How to set Default Speakers or Headphones in Windows 10

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to choose the default speakers or headphones in Windows 10.

When you have multiple sound output devices connected to Windows 10, you may often have to switch between these different devices.

While it’s easy to set the default speakers for every apps across the system, some apps allow you to choose your preferred speakers which overrides the systems’ default.

If you’re or new user looking for a computer to start learning on, the easiest place to start is Windows 10. Windows 10 is the most recent version of operating systems for personal computers developed and released by Microsoft as part of its Windows NT family.

To get started with setting Windows default speakers, follow the steps below:

Choose Windows default speakers

There are multiple ways to select Windows default speakers. Using Windows systems settings, one can quickly select the system-wide speakers for all apps.

First, click the “Start” menu and select the gear icon on the left to open “Settings.” You can also press Windows + i to open it.

In the “Settings” window, select “System.”

Next, click Sound on the left windows sidebar. In the drop-down menu labeled “Choose your output device,” under Output, click the speakers or headset you’d like to use as your default.

Again, the will apply for all apps. However, certain app may be customize to override this setting and choose a different output device.

Quickly switch output devices

Another way to quickly switch Windows output devices is via the taskbar. If you want to quickly choose between sound devices, click on the speakers icon in the taskbar.

Then select the playback device.

If you don’t see the connected playback device on the list, it maybe that the device is not recognized in Windows.


This brief tutorial showed you how to choose Windows default sound output device for apps.

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