Windows 10 audio crackling is one of the most common errors and is generally occurs due to the problem with the Audio Driver. It restricts you to get the proper and the pleasant sounds while listening to a song or watching a video on your Computer/Laptop. If this is the error you are facing, then you can take the help of this article to learn the appropriate solutions. This article supplies you with the total guidelines which will help you to gain complete knowledge about the audio crackling error in Window 10.
What Causes Sound Crackling Windows 10 Issue?
There is not a specified cause which results in Windows 10 audio crackling error. But according to the experts, the main reason for this problem is the issue with the Audio Driver. And the other causes for this error are listed below:
- Audio enhancement properties glitch
- Power Settings issue
- Loose USB connections
- Faulty audio files
Whatever, be the cause, the fixing is the ultimate thing which you might search for. If this is true, then proceed with these below sections to get the complete solving methods for the Windows 10 sound crackling error.
How to Fix Crackling Audio Windows 10?
Getting worried about the sound condition of your Windows 10 system? Then, you can try these below methods which are very helpful to fix the Windows 10 audio crackling issue in an efficient manner.
First of all, before pursuing with these below methods, at first, check the wired connections of the audio device. And to check it, it is better to Shut down the computer. As the computer turns off, take out the wires from both the audio device ports (exceptional) and the cabinet (desktop) or from the audio ports ( laptop). After waiting a while, reconnect both the ends of the wire properly. After that, turn on both the audio device and computer and check if only by plug out and plug in resolves the problem.
Method 1: Change Sound Format
This is one of the great techniques which works great to solve the audio crackling error in Windows 10. If you have ever experimented with the sound formats, then this can be the valid reason for this glitch. If this is the case, then you can try this solution. So, proceed with the steps as explained below.
- At first, go to the Speaker icon, which is generally located near the bottom-right corner. Then, right-click on it (Speaker icon) and select the “Playback devices” option.
- Now, as the Sound window appears, click on your default audio device which comes with a green tick on it. After that, hit on Properties.
- Then, under this Speakers Properties window, tap on the Advanced tab, and next drop-down menu arrow and choose the “16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD Quality)” option. After that, click on the Apply and then on OK.
After going through these above steps, try to play an audio file to check if the problem gets resolved. And in case, you still face the same error, then you can try a few more options from the drop-down menu following these above steps to fix the glitch.
Method 2: Update Audio Driver
If there is any problem with the Audio Driver, then only by following the uninstalling process you can get rid of the problem. Or else, if the problem is related to the outdated version of Audio Driver, then you need to fix this problem by updating it. You can learn both of these methods from the below sections.
Uninstall the Audio Driver
The steps to follow to do the Audio driver uninstalling process is very simple and are as follows:
- First of all, open the Run window. And to do this, press and hold the Windows button at first, and without releasing it again click on the letter R (Win+R).
- In this Run window type “devmgmt.msc” without using quotations and then click on OK. This step will open the Device Manager window on the screen.
- Now, under this Device Manager window, search for the “Audio inputs and outputs” section. Then, find Audio Driver. After that, right-click on the Audio Driver and select the Properties option.
- Next, under the Audio Driver properties window, tap on the Driver tab and click on Uninstall Device.
- Then, from this next window, click on Uninstall to confirm the Audio Driver uninstallation process.
After completing all these above steps, restart your device. Restarting process will automatically install the default drivers for the speakers. After doing this process, play an audio file to verify if this Windows 10 audio crackling issue gets solved. And if not, then update the Audio Driver.
Update Audio Driver
To do this process, again, navigate to the Audio Driver Properties window by following the above direction. Next, under this Audio Properties window, click on the Update Driver option. After doing this, you will visit two different options under ‘how do you want to install the audio drivers’. Select the automatic update option, this will open up a browser window. Now, following the onscreen instructions from this window, install the updated Audio Driver. As the Audio Driver installation process gets over, restart the Windows and check if it resolves the issue.
Method 3: Disable Sound Enhancements
If all these above methods fail to fix the Windows 10 audio crackling issue, then you can try this one. This is also an effective method to fix this glitch. To do this method, at first, right-click on the audio icon from the bottom-right corner and select the “Playback devices” option.
After that, click on the Audio Device and choose Properties. Next, tap on the Enhancements tab. Now, under the Enhancements tab, activate the checkbox beside the “Disable all enhancements” and click on Apply> OK.
After doing this whole method, hopefully, you can fix the Windows 10 audio crackling glitch.
Method 4: Verify the Power Settings
Any pre-modifications of the Power Settings can be the culprit for this audio crackling error. If this is the reason, then by following up the steps as explained below you can fix the issue:
- Firstly, press the Window button, to get the search bar active. Then, on this search bar, type ‘control’ and click on the top-most search result, which is Control Panel.
- Go to the top-right section of this Control Panel window and check if the View By is set to Large Icons. If not, then from the drop-down menu beside to View By, select Large Icons.
- Then, from this Control Panel window, navigate to the Power Options and click on it.
- Now, look at the right-hand side portion of this Power Options window and click on the “Change plan settings” option accordingly under the Preferred plan section.
- Next, from the ‘Change Settings for the plan section’ window, click on “Change advanced power settings”.
- Then, from this Advanced Settings tab, expand the “Processor power management” section, by clicking on the add symbol beside it. Under these expanding options, again expand the Minimum processor state. After that, click on the box which is beside the “Setting(%)” and set it as 100.
- Further, click on Apply and then on OK to confirm.
All these above are the effective methods to solve the Windows 10 audio crackling error. Hopefully, after applying some of the methods, you will find the audio condition is back to normal. And if all these above methods do not work, then it is better to check the audio hardware parts, which can be the main reason for the problem.