How to change the default music player in Windows 10

In Windows 10, Microsoft's own Groove Music is the default music player app when you first start using it. But, while it's not a bad app, music players are pretty personal and everyone has their own preferences.

So, if you'd rather Groove wasn't the default player, this beginners guide will show you how to do it.

1. Open "Settings" and click on "System"

Windows 10 settings

2. Select "Default apps" from the left hand pane

Windows 10 default apps

3. Scroll down until you see "Music Player"

Windows 10 default apps

4. Choose your alternative

Windows 10 default music player

You'll see Groove Music is selected currently, and this is what you want to change. Click on the box and you'll be presented with a list of apps you have installed that are suitable for this category. Simply select your favorite and it will now become the default music player whenever you're using Windows 10.

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