How To Change Audio Output In Windows 10 (Set Output Device)

Your default audio output could alter after installing a new device or plugging an HDMI cable into your graphics adapter. You must know how to change the default audio output in Windows when something like this happens.

Updates and upgrades happen that sometimes cause our speaker settings to change. You won’t have any sound out of your desired speakers until you alter the default speaker settings to your desired speaker output.

Steps on How to Change Audio Output in Windows 10

1. Open the Sound Settings in Windows 10

The speaker icon in the system tray.

Right-click on the speaker symbol in your system tray area near the time and date. Left-click on the ‘Open Sound settings’ menu option.

Open Sound Settings from contextual menu.

2. Open the list of devices in the drop-down box in Settings

Open the drop-down box to select the Audio Output device.

Left-click on the arrow on the right side of the drop-down box under ‘Choose your output device’.

3. Set your default device

How to change audio output in Windows 10.

Left-click on the device from the list to which you wish to have your sound set.

Select audio output in Windows 10 using the Control Panel

1. Open the Control Panel

Open the Control Panel. (Search control panel from the Start Menu).

2. Open the Sound window

Type in sound and click on the Sound result.

Type in ‘sound’ in the search bar in the top right corner in the Control Panel. Left-click on ‘Sound’.

3. Select your default audio output device

Set the Default Device from the contextual menu.

Right-click on the device you want as the default device, and from the contextual menu, left-click on ‘Set as default device’.

Click on the ‘OK’ button to save your setting.


Changing the audio output doesn’t happen often and is usually only necessary when something gets changed in your system.

I hope this article was presented in a way that was easy for you to change your audio output.

If you aren’t sure if your speakers are faulty or if it’s an audio setting, try plugging in your headphones in the speaker’s port to test it. Just keep the volume low in this case.

It could save you some time in diagnosing what the problem is. It’s also an easy and quick test to ensure before changing anything.