In Windows 10/8/7, It’s a common problem for many users that when they connect their headset or an extra speaker, the system doesn’t play sound. Users end up struggling and assume a problem with driver or the headset even though they see the audio device listed in the Sound.
Problem is Windows, doesn’t automatically switch to the new device and keep using the previously connected audio device which is set as default for it. This is where the problem. To switch the default audio device, you need to go to Control Panel > Sound where you should see your new device listed. Right click and set as default audio device and it should work. I have talked about it in detail here.
However for some reason, Set as default is grayed out for some users. If that’s the case you can use “Find and Fix audio Playback problem” troubleshooter in Windows to change. This problem applies to both recording and audio playback device selection.
Use Audio Playback or Recording troubleshooter to switch default audio or recording device.
- Type in Find and Fix audio Playback problem and you should see that in the Windows Start Menu.
- In case of recoding, select Find and Fix audio recording problems. This is useful when you want to use microphone of your headphone but for playing audio you want your speakers to be used.
- Once you click, it will launch the wizard and it will ask you for which device you need the troubleshooting done. You get complete detail of hardware right here including the location.
- Select the device you want to switch and follow the instructions.
- At the end it will say “Making this device the default audio device will help ensure other programs can use it to play or record sound”
- Apply the fix and you are good to go.
- You can again start the same wizard to switch back anytime.
I hope the post was easy to follow, and you were able to fix the problem that was not allowing you to set Audio or Microphone default device.