Are you experiencing audio problems with your Windows 10 computer? We understand how frustrating it can be to not have sound on your Windows 10 computer.
We’ll show you how to fix Windows 10 sound problems quickly and easily.
1. Verify that the Volume isn’t muted
The first thing you need to do is fix the problem. Double-check that your computer has sound. To check the master volume, click the Volume button in the lower-right corner.
Right-click the same icon to open Open Volumizer. This will display the volume for all audio apps. These can be turned up or down as necessary to confirm that they haven’t been muted accidentally.
Also, make sure you check the volume of any apps, games, or video players that are currently running. A muted YouTube video won’t produce sound even if both the browser and master volume levels are turned up.
Also, close audio-heavy applications that you don’t use. You won’t hear any other apps or programs from certain programs. Discord calls can block you from hearing other apps’ audio, so Bluetooth headphones can be a distraction.
It is a good idea to restart your computer before you move on. The sound problem could be temporary and may have been caused by a pending update.
2. Use the right audio output
It’s possible for Windows to play sound through the wrong device if you have more than one audio input connected to your computer.
Click the Volume button again to change the device used for playback. If you have more than one device enabled, the name of the current device will be displayed above the volume slider. Select the option you wish to use from the drop-down menu by clicking this button.
This is a quick switcher and may not display all devices. You can view a complete list of audio devices connected via your computer by right-clicking the Volume symbol and choosing Open sound settings. This shortcut will take you to the Settings> System > Sound menu.
To see all the devices connected to your computer, click Manage sound device on this page. To play a quick tone, use the Test buttons on any device.
To make sure that you aren’t turning off the device you wish to use, check the Disabled section. To turn it on again, click an option and hit Enabled.
Continue reading if you are unable to see the audio output that you want or it isn’t working. You may need to troubleshoot your speakers, headphones or other device.
3. Verify All Audio Cables and Wireless Connections
You should also check the physical connections to all audio devices. This is especially important if you don’t see your desired output in the menus.
All audio and power cables must be securely plugged into your computer as well as the device. To ensure that there are no loose connections, it is a good idea to unplug everything and then reconnect them. Verify that the audio cables are plugged into the correct ports.
It may be impossible to use a cable that is damaged or frayed. It may be necessary to gently jiggle the cable to make a good connection. You should replace worn cables if possible.
For wireless audio devices such as headphones, go to Settings > devices. Make sure that you have properly paired your device with your computer. For more information on wireless devices, see How to Troubleshoot Bluetooth in Windows 10.
Bluetooth headphones that you are also using with your phone, tablet, or other device should be disconnected first. Then, connect them again to your Windows PC. If your Bluetooth headphones are connected to your phone, you won’t be able to stream audio to them.
If you suspect that another device is interfering with your audio, disconnect all audio devices from the computer.
4. Use the Windows Audio Troubleshooter
It’s worth using the built-in audio troubleshooter before you move on. Windows 10 can sometimes fix problems on its own. Although these Windows troubleshooters may not always resolve the problem, it is worth trying before diving in deeper.
Go to Settings > Update and Security > Troubleshooting > Additional troubleshooters, then select Playing audio. Follow these steps and Windows should resolve the issue automatically.
5. Reinstall or Roll Back Audio Drivers
Although drivers work normally once they are configured correctly, problems can arise when drivers are not properly configured. It is possible that your audio driver has become corrupted or needs to be updated.
Windows 10 offers several options to fix a problem driver. These options are available in the device manager. You can find them by right-clicking on the Start option or hitting Win+ X.
You can first try rolling the driver back to its last good configuration. Expand the Audio outputs section of the Device Manager. Right-click on the audio device that you are using and select Properties. Next, browse to the driver tab.
If the Rollback Driver option is available, Windows 10 will start the process of updating the previous driver version. This is only possible if an older driver is available.
If the driver cannot be rolled back, you will need to choose Update Driver oder Uninstall device.
This menu will allow you to update your driver. However, you’ll need to manually edit the driver as Windows isn’t very good at finding unique drivers for each system. If there is no update, you can choose Uninstall Device. This will delete the driver causing problems and allow you to install a new copy.
If possible, make sure to download the most recent manufacturer version of your driver before you begin the uninstall process. These drivers can usually be downloaded directly from the manufacturer’s website. It’s easy to find drivers by simply searching for the device name followed by the “driver” keyword.