Question If I unplug my headphones, audio will only play through laptop speaker until restart.

Apr 10, 2021
Hi - this exact question has been asked before in April 2019 but the answer does not work for me. I have spent about 3 or 4 hours searching the internet and keep coming across the same answers but nothing that works for me! I have tried updating drivers. The headphones only show in 'playback' as one item, Realtek speakers/headphones. They are not listed separately (not disabled or hidden). I have tried two sets of headphones and the same thing happens with both. I have run the audio troubleshooter several times - it asks me to restart leaving the headphones plugged in, and they are working on restart. However, if I unplug them after that, they do not work, until I restart again with them plugged in.

Disabling the speakers doesn't work as they are the same thing in the playback window - so the headphones are disabled as well. There are two other sets of headphones in the playback window which are my two soundcore mini speakers which are listed separately to the Realtek speaker/headphones, but neither of my actual headphones are recognised separately in this window. It appears to be a problem with the laptop recognising that headphones have been plugged in when the laptop is in use. Any ideas? I am using a Dell XPS 15 9560, with Windows 10. Thank you - Caryn
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
tornadotayte Laptop Tech Support 0
V Laptop Tech Support 1
R Laptop Tech Support 1
non_believer Laptop Tech Support 2
L Laptop Tech Support 2
Amir110hkr Laptop Tech Support 0
P Laptop Tech Support 1
A Laptop Tech Support 0
M Laptop Tech Support 7
M Laptop Tech Support 3
D Laptop Tech Support 10
I Laptop Tech Support 1
Secritek Laptop Tech Support 3
M Laptop Tech Support 3
CptBaas Laptop Tech Support 0
E Laptop Tech Support 1
drahstul Laptop Tech Support 1
L Laptop Tech Support 1
L Laptop Tech Support 1
L Laptop Tech Support 1
Similar threads
Question Laptop will shut off when unplugged
Question shutdown when power charger is unplugged, turns on automatically when I put it. ASUS N580GD Laptop
Question Unplugged Power Adapter From Laptop, But the Charging LED Is Glowing and the Computer Wont Turn On
Solved! Laptop battery indicator is always ON (plugged or unplugged)
Solved! Laptop powers off if HDMI cable unplugged
Question Microphone sudden unplug
Question Laptop backlight turns off when charger unplugged - tuns back on when plugged in again
Question Acer Aspire E15 displayed 255% battery, i unplugged the charger and it turned off. It won't turn back on
Solved! Fps in-game starts decreasing after plugging and also unplugging AC cable
Solved! Laptop turns off when unplugged, screen wont turn on when plugged with no battery
Solved! Dell XPS 9550 freezes after removing ac power and on battery power
Question ASUS GU501GM battery stuck at 50% and dies when unplugged?
Question Laptop detecting my Nvidia 710M as unplugged
Question Laptop goes to black screen when power cable is unplugged
Question Charger disconnects randomly when playing a game, only reconnects by unplugging and plugging again.
Question Laptop turns itself back on when unplugged
Question Laptopt freezes when I unplug it's power cable and external monitor
Question Sony Vaio Laptop shuts down when unplugged.
Solved! If I unplug my headphones, audio will only play through laptop speaker until restart.
Automatic power plan change when pluged in and automaic mute when headphones unpluged.