How to Change the Default Video Player (Windows & Mac)

Windows 10 and MacOS both come with video players, Movies & TV and QuickTime, respectively. While these apps work for most video files, their functionality is basic and they don’t play every video format available.

For both Windows and Mac, there’s many alternatives to their default video players. VLC is just one example that rose to popularity due to its opensource nature and ability to play a wide variety of video formats.

In this article, we’ll show you how to change the default video player on both Windows 10 and MacOS.

How to Change the Default Video Player in Windows 10

You can change the default video player in the default apps settings in Windows 10. Here’s how to get there and select a new video player:

  1. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of Windows and select the Gear icon in the leftmost menu. You can also search for Settings and select it there.
    Windows 10 Settings in Start Menu
  2. In Settings, click Apps.
    Windows 10 Apps in Settings App
  3. Click Default apps in the menu on the left.
    Windows 10 Default Apps in Left Menu in App Settings
  4. Finally, click the current video player under Video player and select a new app in the menu that appears.
    Windows 10 Choose New Default Video Player Menu in Default Apps Settings

How to Make VLC the Default Media Player in Windows 10

VLC is one of the most popular video players out there today. It’s free, opensource, and supports a ridiculous amount of video formats. Once you install VLC from their official website, it becomes available to set as a default video player in Windows 10 – here’s how:

  1. Navigate to the VLC website to download and install the latest version of VLC Player (if you don’t have it already).
  2. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of Windows and select the Gear icon in the leftmost menu. You can also search for Settings and select it there.
    Windows 10 Settings in Start Menu
  3. In Settings, click Apps.
    Windows 10 Apps in Settings App
  4. Click Default apps in the menu on the left.
    Windows 10 Default Apps in Left Menu in App Settings
  5. Finally, click the current video player under Video player and select VLC media player in the menu that appears.
    Windows 10 VLC in Choose New Default Video Player Menu in Default Apps Settings

How to Change the Default Video Player on a Mac

You can change the default video player on a Mac in any video file’s info window. You first need to change the Open with dropdown to the video player you want, and then click the Change All... button. Here’s how, step-by-step:

  1. Right click any video file in your file explorer and select Get Info.
    MacOS GetInfo in Video Right Click Menu
  2. Under Open With in the File Info window, change the video player to whichever video player you want to be the default.
    MacOS Video Players in Open With Dropdown in File Info Window
  3. Finally, click the Change All... button below the Open with dropdown.
    MacOS Change All Button Under Open With Dropdown in File Info Window
  4. Click Continue in the confirmation box that appears.

How to Make VLC the Default Media Player on a Mac

VLC is a free and opensource multimedia player that supports a ton of different video formats. It’s also cross-platform and is available to download and install for Mac from their official website. Once installed, you can change it to the default video player on your Mac – here’s how.

  1. Navigate to the VLC website to download and install the latest version of VLC Player (if you don’t have it already).
  2. Right click any video file in your file explorer and select Get Info.
    MacOS GetInfo in Video Right Click Menu
  3. Under Open With in the File Info window, change the video player to VLC.
    MacOS VLC in Open With Dropdown in File Info Window
  4. Finally, click the Change All... button below the Open with dropdown.
    MacOS Change All Button Under Open With Dropdown in File Info Window
  5. Click Continue in the confirmation box that appears.

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