How to Set the Default Audio Device on Windows 11

Windows 11 has introduced numerous UI changes. The new Settings app now holds most of your settings in an attempt to phase out Control Panel in the coming years. However, these new UI changes can make it challenging to find your tried and tested settings pages.

Many users seem to be facing problems when trying to change the default audio device on Windows 11. If you’re in the same boat then here’s how you can change your default audio device.

How to set the default audio device on Windows 11

You can set your default audio device on Windows 11 in mainly 4 different ways. You can change both your default audio input and output device using these methods. Follow either of the sections below depending on your preferences.

Set the default input audio device on Windows 11

Here’s how you can change and set your default audio device on Windows 11. Follow either of the methods below depending on your preferences. 

Method 1: Using the Settings app

Press Windows + i to open the Settings app. Click Sound on your right to access your Sound settings.

Click and select your desired input device under Input.

Click the drop-down menu beside Set as default sound device.

Click and select one of the following options depending on your preferences. 

  • Use as default for audio
  • Use as default for communications

Tip: If you wish to use the device as default for both audio and communications then select either of the options. Once done, click the drop-down again and select the next option.

And that’s it! You will now have changed and set your default audio input device in Windows 11.

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Method 2: Using advanced Sound settings

Press Windows + R to launch Run.

Type in the following and press Enter.

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Click and switch to the Recording tab.

Click and select the Microphone you wish to set as default on your device.

Click Set Default.

Click OK to save your changes.

And that’s it! You will now have changed your audio input device on Windows 11.

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Method 3: Using the Xbox Game Bar

Press Windows + G on your keyboard to launch the Xbox Game Bar. Click the Audio icon at the top.

Click and switch to the Voice tab.

Click the drop-down menu at the top. Your current audio device should be selected for this menu by default.

Now select your desired microphone from the menu.

You will now have changed your default Windows input device. You can also change your DEFAULT COMMUNICATIONS OUTPUT and INPUT device using the subsequent drop-down menus. And that’s how you can set your default audio input device using the Xbox Game Bar. 

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Set the default output audio device on Windows 11

If you’re looking to change your default output device then you can use either of the methods below. Let’s get started.

Method 1: Using the Settings app

Press Windows + i on your keyboard to open the Settings app. Now click Sound on your right.

Click and select the output device you wish to set as default under Output.

Click the drop-down menu for Set as default sound device.

Select one of the following options depending on your preferences. 

  • Use as default for audio
  • Use as default for communications

If you wish to set the device as default for both, then start by selecting either of the options and subsequently click the drop-down menu again and select the next option.

And that’s how you can change your default audio output device on Windows 11.

Method 2: Using the Action Center

Press Windows + A to open the Action Center. Now click the Speaker icon beside your volume slider.

Click and select your default audio output device from the ones available on your screen.

And that’s it! You will now have changed your default audio output device using the Action Center.

Method 3: Using advanced Sound settings

Press Windows + R to launch Run.

Now type in the following and press Enter to launch advanced sound settings.

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Click and select the desired device you wish to set as default for audio output on your PC.

Click Set Default.

Click OK to save your changes.

 

And that’s how you can change your default audio output device using the advanced sound settings.

Method 4: Using the Xbox Game Bar

Press Windows + G to launch the Xbox Game Bar. Now click the Audio icon at the top.

Click the drop-down menu under WINDOWS DEFAULT OUTPUT.

Select the desired output device you wish to set as default on your device.

And that’s it! You will now have changed your default output device using the Xbox Game Bar.

We hope this post helps you change and set your default audio device on Windows 11. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.

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