Windows 10 and the updates seem to have a love-hate relationship. With each update, Microsoft fixes some issues and ends up breaking some more. Some users have recently reported one such case where a Windows 10 update broke the sound on their devices.
According to these users, they get no sound after the computer wakes up from sleep or hibernate mode. Users either need to put the computer back to sleep or hibernate or completely restart the system in order to get the sound functionality back.
Here I shall discuss how you can fix the ‘Windows 10 no sound after sleep’ error.
- 1 [SOLVED] Windows 10 No Sound After Sleep Or Hibernate
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[SOLVED] Windows 10 No Sound After Sleep Or Hibernate
If the Windows 10 sound stops working after sleep on your computer as well, here are simple solutions that you can try in order to get the sound functionality back.
Solution 1: Check The Physical Connections
First and foremost, check the actual connections between the hardware and the computer. Check the cables and the jacks on your speaker and make sure that there is no damage to these.
Also, check for any physical damage to your external speakers or headphones if the error is limited to these. Make sure that there is no damage to the connections before moving on to other solutions.
Solution 2: Update The Audio Drivers
If the connections are all correctly configured, begin by updating the audio drivers for the devices. An outdated or incorrect audio driver may lead to the Windows 10 no sound after sleep error on your device. Updating the drivers to the latest version should solve the error.
If you do not how to update the drivers, you can check our article dedicated to updating device drivers.
If updating the drivers did not work, or you started seeing this error after updating your drivers, use the same guide to install the generic drivers for the device.
Solution 3: Restart The Audio Service
The Windows Audio Service is the core application responsible for keeping the audio on your device functional. Sometimes, this service may become locked down due to many reasons. Restarting the service should solve the error.
To know the detailed steps to restart the audio service, check out this solution where Windows shows ‘Device is being used by another application’.
After restarting the audio service, check if you still get no audio after sleep in Windows 10. The error should be resolved.
Solution 4: Run The Audio Troubleshooter
If the solutions provided above did not help you, try running the audio troubleshooter in order to diagnose the reason for this error. The built-in troubleshooters should help you diagnose and subsequently solve the no sound after sleep error in Windows 10.
To quickly find the audio troubleshooter, follow this solution from our article ‘audio distortion in Windows 10’.
Solution 5: Change The Default Audio Device
If the audio troubleshooter fails to find the problem, your speakers may not be selected as the default audio device. To ensure that the speakers are set as your default audio device, follow these steps:
- Right-click on the sound icon on your taskbar.
- Here, select Open Sound settings from the context menu that is revealed.
This will open a section of the Settings app.
- From the Choose your output device drop-down menu, select your speakers.
- Increase the volume from the Master volume slider.
Many users reported that this solved the ‘Windows 10 no sound after sleep’ error on their devices.
Solution 6: Change System Communication Settings
Some users have also reported that Windows detected the computer to be under communication by mistake. When this mode is enabled, Windows 10 automatically lowers the volume, or in some cases mutes all other sounds depending on the setting. If you suspect this is the case, you need to change the Communication Settings value.
To know the detailed steps for the same, check out this solution from our article ‘computer volume too low’.
So there you have it. Now you know how to fix the Windows 10 no sound after sleep error using one or a combination of the solutions provided above. Do comment below if you found this useful, and to discuss further the same.