A loss of audio connection from your speakers could be the reason why Minecraft sound is not working, a simple software reset by pressing F3 and the S key to reload the game may return the audio in an instant.

Enjoying Mojang studio’s multiplayer sandbox masterpiece without sound is a dull affair. Listening to the music by the German musician Daniel Rosenfeld is an atmospheric experience that all Minecraft players should experience.

We have put together a comprehensive guide to help get to the root of the audio issue and return the sounds of the Overworld to your ears.

Why is Minecraft sound not working?

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Why is Minecraft sound not working

Your Minecraft sound may not be working if you have recently updated your virtual land to the latest edition from the developers of the game, or your audio has been configured to ‘surround’ instead of ‘stereo’.

Along with this update, there are a few other reasons as to why your sound is currently not working on your Minecraft application;

Reason 1. Conflicting settings with Windows

If you are playing Minecraft through Windows, the settings in your game need to correlate with the settings on your PC.

If one or the other cannot support certain settings, the audio coming from Minecraft will not be able to play through.

Reason 2. Minecraft Mipmap levels have malfunctioned

‘Mipmap’ levels is a setting that allows users to change the sound intensity in Minecraft according to how they want certain audios to come through.

If this setting becomes corrupted or ends up malfunctioning, it will result in the sounds not coming through at all.

Reason 3. Sound mixer incorrectly set

It has been noted that your sound mixer settings may be unintentionally set incorrectly specifically for Minecraft.

The sound mixer for your general PC settings may be on normal (or loud), assuming it will be the same for Minecraft, however, The game will have its own sound mixer setting, and if this is muted, the audio will not play.

Your ‘Output’ and ‘Input’ settings may be configured inaccurately if you have opted for headphones during the launching of Minecraft.

Reason 4. Faulty sound drivers

Your sound drivers may be needing an update, or they have become corrupted, resulting in interference with the audio of your game.

Why is Minecraft not playing through my headphones?

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Why won’t my headphones play audio

If you are using headphones while playing Minecraft, the sound may not be coming through due to;

  • You have incorrectly connected your headset
  • The sound settings on your device have not been prepped appropriately
  • You plugged in or turned on (Bluetooth) your headphones after you have launched Minecraft
  • The output settings are not set to headphones on your PC

How do you change the audio output on Minecraft?

If you have opted to use headphones while enjoying Minecraft, you will need to update your audio output settings;

Step 1. Right-click on the ‘Speaker’ image at the bottom of your PC screen

Step 2. Go into ‘Advanced Sound Options’

Step 3. You will be able to select ‘Output’ 

In the drop-down menu, choose headphones.

Note, completing this change should be done BEFORE you launch Minecraft, as changing your audio settings while the video game is open, is a reason for the sound to not play through.

How do I fix the Audio on Minecraft?

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How to fix audio on Minecraft

Fix 1. Check audio settings

Your in-game sound settings, as well as your gaming platform audio, need to be set up correctly.

In-game audio check

Step 1. Open Minecraft and go into ‘Settings’

Step 2. Select ‘Music and Sounds’ or ‘Audio’

Step 3. Check to see all settings put to 100% (or your desired volume)

Step 4. Confirm by clicking on ‘Done’

Windows audio check

Step 1. Right-click on the ‘Volume’ image at the bottom of your screen

Step 2. Select ‘Sound Settings’

Step 3. Click on ‘Volume Mixer’ and make sure all volumes are put to 100% and Minecraft is not muted

Step 4. Once confirmed, get to the ‘Playback’ settings by choosing ‘More Sound Settings’

Under this tab, you will be able to choose ‘Speaker’ or ‘Headphone’ 

Audio settings

How to change audio output

Fix 2. Update sound driver

If your sound driver is faulty or requires an update, this can be done by downloading Driver Easy, which is an application that will automatically complete the update for you.

You can update your driver manually;

Step 1. Go into ‘Device Manager’

Step 2. Click on ‘Audio Inputs and Outputs’ to get the drop-down menu

Step 3. Depending on if you are using the speaker or a headset, right-click on your preference and select ‘Update Driver’

Once you have confirmed this, allow your PC to complete the update.

Screenshot of updating driver

Updating Sound Driver

Fix 3. Update Mipmap settings

Step 1. Go into Minecraft

Step 2. Click on ‘Options’ or ‘Settings’

Step 3. Select ‘Video Settings’

Step 4. Change the ‘Mipmap Levels’ to the highest option

Step 5. Confirm this by pressing ‘Done’

Once this has been completed, exit Minecraft, and relaunch the game.

Fix 4. Software reset

If you are wondering, ‘How do I reset my Minecraft sound’, you can complete a software reset on Minecraft by using two different key combinations that force the video game to reset.

Step 1. Press ‘F3′ and ‘S’ at the exact same time

Step 2. If that combination did not complete a force-reload, select F3 and T together

What does F3 and T d in Minecraft? Just like the F3 and S function, it will reload all sounds and textures in the game.

Fix 5. Make sure sound is set to Stereo

Your speaker settings should always be set to ‘Stereo’ and not ‘Surround’

Step 1. Right-click on the ‘Volume’ button on your screen

Step 2. Select ‘Sound Settings’

Step 3. Choose ‘More Sound Settings’

Step 4. In ‘Playback’ highlight ‘Speaker’ (or headphones) and click on ‘Configure’

Make sure this is set to ‘Stereo’ and complete the next step to save.

Stereo Setting

Stereo Setting


Our easy steps are normally enough to restore the audio when there is no sound present when playing Minecraft online.

However, occasionally, the Minecraft server can be down for maintenance works, or there may have been an unexpected outage. You can check to see if the Minecraft server status is OK, by using this link.

If the loss of sound is caused because there is a fault with your hardware, you may need to seek assistance from a technical engineer who can repair any damaged components.  You can first make use of JustAnswer who will be able to guide you in the right direction.

Minecraft also has a customer service department that may also provide solutions to your Audio problem. You can submit a request directly to them, as well as make use of their help center.