No Speakers or Headphones are Plugged in [2021 Guide]

The issue ‘No speakers or headphones are plugged in’ commonly occurs on Windows 10. If you can’t hear sound from your computer due to this issue, not to worry. You can fix it easily with one of the methods below.

Try these methods

Method 1: Run audio troubleshooter
Method 2: Enable Disable front panel popup dialog (for Realtek audio card)
Method 3: Change the default device for audio
Method 4: Re-enable the audio card
Method 5: Reinstall the audio driver
Method 6: Update the audio driver


Method 1: Run audio troubleshooter

To fix the problem, the first method you can try is to run the Windows built-in audio troubleshooter, which can detect and fix the problem.

Here’s how to run the audio troubleshooter:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+S (the Windows logo key and the S key) to open search.

2) Type ‘troubleshoot settings’ into the search box and select Troubleshooter settings from the result list.

open troubleshoot settings

3) Click on Additional troubleshooters.

open additional troubleshooter

4) Click on Playing Audio -> Run the Troubleshooter.

run audio troubleshooter

5) Follow the wizard to finish the troubleshoot.


Method 2: Enable Disable front panel popup dialog in Realtek Audio Console (for Realtek audio card)

If the ‘Disable front panel popup dialog’ on Realtek audio console is disabled, the problem can cause. So you can check if it’s disabled and enable it if necessary.

1) Open Realtek Audio Console.

2) Select Device advanced settings, and ensure Disable front panel popup dialog is On (in Realtek Audio Manager, the option is Disable front panel jack detection). If it’s Off, click the toggle button to turn it on, then check to see if the problem resolves.

enable disable front panel popup dialog

If the problem still persists, move on and try other methods.


Method 3: Change the default device for audio

When the problem occurs, it’s possible the audio device (Speakers / Headphones) is not set as default. So to fix the problem, you can change the default device for audio.

To do so:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type ‘control panel’ into the Run box and click OK to open the Control Panel window.

open control panel

3) View by Category and click on Hardware and Sound.

open hardware and sound

4) Click on Sound.

click on sound

5) Select the Playback tab. Then check if the ‘Speakers / Headphones’ device is set as default. If it’s not set as default, select it and click Set default, then click OK to save the changes.


Method 4: Re-enable the audio card

Go to the Device Manager and re-enable the audio card. This may resolve the ‘No speakers or headphones are plugged in’ issue.

Here’s how to do it:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) to invoke the Run box.

2) Type ‘devmgmt.msc’ into the Run box and click OK to open the Device Manager window.

open device manager

3) Expand the category ‘Sound, video and game controllers’. Right-click on the audio card device and select Disable device.

disable audio device

4) Click Yes to continue.

continue to disable audio device

5) Click Yes to agree to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

agree to restart the computer

6) Once the computer restarts, open Device Manager again.

7) Right-click on the audio card device and select Enable device.

8) Check to see if the problem is resolved.


Method 5: reinstall the audio driver

If the audio driver is faulty or outdated, the problem can cause. The last method you can try is to uninstall and update the audio driver.

Firstly, uninstall the audio driver:

1) On your keyboard, press the Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type ‘devmgmt.msc‘ into the box and click OK.

3) Expand the category ‘Sound, video and game controllers‘. Right-click on the audio device and select Uninstall device.

uninstall audio device

4) On the Confirm Device Removal dialogue, you’ll see a warning message that says “You are about to uninstall this device from your system”. Just check the box Delete the driver software for this device then click Uninstall to confirm the changes.

delete the driver software for this device

5) Restart your computer for the audio driver to reinstall. Check to see if your computer sound is back.


Method 6: Update the audio driver

If Method 5 doesn’t work for you, you may need to update the audio driver.

You can go to the PC manufacturer’s website to download the latest audio driver. Before getting started, you need to find out what Windows 10 version you have (32-bit or 64-bit) and what audio card you have.

Manually updating drivers can take forever if you have little driver knowledge. To save more time, you can use a third-party driver update utility to help you. Many driver update utilities allow you to update drivers with a few clicks. You just need to find a trustworthy one.

If you’re not sure which driver update utility is good to use, you can use Driver Booster.

Hopefully you find this article helpful. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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