Record Internal Audio on Windows 11/10 without Microphone

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Are you looking for a way to record internal audio from any app or browser on your Windows 11 or Windows 10? This guide will teach you how to do it quickly and easily with an open-source free app called Audacity.

Whether you want to record audio from a YouTube video or any other source, you can save it as an MP3 file with this guide. But, if you’re looking to record your voice or audio from your microphone, you can refer to this guide instead: How to Record Voice or Sound From Microphone on Windows 11/10.

How to Record Internal Audio on Windows 11/10

Most guides or forums suggest enabling a hidden option called “Stereo Mix” that may or may not appear on your recording devices list. However, this guide will show you an alternative way to record internal audio using Audacity without the need to enable Stereo Mix.

At first, the Audacity audio software may seem complicated and difficult to use. But trust me, it’s easier than you think, and millions of people are already using it for their audio purposes. Best of all, it’s completely free to download and use, and it’s certainly better than many other paid audio recording software.

Without further ado, here’s how you can record any sound coming from your PC and save it as an MP3, WAV, OGG, or any other audio file format of your choice.

  1. Download and install Audacity audio software for Windows 10/11.
  2. Once installed, launch Audacity from your desktop or audacity.exe in the zip file if you’ve downloaded the portable version.
  3. In the Audacity window, from the first drop down menu at the left, click to select “Windows WASAPI“.Record Internal Audio on Windows 10/11 WASAPI
  4. From the next drop-down menu, select your currently active speaker/headphone device (if you have multiple sound output devices). It’s important to select the right speaker because the recorder will only record sounds that are being heard by the selected speaker/headphone device.How to Record Audio on Windows 11/10Audacity selecting speaker record audio sound
  5. Start playing audio from whatever source you want. Click the Recording button (Red dot button) on Audacity to start recording.How to Record Audio Windows 10 Without Stereo Mix
  6. Click the Stop button (square button) to stop recording.Record Audio on Windows 11/10 Without Microphone
  7. To preview the audio you’ve just recorded before exporting it, simply click the Play button (the green play button).Audacity Play recorded audio
  8. To save the audio, go to File > Export, then select your preferred audio file type. Browse to where you want the file to be saved, and click Save.Record audio as MP3 WAV OGG
  9. That’s it! You’ve successfully recorded and created an audio file onto your PC!

It’s not too tough, right? Well, what we talked about is just a small part of what Audacity can do. If you spend time learning and trying the software, you’ll find it even more impressive for what it can handle.

Troubleshooting common issues when recording audio

Sometimes, you may encounter some issues while trying to record internal audio on Windows 11/10 with Audacity. Here are some of the most common problems and their solutions:

  • No sound is being recorded: If you can’t hear any sound when you play back the recorded file, make sure that you’ve selected the correct speaker or headphone device in Audacity. Also, check the volume levels on your PC and in Audacity to ensure that they’re not too low or muted.
  • The sound quality is poor: If the recorded audio sounds distorted, crackling, or has other issues, try adjusting the recording levels in Audacity. You can do this by using the microphone slider in the Mixer Toolbar, or by clicking the dropdown menu next to the input level meter in the main window.
  • Audacity crashes or freezes: If the program crashes or freezes while you’re recording or editing audio, try updating to the latest version of Audacity or restarting your PC. You can also try adjusting the preferences in Audacity to optimize performance, such as increasing the buffer size or reducing the sample rate.

Advanced tips for using Audacity

Audacity is a powerful audio recording and editing tool that can be used for much more than just recording internal audio on Windows 11/10. Here are some advanced tips and tricks you can try:

  • Edit and enhance your recordings: Once you’ve recorded your audio, you can use Audacity’s built-in tools to edit, enhance, and manipulate the sound. For example, you can use the Equalization or Amplify effects to adjust the volume or tone, or the Noise Reduction tool to remove background noise.
  • Use plugins and add-ons: Audacity supports a wide range of plugins and add-ons that can extend its functionality even further. For example, you can use the LAME MP3 encoder plugin to export your recordings as high-quality MP3 files, or the VST plugin support to use third-party effects and processors.
  • Automate repetitive tasks: If you need to perform the same edits or enhancements on multiple audio files, you can use Audacity’s batch processing features to automate the process. This can save you a lot of time and effort, especially if you’re working with a large number of files.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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