How to Switch between Headphones and Speakers in Windows 11?

If your PC includes more than one audio output device, sometimes you may want to switch back and forth between headphones and speakers.

In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you with at least three methods to switch between headphones and speakers in Windows 11.

How to Change the Default Sound Output Device using the Settings App?

To change the default sound output device using the Settings app, do the following:-

Step 1. First, open the Settings app.

To do that, you can use the Windows + I shortcut keys.

Step 2. Then, select the System option on the left side of the Settings window.

Step 3. On the right side pane of System, choose the Sound tile.

Step 4. Under the Output section, all connected audio devices will appear.

Step 5. Select any you want to use for sound output.

That’s all. Close the Settings page. The changes will be automatically saved.

How to Change the Default Sound Output Device from Quick Settings?

To select a default sound output device from the Quick Settings menu of Windows 11, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, use the Windows + A keyboard shortcut to open the Quick Settings menu. Alternatively, click on the Quick Settings area on the taskbar.

Step 2. On the Quick Settings menu, select the right-facing arrow (caret) beside the volume slider.

Step 3. Then, all the connected audio output devices will appear. Click on any to select and use.

When you’re done, click anywhere outside the Quick Settings menu to close it.

How to Select the Default Audio Output Device from Sounds Applet?

To choose a default audio output device using the Sounds applet, use these steps:-

Step 1. First, press Windows + R shortcut keys on the keyboard to open the Run dialog.

Step 2. Then, type the following and hit the Enter key on the keyboard to launch the classical Sounds applet:-


Step 3. On the Sound window, switch to the Playback tab. Here, you’ll find all available audio playback devices. Select the desired output device in the list and click the Set Default button to switch between audio devices.

Step 4. Finally, click the OK button to exit.

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