[Solved] External Speakers Not Working in Windows 10

Camilla Mo, in Sound Issues

For external speakers not working in Windows 10, there are several reasons causing this problem. The speakers could be damaged, the sound could be muted, the audio driver could be faulty and so forth. If you meet this problem, follow tips here to troubleshoot the problem and find the solution that works for you.

Firstly, check if the speakers have problem

Try the speakers on another computer and see if it works. If it works properly, there is no problem with the speakers. If not, you might need to replace it with a new one. 

Secondly, make sure they are correctly plugged in to the computer

Many computers have three or more jacks that connect to a sound card or sound processor, including a microphone jack, line-in jack, and line-out jack.

Your speakers should be plugged in to the line-out jack. If you’re not sure which jack this is, try plugging your speakers or headphone in to each of the jacks to see if any of them produce sound.

Thirdly, make sure that your speaker volume isn’t muted or turned down too low.

1) Open Volume Mixer by pressing Win+X keys, clicking Control Panel (View by Category), clicking Hardware and Sound, and then, under Sound, clicking Adjust system volume.

adjust system volume

2) When Volume Mixer opens, move the slider up to increase the volume.

volume mixer

If the problem still cannot be resolved, try solutions below. Sound setting issues or driver issues may also cause this problem.

Set Speakers as Default

You’ll get this error if the speaker has not been set as default output of sound.

Follow these steps to set the speakers to default.

1) Right-click on the speaker icon at the bottom right corner of the desktop and click on Playback devices.

2) Highlight Speaers or Speakers /Headphones and click Set Default.

set as default

 Note if you don’t see the speakers in the device list, it may be disabled. In this case, right-click on the blank area and select Show disabled devices on the context menu.

show disabled device

After it is listed, right-click on the speakers and click Enable

enable speakers

The problem also can be caused by outdated or missing audio drivers. So try to fix audio drivers.

1. Uninstall the Audio Driver

Follow these steps:

1) Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog box will appear. 

2) Type devmgmt.msc in the run box and click OK button. This is to open Device Manager Window. 

3) In Device Manager, expand category “Sound, video and game controllers“.
 Under this category, right-click on your sound card device name. A context menu will pop up. Then select Uninstall.

 4) You may be required to confirm the uninstallation. Check the box next to “Delete the driver software for this device” and click OK.

5. Reboot your PC and check to see if the problem is resolved.

2. Update the Audio Driver

The steps above may resolve it, but if they don’t, try to update the audio driver. If you’re not confident playing around with drivers 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 risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

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

3) Click the Update button next to a flagged audio driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (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 – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

To solve your speakers no sound issue in Windows 10, try instructions above.

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  • Apostle Kolawole Akinadewo

    speaker not working

  • Jenn ᵔᴥᵔ

    Hi, I have a problem, when I select “Show disabled devices” the speakers doesn’t even show up, what do I do?

    • Parker alford

      Have you figured out a solution? I have the same problem as you …

  • Eric Dela Cerna

    it is working I have uninstalled the driver then after restarting my external speaker was working. thanks so much for this tips.

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Eric Dela Cerna,

      I’m glad that it helps.

  • Rebecca Hill

    Since upgrading to windows 10 the speakers have been funky. If I start the audio before plugging in my speakers it will play through the speakers. If I leave the speakers pluged in and then start the audio no sound. I then unplug them from the computer let the sound restart and plug the speakers in and they work again.

    between me and the IT guys we have done all of the above. They are set to be the default they reload the sound drivers. It doesn’t matter what speakers they are USB or straight jack. I have to do this work around weather my computer has gone to sleep or not. I can switch from say Pandora to Netflix I still have to do this work around. even going from video to video on say GoNoodle I have to do this work around.

  • Benito

    Whoever wrote this, thank you so much.
    The speakers were fine when I tested them using the same computer. But when I tried volume change, no sound came out.
    Then I did the hardware and sound thing that you guys mentioned and I found the problem: my application sounds were muted for some unknown reason. I feel a bit dumb.
    Anyway, thank you! 🙂

  • Margaret

    Microsoft has done every single one of these fixes on my computer and I purchased USB speakers as they suggested but still no sound. I had it before Windows 10 got downloaded. I really need help.