If you were one of the unlucky ones who upgraded to Windows 10 only to find there was no sound coming out of the speakers attached to the computer at all, then you might have needed to spend a significant amount of time troubleshooting why that was the case. Hopefully, it was a simple driver fix.
If you were luckier that the previous example but unlucky enough to plug your headphones into the computer’s headphone jack and found them not working, then that can be nearly as equally frustrating. Such was the case with my experience with Windows 10. Eventually, I got my headphones working as I hope you did too.
There is one other problem that many people want a solution to with regards to the headphones and speakers on a computer that is running on the Windows 10 operating system, and that is not being able to get both of the workings at the same time. While it isn’t something that everyone needs to have, there are some people out there who would prefer having the option to use both at once.
To be clear, if you found the correct workaround for using the headphones, it doesn’t mean that your computer speakers will not work until you change the setting back again. It should automatically begin switching over for you when you remove the headphones and then want to use the speakers the computer comes with already. That was the case when I did it. This guide is going to teach you how to have both the speakers and headphones running simultaneously.
Here is what you need to do in Windows 10 to be able to start using the headphones and speakers at the same time.
How to Use Headphones and Speakers in Windows 10 at Same Time
1. Right-click on the Sound icon from the system tray and then click where it says Sounds.
2. Click on the Playback tab and right-click on your speaker and then choose to Set as Default Device.
There are times when you visit this space and the speaker is showing up for you to see but when you right-click on it there is no way for you to set it as the default option. Don’t worry if you are one of those people experiencing the same thing. If there is no choice there for you to set it as the default speaker, then it is likely because it is already set as the default speaker and you can skip to the next step. These cases are common if you have an all-in-one computer and the speakers are built into the computer itself.
3. Now whenever you view the Playback tab in the Sounds menu, you can see that the Speaker is set up as the default device. That is what you want to happen. To have both the headphones to go along with the default speaker, you need to continue with the rest of the guide.
4. Click on the Recording tab that is available right next to the Playback tab in the Sound menu that you were just using. Right-click on the Microphone and choose the Properties dialog box.
5. Click on the Listen tab and select your headphones from the drop-down menu that is available where it says Playback through this device. Now just click on the OK button and the Apply button to finish it, and the headphones will be working.
That is all you need to have the headphones working simultaneously with the default speaker on the computer. Not everyone is aware that they a right-click on the icons that are available from the system tray. While having that feature is perhaps not as obvious as it could be, it does make it lots easier to access these features to you can make the changes you want to see. It will only take you under a minute to change those settings back, and since it only took a few steps to get there, you should have no problem finding it again. Just remember to right-click on the sound icon from the system tray and then you cannot go wrong.
This article was last updated on June 4, 2019.