-02

You should release a MediaPlayer instance and resources when you no longer need the MediaResource.

When you release a MediaPlayer object, the underlying hardware resources that are associated with this MediaPlayer object are deallocated.

Here are some reasons to release a MediaPlayer:

  • Holding unnecessary resources can affect performance.
  • If multiple instances of the same video-codec are not supported on a device, playback failure might occur for other applications.
  1. Release the MediaPlayer.

    function release():void;

After the MediaPlayer instance is released, you can no longer use it. If any method of the MediaPlayer interface is called after it is released, an IllegalStateException is thrown.

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