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What to Do When an Audio or Video File Doesn’t Play On Mac

At one or the other time, you might have observed that your Mac is unable to play some audio or video contents. Your Apple built-in programs as QuickTime, keynotes or photos are featured to work with a variety of media type formats. Along with this, certain applications need additional software to play music or video files. However, the popular media file types like MOV, MP4, M4V, M4A, MPEG, AVI, WAV etc. play smoothly on all media player applications.

Your Apple applications may fail to play certain audio or video files because it needs some specialized software to support them. Hence some old or specialized file formats refuse to play on your Mac system.

What to do when an audio or video file doesn‘t play on Mac?

For the unplayable media file type, you can search for an app that can support. Interestingly, you might already have such programs installed on your Mac. If you want to check this out, here you go-

  • In the Mac Finder, right-click (or control-click) on the unplayable media file
  • Choose the option – Open with
  • The sub-menu displays all the programs that are installed in your device
  • Pick the program and see if it is able to play audio/video file

In case, if you don’t succeed in finding a right app for your multimedia file then you can search for additional programs. Search for applications in the Mac store or the internet and get it installed on your Mac. Alternately, you can choose to convert the file into some other format that your media player application supports. Even for media type file conversion, a number of tools are available across the internet to fix QuickTime won’t play MP4.

While searching for additional software to play your video or audio, you can specify the file format of that file. If you do not know the file extension then click on the file then press Command + I button; this will display info window whereby you can get all necessary information about the media file.

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