QuickTime is a proprietary video format from Apple. It was supported on Windows till until recently Apple decided not to anymore. So how do you play QuickTime videos in Windows 11/10? There are a couple of ways to do it, and it also includes an official method as well.
How to play QuickTime files in Windows 11/10
You have three methods using which you can play QuickTime MOV video files in Windows 11/10:
- Install QuickTime on Windows 11/10
- Use Windows Media Player
- Use third-party media players
Unless you are hooked into the Apple ecosystem, encountering a MOV file is rare. However, if you are into editing videos and using a DSLR, you need to play those files on your Windows 10 computer.
1] Install QuickTime on Windows
Apple still has QuickTime installation files on its support website. However, do note that the support stopped in 2016. Apple is not responsible if you use it and get into any trouble. Once you install it, you should be able to play the MOV files just like how you play any video file on your computer.
If you all wish to use QuickTime Player, we suggest making sure you need it. It is best to use Windows Media Player or any third-party applications considering the security concern.
Also, when installing QuickTime, install the player alone. Skip the part where you can install a Plug-in, picture viewer, etc.
2] Windows Media Player
Did you know Windows Media Player supports QuickTime Movie format? I am sure not many know of it. Windows Media Player comes pre-installed on Windows; if not, you can download and install it.
3] Use third-party media players
We hope you chose to use the Windows Media player and third-party players to play the MOV files. Unless some other apps need to have QuickTime for Windows installed, we suggest you give it a pass.
Why won’t MOV files play on PC?
Some prominent reasons are missing a supported video player, broken header, frozen frame issue, missing EOF, or broken header. It is suggested to redownload or get a new copy of the video file and then try playing using a media player to play the MOV file.
Why is VLC not playing MOV?
VLC supports MOV files out of the box. It means there is no reason it should not be able to play it. However, some issues might be concerning the older MOV files encoded with the Apple QuickTime codec. In this case, there is nothing to do except convert the MOV file into MP4.