Sound is not working on Fortnite? Actually, there are a few known reasons. And a few fixes that work for most users…

How to fix Fortnite sound not working on Windows

Here are some fixes that have helped other users resolve the no sound in Fortnite problem. 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. Some quick checks
  2. Set the default playback device
  3. Disable all enhancements
  4. Adjust in-game settings
  5. Update your audio driver
  6. Update DirectX

Some quick checks

Before we move on to fix the Fortnite sound not working on Windows problem, here are some quick and usually effective fixes that you can try:

  1. Restart Fortnite to see if its sound works again. Temporary problems in the game could cause problems with sound, and a game restart is almost the fastest way to fix such issues.
  2. Make sure your computer is not muted.
  3. Check if the Epic Games Voice Chat server is up and running on this page.
  4. Make sure that your network environment is fast enough for the sound to work properly.

Fix 1: Set the default playback device

This problem may occur if the sound output or input device is not set as the default playback device on your computer. So you should make sure to set the right playback device to see if it fixes the issue.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Exit Fortnite.
  2. Unplug your sound devices from your PC and plug them back in.
  3. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type control panel and press Enter to open Control Panel.
  4. In View by, select Large icons. Then click Sound.
  5. In the Playback tab, click on the device you use, and then click Set default.
  6. Click the Recording tab, then make sure your microphone device is set as default.

Open Fortnite and check to see if the Fortnite no sound problem is resolved. If yes, then great! If the problem remains, please try the next fix, below.

Fix 2: Disable all enhancements

Audio enhancement packages aim to enhance your sound performance. But this feature sometimes causes problems with audio and sound. If you encounter a problem that you have no audio in Fortnite, you can try disabling audio enhancements to solve the problem. To do so:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + R on the keyboard at the same time.
  2. Type mmsys.cpl and press Enter
  3. Right-click your default playback device (the one with a green tick) and click Properties
  4. In the Enhancements tab, tick Disable all sound effects
  5. For some sound cards, this feature is listed under the Advanced tab, and you should untick the box for Enable audio enhancements.

Try your Fortnite again to see if the no sound issue is fixed. If not, please move on.

Fix 3: Adjust in-game settings

Once you make sure to have the right playback devices set as default in Windows, you should also make sure the in-game audio settings are right.

Here is how to adjust Fortnite game settings:

  1. In Fortnite, click the Menu icon.
  2. Click SETTINGS.
  3. Click the sound icon. Then make sure Voice Chat and Push To Talk are both set On. In Voice Chat Input Device and Voice Chat Output Device, make sure the devices are the ones you’ve set in Fix 1. Once one, click Apply to save the changes.

4) Open Fortnite to see if the no sound on Fortnite issue is fixed. If yes, then congrats! If the issue persists, please move on to Fix 3, below.

Fix 4: Update your audio driver

Another common cause of this problem is an outdated or a faulty audio driver. So you should update your audio driver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the 7 days free trial or the Pro version of Driver Easy. It takes just 2 clicks, and you get full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee with the Pro version:

  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 Activate & Update button next to the flagged device to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver.

    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 (You’ll need the Pro version for this – when you select Update All, you’ll get a prompt to upgrade. If you’re not prepared to purchase the Pro version yet, Driver Easy provides a 7-day trial at no cost, granting access to all Pro features like fast downloads and easy installation. No charges will occur until after your 7-day trial period ends.)
  4. After updating, restart your computer to take effect.
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at

Start a new game in Fortnite and see if you got sounds back. If yes, then great – you’ve solved the no sound issue! If it’s still no joy, please try Fix 4, below.

Fix 5: Update DirectX

DirectX is a suite of components in Windows that allows heavy multimedia apps such as games to interact with your video and audio cards. If you’re running an old version of DirectX, it’s possible that it won’t be able to handle the processing task, which might cause the no sound in Fortnite error. So you should update DirectX to the latest version to see if it fixes the issue.

If you’re not sure which version of DirectX your computer is running, or how to update DirectX, please refer to this quick guide.

Once you’ve updated DirectX, check to see if the sound issues on Fortnite have been fixed.

That’s it. Hopefully this post has guided you in the right direction in fixing the sound not working on Fortnite issues on your computer.

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