FIX: Edge Browser audio problems with YouTube in Windows 10

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how can I FIX Edge Browser Audio Problems With YouTube in Windows 10

With Windows 10 came a new web browser called Edge. And Edge brought many changes and improvements compared to its predecessor, Internet Explorer 10.

Users reported playback issues with YouTube while using the Edge browser on Windows 10, so today we’re giving you few tips on how to fix this issue.

Speaking of audio issues in Edge, users reported the following problems:

  • No sound YouTube Edge – This is a common problem with Microsoft Edge, and if YouTube audio is missing, it’s advised that you reinstall or update your audio driver.
  • Microsoft Edge sound problem – There are various audio problems that can appear in Microsoft Edge. If you’re having any audio issues, be sure to try some of our solutions.
  • Microsoft Edge YouTube not working – Several users reported that YouTube isn’t working at all in Edge. This is a big problem, however, you might be able to fix it by disabling Adobe Flash Edge.
  • Microsoft Edge YouTube playback error – YouTube playback errors can appear sometimes in Microsoft Edge, and if that happens, the problem might be your rendering settings. To fix that, be sure to switch to software rendering in Edge.
  • Microsoft Edge browser no sound – Many users reported that they don’t have sound in their browser. To fix this issue, try clearing your history and cache and check if that helps.

Keep reading and see the list of solutions we compiled for you.

How do I fix YouTube sound problems on Edge?

Here’s the list of possible solutions:

  1. Use Opera
  2. Reinstall the audio driver
  3. Clear browsing history and cache
  4. Turn off Adobe Flash
  5. Use software rendering
  6. Restart Edge
  7. Change User agent string
  8. Change the audio format
  9. Install WebM VP8 codec
  10. Run the troubleshooter for Windows apps
  11. Try using Playing audio troubleshooter

1. Use Opera

There are many browsers out there but Opera is one of the greatest and reliable browsers on the market with a primary focus on user privacy. It packs a plethora of useful features such as a built-in VPN, ad blocker, and video pop-up among others.

By blocking trackers and third-party cookies, Opera removes the elements that may slow down your browsing speed. In this manner, YouTube videos will run more smoothly.

Moreover, Opera’s video pop-up functionality allows you to navigate on other websites while playing a video.

The video will remain open on a detached, floatable window while you continue your browsing. You can move the window wherever you want and adjust its size, so it won’t bother you in any way.

If you want to try out Opera and enjoy a lightning-fast YouTube experience, hit the download button below.

However, if you prefer to stick to Microsoft Edge, follow the troubleshooting steps listed below.

Keep in mind that downloading and installing Opera takes less time than fixing your YouTube sound issues on Edge.

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2. Reinstall the audio driver

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu.
  2. Choose the Device Manager from the list.
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  3. When Device Manager opens, locate your audio device.
  4. Right-click it and choose Uninstall device.
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  5. Click Uninstall to confirm.
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  6. Click on Scan for hardware changes icon.
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3. Clear browsing history and cache

  1. Click the Hub icon on the top right of the browser.
  2. Next, click on Settings.
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  3. Click Choose what to clear.
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  4. Select the items you wish to clear.
  5. Click the Clear button.
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  6. Restart the Edge browser.

4. Turn off Adobe Flash

  1. Click on Settings.
  2. Next, click on View advanced settings.
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  3. Find the Use Adobe Flash player and disable it.
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  4. Restart the Edge browser.

5. Use software rendering

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter internet options.
  2. Select Internet Options.
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  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Go to the Accelerated Graphics section.
  5. Check the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering.
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  6. Click Apply, then OK to save changes.

6. Restart Edge

If you’re having audio problems with Edge, you might be able to fix them with this simple workaround. According to users, they managed to fix this problem simply by restarting Edge.

This is a simple workaround, and it works according to users, so you might want to try it out.

Keep it in mind that this is just a temporary solution, so it’s quite possible that the issue will reappear again.


7. Change User agent string

  1. Open Edge.
  2. Click the menu button in the top right corner.
  3. Choose Developer Tools.
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  4. Go to the Emulation tab.
  5. Set the User agent string to Internet Explorer 10 or Internet Explorer 9.
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After doing that, the problem with YouTube audio should be resolved. This is an unusual solution, but some users claim that it works for them, so you might want to try using this workaround.

To achieve the best results, open the desired video, and change the User agent string as we showed you above.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to repeat this solution for every YouTube video that you want to watch, so this probably isn’t the best long-term solution.


8. Change the audio format

According to users, Microsoft Edge supports surround sound as well as Dolby Digital Plus Portable audio.

However, sometimes Dolby Digital Plus audio format can be the problem and cause audio problems with YouTube videos in Edge.

To fix this issue, you need to change from 7.1 channel to 2.1 channel in your audio settings. After doing that, save changes and the problem with YouTube videos should be resolved.


9. Install WebM VP8 codec

If you’re having audio problems while watching YouTube videos in Edge, the problem might be a missing codec.

Microsoft Edge doesn’t have the WebM VP8 codec installed, and in order to watch YouTube videos without any problems, you need to install this codec manually.

To do that, just download WebM VP8 codec and install it. After doing that, YouTube videos should start playing in Edge without any problems.


10. Run the troubleshooter for Windows apps

  1. Download Troubleshooter for Windows apps.
  2. When the Troubleshooter starts, click Next.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
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11. Try using Playing audio troubleshooter

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Update & security section.
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  3. In the left pane, select Troubleshoot.
  4. In the right pane, choose Playing Audio.
  5. Click Run the troubleshooter button.
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  6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete it.

That’s all, we hope at least some of these solutions helped you with your YouTube problem in Microsoft Edge.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or maybe another solution for this issue, don’t hesitate to write to us in the comment section, below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.