Headphone Jack not being detected in Windows 10 / 11 Fix

Front audio jacks on your PC are the ones where you connect your headphones or microphones. Whether it’s on your laptop or personal computer, sometimes you may find that the “headphone audio jack is not working” in your Windows 10 PC. The issue can be either due to outdated audio drivers, an issue with the connection between the audio jack and the motherboard, or if the port is enabled in the audio settings. However, there are a few possible solutions that can help you fix the “headphone audio jack is not working” issue in your Windows 10 PC. But, before you proceed with the below methods, make sure that you have plugged in the headphone or the microphone to the correct jack. For laptops you do not have a chance to make a mistake since there’s only one, but for PCs the green one is for speaker/headphone and the pink one is for the microphone. If this doesn’t


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work, you can try the below methods.

Method 1: Show disabled and disconnected devices

1 – Open run command box by jointly pressing Windows and R key.

2 – Type MMSYS.CPL in the text box of run command box and click OK to open sound control panel.

Mmsys Cpl 11 Min

 

3 -Now, Right click anywhere inside on any empty area and select both Show disconnected devices and Show disabled devices (Just click on them to select them)

 

Show Disabled Devices Min

 

4 – Click Apply and OK

Also Read: Headphones Not Showing Up in Playback Devices

Method 2: Turn Off the Front Panel Jack Detection

 

This method is for those using a Realtek sound card. Here’s how to fix the issue by disabling the front panel jack detection:

 

Step 1: Go to Start and type Realtek HD Audio Manager in the Windows search bar.

 

Start Windows Search Realtek Hd Audio Manager

 

Step 2: Left-click on the result to open the Realtek HD Audio Manager window.

Navigate to the extreme upper right-side of the window and click on the folder icon.

Step 3: In the Connector Settings pop up, check the box next to the Disable front panel jack detection option.

 

Disable Front Panel Jack Detection Min (1)

 

Press OK to save changes.

 

Note: Alternatively if you can’t open Realtek HD audio manager, you have an option of disabling front panel jack detection through Registry editor also. Here is how to do so.

1. Press Windows key + R key together to open run.

2. Now, write regedit in it and click OK.

 

Regedit

 

3.Now, before changing anything please click on file > export to create a Registry backup first, so that if any unwanted results appear , you can do file > import to revert the changes.

4. Now, after you have taken a backup, proceed to the following path in the registry editor. Just copy and paste the path in address bar of registry editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4d36e96c-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}

5. Now, expand all folders with name starting with 000.

 


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Reg Edit 1

 

6. Now, If there is a setting folder after expanding 000 named folders, expand those settings folder also. If after expanding those settings folder , you find a folder with name starting with Drv8186_DevType , then click on the setting folder once.

7. Once you have clicked and selected that settings folder, in the right side , right click and create a create a binary value named JackCtrl

8. Now, edit and modify its values by typing FF 82 40 00 in it.

 

Jack Ctrl

9. Close the editor and reboot the PC

Method 3: Disable Front  panel jack detection via registry

1. Press Windows key + R key together to open run.

2. Now, write regedit in it and click OK.

 

Regedit

 

3.Now, before changing anything please click on file > export to create a Registry backup first, so that if any unwanted results appear , you can do file > import to revert the changes.

4. Now, after you have taken a backup, proceed to the following path in the registry editor. Just copy and paste the path in address bar of registry editor.

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

5. Now, Just keep clicking on folder named 000* and on the right side locate DriverDesc and double click on it.

Now, if the value data is Realtek Audio, then we have to make changes in that 000* named folder.

In the screenshot below in my case , it appears in 0001

 

Realtek Audio Front Panel Disable Regedit

 

6. Now, once you are sure that it appears in which folder with names starting with 000*, expand that folder and click and select GlobalSettings.

7. Now, in the right side locate EnableDynamicDevices and set its value to 0.

simply type 00 00 00 00 from keyboard and click OK.

Note : – If EnableDynamicDevices is not present in right , just right click and create a Reg_Binary and name it as EnableDynamicDevices  and then set its value to 00 00 00 00.

8. Close the editor and reboot PC.

Enable Dynalic Reg

Method 4: Set Audio Device as Default

 

Step 1: Go to right end of the Taskbar, right-click on the speaker icon and select Sounds.

 

Taskbar Speaker Icon Right Click Sounds

 

Step 2: In the Sound dialogue box, go to the Playback tab.

Right-click on the audio device and select Set as Default Device.

 

Sound Playback Audio Device Right Click Set As Default Device

 

Now, check your audio ports and they should be working now.

 

Method 5: Restore Defaults for Audio Device

 

Step 1: Right-click on Start and select Run.

 

Start Right Click Run

 

Step 2: It opens the Run command window. Write mmsys.cpl and press OK.

