There are a lot of changes in Windows 11 from its predecessor, some very subtle, while others not so much. But whatever these changes might be, it’s going to take some time to learn to navigate them all.
Even the simplest of tasks can get too baffling when you first make the change. The audio switcher falls under this category. Being able to change the audio output source in a jiffy is crucial, especially these days. When most people are ditching the wired headphones in favor of their wireless counterparts, switching audio output isn’t always as easy and intuitive as simply plugging in/ out the headphones.
Now, when you add to the mix the constant virtual meetings, the need to access the audio switcher is more relevant than ever. If you, too, are finding this task a little bit daunting, don’t worry. It’s really quick and easy to access audio switcher in Windows 11, albeit slightly different from Windows 10.
Go to the notification area (the right corner of the taskbar) and click the icon for ‘Sound’. The sound, Wi-Fi, and battery icons all are sort of a single unit in Windows 11, so you can really click any one of these.
A menu will open with options for Wi-Fi, Sound, Bluetooth, battery, and more. Click the arrow next to the volume slider.
The audio switcher will open. You’ll see the list of all available audio output devices. Click the one you want to select to switch audio output.
You can also switch audio output devices from settings if you can’t access the audio switcher from the taskbar for some reason. Open the Settings app. You can also use the ‘Windows + i’ shortcut key. By default, system settings are displayed. Select ‘Sound’ to open sound settings.
The first option is for ‘Output’ devices for sound. You’ll find the available output devices there. Click the device you want to select.
Sometimes we have to juggle between multiple audio output devices that are connected to our system. Windows 11 makes the task easy while keeping the settings clean and de-cluttered.