Fix No Sound after Unplugging Headphones in Windows 10

Sep. 13, 2018 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10

Sound not working is one of the awful problems after the 2017 Windows 10 update. You may also encounter this: Windows 10 computer plays no sound after they unplug headphones from the jack port.

After the Windows 10 upgrade, you are able to hear sounds from the headphones as it should be. But when you unplug the device, there’s no sound playing from the internal speakers of your laptop or other speakers connected to the computer. You may just see the active green bar, but you need to restart the PC to hear the sounds back from speakers normally.

Today, let’s take a close look at how to troubleshoot such no sound problem after using headphones.

Solutions for No Sound after Unplugging Headphones

There are various factors that cause sound not working in Windows 10 when you unplug your headphones from the jack port. The no sound issues may be caused by some software or programs, incorrectly audio configuration, disabled services, faulty sound drivers, etc. You can read the content below for solutions to fix your no sound issues in Windows 10.

Solution 1: Check Hardware Related to Windows Audio

Firstly, you need to check hardware related to such no sound issue on either your desktop or laptop.

1. Connect the external speakers to another computer. Make sure the device is able to work as usual.

2. Check if the sound card is in its right place. You can unplug it and then plug it back to the port. Also, clean the dust from both the sound card and the port.

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Solution 2: Check Audio Settings in Windows 10

Go to the Playback devices to check if there are muted or disabled devices. Some incorrectly configured sound devices can result in the no sound when the headphones are unplugged.

1. Unplug the headphones form the jack port and then right click on the speakers icon on the task bar. Select Playback devices.

2. Double click on the speakers you’re going to use to play sounds. Choose General tab and go to the Device usage to see if this device has been disabled. If so, select Use this device (enable) from the drop-down menu.

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3. Click Apply and OK to close the box and back to the original box. Highlight the speakers and click on the Set Default button below if you want it to be your default audio device.

If you’re not sure whether there’re audio configuration problems, you make Windows 10 detect the problems automatically by Troubleshoot sound problems.

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Solution 3: Modify the Registry and Fix No Sound after Unplugging Headphones

1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + R to launch Run. Type into regedit and hit the key Enter.

2. Find Beep in the Registry Editor via the path below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound

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3. Value it from no to yes and then click OK.

4. Close the dialog box and restart the PC to see if the no sound problem has been resolved.

Note: Don’t change other entries in the Registry Editor in case serious system problems like endless reboot, Windows 10 VIDEO DXGKRNL FATAL ERROR BSoD error, slow boot, etc. annoys you suddenly.

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Solution 4: Reinstall Audio/Sound Drivers

Most of the sound not working issues are caused by audio or sound drivers. The drivers helps Windows OS keep communicating with hardware like Bluetooth speakers, headset, headphones, etc. Some users reported that they’ve fixed the no sound problem by using Driver Talent, the professional driver repair and update utility.

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You can click the button above to have Driver Talent directly and follow the steps to reinstall or repair the audio drivers and troubleshoot the no sound after unplugging headphones.

1. Select Uninstall from the left column. Choose the Audio device and click on Uninstall to remove the audio driver.

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2. Select Download & update. Choose the audio device and the proper version. Click on the Reinstall button. Driver Talent will download and reinstall the driver automatically.

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3. Restart the computer to make the audio driver updates take effect properly.

Note: It is recommended to back up drivers before any driver changes on your computer.

If you still fail to fix no sound after unplugging headphones in 2017 Windows 10 updates, don't hesitate to comment below to let us know. We'll try our best to help you. If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solutions in our Windows 10 Issues and Fix section or go to our forum.

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