Fix Headphones Not Showing Up in Playback Devices on Windows 10 / 11

Sometimes we want to connect headphones to our Desktop/Laptop and enjoy our favorite movie but if headphones don’t give any sound you will definitely get annoyed.


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Many users are facing this problem on their Windows 10 computer. But don’t worry, We will help you to recover from this issue, just follow below solutions you will able to use your headphones.

But before troubleshooting, check that you don’t have any hardware issue. Most of the desktop has two headphone jacks if your desktop has another jack plug-in headphone and check that it is working or not. Also, check that your headphones are working or not by plugging it into another computer or smartphone. If you have hardware issues this methods will not work for you and you have to visit repair shop and get checked your computer.

Fix 1 – Enable playback device from sound settings

1 – Press Windows key + R to open run. Now, copy and paste mmsys.cpl in the run command box

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STEP 2 – You will see a list of playback devices available there. If your headphones are not showing in the list.

Just , Right Click on an Empty Blank area and Make sure that  both “View Disabled Devices” and “View Disconnected Devices” options are checked.

 

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STEP 3 – Now, Right click on Headphone and select Enable.

 

Enable Playback Device

 

STEP 4 – Click OK.


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This method will enable your Headphone and your headphone should work fine now.

Fix 2 – Re-install Audio Driver

STEP 1 – Right Click on Windows button and Open Device Manager.

 

Device Manager

 

STEP 2 – It will open Device Manager window, find Sound, Video and game controllers from the list and Expand it.

 

Sound, Video And Game Controller

 

 

STEP 3 – Right Click on your Audio Driver from the list and Click on Uninstall.

 

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STEP 4 –  Now, Click on Scan for hardware changes

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Fix 3 – Enable Stereo Mix

1. Right Click on Volume Icon on Taskbar

2. Click on Sounds.

 

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3. Now, Go to Recording Tab

 

4. Right Click on an Empty Blank area and Make sure that  both “View Disabled Devices” and “View Disconnected Devices” options are checked.

 

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5. Now, Right Click and Enable Stereo Mix.

 

 

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Fix 4: Uninstall Realtek Sound Software

1 – Press Windows key and R key together from keyboard to open RUN command box

Type appwiz.cpl in it and click OK

Appwiz Cpl

 

2. Now, Locate and uninstall Realtek HD Audio driver.

 

Uninstall Realtek Hd Audio Driver

Fix  5 – Disable front panel jack detection

1. Go to the following path from the file explorer address bar. Just copy and paste the path in the address bar.

C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA

2. Click on RAVBg64 to open Realtek HD audio manager.

Open Realtek Hd Audio Manager

3. Now, click on the folder icon located at the top right.

4. Uncheck Disable Front panel jack selection.

 

 


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Disable Front Panel Jack Selection

Fix 6  – Disable front panel jack detection

1. Press Windows Key + R.

2. Type regedit, press Enter.

 

Regedit Run

3. Browse to following location in Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0007\GlobalSettings
07\GlobalSettings

 

If you can’t find the file in the path given above , try the path given below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0002\GlobalSettings
02\GlobalSettings

4. Right-click the EnableDynamicDevices, click on Modify.

 

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5. Change it to 0, Click on OK.

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6. Restart your Computer.

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18 thoughts on “Fix Headphones Not Showing Up in Playback Devices on Windows 10 / 11”

  1. Fix #5 worked for me on an HP ProBook 430 G8. It was delivered with the Realtek software, but uninstalling that software resulted in my headphones popping up in the sound settings. Thanks!

  2. Hello there, I would like to thank you because you saved me a lot of time, “fix 1” worked like a charm!

  3. Same issue here as the Anonymous –> “none of these worked for me. no 0007 in regedit and my devices only say speakers, not speaker/headphones.” Headphones are not listed at all, no 0007 in registry and no file.

  4. The most efficient way is STEP #6 Must try that with all steps………….
    It will surely fix your problem

  5. above same issue was in my Dell laptop & i did try “Fix 6 – Disable front panel jack detection” and now my issue related to head phone sound has resolved.
    Thank you for guide & path

  6. none of these worked for me. no 0007 in regedit and my devices only say speakers, not speaker/headphones.

  7. Thanks for the help! The second solution worked perfectly for me. By the way Olsalty, you are *not* looking for headphones in ‘sound’, you go to ‘recording’ as it instructed, and then enable ‘stereo mix’. This is what got all my sounds to work.

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