How to Change Default Media Player on Your Mac in Seconds

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As good as QuickTime Player is on macOS, it can be very limited for many users. That’s why they often want to change their default video player on Mac. And if you’re one of those people, you’ve probably thought to yourself, "how to change default video player mac"? Well, luckily for you, it’s actually very simple. No complicated steps and hoops to jump through to enjoy your favourite videos on your Mac. All it takes is four easy steps and you can change the default video player just like that.

How to set default media player on your Mac in 4 simple steps

Step 1 - Choose your video file

Open Finder on your Mac and find the file you want to play. Right click on the video and select "Get Info". A window pane will open up displaying different details of the video such as format, size, file location, etc in different tabs.

Choose your video file

Step 2 - Open with

Click on the "Open with" tab. A drop-down menu will appear showing the current default video player as well as other video players you can choose from to play your file.

Step 2 - Open with

Step 3 - Choose your preferred media player

From the drop-down menu, choose the video player of your choice and it will become your default video player for Mac.

(Make sure to click on "Other" if you don’t see your favourite video player in the drop-down menu).

Choose your preferred media player

Step 4 - Apply and confirm changes

After selecting your favourite video player and learning how to change default open with mac, click on the “Change All” button. Now all your videos of that format will open and play in that video player. A popup box will then appear, confirm the change and you’re done.

Apply and confirm changes


This method applies to one file format at a time. So if you have different file formats, then you have to follow the same steps for each type.

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