Here at Plugable we often hear from customers who have installed their audio device, but no sound is playing through it. Instead, sound may be playing through the computer’s built-in speakers or not at all. This blog post explains how to set your audio device as the default device that Windows uses for audio output.
In the first section we will explain how to set this for USB devices like Pluguble docking stations, sound-enabled display adapters, and the Plugable USB audio adapter. In the second section, we will explain this for audio devices like headphones or speakers that are connected through devices like the Plugable Bluetooth adapter. All the same steps would apply to any non-Plugable USB or Bluetooth audio device, so even if you don’t have a Plugable product this should be helpful background.
1. Make sure everything is connected correctly and drivers are installed.
2. Right-click on the speaker symbol in the system tray, and select Playback Devices. The Sound window will open with the Playback tab highlighted.
3. Find your device in the window. A Plugable USB 3.0 docking station or sound-enabled display adapter will appear as Plugable Audio. A Plugable USB 2.0 docking station will appear as USB Multimedia Audio Device. A Plugable USB Audio adapter will appear as USB Audio Device.
4. Right-click on the device you found in step 3 and select Set as Default Device. A check mark should appear next to your device, and sound should now play through it.
5. Click OK to exit the window.
1. Connect your headphones, speaker, or headset by making it discoverable (see its owner’s manual). Click the Bluetooth icon in the system tray, then click Add a Bluetooth Device. If you’ve previously had troubles connecting, try temporarily turning off Bluetooth in any other devices like phones or tablets that you have previously used your headphones, speaker, or headset with.
2. Your device should appear in the Manage Bluetooth Devices window. Click the device and select Pair.
3. After the device drivers are installed (your device may beep or vibrate), open the Sound settings window. In Windows 7 and 8.1, right-click the speaker symbol in the system tray and select Playback Devices. In Windows 10, click Start, type “manage audio devices” then click the Manage Audio Devices icon to open this window.
4. Your device will appear on the list under the same name as when you paired it. If it appears as both Headset and Headphones, select Headphones for high-quality sound without microphone support and select Headset if you will need to use the microphone. Audio will be telephone quality if you select Headset due to a Bluetooth limitation. Speakers can also appear as both Headphones and Headset if they have a built-in microphone.
5. Right-click the selected device and click Set as Default Device. You can also select Set as Default Communication Device to use this device for communication programs like Skype. You can set separately set Headphones as Default Device for music and Headset as Default Communications Device if these are available.
6. Click OK to exit the window.
We hope this guide makes it easier to use your Plugable audio devices. If you have any questions, please comment below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!