Installing sound devices on Windows can be a dirty business. Drivers can collide with each other, Windows can misinterpret the same sound output, and you can dive into your voice settings to find out what’s going on. ۔ When your headphones aren’t working in Windows 10, it’s time to fix some problems.
Before we move on to all of the software-related improvements we’ve listed below, it’s important to check that this issue isn’t about hardware. If so, then the following fixes may not help you.
The two notable bits of hardware that can be mistaken when your headphones are not working are the headphones themselves and the port to which you plug them in. First, plug in the headphones to another device to see if they work there. This is probably a good sign if you are not working yet you will need new headphones.
If they work on a different device, then try plugging the headphones into another audio port on the PC that they don’t work on. If they suddenly start working, then it suggests that there is a real port problem. You can just use your headphones from the new port or read our list of fixes
Headphones Setup as Enabled and Setup as Default Device:
- Another important area where you may need to check is the sound window when your headphones are not working in Windows 10. right-click the speaker icon in the notification area of Windows, then click Open Sound Settings.
- In the Sound Settings window, click Manage Sound Devices and see if your Headset or Headphones are under the Disable list. If they are, click on them and click Enable.
- To configure your headphones as the default audio device, plug them in to connect automatically as soon as they are plugged in, take them back to the Sound Settings menu.
- Here, click on the “Select your output device” dropdown and select your headphones from the list.
Drivers Update, Reinstall or Replace Sound:
The good news is that if you plug your headphones into your Windows 10 PC and use it to “ding”, the good news is that their address is found on the hardware level. If your headphones aren’t even working with Ding in Windows 10, the bad news is that there’s something wrong with the software that transmits sound from the computer to the headphones.
To fix this, go to
—————————— >Voice, Video and Game Controllers,
then select your audio driver. (In our case, it’s Real tech High Definition Audio.)Start by right-clicking the driver, selecting Update driver, and then Automatically search for the latest driver software.
If this fails, right-click before reactivating the driver, then Disable Device. Finally, you can try to return the driver by selecting Properties from the driver’s right-click menu, then clicking on the Driver tab and Rollback Driver.
Some users have reported the following as a fix. On the Update Driver window, click Browse my computer for driver software, then select Let me choose from a list and select High Definition Audio Device. You may receive a warning message that the driver is incompatible. Ignore the message, and install the driver.
If that doesn’t work, you can also check out the Headphone Manufacturer’s Website for Modern Driver.
Default Format change of Your Headphones:
Go back to the Sound window and click on the Playback tab. Right-click on your headphones (they may appear as speakers if plug-ins or 2 audio outputs or similar), then click Properties and the Advanced tab.Each time you start listening to audio, try playing with the default format of headphones by clicking Test to see.
Choose HD Audio Over AC97
- AC97 and HD Audio are two audio standards that are typically connected to the front 3.5mm jack port on a large number of desktop computers. Whether or not your computer uses one or the other will ultimately depend on which header connects your motherboard to the sound ports in front of you.
- Assuming everything is tilted correctly from the inside (such as using a recent HD audio header, which automatically detects devices), you should go into your audio driver tool and make sure Make sure your “connector settings” are correct.
- Our audio driver tool is Real Tech HD Audio Manager (found in Control Panel). Open it, click Settings in the upper right corner, and under “Connector Settings” make sure “HD Audio Front Panel” is selected.
- While you’re here, you can also use headphones as another audio device instead of switching your speaker by ticking the box highlighted in red below.
Bluetooth is Working Correctly?
Another problem with your headphones not working in Windows 10 may be related to Bluetooth. Obviously, this only applies to Bluetooth headphones. There are two main things to look for.
First, make sure your headphones are compatible with Windows 10. If your computer only supports Bluetooth 4.0 but your headphones are 5.0, they may not work properly.
Right-click Start and select Device Manager. Expand Bluetooth to see your current Bluetooth version.
Another problem may be that Bluetooth is off in Windows 10. Click Start and type Bluetooth. Select Bluetooth and other device settings. Toggle Bluetooth to On.It is also possible that your built-in Bluetooth adapter failed. Try connecting to other Bluetooth devices to make sure they’re just your headphones. If that doesn’t work, you may need to purchase a USB Bluetooth adapter or dongle.