How to Choose your Default Speakers on Windows 11/10?


You may connect several audio output devices on your Windows 11/10 PC, such as speakers, headphones, headsets, etc. If you want select specific audio for some application, you can set the default speaker by using the setting app in windows 10/11.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on how to Choose your Default Speakers on Windows 11/10.

How to Select Default Speaker on Windows 11?

Step 1. Firstly, Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys from the keyboard or using any other method.

Step 2. Then, Select the System category from the left sidebar when Windows Settings opens.

Settings-System-1 (1)Step 3. Now, On the right side pane of System, click the Sound tab.

Settings-System-Sound (2)Step 4. Then, under the Output section, you will see a list of audio devices connected to your PC.

Settings-System-Sound-OutputStep 5. Click the right-facing arrow beside the audio output device you’d like to set as your default sound device.

Settings-System-Sound-1-1024x758Step 6. Then, On the Properties page of the sound device, look for the “Set as default sound device” option under the General section. Here, you will select “Not used as a default”.

If you don’t find “Not used as a default,” then this device is already set as the default for both audio and communications.

Settings-Sound-Not-used-as-a-default-1024x758Step 7. Then, click the drop-down menu of “Set as default sound device” and select either “Use as default for audio” or “Use as default for communications.”

  • Use as default for audio: If you choose this option, Windows 11 will set the selected sound output device default for the music and video playback, system sound playback, games, and other typical audio sources.
  • Use as default for communications: Choose this option to set the sound output device as the default for video calls, voice chats, and other audio-related communications programs.


That’s it.

How do you choose your default Speakers through the Settings app in Windows 10?

To select your default Speakers through the Windows 10 Settings app, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Open Windows Settings.

Step 2. Next, click on the system on the Windows Settings screen.

Settings-2B-2BSystemStep 3. Then, select Sound in the left sidebar.

Settings-System-Sound (1)Step 4. Now, On the Sound settings page, under the “Output” section, select the speaker in the drop-down menu labeled “Choose your output device.”

That’s it.

How to Choose your Default Speakers through the Control Panel in Windows 10?

To select your default speakers using Control Panel, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Open Control Panel.

Step 2. Next, click the Hardware and Sound.

Control-Panel-Hardware-and-SoundStep 3. Then , click Sound.Control-Panel-Hardware-and-Sound-SoundStep 4. Now, Switch to the Playback tab on the Sound window.

SoundStep 5. Then, click the speaker or headphone you want to set as the default output device.

Step 6. Then, click the Set Default button.

Step 7. At last, click the OK button.

After the above steps, the selected speaker or headphone will be used as the default output device by your Windows 10.

That’s it.

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