After upgrading to Windows 10 (or performing a Windows Update), you now can’t hear any sound through your headphones. How frustrating! But don’t worry. I’ll help bring the music (and sound effects) back to your ears quickly and easily.

Fixes to try

Here are four solutions you can try to fix the problem. But chances are won’t need try them all. Just work your way down until you find the solution that works for you.

1: Set headphone as default device
2: Updating your audio driver
3: Change the settings in Realtek HD audio driver
4: Uninstall the IDT audio device

Solution 1: Set Headphone as default device

When you plugged the headphones into your computer, the computer may not have automatically set them as the default device. Which means it isn’t even trying to play the sounds through your headphones.

Fortunately, manually setting your headphones as the default device is easy:

1) On your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo key  and press the X key.

2) Select Control Panel from the pop-up menu.

Control Panel Windows 10

3) Change your view to Category and click Hardware and Sound.

4) Click Sound.

5) Select Headphones and click Set default.


Note: You may see “Speaker/Headphones” instead of just “Headphones”. If that’s the case, select Speakers/Headphones and click Set Default.


5) Click the OK button.

Are your headphones working now? If so, great. If not, let’s look at another solution…

Solution 2: Update your audio driver

Your headphones may also stop working if there’s a problem with your audio driver. If you have the time, skills and patience you can update the driver manually. Or you can do it quickly, easily and automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know what system your computer is running. And with Driver Easy there’s no risk of installing the wrong driver or making a mistake during the installation process.

You can update your drivers automatically with both the Free and Pro versions of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version of Driver Easy you can update your drivers with just two clicks:

1) Click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

2) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct versions of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (Or you can update your drivers one at a time by clicking the Update button next to each driver.)

Check to see if your headphones are working. If they’re not, try the next solutions….

Solution 3: Change the settings in Realtek HD Audio Manager

Another possibility is that the Realtek HD Audio Manager isn’t configured correctly to play sound through your headphones. Changing the settings may resolve the problem

Note: This solution only works when you have installed Realtek HD Audio Manager, which comes with Realtek audio drivers.

1) Open Realtek HD Audio Manager.

2) Click the small folder icon in upper-right corner.

Realtek HD Audio Manager

3) Tick the box next to Disable front panel jack detection.

Disable front panel jack detection

4) Click OK.

Solution 4: Uninstall the IDT audio device

Note: This solution only works if you have installed IDT audio device.

1) On your keyboard, hold down the Windows logo ke and press the X key.

2) Select Control Panel from the pop-up menu.

3) Change your view to Large icons and click Programs and Features.

4) Uninstall IDT Audio Driver from the list and choose Uninstall

5) Restart your computer and check to see if your headphones are now working.

Hopefully this has fixed your headphones problem. Please feel free to comment below with your experiences, and to share this post with friends and colleagues, if they’re having headphone troubles.

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