Music can help limit the thoughts in your head while you work. Occasionally, your headset may be a little functional, but you can usually fix the problem by unplugging it and then plugging it back in.
Occasionally, these hiccups can be severe and it can be difficult to understand what is going on for no apparent reason. This can prevent you from listening to your favorite playlist that you just downloaded a few days ago. To fix unusual headphone issues, here are five fixes you can implement to keep your headphones working.
Get started repairing headphones in Windows
Before we investigate any potential software problems, physically inspect your headphones. Make sure the cables are intact and properly connected. Try disconnecting and reconnecting it if it is already connected.
The next step should be to properly clean the headphone jack. Make sure there is no dirt or lint in the way while listening to your favorite music.
Also, make sure your headphones are compatible with Windows. Perhaps it is not a hardware or technical problem, but the device is not compatible with your operating system. In such a case, you can either replace the headphones or install a compatible operating system.
If you use Bluetooth headphones, make sure that they are correctly paired with the device and not connected to any other at the same time. In such a case, disconnect the connected devices and reconnect to the device you are currently working with. Make sure you are not too far from the device.
You can also test your devices in Manage Audio Devices Settings to see if they're properly connected. You can do this by right-clicking on the Loudspeaker volume icon in the lower right corner and then in Open sound settings.
Then go to Manage audio devices Settings and select your preferred output device. Click on Check, and if you hear a sound through your headphones, everything is fine. If not, the problem lies elsewhere and needs further investigation.
To further ensure that the problem is with the computer and not the hardware, plug another pair of headphones into the same device, if you have one. If they work just fine, you will need to spend some cash either to have them checked by a technician or to buy a new pair.
If the other pair does the same, implement the following fixes:
1. Make your headphones the default sound device
Even if you've plugged in your headphones properly, you won't hear from them if your computer doesn't recognize them as the default audio device. Having multiple audio output devices connected to your computer at the same time can conflict with the device your PC is using to output audio.
To set your headphones as the default:
Press the Sound symbol in the lower right corner of the system tray.
click on the Open sound settings.
Make sure the correct device is selected in Choose your output device.
2. Run the Windows Audio Troubleshooter.
Windows audio troubleshooter fixes most hidden audio problems automatically, so let's run audio troubleshooter in Control Panel before we move on to complex fixes.
Open the Windows Control Panel.
Navigate on the Troubleshooting.
Click on Hardware and sound problems.
Click on Audio playback.
In the pop-up window, tap Next.
Wait for the fix to identify any problems.
Select the device you want to fix and click Next.
The troubleshooting tool will automatically fix the audio problems after they are detected. This fix fixes most audio problems, but if it doesn't work, continue with the rest of the fixes.
3. Update (or roll back) your device's drivers
Problems like outdated drivers can go unnoticed by troubleshooters. Make sure your audio drivers are up to date. You can do this by following the steps below:
Right click the start button and navigate to Device manager.
Extend the Sound, video and game controllers Category.
Right click on the driver you want to update and press Update driver.
Depending on your device, the drivers can have different names. So if you're not sure which driver corresponds to your headphones, you can update them all too.
Serious problems are common after a recent update. You should also roll back the driver update if you recently updated your operating system and had a problem with the headphones afterwards.
Navigate to Device manager and expand the Sound, video and game controllers Category. To undo updates for a driver, right click it and go to properties. On the Driver tab, click Rollback driver.
You can only undo a current update and not one that has exceeded a certain period of time as shown above.
4. Enable device playback on your headphones
Windows uses the device set in the audio playback to play back sound as output. If your headphones are not activated there, the output can be made through the loudspeakers of the device. You need to select the correct default playback device before you can listen to music on your headphones.
Right click on the Sound symbol in the lower right corner of the system tray and go to Sounds. Go to reproduction Tab to see if your headphones show up there. If not, right-click in the box and click Show deactivated devices.
When you see your headphones are disabled, click on them and press Activate. With the device activated, right click on it and select Set as default device.
5. Update Windows
If nothing seems to fix the problem, it's time to check that Windows has been updated. Outdated Windows can cause problems for which there are no easy solutions, so it's important to get rid of this possibility. You can check for updates in Windows by following these steps:
Open the Windows Settings app.
Go to Update and security.
Click on Check for updates.
Windows searches for available updates and installs them automatically. You can also undo the update if necessary, but be aware of the risk of compromising your security.
Get your headphones working again
Any of these fixes should fix the problem for you. If the problem persists, you can try the same headphones on a different computer to make sure the problem is not hardware related. As a last resort, you should reset your computer to its default settings and then reconnect the headphones
Have you ever wondered why all headphones sound different? One of the main factors affecting audio quality is frequency response. Before you buy your next set of headphones, you should better understand the importance of this feature.
What is the headphone frequency response?
Headphones all sound different, and frequency response is just one reason.
About the author
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Shan Abdul is an engineering graduate. After completing his studies and MS, he started his career as a freelance writer. He writes about using various tools and software to help people be more productive as a student or a professional. In his spare time, he likes to watch YouTube videos on the subject of productivity.
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