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How to Easily Play Region 2 DVDs in the US or Other Countries

Make region 2 DVDs easily playable in the US or other countries by making the DVDs region-free.

Q 1: Region 2 DVD discs won't play in region 1 DVD players. How can I play a region 2 DVD on a US laptop?
Q 2: Is it possible to play region 2 DVDs in the US? What's the easiest way?

DVDs use region codes to protect the DVD copyright and restrict DVDs to be played in one specific area. DVD in region 2 includes Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, French overseas territories, Greenland. The US DVD players can only play region 1 DVD. Therefore, you can't play a DVD brought from Europe on a US laptop. It's likely to pop up Wrong Region error message. This post will show you how to play region 2 DVD in USA or any other country.

Method 1: Convert Region 2 DVDs to Region-free for US DVD Players

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  • It will convert region 2 DVDs into region-free video files for playback on DVD players in the USA or other regions. Support ripping all kinds of DVDs, incl. new 99-title Disney DVDs, old scratched DVDs, workout DVDs, music DVDs, etc.
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How to Remove Region Codes to Play Region 2 DVDs in the US or Other Countries

Click the link below to free download and install the DVD region remover on Windows or Mac. Follow the steps below to easily make a region 2 DVD region-free so as to play a region (2) DVD in the USA or wherever you are with no hassle.

Free download the Windows version (Windows 11/10 or earlier)
Free download the macOS version (Ventura or earlier)

Step 1. Load the source region 2 DVD

Insert your source region 2 DVD into DVD drive. Run WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and click the "DVD Disc" icon to load the source DVD.

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DVD region code remover

Step 2. Choose an output format

To convert region-locked DVDs, you can browse from the left Output Profile column to choose a preferred format. To convert a region 2 DVD for a US DVD player, you can choose to convert the DVD to MP4, H.264, WMV, etc., as long as your DVD player supports it. You can also copy the region 2 DVDs to a region-free DVD video with 100% original quality, click: DVD Backup Profile -> DVD Backup -> Clone DVD to ISO Image -> OK.

Step 3. Convert and save the output video

Click "RUN" to start converting region 2 DVDs to a region-free file for the US players. The DVD region decrypter will automatically bypass the region code of your DVD and turn it into a region-free file. Thus, you can play the region 2 DVD in the US or any other country without region code limits.

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Remove DVD region code 2

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[Video Tutorial] How to Play Region 2 DVDs in the USA?

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

Method 2: Change the US DVD Player to Region 2

WARNING: You can set the region code for your DVD drive or DVD player only four times. After four changes, it’s permanently set to the last code you set.

While the DVD player made in the USA is able to play Region 1 DVDs, you can change the region of the DVD player to let it play Region 2 DVDs. Follow the steps to turn a US DVD player/drive into a Region 2 DVD player.

Change the region code on a DVD player:

Step 1: Turn on your DVD player. For most DVD players, there should be no DVD in the machine in order to change the region code.

Step 2: Push "Info" or "Setup" on your remote.

Step 3: Use the remote to select the "Region" option on the TV screen. Then choose Region 2. The US DVD player is now a Region 2 DVD player.

Related reading: How to change region codes on different DVD players

Set DVD player to Region 2
Set DVD player to Region 2

Change the region code on a DVD drive:

Step 1: Click the Start button, select Control Panel > System and Maintenance, then choose Device Manager.

Step 2: Next, find and double-click the DVD drive from the list.

Step 3: In the Device Properties window, choose Change settings > DVD region tab.

Step 4: Select Region 2 and then click OK.

Method 3: Purchase a Region 2 DVD Player to Play Region 2 DVDs in the US

Another option for playing DVDs from Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and other region 2 countries in the United States is to purchase a region 2 DVD player. You can easily find and get a region 2 DVD player from Amazon, Best Buy, and other services. However, spending around $35 to get a DVD player for region 2 DVDs only doesn't sound cost-efficient to many. 

You can also get a region-free DVD player to not only play region 2 DVDs in the USA but also DVDs from any other region without errors. The only drawback is that a good region-free DVD player usually doesn't come cheap either.

Check out 2023 Best region-free DVD players

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author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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