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Some users reported their headphones are not showing up in playback devices. There are 4 solutions to fix it. If you have more problems about devices like hard disks, MiniTool Partition Wizard provides detailed information on this issue.

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You may have encountered with the problem: when you are trying to listen to audio using headphones on your computer with Windows 10 system, you can’t hear any sound, nor do the headphones appear in playback devices.

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Reasons for Headphones Not Showing up

The causes of headphones not showing up in playback devices are usually associated with some bugs or non-related activities you may have done. Please check out the list below:

  • Realtek HD Sound: For some reason, this sound manager was to blame and the problem went away after you uninstalled it.
  • Drivers are old or outdated: Old drivers are always a common cause of problems, so you can take updating them into consideration.
  • Headphones are disabled by default: Sometimes your headphonesare disabled in Playback devices. Please make sure you check there and enable them.

Fixs for Headphones Not Showing up

The issue is quite common in Windows 10. Before you start to solve it, you need to make sure there is no hardware issue with the headphones by connecting them to other device. If the headphone works, you can take reference from the following ways to resolve the issue.

1. Update the Audio driver

If your headphones can’t work, you can try to update the audio driver to solve headphones not showing up issue.

Step 1: open Run window by pressing Win + R key, and type the command “devmgmt.msc”to open the Device Manager.

Step 2: Right-click the driver associated with your headphone in the list of Audio inputs and outputs, and choose Update driver.

choose Update driver

Note: You can also choose Uninstall device here to uninstall the audio driver, and you can find more details about uninstalling audio driver in the following text.
Tip: If you don’t find any driver, check the headphone manufacturer’s website for one and download that driver.

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2. Uninstall Realtek HD Sound Software

As a great audio manager, Realtek High Definition Audio Diver is highly appreciated. But some users have reported that their headphones can’t work if they don’t uninstall this piece of software. You can do it as the following steps:

Step 1: Open Control Panel with the search section of your task bar. Then choose view by Category and click Uninstall a Program under the Programs section.

click Uninstall a Program

Tip: If you are using the Settings app, clicking on Apps should immediately open a list of all installed programs on your PC.

Step 2: Right-click Realtek High Definition Audio Diver and choose Uninstall/Change.

uninstall Realtek HD

Step 3: Click Finish when the process is completed and restart your computer.

Tip: Make sure the problem has disappeared before trying to reinstall Realtek HD Sound!

Related article: 4 Easy Methods for You to Uninstall Windows 10 Update.

3. Enable the Headphones from the Playback Devices

When you have the problem headphones not working, you can also try to enable them from the playback devices.

Step 1: Type the command “mmsys.cpl” in Run window to open Playback devices.

Step 2: Right-click anywhere in the middle of the window and check the boxes for Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices. Then you can see your headphones in Playback devices.

check Show Disabled Devices

Step 3: Right-click your headphones and enable them if they are disabled.

4. Run the Playing Audio Troubleshooter

Problems related to audio playback can be checked and fixed by Playing Audio troubleshooter when your computer can’t read the headphones.

Step 1: Right-click the Start button and choose Settings. Then go to Updates and Security.

Step 2: In Troubleshoot, choose Playing Audio and run it.

choose Playing Audio

Step 3: Restart your system.

Try those four methods to fix your headphones not showing up in playback devices.

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