Skype is one of the best telecommunication application that allows you to communicate over internet by making audio and video calls. Skype is considered one of the oldest voice over internet protocol. Skype technologies basically an branch of Microsoft working on telecommunication services.
Skype also offers a variety of features designed to make communication easier, such as conference calls, video conferencing, voicemail, and more. But some users complained that Skype couldn’t find any audio devices. Here we will be discussing the causes and remedies of this issue.
Why Skype Can’t Find My Audio Device?
Skype will not be able to find your audio device if you haven’t set the default playback device, have outdated audio drivers, the wrong Skype settings, no microphone permissions, or have hardware issues. All these problems will make Skype unable to locate the audio device.
No Default Audio Device: Windows has an automatic output device selection feature that enables any connected device automatically. In this case, there is no default device selected. It could be why your Skype is not detecting any output audio device.
Wrong Skype Configurations: If you have configured the audio settings in Skype, you might have set the audio settings to the wrong options. These wrong configurations will lead you towards the issue of Skype not detecting any audio devices.
Skype Backend Problem: Sometimes Skype servers are down, and you cannot connect to any audio device. In such cases, you must wait for the Skype servers to come up again.
Outdated Audio Drivers: If your computer audio drivers are outdated, you may face the issue of Skype not detecting any audio device, as audio drivers control all the audio services.
Set Default Audio Device
It is essential to set default audio devices for the seamless functioning of your computer’s audio. If you have multiple devices and haven’t set them as the default, many applications, including Skype, cannot detect any of them to provide audio. Here’s how to set the default audio device:
- Right-click the “Speaker” icon on the taskbar and select “Sound” from the list.
- Now navigate to the “Playback” tab and look for the audio device you want to set default.
- Left-click on that device, go to the default button and open the file by clicking on the arrow.
- Now select “Default Communication Device.”
Note: If you always switch speakers and headphones, you must change the default audio device each time.
Sometimes a few bugs in the Skype application can cause such issues. All you need to do is restart it. This restart ensures that all your Skype settings are reset, and the connection is re-established. It will help Skype detect your audio device.
To restart Skype, you must close it and then relaunch it. You can also restart your computer to ensure that all services, including audio, are restarted, and then launch Skype. It will often bring back the audio device (Speaker/Microphone) in Skype.
Check For Skype Updates
Because Skype is constantly updated, users must always have the most recent version installed. An outdated version of Skype may create several issues, and device detection could be one of them. Outdated programs are always more likely to have bugs and other issues.
Most of the time, Skype will notify you when an update is available for your Skype application. You can, however, manually search for the update by going to the website for the official Skype website and performing the search there. It is an additional option available to you.
In Windows 10 and the latest Windows 11, Troubleshooting is the best service that helps you to resolve any audio-related issue. If Skype cannot detect your audio device, try to run a troubleshooter, which will check for any issues and provide you with the correct solution.
- Open start menu and search “Sound Troubleshoot.”
- Now open the “Additional troubleshooter”
- Here navigate to “Playing audio” and click on it ad then click on “Run Troubleshooter.”
- Similarly scroll down and run troubleshooter of “Speech” and “Audio Recording.”
Disable and Enable Speakers
Sometimes your Speakers are stuck due to any bug. The best practice is to disable and enable the speakers from the playback options. It will restart all the audio services and quickly detect the device via Skype. Here’s how to disable and enable the speaker device:
- Right-click on the “Speaker” icon from the taskbar and go to “Sound.”
- Now select the Playback tab and look for the device you want to disable.
- Right-click on it and select “Disable” from the pop-up file menu.
- Now again, right-click on the same device and click “Enable.”
- It will restart your audio driver completely.
Restart Skype Configurations
If you have configured Skype wrongly or changed some of the settings, it might not detect any audio device. This process will reset all your Skype configurations and help you restore all the default settings. Here’s how to reset Skype:
- Open the system settings from the start menu, go to the “Gear” options, and then select “App settings.”
- Now you will see all of your apps lists, search for Skype from there and click it. Now click “Advanced options.”
- Now Scroll down and hit on the “Reset button.” It will reset all of your Skype configurations.
Check Skype Status Page
Sometimes we only focus on the local issue, but this might be a global one. Check the Skype status page to see if there are any reported issues from Skype servers. If the issue is from their end, you need to wait until they fix it, and in the meantime, you can use other communication tools.
Skype is a great tool for online communication, and it often has unexpected issues, but most of them can be solved easily. Just remember to check the Skype status page before trying to troubleshoot the issue locally.
- Launch Skype and then go to settings by clicking on the “Gear icon.”
- Now navigate all the way down and select “Help & Feedback.”
- Here you will find the option of “Skype Status,” click on the option, and you will be redirected to a webpage where you can see the status of Skype services.
- If everything is normal, then the problem is from your end.
Update System Audio Drivers
Need to update the system audio drivers. Audio drivers are important for any audio device to run properly. These drivers ensure communication between the system hardware and the audio device. Here’s how to update your audio driver:
- Go to the Start menu and search for “Device Manager.”
- Select “Sound, Video and Game controllers from the list.”
- Here you will find all the audio devices, Right-click on it and select “Update Drivers.”
- Now select the option to “Search automatically for updated driver software.”
Allow Skype To Use Microphone
The microphone is the most important part of Skype; if it is not configured properly, you will face communication issues. Your Skype needs access to a microphone; if it is not allowed, you will surely face audio issues. You will need to allow it manually:
- Go to the start menu, search for “Microphone privacy settings,” and press enter.
- Scroll down and search for the “Skype” app from the list.
- If the microphone permission is off, click to turn it on.
This article discusses some of the most common issues while using Skype and how to troubleshoot them. We have also mentioned some important methods and tips to ensure your Skype runs smoothly. We hope this article will help you solve your Skype audio issue.
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