How to Completely Uninstall 5KPlayer from your Windows 10, macOS Mojave, Catalina

I come across 5KPlayer recently and  I am really impressed at some of the features, like rotating video, sync options and its way to manage library and playlist are great as well. However, I don’t quite like it and decide to uninstall 5KPlayer from PC and remove it from my MacBook Pro but also has problems. Below is my guide on how to completely uninstall 5KPlayer from PC and Mac, no matter it’s Windows 7 or Windows 10, macOS Mojave or Catalina that you are running because their official guard of how to remove 5KPlayer  is NOT very clear and easy to go and it does not solve my problems on uninstalling and the uninstalling is NOT 100% clean. 

I don't like 5KPlayer!

Although 5KPlayer works on video playback for AVCHD, M2TS, MKV and it is fast in launching and the video quality is superb. But I don’t like it for the following reasons!

  1. I hate it’s taking itself as the default player for all my media files WITHOUT my permission! 
  2. The icon is not very pleasing. The colors don’t blend well. And it doesn’t convey a very straightforward message to the audience. It is generally expected for most video players, which may lead to confusion if you don’t have one.
  3. The video rotation controls are on the top bar of the player, which is a very eye-catching area. I doubt that users will use video rotation quite a lot. QuickTime is able to rotate videos I recorded on my iPhone automatically.
  4. I also installed the player on my new tablet running Windows 10. Even if it still works smooth and fast, I have to say that it’s a little uncomfortable to be used on a touch device. 
  5.  I have a problem with some subtitle coding as you can see in the screenshot, it doesn’t appear right and just appears as a strange litter. 
5kplayer subtitle problem

How to Completely Remove 5KPlayer from your Mac?

When I try to remove 5KPlayer from macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina or old Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite or Mavericks, I get the below error message that reads “The item ‘’ can’t be moved to the Trash because it’s open”, but I do remember I close it.

remove 5kplayer error notification

Well, actually it is still running in the background! You can still see the icon in Dock and that is why it prevents itself from being uninstalled. To be able to 100% remove 5KPlayer from your macOS, please simply follow my guide below:

1. Click the below icon in the system status bar on the upper right and select Quit 5KPlayer. 

2. To completely remove and uninstall 5KPlayer on your macOS Sierra, High Sierra, macOS 10.13 Mojave or previous Mac OS X 10.6 to 10.9, I recommend a freeware AppCleaner. Drag 5KPlayer icon from the Applications folder to AppCleaner, check all items and confirm uninstalling. 

Tips: be sure to fully quit 5KPlayer before you uninstall. You are also able to remove it to Trash for uninstalling and empty Trash and better re-start Mac to take full effect. However, I notice this kind of uninstalling is NOT 100% clean and that’s why I recommend a free uninstaller.  

You are also able to FORCE remove 5KPlayer with AppCleaner even 5KPlayer is RUNNING. But you will have to do a re-start. Just drag 5KPlayer to AppCleaner and you will be presented the below error message that reads: “Cannot remove protected apps-You can choose which apps are protected in the preferences.” No worry, click Preferences… to set.

Uncheck “Protect running apps” here:

uncheck prevent running apps

Drag 5KPlayer again to the app and check all items found and hit Remove! You will see 5KPlayer is still running! Don’t worry! Restart your Mac, and 5KPlayer is forever and 100% gone! 

However, it is still recommended to QUIT it first as shown above before 100% uninstalling it from your MAC.

remove 5kplayer 100% clean

How to Uninstall 5KPlayer on Windows 100% Clean?

You may get a similar error when you go Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features and try to uninstall 5KPlayer on Windows 10 or Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 that reads: “Uninstall has detected that 5KPlayer is currently running. Please close all instances of it now, then click OK to continue, or Cancel to exit.” Or newer version v5.1, v5.2 v6.0 that reads: “5KPlayer is running. Please exit and try again.”

uninstall error 5kplayer windows

Firstly, You will have to Quit it by right-clicking the icon on the lower right corner of your desktop before uninstalling it here:

quit 5kplayer for uninstalling

Then, you go Control Panel to uninstall but to uninstall 5KPlayer from your Windows 10, Windows 7, or Windows 8/8.1 100% clean, I’d like you to use another free uninstaller from iObit to uninstall.

As shown above, you just need to check 5KPlayer and click the Uninstall button or icon. I recommend to check “Automatically remove residual files”.

And you will see how many files or registries that need to be deleted:

16 thoughts on “How to Completely Uninstall 5KPlayer from your Windows 10, macOS Mojave, Catalina”

  1. Your guide helps A LOT. The fact that 5K player for Mac decided to make itself the default player for everything without asking is about enough for me to delete it and not recommend it to anyone. Also changing it back from the default still leaves the preview image the stupid ugly 5k player logo. Never gave permission for this either. Such bullshit. VLC is much better overall and does none of this garbage. You want a loyal user base: stop forcing this app down people’s throats and stop requiring a sign up.

    1. I agree 100%. I just wanted to make sure that the files it has attached itself
      to don’t disappear with the uninstall.

  2. Yeah, that’s pretty bunk and essentially makes the application junk. 5K is easy to use but I don’t like my machines being held hostage.

  3. Oh my thank you so much!!! I had been searching for the method to get this awkward thing off my laptop for whole night and tried several apps which are not helpful at all. Yours just saved me.
    I should say sorry cause at first when I saw you recommend an app I was like emmmm but glad I tried.
    Thank you again!

    1. MySolutions.Tech

      Hi Jessie,

      Thank you for the good news. I am glad hear it works. Actually, I had the some trouble and I recommended those apps just because they worked.


  4. I’ve previously uninstalled this, but I continue to get permissions request (like every 30 seconds) from it. I can’t find it on my system. I had originally uninstalled it from the add/remove programs list. Where can I find it on my computer to completely remove it?

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