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[Solved] 'Mac (Book Pro/Air/Studio/iMac) Won't Play DVD' Problem

Summary: Mac (macOS Monterey or earlier) Won't Play DVD? Fix DVD Not Playing on MacBook Pro/Air/iMac/iMac Pro/Mac Studio Easily.


  • - Everytime I put a DVD into my MacBook Pro, the disk spins around and then it is ejected. I have tried repairing permissions and lots of different DVD. Help?
  • - I want to use my Mac to present a DVD with projector. I put it in my Mac and the DVD player pops up. But when I press Play, it says "Supported Disc Not Available". Why my Mac won't play DVD? Any help would be great!

Open Apple communities, forums and we can easily discover the posts with title "Mac won't play DVD". Why sometimes DVDs cannot play on our Mac computers (MacBook Pro/Air/iMac/iMac Pro etc.) and how to fix the problem for playing DVDs on Mac smoothly?

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Part 1: Why Mac Won't Play DVD Error Happens?

Getting the reason why DVD won't play on Mac would help a lot to find the most appropriate solution. Here are some causes:

1. Mac failed to recognize DVD disc.

If the optical drive refuses DVD disc or no disc found/detected, you will encounter a DVD not playing on Mac computer error. DVD not be recognized/read usually happens when you insert DVD disc improperly, have a damaged disc or DVD drive, or your DVD drive driver goes outdated. For that, you can repair or buy a new DVD drive, or reset NVRAM (or PRAM) via press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys to shut down your computer and turn on later.

2. DVD Player can't read DVD contents (not working).

It probably hits a block when Mac DVD player reads a DVD encoded with a region code which doesn't match that of your DVD player or when it reads a scratched disc. Typical scenarios come that you cannot play a UK DVD (encoded with region code 2) in USA which is set to use region code 1, or an PAL disc cannot be played on a NTSC standard player. In this case, you can change the region code of your DVD drive or DVD player. However, you can change region code up to 5 times only before it's locked permanently.

3. Can't Read Content on Certain DVD-RW Discs

Please change the content to burned on DVD-R if your DVD-RW disc failed to be recognized on Mac.

4. DVD Disc Rot

Your DVD can't be guaranteed with 100% unscathed status. It's intact with the naked eye while it might be damaged interiorly, is susceptible to disc rot, or get affected with damp or high heat. In such case, try the above-mentioned WinX DVD Ripper for Mac or resort to the professional DVD repair tool if it's severely scratched.

Also read: Why Mac Can't Play ISO File?

Part 2: Rip DVDs to Digital Formats for Playback without DVD Player

DVD drive is dead on Mac, so you have to buy an external DVD drive to play DVDs thereon. Spend $40 or even higher buying an extra DVD drive with 5 times region code modification? Or rip DVD to digital file as MP4, MOV, HEVC, H264 for watching anywhere anytime without DVD drive/player? Which one is better?

Most of you have answers, I guess. For those who choose the latter option, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is your way to go. It can ingest whatever DVD disc (intact or damaged) you feed it, from newly released Disney 99-title DVD, region code 1-6 DVD, Lionsgate DVD with multiple playlists, Sony ArccOS protected DVD to old DVDs. It seamlessly accepts them and make a digital copy of DVD to MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, FLV, MPEG-2, VOB, HEVC, H264, as well as Apple TV, iMovie, QT, iPhone iPad with 350+ preset profiles.

Rip DVD to MP4 to fix Mac won't play DVD error
Rip DVD to MP4 to fix Mac won't play DVD error

Meanwhile, it won't take you long to make a digital copy of DVD. Only 5 minutes are needed to decrypt and rip a full DVD to MP4, MOV, ISO image, MPEG-2 and other mainstram formats by courtesy of the advanced Level-3 GPU hardware acceleration tech (Intel QSV, NVIDIA NVENC, AMD), alongside with multiple-core processor (up to 8 cores), hyper-threading tech, MMX-SSE & AMD 3DNow. Certainly, your hardware configurations on macOS computer should be high-end enough, as well.

Part 3: Use 3rd-party DVD Player Software to Play DVDs on Mac

On top of digitizing DVD, you can opt for using 3rd-party DVD player software for watching content without DVD not playing on Mac issue.

5KPlayer allows users to play any unprotected homemade and encrypted DVDs with great picture clarity. It can also play ISO image copied from DVD, VIDEO_TS folder and various video/audio files. The elegant and straightforward interface leads users to learn how to play a DVD content immediately. This best Mac DVD player is a 100% clean and safe program bundled no adware, malware or virus so that you don't need to worry about security problem at all.

Play DVD on Mac with 5KPlayer
Play DVD on Mac with 5KPlayer

What's special to me is that this free video player also lets you free stream or mirror DVD movies from MacBook Pro/Air/iMac to smart TV if you wanna enjoy a classic DVD movie with your whole family in larger screen with better immersive experience (plus 5.1 surround sound).

Final Words:

Although "Mac won't play DVD" error can be settled through purchasing another new drive or by resetting NVRAM, there is a possibility of resurgence in the near future. Comparatively speaking, digitizing DVD to Mac is an easier, more convenient and more effective way to slove DVD not playing on Mac issue. For that, WinX DVD Ripper is absolutely the best and fastest DVD ripper to convert DVD disc to digital video as MP4, H.264, HEVC, MKV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, iPhone 12/11, iPad 7, iPad Air 4, QT, Android, etc. Also it enables you to 1:1 copy DVD to ISO image/folder/MPEG-2 file with original quality by accessing all DVD protections.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping/copying copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.


author-Jack Watt

Jack Watt

Jack Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. He is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, Jack Watt also brings his experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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