YouTube has become integral to most internet users, providing them with entertainment and information. Hence, it can be quite frustrating when you play videos on the website and discover that you cannot hear any sound. In this article, we will explore some common causes and provide effective solutions to help you restore the audio on YouTube videos.
1. Video Sound is Muted
The first cause for this issue might be that video sound has been muted. This can be overlooked easily as the tiny speaker icon could have been pressed unintentionally. Look for a small speaker icon at the bottom left corner of the video player. If the icon shows a
slash through it, the video is muted. Simply click on the icon again to unmute it.
2. Browser Volume Has Been Turned Off
When you initially encountered this issue, the first thing you would’ve done is to ensure that the volume of your device is at a suitable level. However, you should also check in the “Volume mixer” that the sound of your browser is not set to zero. You can do that by following these steps:
- Right-click on the speaker icon on the taskbar. This action will open a small window displaying sound options.
- Click on the second option, “Open Volume mixer.” Over there, ensure that your browser’s volume level has been set to an adequate number.
3. Restart Your Browser
This could also be the result of a temporary bug in your browser. You can eliminate any such possibility by restarting your browser. Bookmark any essential website(s) you have open and then close the browser. If you can also restart your system after closing the browser, and if you cannot, just open the browser again. Now play any YouTube video and check if the audio is available now.
If you have a lot of important tabs open or for some other reason cannot restart your browser, you should shift to Incognito tab. On most browsers, if you press “Ctrl “+”Shift“+ “N” simultaneously and a private window will be launched.
Open the YouTube website on this tab and see if you can hear the audio of the videos. If you can, use the private tab until the issue gets resolved.
4. Update Your Browser
Outdated browser versions may encounter problems with YouTube’s audio. You need to be sure that you have the latest browser version. You can make sure by opening the homepage of your browser and clicking on the 3-dot or 3-bar icon on top left of the page. It is displaying an Update option, click on it and update your browser.
Once the update is complete and your browser restarts, opens YouTube’s website again and hopefully the issue is resolved.
5. Remove Browser Extensions
Specific browser extensions or add-ons can interfere with YouTube’s audio. To identify if this is the cause, try turning off/removing all extensions you have added to your browser. If the sound returns, you can then enable each extension one by one to identify the problematic one and remove it.
6. Change Your Browser
If restarting and updating the browser does not help, you should install a different browser and use YouTube. Sometimes issues do arise with specific browsers for specific websites which are later fixed. Here are some good browsers you can install and use. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave.
You can also check out our detailed article on the best browsers for some recommendations (especially if you have a low-end device). Install any one of them, and use YouTube on it, if it works continue using YouTube on this browser. Better yet, if you prefer this new browser, consider shifting to it entirely.
7. Choose the Correct Playback Device
It is also possible that you cannot hear the audio of the videos as you have selected an incorrect Playback device. You can fix this by following these steps:
- Right-click on the speaker icon on the taskbar. This should open a small window with sound options.
- Select the fourth “Sounds” option and click the “Playback” tab. Over here, make sure that the correct playback device has been selected.
- In case another device was selected, choose the correct device by clicking on it and then clicking on “Set Default.” Click on “OK” to save the changes.
For Windows 11 Users:
- Right-click on the speaker icon in the taskbar and select “Sound Settings.”
- Scroll down until you see the “More sound settings” option under the “Advanced” heading.
- From here, set your default playback device the same as the Windows 10 method above.
Using YouTube on Smartphone
In case you use the YouTube website on your smartphone, here are a few steps you can take to fix this issue.
- Go to Google Play Store and check that the browser application is fully updated.
- Try using YouTube on a different browser.
- Remove browser extensions one by one until the problematic one is removed.
With all the methods behind us, the no-sound issue should be gone by now. If you’ve tried all these steps and are still having issues, it might be a more complex problem. In that case, consider visiting YouTube’s official Help Center for more troubleshooting resources.