Permanently Disable Monitor Speakers in Windows 11/10

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Many monitors come with speakers built right in. This is handy if you don’t have other speakers. But sometimes, these speakers get in the way. Maybe they mess with your fancy new sound system, or maybe they just don’t sound that good. This article will walk you through how to turn off your monitor’s speakers for good if you’re using Windows 11 or Windows 10. Whether you’ve got a better sound setup now or you just don’t need those speakers anymore, we’ve got you covered.

Also see: How to Change Default Audio Output Device on Windows 11

Permanently Disable Monitor Speakers in Windows 11 or 10

Step-by-step guide to disable monitor speakers permanently

Here are the steps to turn off your monitor speakers in Windows 11 and 10 through the sound settings.

Useful tip: How to Change Output Device For Different Apps on Windows 11

1. Accessing the sound settings

First, let’s go to where you can change all things sound.

  1. Right-click on the speaker icon in the bottom right corner of your desktop.
  2. Click on Open Sound settings from the menu that pops up.Open sound settings on Windows 11

2. Navigating to Playback devices

Next, find your monitor’s speakers among the playback options.

  1. Go down to the “Advanced” section.
  2. Click on “More sound settings”. This will show you all the playback and recording devices connected to your computer.More Sound Settings

3. Disabling the monitor speakers

Here’s how to turn off your monitor’s speakers for good.

  1. In the “Playback” tab, you’ll see all the audio devices connected.
  2. Find your monitor’s built-in speakers in the list. They might be listed as “Generic PnP Monitor” or with the monitor’s brand and model.
  3. Click on them to highlight.
  4. Then, click on the “Properties” button at the bottom right.Disable monitor speakers
  5. A new window will pop up. Find the “Device usage” dropdown at the bottom.
  6. Choose “Don’t use this device (disable)” from the dropdown.How to disable monitor speakers permanently
  7. Hit “Apply” and then “OK” to save your changes.

Handy guide: How to Split Sound Between Speakers and Headphones Windows 11

Note: After turning off the monitor speakers, they won’t make any sound, even if they’re picked as the default. If you want to use them again later, just go back and switch the device usage to “Use this device (enable)”.

And that’s it! If you change your mind, just follow these steps back to switch things up again.

Troubleshooting common issues

Sometimes, you might run into a few bumps when trying to turn off your monitor speakers. Here are some quick fixes for common issues:

1. Monitor speakers not listed in Playback devices

If you can’t find your monitor speakers listed, try these tips:

  • If they’re not listed, it means Windows doesn’t see them as audio devices. No need to turn them off if they’re not working as speakers to begin with.
  • Check your monitor’s connection to your PC.
  • See if your monitor’s speakers need an extra audio cable to work.
  • Update your monitor’s drivers from the manufacturer’s website.

Linked issue: No Sound in Windows 10 or 11 After Update (Fix)

2. Unable to disable the speakers

If you’re stuck trying to turn off the speakers, here’s what to do:

  • Make sure you have admin rights on your computer. Some settings might be locked for regular users.Check if your user account is administrator in Windows 11
  • If the monitor speakers are the default, try making another device the default first, then turn off the monitor speakers.

3. Changes not being saved

Make sure your settings stick with these tips:

  • Always hit “Apply” before “OK” when you’re changing settings.Make sure speakers changes are saved
  • Restart your computer after making changes. This makes sure everything is set up properly.

Related resource: How to Change Volume of Different Apps on Windows 11

Concluding thoughts

Built-in monitor speakers are super handy for lots of people, but if you’re after a specific sound experience, they might not cut it. Whether you’re not happy with how they sound or you just want a tidier audio setup, Windows 11 and 10 make it easy to turn these speakers off. With the steps in this guide, you can adjust your settings just the way you like, making sure your sound is just right for you.

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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