Whatever the real reason for the introduction of region codes, there is no technical reason why they are necessary: From the perspective of people who want to watch DVDs from other parts of the world, region codes are merely an artificial obstacle that needs to be overcome. We have introduced how to change region code in Windows 10 in a previous post, but as so many people ask why and how to change DVD region on Mac, here we have all the detailed solution for you for changing DVD region on Mac.

Part 1: Why do I need to change DVD region code?

Almost all commercial DVDs that are sold have what is called a “region code” (also called “regional code”), which only allows the DVD to be played on DVD players that have this region code, and the only DVD players that typically do have this region code are those sold in that same region. For example, almost all DVDs and DVD players sold in North America have a region code of “1”, and DVDs with a region code of “1” can only be played on DVD players with that same region code. Similarly, almost all DVDs and DVD players sold in Germany have a region code of “2”, and DVDs with a region code of “2” can only be played on DVD players with that same region code. What this means is that if you live in North America and order a DVD from Germany, it probably will not play on your DVD player.

The region code, which in some languages is referred to as a “country code”, usually appears on the back of DVD cases toward the bottom, and may be represented merely as a number or as a number within a stylized or squashed globe. The region code refers to a geographic region of the world rather than the language of the DVD. Here are the region codes in widespread use today:

0-Region code “0” is an informal way of saying that all region codes are set, which is equivalent to the absence of a region code. There is not really a region code “0”.
1-USA and Canada (not Mexico or Greenland)
2-Western Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, and Japan
3-Southeast Asia
4-Central and South America and Oceania
5-Africa, India, and countries of the Former Soviet Union
6-Mainland China

Part 2: How to change DVD region on Mac?

After knowing what DVD region code is and when you need to change DVD region on Mac, here is what you should follow:

1. Set your DVD drive region.

To play a DVD, the region code must match the region code of your DVD drive. Your DVD drive is automatically set to a region code the first time you play a coded DVD. If the region code for a DVD doesn’t match the current region code of your DVD drive, a dialog asks you if you want to change the code for the drive.

WARNING: You can set the region code for your DVD drive only five times (including the original setting). The fifth time you change the code, it’s permanently set to the last code you set. Any DVDs you play must match the last code you set.

2. Find your current DVD region and remaining allowed region changes

● Insert a DVD, then in DVD Player, choose File > Get Disc Info.
● Click Regions.

3. Change your DVD region

First Insert a DVD that has a different region code than the one your DVD drive is set to. If you haven’t reached the 5 maximum DVD region change limit, you’re asked whether you want to change the DVD region. Choose a region that matches the DVD region. If you’re not asked to change your DVD region and the DVD plays, your DVD drive is already set to a compatible DVD region for that disc. If the DVD drive reaches the maximum number of changes, DVDs that don’t have a compatible DVD region code are ejected.

Part 3: How to play DVD on Mac ignoring region code?

In order to play DVD on Mac ignoring region code, you can completely consider an all-region-compatible DVD player on Mac. Now this multi-region Blu-ray/DVD player is highly recommended. Leawo Blu-ray Player is such a region free Blu-ray/DVD player able to remove region code from DVD disc. As a total free region-free Blu-ray player program, Leawo Blu-ray Player can play DVD discs from all regions. In addition to Blu-ray, the multi-region Blu-ray player can also play Blu-ray discs from any region. Moreover, it even accepts common video and audio file such as MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, FLV, ACC, MP3, etc.


Leawo Free Blu-ray Player 

☉ 100% free movie player for Mac users to play Ultra HD 4K, 1080P and 720P video for free.

☉ Free Blu-ray disc player to play 4K Blu-ray disc and 1080P Blu-ray disc, regardless of disc protection and region code.

☉ Support multiple audio decoding systems like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc.

☉ Adjust subtitles, video and audio during media playback.

Just two simple steps to go:

1. Download and install Leawo Blu-ray Player for Mac on Mac.

2.Insert DVD/Blu-ray disc into Blu-ray drive, and launch the region-free player to enter the main interface where you need to click “Open disc” icon to import DVD/Blu-ray disc. Once the disc is imported into the program, this all region player will start to play Blu-ray disc immediately on matter what region code is embedded into the disc.


Hope this article help you change DVD region on Mac successfully. For the best way to enjoy DVD, in my opinion, I would say Leawo Blu-ray player is definitely on the top. It is designed with such an easy-to-use program interface that even software greenhands will find it easy to play Blu-ray/DVD disc across region with the multi-region Blu-ray player. Furthermore, with advanced image and audio processing technology, Leawo Free Blu-ray Player software delivers superb movie experience, offering you cinema-like enjoyment with your home theatre system.