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How to Fix Headphone Jack Not Working on Laptop

Laptop users commonly use headphones for multiple purposes, so even a tiny problem with headphone jacks can be worrisome. However, headphone jacks sometimes start acting up and lead to many problems when you find your laptop headphone jack not working. This is not something to be worried about anymore since here are some easy ways to fix the headphone jack not working on a laptop.

6 Ways To Fix Your Laptop Headphone Jack Not Working

#1 Make sure your headphone is plugged in properly

Sometimes the problem is as minor as having plugged the headphones in the wrong jack. If this is the case then simply taking the headphone plug out and then inserting it in the right jack can do the trick for you. Usually, the headphone jacks are color coded as green, or the jacks have a headphone symbol on them. You can easily recognize the correct headphone jack and plug in the headphone properly to enjoy listening through your headphones.

#2 Make sure the headphone is enabled

Sometimes, you need to select a default device for your laptop if it has a built-in speaker and is connected to an external speaker too. In this case, you need to select one since both speakers will not work at the same time. Here is how you can do this:
1. Go to your taskbar and right-click once on the sound icon. From there, select the sounds tab when a new list appears.

2. Go to the Playback tab and then right-click on your headphone device icon and select the enable option.
enable speaker

This should solve your problem particularly if you are using Windows 10. But if you still face the problem of the headphone jack not working on your laptop, then please follow the next step.

#3 Make sure the volume is audible

There can be times when you are a little distracted and forget to unmute the headphones or have the volume too low to be audible. To resolve this you need to:
1. Click on the sound icon on the far right of the lower side of your laptop screen. Then unmute the headphones by clicking on the speaker icon.
2. If the headphones are not already mute then simply turn up the volume by moving the volume slider to the right.
sound audible

This will make the volume audible, and you can start listening to the sounds via your headphone.

#4 Make sure your headphone is working

If you have done all the above things and still see the laptop headphone jack not working, then maybe the problem lies in your headphone. This is something that you can easily take care of.
1. Try to plug in another pair of headphones into your laptop and see if it starts working. If it does work, then your previous headphones are to blame.
2. If the other pair of headphones does not work either, then it is not a headphone problem.

#5 Update your audio driver

An out-of-date or misfit audio driver can lead to the issue of the laptop headphone jack not working. In that case, you do not have to go through the complexities of manually selecting and updating your laptop’s audio driver.

Please click “search“> type Device Manager>Sound, video, and game controllers, then right-click on your audio driver and select update driver. This will help you troubleshoot the problem, and hopefully, your headphones will start working.
update aduio driver

#6 Replace laptop audio board

A laptop’s audio board can be faulty too, and if all the above methods do not work for you, then this is most likely the problem at hand. Most laptops have an audio board referred to as the Daughter board which is separate from the motherboard. You can replace the audio board to solve the problem for once and all. You can find an audio board for your laptop in our laptop parts store.

Also Read: How to Fix Laptop Speakers not working

These methods can help you fix the laptop headphone jack not working issue. So, now you can fix your laptop and start enjoying your favorite audio once again!

David Tian

David is the editor @ MyFixGuide. He loves technology, especially good at laptops and mobile phones. In his free time, he loves to take apart the latest mobile phones and laptops.

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