Lost playback sound

I no longer have any sound. It had been working fine for years, and I don’t know how to fix it. I’ve tried to click on everything I could think of. The audio on the computer works fine for everything else, so it’s Audacity only. Any ideas?

Did you get a new USB microphone? Sometimes Windows will distort sound pathways, including playback when you plug in a USB microphone or other sound device.

Did you just start using Skype? Skype has been known to adjust sound pathways to what it wants and it doesn’t matter what you or other software wants.

It had been working fine for years

Which Audacity version do you have? Did you just update to Windows 10?

What is the playback device listed in the Audacity Device Toolbar?


If you’re using Audacity 2.1.2 and you want to reinstall it, remember you also need to reset it with a selector in the install process. Older Audacity versions need to be reset manually.


Great input. The items/behaviors you describe exactly fit my situation. I’m using Audacity 2.1.2 and Windows 10. I have a Dell laptop. It has a jack that is both input and output. When I plug my headphones into it (the ones that came with my iPhone) it asked me what I just plugged in, and I told it headphones.

Is there anything I can do to fix the situation, or am I out of luck?

… headphones … the ones that came with my iPhone

Those aren’t “headphones.” That’s a communications headset. I can record my voice, listen to stereo music, host a conference and control the volume, all without touching my iPhone. I’m not shocked you found something funny when you told the computer they were plain headphones.

So when you play a YouTube selection, it works perfectly, but when you try to play an Audacity timeline, it’s silent?

What does the device toolbar say? Is the playback volume turned up when you do this? A recent poster solved his ‘technical problems’ by pushing the volume control up beyond one-third.



I sheepishly must admit that mine was a volume issue as well. Sorry, thanks, and have great new year!