Why Are My Speakers Not Working?

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Updated June 27, 2022

If you are an amateur in the world of home audio, you may ask “why is my speakers not working.” Even the best speakers, after all, fall victim to issues and stop working. So what causes speakers to stop working and what can you do about it? Keep reading to find out.


  • Speakers fail for a number of reasons, so there are many external speaker troubleshooting tips worth considering.
  • Start by checking the wiring and tightening all connections on both the speakers and the audio source.
  • Next, update any relevant sound card, or audio drivers, online via the speaker icon and restart all of your devices. Also, check the volume controls to ensure that you have not engaged in silent mode.

What to do When Speakers do not Work

Unfortunately, there are many issues that cause speakers and related components to stop working, which is something you’ll learn when wondering why your subwoofer stopped working. With that in mind, we’ve created a universal troubleshooting guide so you can get your speakers working again. Also, many of these tips are useful when trying to figure out why your subwoofer sounds weak.

Insider Tip

You should always check to see if you accidentally have the volume turned down or muted.

Check the Wiring

The first thing to do is check on your speaker wires and any wires going to and from your audio device. Loose wiring can cause your speakers to stop working, as can a loose installation. Go around and tighten up all of the wires and, if possible, plug the same wires into another set of speakers to rule them out. As a general rule, keep your wires untangled, free from debris, and away from the prying claws of beloved pets. Yeah, cats love to tear and chew up wires.

Download New Audio Drivers

If you are losing fancy modern wireless speakers, outdated audio drivers can absolutely cause them to fail. What to do? Dig out your instructions and find the manufacturer’s web portal, download updated drivers, and install them. Then try the speakers again. Updating these drivers serve many useful purposes, so make this a regular digital maintenance routine.

Restart Everything

Just like an old Nintendo, one universal troubleshooting tip is to simply restart everything. Unplug the speakers, the audio source, the computer, and anything else you use to provide audio. Restart everything and try again. Hey, you never know.

Check the Audio Devices

The problem may not lay with your speakers, but rather the audio source transmitting to your speakers. There could be an issue with the wires, the connection port, or even the device itself. An easy way to troubleshoot this? Connect your speakers to another audio source to test everything out. If your speakers suddenly work, it was likely the other audio source that caused the issue. If not, at least you checked.


What if my sound still isn’t working?

There is still plenty more to test, such as troubleshooting the audio device, and the sound card, and ensuring that the volume controls and sound settings are enabled.

Could a Bluetooth headset be the problem?

Yes, if the Bluetooth headphones are powered on, they could be interrupting the audio signal. Look for any connected audio output devices via the speaker icon.

How to get the sound back on your phone?

Check for software updates, new driver software, and any related software setting. Also, ensure that the mute buttons are disengaged and that the audio jack is not being used.

STAT: The PC speaker was often used in very innovative ways to create the impression of polyphonic music or sound effects within computer games of its era, such as the LucasArts series of adventure games from the mid-1980s, using swift arpeggios. (source)

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