Launched a game or a movie, and there’s no sound?. As for the wiring, there’s no apparent issue of why the sound may have been lost?. While Windows updates bring a ton of cool features, it’s also often the reason behind some of the software issues occurring on your PC. The update may cause clashes with the sound card’s driver or several issues. So if you are searching for a way to fix the issues, you’re at the right place. In this post, I will guide you on How to Fix Sound or Audio Problems in Windows 11/10.
How to Fix Sound or Audio Problems in Windows 11/10
There could be a ton of reasons and solutions behind the audio not working issue on Windows 10/11. Here’s the list of methods we will be following to get the audio up and working.
- Adjust Speaker Output
- Run Audio Troubleshooter
- Check Speaker Status
- Fix Audio Drivers
Starting with the most common issues and solutions to fix them, make sure to check whether the device has been connected properly before trying to troubleshoot.
1] Adjust Speaker Output
Before moving on to advanced methods to solve the issue, make sure that you have not accidentally pressed the mute button, and the audio volume has been set to 0. Here’s how to check and fix it:
In Windows 11
- Click on the Sound icon in the System tray (bottom left)
- In the panel that shows up, click on the arrow next to the volume slider
- Then click on More Volume settings and select the speaker in the Sound Settings
- Make sure the volume is at the maximum level and not mute
- Turn on Mono audio if that helps
In Windows 10
In the taskbar, there’s an option for sounds with the icon for a speaker present. Click on the icon, drag the volume slider to the complete right end to max out the volume. It should have solved the issue in case you would have accidentally pressed the mute button.
Additionally, if you’re unable to receive sound from a particular application while the other applications work perfectly fine, here’s how to solve the issue:
- Right-click the Sound icon in the taskbar and choose Volume Mixer
- At the bottom of the new window, make sure all the applications have not been muted. It is also checked by the fact that the muted windows are greyed out in the Volume Mixer.
With this, the issue should have been solved wherein users weren’t able to receive output sound from a particular application.
2] Run Audio Troubleshooter
Letting Windows troubleshoot the sound or audio problems in Windows 10 could be a lot of help. Running the Audio troubleshooter could result in the issues getting solved easily and in a couple of minutes. Here’s how:
- Open the Start Search Box in Windows 10 and search for Audio Troubleshooter
- Choose the option stating Find and Fix Problems with Playing sound, which is also listed as the main result.
- In the new window that opens, click on Next and let Windows diagnose and find solutions for the issue.
In Windows 11, Go to Settings > System > Troubleshooter > Other troubleshooter. Locate Playing Audio, and click on the Run button next to it. It will launch the wizard and also ask the speaker with which you have the problem. Select it, and let Windows fix the problem.
3] Check Speaker Status
A disabled speaker can not be playing sound; hence if you have voluntarily or by mistake turned off the speakers on your machine, enabling it back may solve the issue. Here’s how to do so:
In Windows 11
- Go to Settings > Sound and select the speaker with which you have the issue.
- Make sure the button next to Audio displays as Don’t Allow. It means the speaker is enabled and not disabled.
In Windows 10
- Open the Settings Panel in Windows 10 (Win+ I)
- Navigate to System -> Sound -> Device Properties.
- Under the Speaker’s output name, make sure that the checkbox named Disable is unchecked.
4] Fix Audio Drivers
New updated drivers or outdated ones may be causing an issue and maybe the reason behind sound or audio issues in Windows 11/10. Re-installing the drivers may solve the issues. Here’s how to do so:
There are two ways to update the drivers. You can either use professional third-party software to download and install the driver or check with Windows Update > Optional Updates.
With that said, How many speakers or output devices do you keep connected to your Windows 11/10 PC? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.