We’ll learn how to easily disable and enable sound devices in Windows 11 in this post. Speakers, headphones, and other audio devices may be connected to your computer in some cases. Sound may come from all connected devices if a default sound device isn’t set.
With a few mouse clicks, you can quickly disable or enable sound devices in Windows 11. When you disable a device, it remains connected and functional but does not produce sound. You don’t need to uninstall or disconnect it; simply turn off the audio output and you’re done.
The new Windows 11 includes a new user desktop with many new features, such as a centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes, and colors that make any Windows look and feel modern. Follow the steps below to start disabling or enabling sound devices in Windows 11.
How to disable a sound device on Windows 11
As previously stated, disabling a sound device in Windows Settings is as simple as a few clicks. Open the Windows Settings app to do so.
The majority of the settings app in Windows 11 is centralized. The System Settings pane allows you to do everything from changing system settings to adding new users and updating Windows.
Use the Windows key + I shortcut or go to Start> Settings to get to System Settings. Alternatively, you can use the taskbar’s search box to look for Settings. After that, choose to open it.
The image below shows how the Windows Settings pane should look. Click System in Windows Settings, then Sound in the right pane of your screen, as shown in the image below.
Click the sideways caret (right arrow) beside the audio output device you want to disable in the Sound settings pane’s Output section.
Click the Don’t Allow Button for “Allow apps and Windows to use this device for audio” under General. This will turn off the output device and turn off all sound coming from it.
How to enable a sound device on Windows 11
If you change your mind about disabling a sound device in Windows 11 and want to re-enable it, simply follow the steps above and select the device under Output under Start > Settings > System > Sound.
Click the sideways caret (right arrow) of the device you want to reenable, then click the Allow button for “Allow apps and Windows to use this device for audio” in the device settings pane.