Sound settings

How to change speakers to output sound on Windows 11

If you have multiple audio output devices on Windows 11, here's how to set a new default.

Windows 11 change default audio output

On Windows 11, you can connect multiple types of peripherals to output, including speakers, headphones, headsets, and more. If you happen to have more than one (such as speakers and headsets), you can quickly change between these devices to output sound.

You can do this through the Settings app or Quick Settings flyout available in the Taskbar.

In this guide, you will learn the easy steps to select the default audio device to output sound on Windows 11.

Change default audio output on Windows 11

To change the default set of speakers, headphones, or headsets to output sound on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click the Sound tab.

  4. Under the “Output” section, select the speakers, headphones, or headsets to output sound in the “Choose where to play sound” setting.

    Change default audio output

Once you complete the steps, the sound will start playing on the set of speakers you selected.

Change default audio output from the Taskbar

To quickly set another output device on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Click the Quick Settings button in the system tray.

    Quick note: You can also open Quick Settings with the Windows key + A keyboard shortcut.
  2. Click the Manage audio and devices button next to the volume slider.

    Quick Settings audio button

  3. Choose the default audio output from the list of devices.

    Change speakers output from Taskbar

After you complete the steps, the system sound will output in the selected device.