Minecraft sound not working? Try this

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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  • Minecraft is one of the most widely played games in history. However, Minecraft sound issues aren't entirely uncommon.
  • You can press two F3 hotkeys to fix Minecraft's sound.
  • Our dedicated Minecraft page includes many more troubleshooting posts for the game.
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Some players have posted on Microsoft’s support forum about Minecraft’s sound not working. In one forum post, a user stated:

, So whenever I open up Minecraft, (this is since I got Windows 10- I have never had this problem before) the sound for Minecraft isn’t working.

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There are a few ways you can feasibly fix Minecraft’s sound when it’s not working.


Check out these potential fixes for Minecraft’s sound not working

1. Press Minecraft’s F3 hotkeys

Minecraft has a couple of F3 debug hotkeys that refresh the game and can also fix its audio. First, open Minecraft; and press the F3 + S keyboard keys at the same time. Then try pressing the F3 + T hotkey, which reloads game textures and sounds.


2. Check if Minecraft has been muted

Minecraft might be muted in the Windows Volume Mixer. To check if that’s the case, right-click the speaker icon and select Open Volume mixer. Then click the mute button under Minecraft to unmute the game.

Volume Mixer window sound not working


3. Check Minecraft’s audio settings

  1. Check that all Minecraft’s audio settings are at the 100 percent mark. To do that, click Options on Minecraft’s title screen.
  2. Click the Settings button.
  3. Click the Music & Sounds option (some users will need to click Audio).
  4. Increase all the game’s audio settings to 100 percent if they’re less than that.Music & Sound Options sound not working
  5. Click the Done button.

4. Disable sound enhancements

  1. Some Minecraft players have said they’ve fixed the game’s sound by selecting the Disable sound enhancements option. Press the Windows key + S keyboard shortcut, which will open a search box.
  2. Type the keyword sound in the search box.
  3. Select Change system sounds to open a Sound control panel.
  4. Click the Playback tab on the Sound window.
    Sound window sound not working
  5. Right-click your default sound device and select Properties.
  6. Then select the Enhancements tab.
  7. Select the Disable all enhancements option. Note, however, that not all Speaker Properties windows include that option.
  8. In addition, select the Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device option on the Advanced tab.
    Advanced tab sound not working
  9. Click the Apply button.
  10. Then click OK to close Speakers Properties.

5. Reinstall the sound driver

  1. Users have also confirmed they’ve fixed Minecraft sound by reinstalling their sound drivers.
  2. Right-click the Start button in Windows 10 to select Device Manager.
  3. Double-click Audio inputs and outputs in Device Manager to expand that category.
    Device Manager sound not working
  4. Right-click Speakers and select the Uninstall Device option.
  5. Click Uninstall on the dialog box that opens.
  6. Thereafter, click the Action menu.
  7. Select the Scan for hardware changes option.
  8. Then restart Windows.

6. Reinstall Minecraft

  1. As a final resort, try reinstalling Minecraft.
  2. Press the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut for Run.
  3. Type appwiz.cpl in Run’s text box.
  4. Then click OK to open the uninstaller window.
    Programs and Features applet sound not working
  5. Select Minecraft and click Uninstall to remove it.
  6. Restart Windows after uninstalling Minecraft.
  7. Then open the Minecraft website in a browser.
  8. Click Download there to get the setup wizard for the latest version of the game.
  9. Thereafter, you can reinstall Minecraft with its installer.

Those are some of the best resolutions for fixing Minecraft’s sound. If Minecraft’s sound still doesn’t work, there might be a more general audio issue. Check that the sound is ok for alternative games.

FAQ: Learn more about Minecraft

  • What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a voxel-based survival game where you need to gather resources and craft equipment in order to survive. Check out this list of games if you’re particularly interested in the genre.

  • Is Minecraft free?

Unfortunately no. You need to make a one-time payment in order to get Minecraft, and you need a monthly subscription if you want to join the official Minecraft servers and play online. However, this subscription will allow you to create your own servers for your friends to enjoy.

  • How old is Minecraft?

The first iteration of Minecraft hit live in November 2011.


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