 

Run Command Mmsys.cpl Enter

 

Step 3: In the Sound dialogue box that opens, under the Playback tab, select the audio device and click on the Properties button at the bottom.

 

Sound Playback Audio Device Properties

 

Step 4: In the Audio Properties dialogue box, go to the Enhancements tab and click on Restore Defaults.

Step 5: Next, go to the Advanced tab and press the Restore Defaults button at the bottom.

 

Audio Properties Advanced Tab Restore Defaults

 

Step 6: Now, select the Spatial sound tab and press the Restore Defaults button at the bottom.

Press Apply and then OK to save changes and exit.

 

Audio Properties Spatial Sound Tab Restore Defaults Apply Ok

 

Step 7: Now, back in the Sound dialogue box, select the Recording tab.

Select Microphone and click on the Properties button below.

 

Sound Recording Microphone Properties

 

Step 8: In the Microphone Properties dialogue box, go to the Advanced tab and click on Restore Defaults.

Press Apply and OK to save changes and exit.

 

Microphone Properties Advanced Restore Defaults Apply Ok

 

Step 9: Now, back in the Sound dialogue box, select the Communications tab and click on the radio button next to Reduce the volume of other sounds by 80%.

Press Apply and then OK to save changes and exit.

 

Sound Communications Reduce The Volume Of Other Sounds By 80 Ok

 

Exit the Sound dialogue box and try connecting the headphone into the ports and it should work properly now.

 

Method 6: Update or Reinstall Audio Drivers

 

Solution 1: Update Audio Driver

 

Step 1: Press the Win + R shortcut key on your keyboard to open the Run command box.

Step 2: Write devmgmt.msc in the Run command search field and press OK to open the Device Manager window.

 

Run Command Devmgmt.msc Ok

 

Step 3: In the Device Manager window, go to the Sound, video, and game controllers section and expand it.

Right-click on the audio device and select Update driver.

 

Device Manager Sound, Video And Game Controllers Expand Graphics Card Driver Right Click Update Driver

 

Step 4: In the Update Drivers window, click on the Search automatically for updated driver software option.

 

Audio Driver Update Drivers Search Automatically For Updated Driver Software

 

Step 5: Windows will start looking for an updated driver. If any latest driver available, it will automatically download and install the the update to your PC.

 

Reboot your PC and check if the headphone jack is working now.

 

*Note – Alternatively, you can also follow the below steps:

 

Step 1: Follow the Step 1 to 3 as shown above and then in the Update Drivers window, select Browse my computers for drivers.

 

Update Drivers Browse My Computers For Drivers

 

Step 2: Next, select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

 

Let Me Pick From A List Of Available Drivers On My Computer

 

Step 3: Now, select the audio device you want to use and click Next to finish installing.

Restart your PC and the problem should be gone. You can now connect your headphone/microphone to the PC port.

 


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Besides, you can also visit the audio driver’s manufacturer website, download the drivers and install them manually.

Solution 2: Reinstall the Driver

 

Step 1: Press the Win + X keys together on your keyboard and select Run to open Run command.

 

Win + X Run

 

Step 2: It opens the Run command window. Now, type devmgmt.msc in the search box and hit Enter to open Device Manager.

 

Run Command Devmgmt.msc Enter

 

Step 3: In the Device Manager window, expand the Sound, video, and game controllers section.

Right-click on the audio device and select Uninstall device.

 

Device Manager Sound, Video And Game Controllers Conexant Smartaudio Right Click Uninstall Device

 

Step 4: Click on Uninstall again in the prompt to confirm the action.

Once the device is uninstalled, restart your PC. Now, when you go back to the Device Manager and to the Sound, video, and game controllers section, you will see that the audio device is re-installed automatically.


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Method 7: Run the Windows Troubleshooter

 

Step 1: Right-click on the speaker icon on the Taskbar and select Troubleshoot sound problems.

 

Taskbar Speaker Icon Right Click Troubleshoot Sound Problems

 

Step 2: The troubleshooter starts detecting problems.

 

Sound Troubleshooter Starts Detecting Problems

 

Step 3: Next, it will display a list of audio devices.

You can select the one you want to troubleshoot.

Click Next.

 

Which Of These Devices You Want To Troubleshoot Next

 

Step 4: It will start detecting problems again and then present the possible solutions.

Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the troubleshooting process.

Once done, restart your PC and the audio jack not working issue on your Windows 10 PC should be resolved.

Now, you can try connecting the headphone/microphone to the PC jack and it should work properly.

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1 thought on “Headphone Jack not being detected in Windows 10 / 11 Fix”

  1. Thank you so much. This stupid thing was driving me crazy. I couldn’t load any videos at the office or listen to music while I work because it would disrupt my coworkers’ concentration.

    I tried solutions 2 and 3, I can’t be sure which one did the trick but it’s finally behaving the way it should.

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