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Sound not working in Windows 11? Try These Fixes

There are many types of sounds that can be found in Windows 11. Some of the most common include system sounds, game audio, music, and movie audio. These are an inseparable part of the computer experience without which use is uncomfortable and incomplete.

Many people have upgraded to Windows 11 and since the operating system is relatively new, it is a bit incompatible. This leads to different issues including sound not working. Fortunately, we are here with a detailed article on how to get rid of this problem. Let’s start.

Causes of sound not working in Windows 11

There are many potential causes for sound not working in Windows 11. We have listed all the major common causes.

  • Sound card can be disabled in Device Manager
  • Speakers can be disconnected or muted
  • The sound card may experience a hardware failure
  • Audio drivers could be corrupt or outdated
  • There could be a problem with the audio codec
  • There could be a problem with the audio file itself

Fixes for sound not working in Windows 11

If you are experiencing sound issues in Windows 11, it is recommended to fix them as soon as possible. Sound issues can be caused by a variety of things, so it’s important to troubleshoot the issue to determine the root cause. Once the root cause is determined, you can then take steps to fix the sound problem.

There are several reasons why you might want to fix sound not working in Windows 11. One reason is that it could be a sign of a more serious problem, such as a hardware issue.

We have created a detailed guide for you to follow to fix this problem. That’s it.

Check your audio device

If you’re having trouble hearing sound on your computer, there are a few things you can check to try and fix the problem. First, make sure your audio device is detected by your computer and set to default settings. Follow these steps to do so.

  1. Go to the The start menu.
  2. To research Control Panel and select Sound.
  3. On the Reading tabmake sure your device is detected and connected.
  4. Now, click speaker which has been detected.
  5. Click on Properties.
  6. Go to the Advanced Tab and click on the Restore Defaults option.
    Restore default speaker settings

Try another audio device

A faulty audio device can also be the reason for sound not working in Windows 11. You should try using another audio device. To install a new audio device with drivers, follow these steps.

  1. Click on the The start menu and seek Device Manager.
  2. Locate it Audio, video and game controllers section and expand it.
  3. Right-click on the audio device you want to install and select Update driver software.update audio drivers
  4. Click on Browse my computer for driver software.browse-my-computer-to-drive-the-software
  5. Click on Browse and locate the folder containing the driver files.
  6. Click on OKAY so what Next.
  7. Follow the remaining prompts to install the driver software.

Check your audio jack

Audio jacks tend to spoil like any other electronic device. To make sure your audio jack is not the source of the problem, follow these steps.

  1. First, unplug your audio device from the audio jack.
  2. Take a look at the audio jack and see if there is any dirt or debris blocking the connection. Gently clean it with a cotton swab or toothpick.
  3. Once you’ve made sure the audio jack is clean, plug your audio device back in and try playing some audio. If you still cannot hear any sound, there may be a problem with the audio jack itself.
  4. To check if the audio jack is working properly, you can plug another audio device into the jack and see if you can hear sound from it. If you can, the problem is with your original audio device, not the audio jack.
  5. If you have determined that the audio jack is not working, you can try replacing it with a new one.
  6. Finally, if you are still unable to play sound from your audio device, you may need to update your audio drivers.

Check and update your audio driver

Updating an audio driver in Windows 11 can help improve the sound quality coming from your computer. It may also help resolve audio playback or recording issues. To update your audio driver, follow these steps.

  1. Open the The start menu and seek Device Manager.Device Manager
  2. Click on Audio, video and game controllers.
  3. Find your audio driver and right click on it.
  4. Select Update driver.Update audio, video and game controller drivers
  5. Picking out Automatically searches for updated driver software.
  6. Windows will now search for and install the updated driver.

Change sound format

When you change the audio format of an audio device, you are essentially changing how the device encodes and decodes audio information. This might help resolve the issue you are facing. To change the sound format, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the The start menu and seek Control Panel.
  2. In the control panel, go to Hardware and sound section.
  3. Go to the Sound option.
  4. Go to the Reading tab.
  5. Select the device whose audio format you want to change.
    Sound properties
  6. Go to Properties.
  7. Go to the Advanced tongue.
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  8. You will see the option to change the sound format.
  9. Select the audio format you want to use and click OK.

Check your speakers

Speakers are the most widely used audio output device. To check if your speaker settings are correct, follow these steps.

  1. Go to the The start menu.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Select Sound.
  4. Under the Output area make sure your device is discovered.
    Windows 11 Speaker Properties
  5. Select your speakers to access Properties.
  6. Make sure volume levels are high and not so low that bass sounds can be hard to hear.
  7. Click OK to save your changes.
  8. Test your speakers by playing audio.

Check your audio settings

Checking your audio settings on Windows 11 has many benefits, including the ability to optimize your sound for different types of audio, the ability to troubleshoot sound issues, and the ability to customize your sound experience. To make sure your audio settings are correct, follow these steps.

  1. Click on the The start menu.
  2. Type Control Panel in the search bar and click on the Control Panel icon when it appears.
  3. Then select Sound.
  4. Select your speakers or headphones and go to Properties.
    Loudspeaker properties
  5. Make sure the audio quality is set to 24 bit, 44100 Hz.
  6. Click on OKAY to save your changes and exit the window.

Disable audio enhancements

There are several reasons why you might want to disable audio enhancements. One of the reasons is that they can sometimes cause audio playback issues. Another reason is that they can sometimes make the sound worse.

  1. Go to the The start menu.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Select Sounds.
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  4. Under the Production Make sure your device is discovered.
  5. Select your speakers and go to Properties.
  6. Go to the Improvements tab and uncheck all enhancements. Or just check the Disable enhancements option.
    disable Win11 audio enhancements
  7. Click on Apply then on Ok to save changes.