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How to Make VLC Default Player on Windows and Mac

By FonePaw | Jan 06 , 2020

VLC is a free media player supporting many audio and video compressions and file formats. It'll be very convenient for you to play videos of different formats if you make VLC as the default player of your computer.

 

First of all, you need to download and install VLC on your computer. It's simplest to set VLC as the default player during the installation of the media player. Just allow the software to associate different media types with VLC when you install it. It's up to you whether to select all the file types by default or select just some commonly-used video & audio formats.

 

Set VLC as Default Media Player in Installation

 

If you haven't done this during the installing process or the default player is changed on your computer. Here is how to change the default video player to VLC on Windows 10/8/7, XP/Vista and Mac.

 

Learn More About VLC:
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How to Trim Video with VLC Media Player
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1. Set VLC as Default on Windows 10, 8, 7, XP

Make VLC Default on Windows 10

Step 1: Click the start button and go to Settings.
Step 2: Open Apps.
Step 3: Choose Default apps.
Step 4: If you want to make VLC the default video player on Windows 10, click on Movies & TV and select VLC media player. If you want to set VLC as the default audio player, make the same choice for the music player.

 

Make VLC Default Player on Windows 10

 

Make VLC Default on Windows 7/8
Step 1: Launch VLC player and select Preferences under Tools.
Step 2: Choose Interface on the left and click on Set up associations.
Step 3: Tick Select All in this interface and then click Save.

 

Set VLC as Default Media Player in Windows 8

 

Make VLC Default on Windows XP
You can use the same method for making VLC default on Windows 7/8 to change the default player on Windows XP. Here is another simple way.

 

Step 1: Select the file that you want VLC to play by default.
Step 2: Right-click on the file and choose Properties.
Step 3: Click on Change from the Opens with, click on the VLC media player button and then click on OK.

 

Change the Default Media Player in Windows 7

 

2. Make VLC Default Player on Mac

Step 1: Select the file that you want VLC to play by default.
Step 2: Right-click on the file and select Get Info.
Step 3: In the Open with option and choose VLC in the drop-down list.
Step 4: Click the Change All button.

 

Set VLC as Default Media Player on Mac

 

The default player will change to VLC as soon as you save the settings. Next time you open video or audio files, they will be displayed in VLC automatically.

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