How to Play MOV Files on Windows 11 [4 Different Ways]

by Madhuparna Roy
Madhuparna Roy
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  • Do you see a black screen when trying to play MOV video files on the Windows Media Player or on the Films & TV app?
  • In this case, you would need to convert MOV files to Windows Media Player (WMV) file format or install the required codecs. 
  • You can also choose to use a third-party media player or a video converter to play the .mov video file on Windows 11. 
Play .mov files in WMV format on Windows Media Player

If you are trying to play MOV files on Windows 11 then you are at the right place. Windows 11 now comes with three different media players to choose from.

It includes Films & TV, Windows Media Player (latest version), and the new addition – Media Player.

However, the Windows Media Player may fail to recognize the MOV files with HEVC format (H.265), and can only play the MOV H.264/MPEG-4 file formats.

So, can Windows play all types of MOV files? Yes, it can, but you need to install certain codecs or convert them to WMV format to make them play.

Before we guide you on how to play .mov files on Windows 11, let’s tell you a bit more about the .mov files.

What is the MOV file format?

MOV is a MPEG-4 video file format, developed by Apple and is similar to the MP4, MKV, or WMV, formats. These files include videos, audio, subtitles, and timecodes.

This format was exclusively designed for their native QuickTime multimedia framework and Quicktime player. But, Windows and Linux systems can play MOV files as well.

While the MOV videos play automatically on Apple devices, you would need to install the appropriate codecs to run them on Windows.

So, answering the question, will MOV file play on Windows, yes, it will, following the below methods.

How do I play MOV files on Windows 11?

1. Download K-Lite codecs to play MOV files

  1. Open your browser and visit the K-lite official download page.
  2. Next, go to the Downloads section and select Server 1, Server 2, or Server 3 to download the codec pack. download codecs from K-lite
  3. Now, click on the downloaded file to open the setup wizard. foloow the on-screen instructions on K-Lite installer
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the codecs.

Once done, you can now play the MOV files on the Windows Media Player.

You can also refer to our guide on how to install codecs on Windows 11 to play all types of video formats on all built-in players.

2. Change the output format using a third-party video converter

  1. You can pick a video file converter and use it.
  2. Now proceed to set up the software and run the converter.
  3. Next, add the MOV files you want to convert to the interface. third party video converter - add files
  4. For this guide, we chose the Wondershare UniConverter because it’s very easy to use but the conversion process is very similar to other products as well.
  5. Click on Choose format. Select WMV on the left and on the right and select the video quality. select WMV format and choose video quality
  6. Back on the interface, click on Convert. Convert the select file to WMV

Once done, go to the file location and you can now play the .mov file in the Windows Media Player.

3. Play MOV (H.264/MPEG-4) on Windows Media Player

  1. Click on the Start button and type Windows Media Player and click to open the player. search for windows media player
  2. Navigate to the Organise tab at the top left, click to expand, select Manage library, and then click on Videos.Select Organize and then videos in manage libraries in WMV
  3. It will open the Video Library Locations window. Click on Add. click on Add in Video Library Locations
  4. Select the folder that contains the MOV file, not the file itself, and click on the Include folder. select mov file and press Include folder
  5. Back in the Video Library Locations, press OK to save the changes. Press OK in Video Library Locations
  6. Now, click on Videos on the left, and on the right, find and open the .mov file to play. Play video in WMV

You have now successfully converted the MOV file to Windows Media Player format and you will be able to play it without any issues.

4. Play the MOV file on another media player

  1. Go to the VLC Media Player official download page, click on Download VLC and select the package to download the video player for Windows 11. download VLC media player
  2. Once downloaded, install it on your Windows 11 PC.
  3. Now, press the Win + I keys simultaneously to open the Settings app.
  4. Next, click on Apps on the left and then click on Default Apps on the right. click on default apps in apps settings
  5. On the next screen, on the right side, type the extension in the search bar, in this case, it will be .mov format.
  6. You will now see Films & TV by default. search for .mov files in the default apps search
  7. Click on it to open the How do you want to open .mov files from now on prompt. Select VLC media player and press OK. select VLC media player from the prompt
  8. Now, under the Set a default for a file type or link type section, the default video player shows as the VLC media player. Set a default for a file type or link type - VLC media player

You can now, go to the video file and when you run it will open in the VLC Media Player, and run smoothly.

It’s completely free and one of the most popular media players that run almost all formats including MOV files without the need to install extra codecs in most cases.

Alternatively, you can go to Apple support and download the default MOV player – Quick Time Player for Windows. Install the player and now, open the MOV video file with QuickTime.

You can also refer to our guide on 5+ best universal video players for Windows 10 & 11 to play almost all video formats and avoid bumping into a missing codec error in the first place.

This will not just address your query, Why won’t MOV files play on my computer? but will also help you play the MOV file on the Windows Media Player and on other media players.

If you still encounter any errors while playing the MOV files on Windows 11 or you discover a solution, do let us know in the comments box below.

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