How to Fix Laptop Speaker Crackling Sound in Windows 10 / 11

The speaker volume of your Windows 10 PC plays an important role in your day-to-day activities, like listening to music, audio files, video sites, creating visuals, and much more. You just simply want it to work fine at al times. But, even the volume control comes with its issues, for instance, you may suddenly hear a crackling sound or an annoying background distortion sound.

This issue can be fixed easily. Here’s how you can fix the crackling sound of your Windows 10 laptop.

Method 1: How to Fix Laptop Speaker Crackling Sound via Device Manager

1 – Search Device manager in Windows taskbar search and then click on Device manager which shows in the search result to instantly open it.

2 – Now, Do a right click on on your Audio driver (In my case it was RealTek audio)

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3 -Now, Click on Browse My computer for driver option


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4 – Now, Click on Let me pick from a list of avaialable drivers


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


Step 6: It will pull up the available sound devices on your computer . Now, select High Definition Audio device and click Next


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That’s about it and the crackling sound of your laptop speaker should be fixed.

Method 2: How to Fix Laptop Speaker Crackling Sound via Sound Control Panel


Step 1 – Press Windows key + R to open run.

Step 2 -Now, copy and paste mmsys.cpl in the run command box

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Step 3: In the Sound window > Playback tab > select Speakers > click on Properties.


Sound Playback Speakers Properties


Step 4: In the Speakers Properties window > click on the Enhancement tab > uncheck disable all enhancements > Apply. 


Speakers Properties Enhancements Check Disable All Enhancements


Also, click on Advanced Tab and then Uncheck the Option saying Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device


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Step 5: Click on the Advanced tab > select the 1st option 16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD Quality) > Apply.


Speakers Properties Advanced Cd Quality


Step 6: Taskbar > right-click on the volume icon > click on Open Volume Mixer.


Taskbar Volume Icon Right Click Open Volume Mixer


Step 7: In the Volume Mixer window > click on System Sounds.


Volume Mixer System Sounds


Step 8: In the Sound window > click on Communications tab > select the radio button next to Reduce the volume of other sounds by 80% > Apply.


System Sound Communications Reduce The Volume Of Other Sounds By 80% Apply


This should fix your laptop speaker crackling sound. If it persists, try Method 2.


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Method 3: Check any thid party program taking audio control

If you have any third party software such as Sonicmaster or Smartbyte, which may take audio control on your system and may tweak audio output resulting in crackling sound, try to uninstall them or look closely in their settings.

Now, let the troubleshooter detect any issues and fix it. If this does not work, try the 3rd method.

4 thoughts on “How to Fix Laptop Speaker Crackling Sound in Windows 10 / 11”

  1. it worked! thank you so much! at first, i thought it was all in my headphones but it’s not. thank youuu for this, it definitely workeddd

  2. In my experience, the Windows 10 update installed a newer version of Realtek audio driver, version 6.0.8895.1 from 2020, which caused the crackling sounds. None of the troubleshooting tips fixed it. I replaced the audio driver with an older one, version from 2019, and that fixed it.

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