Devices Change Default Sound Output Device in Windows 11

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The default audio playback device is the device that Windows uses to output (play) sound.

When you connect multiple audio output devices such as speakers, headphones, Bluetooth headset, or other audio devices to your PC, you can select which device you want to use by default.

This tutorial will show you different ways to change the default audio playback (output) device for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Change Default Sound Output Device from Quick Settings
  • Option Two: Change Default Sound Output Device from Settings
  • Option Three: Change Default Sound Output Device from Sound Control Panel
  • Option Four: Change Default Sound Output Device from Game Bar





OPTION ONE

Change Default Sound Output Device from Quick Settings


1 Open Quick Settings (Win+A). (see screenshot below step 2)

2 Click/tap on the Manage audio devices button. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the device you want to select and set as the default sound output device. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION TWO

Change Default Sound Output Device from Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Sound on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Under Output < Choose where to play sound on the right side, select (dot) the device you want to set as the default sound output device. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION THREE

Change Default Sound Output Device from Sound Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Sound icon.

2 Click/tap on the Playback tab, and perform one of the actions below you want to use to set the default sound output device. (see screenshots below)
  • Select a playback device, and click/tap on Set Default.
  • Right click or press and hold on the playback device, and click/tap on Set as Default Device.
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3 Click/tap on OK when finished. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION FOUR

Change Default Sound Output Device from Game Bar


1 Open the Game Bar (Win+G).

2 Click/tap on the Audio icon on the Game Bar to open the Audio widget. (see screenshot below)

3 In the Mix tab of the Audio widget, click/tap on the current Windows Default Output device.

4 Select the device you want to set as the default sound output device.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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