Audio playing through the speakers while your headphones are plugged in? This is so annoying and you’re not alone! Many users are reporting it. But the good news is that you can fix it. Try the fixes below.

But before you take any troubleshooting steps, restart your computer first if you haven’t yet. A reboot will clear your RAM and give your system a clean slate and fresh start. It’s often the fix for even the most frustrating issue.

5 simple fixes to try:

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

  1. Check for loose connections
  2. Set your headphones as default audio device
  3. Update your audio/headphone driver
  4. Run the Audio Troubleshooter
  5. Run a system file check

Fix 1: Check for loose connections

Unplug and reconnect the headphones to your computer. Make sure that the headset plug is securely connected, then try playing an audio file to test your issue.

If the sound still comes out from speakers instead of headphones, go ahead and try the fix below.

Fix 2: Set your headphones as default audio device

This issue might happen when you have the speakers set as the default audio device. To fix it, you’ll need to set your default output device manually. Follow the instructions below:

1) Right-click the Volume Control icon on the taskbar, and select Sounds.

2) Click the Playback tab.

3) Make sure the Headphones are set as the default device. If not, right-click Headphones and Set as default device.

4) Click the OK button.

Play the audio to test your issue. If the sound is still coming from the speaker, try the fix below.


Fix 3: Update your audio/headphone driver

In most cases, audio issues occur when you’re using the faulty audio driver, or the driver is outdated.

If your headphones have a 3.5mm jack that connects to your motherboard, make sure you have the right audio driver to keep your headphone working correctly. If you’re using USB or wireless headphones (which require a driver to function correctly), you’ll need to make sure that you have that particular driver for your device.

You can download the driver for your sound card or headphones manually. Just go to the manufacturers’ websites, find the drivers corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver. Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file install the driver.

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the audio driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it.

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to the graphics driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

4) Restart your computer after the update is finished.

If your problem continues to occur, then move on and try the next fix.

Fix 4: Run the Audio Troubleshooter

The audio troubleshooter is a Windows built-in utility that can detect and fix common audio problems automatically. If you run into audio issues, chances are the Audio Troubleshooter can help fix it. Follow the instructions below:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type audio troubleshooter. Then click Find and fix audio playback problems.

2) Click Next and wait for the scans to complete.

Fix 5: Run a system file check

If the problem persists, run a system file check to scan your OS and restore corrupt files.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time.

2) Type cmd, then press the Enter, Shift and Ctrl keys at the same time to run Command Prompt as an administrator.

3) Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth and press Enter.

4) At the command prompt, type sfc /scannow, then press Enter.

5) Wait for the process to be complete then follow the on-screen instructions to fix your issue if necessary.

Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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