How To Unmute

All in all, most Windows users nowadays know how to unmute sound on their devices in times of need. However, it’s worth pointing out that sound on Windows computers could become muted for a lot of reasons. As a result, if you own a Windows PC, you should know more than one way to unmute sound. Spare some time to take a look at this article if you want to master all the methods to mute sound on Windows. 

Unmuting Sound On Windows: Compilation

Via Keys

Today’s keyboards allow people to mute and unmute sound by pressing keys but the keys to press vary from model to model. On some keyboards, there is a mute/unmute key and people only need to press it to mute/unmute sound. Other keyboards require Windows users to press Function (fn) + the mute key (for instance, F10). Interestingly, a number of keyboards even incorporate a separate button at the top right side that mute/unmute sound once pressed. 

Via Taskbar

  • Step 1: Look to the right of your taskbar, locate the volume icon and hit it.
  • Step 2: If you see that the speaker icon is crossed out, your computer is muted. Proceed to hit the speaker icon to unmute the sound. 

Via Volume Mixer

  • Step 1: Locate the volume icon on the taskbar, right-click it and pick Open Volume Mixer. 
  • Step 2: Hit the speaker icon next to devices and apps whose sound you want to unmute. 

Via Windows Settings

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select System and choose Sound.
  • Step 3: Go to Choose your output device, make sure that your audio output device is displayed and devices and apps whose sound you want to unmute. 

Via Control Panel

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type Control Panel and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: Change View by to Large icons then hit Sound.
  • Step 3: Locate your playback device in Playback tab, right-click it and pick Properties.
  • Step 3: Go to Levels tab, hit the volume icon to unmute the sound, select Apply and choose OK. 

Via Windows Mobility Center

  • Step 1: Go to Windows Search, type Windows Mobility Center and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: Uncheck the checkbox next to Mute. 

Via Game Bar

  • Step 1: Press Windows key + G to open Game Bar.
  • Step 2: Go to Audio section by picking the speaker icon, make sure that your audio output device is displayed and click the volume icon next to the devices or apps you want to unmute. 

Windows 10 Sound Guidelines 

  • For the best external sound, set aside a good budget for surround speakers, headphones, etc. 
  • Don’t want to be disturbed by sound notifications while catching a movie? Enable Focus assist.
  • Use Volume Mixer to change the volume of multiple apps and devices at the same time.
  • If you care about sound quality, make use of Audio enhancements and Spatial sounds. 
  • Update the audio driver every now and then. 

Do Audio Enhancements Cause Sound Distortion?

Normally, audio enhancements improve the sound quality and most Windows users have never experienced issues while using them. However, if you run into sound distortion and you suspect audio enhancements to be responsible, do not hesitate to disable them.

How Come I Don’t Hear A Thing From My Speakers? 

Regarding audio issues on Windows, if you use wired speakers, determine whether your cable connection to the speakers is secured and see if you have plugged the right cables into the right ports. For wireless speakers, make sure that Windows recognizes the devices. To view wireless devices, open Settings, click Devices then pick Bluetooth & other devices. If you don’t see your speakers, go through the pairing process one more time. 

None of the above works? Then you should try out these measures:

Run The Playing Audio Troubleshooter

  • Step 1: Open Settings, select Update & Security then choose Troubleshoot.
  • Step 2: Click Additional troubleshooters, pick Playing Audio and hit Run the troubleshooter.
  • Step 3: Allow the process to go all the way. If the troubleshooter manages to identify the root of the problem and offer a fix, hit Apply this fix.

Update Driver

  • Step 1: Press Windows key, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Audio inputs and outputs, right-click your audio driver and pick Update driver.
  • Step 3: Hir Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Step 4: After the process finishes, restart your computer.
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, determine whether the issue persists. 

How Do I Mute Zoom And Zoom Alone?

You should be able to mute zoom without muting other apps/devices on your computer via the Volume mixer. Open the Volume mixer then hit the volume icon of Zoom.

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