How to Disable/Enable Smart Play in Zoom Player for Windows

Zoom Player is a free media player for Windows that has some advanced features for the playback. For example, it comes with  Smart Play. It is a very powerful feature in Zoom Player which defines how this media player reads, decodes, and interprets the video or audio files.

When Zoom Player is launched on your Windows PC, it scans your system for all the media codecs and media playback components. It then determines using its advanced algorithms about which of these components are best suited for a particular media file format. This way it can use the best components for the best performance on your Windows PC.

Because of these profiles for determining the best components, it is already prepared for loading and using the best media playback components. This way it can start playing the media instantly without any delay. This is different from some other media players which load the available codecs list and choose the best codec available each and every time you play a video.

However, if you do not want this feature, then you can easily disable it. Here is how:

  1. Launch Zoom Player and right-click on its window to open its menu. From the menu, you have to select Options/Setup. Alternatively, you can also use the hotkey Ctrl+O.Zoom Player Smart Play
  2. From the Options window, select Playback and then Smart Play from the left side list of categories.
  3. In order to disable the Smart Play, uncheck the checkbox option Enable Smart Play and then click on the OK button to save the settings. Zoom Player Smart Play

Later if you want to enable the Smart Play, then you can follow the same exact steps and this time enable the option Enable Smart Play from the step 3. It is recommended to keep Smart Play enabled as it gives the best performance for the media playback on Windows.

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