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Windows 10 Headphones Not Recognized Fix

Struggling with your Windows 10 headphones not being recognized? Find out how to fix this common issue quickly and easily.

Checking for Hardware and Software Issues

Check Hardware and Software Issues:
First, ensure that your headphones are properly connected to the correct audio output jack on your device. Try using a different phone connector if necessary.

Next, check the device manager on your Windows 10 PC to see if the headphones are recognized. Look for any yellow exclamation marks or error messages that may indicate a problem with the device driver.

If the headphones are still not recognized, try using a different USB port or connecting via Bluetooth if your headphones support it. Make sure the audio output device is set to the correct headphones in the Control Panel settings.

If all else fails, try updating your sound card drivers or reinstalling the audio software on your computer. This can often resolve compatibility issues and get your headphones working again.

Setting Headphones as the Default Playback Device

Headphones settings in Windows 10

Steps Description
1 Right-click on the sound icon in the taskbar.
2 Select “Playback devices” from the menu.
3 Right-click on your headphones in the list of playback devices.
4 Click on “Set as Default Device”.
5 Click on “Apply” and then “OK”.

Updating Audio Drivers and Changing Sound Format

To update your audio drivers, right-click on the Start menu and select Device Manager. Expand the Sound, video and game controllers section. Right-click on your audio device and select Update driver. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.

To change the sound format, right-click on the speaker icon in the system tray and select Open Sound settings. Scroll down and click on Sound Control Panel. Select your audio device and click on Properties. Navigate to the Advanced tab and choose a different sound format from the drop-down list.

If your headphones are still not recognized, try using a different USB port or connecting via Bluetooth if your device supports it. Make sure your headphones are properly connected and functioning. Restart your computer after making any changes to see if the issue is resolved.

Troubleshooting with Windows Audio Settings and Tools

  1. Check headphones connections

    • Ensure headphones are properly plugged into the correct audio jack
    • Try using a different audio jack to see if the issue persists
  2. Restart audio services

    • Open Run by pressing Windows key + R
    • Type services.msc and press Enter
    • Find Windows Audio and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
    • Right-click on each service, select Restart
  3. Update audio drivers

    • Open Device Manager by pressing Windows key + X and selecting Device Manager
    • Expand Sound, video and game controllers
    • Right-click on your audio device, select Update driver
    • Choose Search automatically for updated driver software
  4. Run Windows troubleshooter

    • Open Settings by pressing Windows key + I
    • Go to Update & Security and select Troubleshoot
    • Click on Playing Audio and follow the on-screen instructions


How do I get Windows 10 to recognize my headphones?

To get Windows 10 to recognize your headphones, you need to set the output device. Simply right-click the speaker icon in the lower-right corner of the desktop, select Open Sound Settings, choose your headphones from the output device drop-down menu, and ensure they are selected.

Why are my headphones not working when I plug them in Windows 10?

Your headphones may not be working when plugged into Windows 10 because your audio drivers may need to be updated or rolled back. To do this, search for and select Device Manager, locate the driver under the Sound, video, and game controllers section, and either update or roll back the driver as needed.

Why isn’t my computer detecting my headphones?

Your computer may not be detecting your headphones due to a loose connection. Make sure your headphones are securely plugged into the correct port, and try using a different port if necessary.

Why are my headphones not showing up as output device Windows 10?

Your headphones may not be showing up as an output device on Windows 10 because there could be an issue with the audio settings. To troubleshoot this problem, you can try running the Playing Audio Troubleshooter. Start by right-clicking the Start button, selecting Settings, then going to Updates and Security. In the Troubleshoot section, choose Playing Audio and run the troubleshooter. After completing the troubleshooter, restart your system to see if your headphones are now recognized as an output device.

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