How to Fix “Audio Crackling on Windows 10” – 4 Solutions

Whenever you play audio (listening to music or watching videos) on Windows 10, you get a slight crackling / popping sound. That could be frustrating. But not to worry. You’re not alone, as many Windows 10 users have reported this issue as well. You can fix this issue with the methods below.

You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

Method 1: Disable audio enhancement
Method 2: Change audio formats
Method 3: Reinstall audio driver
Method 4: Update the audio driver


Method 1: Disable audio enhancement

Windows 10 audio crackling issues can be caused by audio enhancement. To fix the problem, you can try to disable audio enhancement, and see if it helps.

Here’s how to disable audio enhancement in Windows 10.

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 in ‘mmsys.cpl’ into the run box and click OK to open the Sound window.

3) Right-click on the default audio device (something like Speakers), which should have a green tick next to it, then click Properties.

4) Select the Enhancements tab, and check Disable all enhancements box. Click Apply and OK to save. If you don’t see the Enhancements tab, skip this method.

5) Check to see if the audio crackling issue resolves.


Method 2: Change audio formats

Changing the current audio format to another one may help resolve the problem. 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 in ‘mmsys.cpl’ into the run box and click OK to open the Sound window.

3) Right-click on the default audio device (something like Speakers), which should have a green tick next to it, then click Properties.

4) Select the Advanced tab and select a format from the Default Format list. First, you can select the format ‘24bit, 48000 Hz (Studio Quality)’.

5) Click Apply -> OK to save the changes.

6) Check to see if the audio crackling problem is resolved. If not, try other formats by repeating the step 3) to step 5).


Method 3: Reinstall Realtek audio driver (one or more audio service)

Faulty audio drivers can cause sound popping issues. To fix the problem, you can try to reinstall the audio driver. Here’s how to do it:

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.

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.

5) Restart your computer to allow Windows to reinstall the audio driver.

6) Check to see if the problem is resolved.


Method 4: Update the audio driver

The last method you can try is to update the audio driver. You can download the latest audio driver from PC / sound card manufacturer.

Manually updating drivers can take forever if you have little driver knowledge. To save your 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.

With Driver Booster, you can easily update the audio driver with the friendly user interface. More importantly, you don’t need to know what your PC model is, what version of Windows is, etc.

Just click the Update button and the driver will be downloaded and installed automatically. So easy, right?

After updating the audio driver, the problem should resolve.

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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