You just plugged/unplugged a device in the audio jack [QUICK GUIDE]

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You just plugged/unplugged a device in the audio jack

Is a “You just plugged/unplugged a device in the audio jack” notification popping up just above your system tray with some regularity? This is a notification issue that pertains primarily to laptops or desktops with Realtek HD sound devices.

The plugged/unplugged notifications pop up with regularity even when you haven’t plugged or unplugged a device. Here are a few potential fixes for the plugged/unplugged notification error.

How can i get rid of You just plugged/unplugged a device in the audio jack notification?

Configure the Realtek HD Audio Manager Settings

You can fix the plugged/unplugged pop-up notification issue by adjusting some Realtek HD Audio Manager options. You’ll need to adjust the display icon, front panel jack detection, playback device and audio device options.

This is how you can configure those settings:

  • First, open the Realtek HD Audio Manager by pressing the Cortana taskbar button and entering ‘audio manager’ in the search box.
  • Click Realtek HD Audio Manager to open its window as below.

  • First, click the i button at the bottom right of the window. That will open the window in the snapshot below.

  • Select the Display icon notification area option, and press the OK button.
  • Next, click the yellow folder icon that’s almost at the top right corner of the audio manager’s window.
  • Select the Disable front panel jack detection option on the Connector Settings window.
  • If it’s selected, deselect the Enable auto popup dialog option; and press the OK button.
  • Click the Device Advanced Settings window link at the top right of the audio manager to open playback and audio device settings.
  • Select the Make front and rear output devices playback two different audio streams simultaneously playback option.
  • Select the Tie up same type of input jacks, i.e., line-in or microphone, as an input device recording device option.
  • Press the OK button on the Device advanced settings window.
  • Click the green active back panel speaker icon on the right of the Speakers tab.
  • Select Set Default Device from the drop-down menu on the right of the Speakers tab.
  • Next, click the Microphone tab; and select the red back panel activate microphone icon.
  • Click Set Default Device on the Microphone tab’s drop-down menu.
  • Finally, press OK to apply the new settings.

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Run the Playing Audio Troubleshooter

Adjusting the Realtek HD Audio Manager options as outlined above will probably fix the plugged/unplugged notification. However, there are a few other fixes that could be worth a try.

Windows 10 has a Playing Audio troubleshooter that might also resolve the issue:

  • To open the sound troubleshooter, open Cortana‘s search box.
  • Enter ‘audio troubleshooter’ in the search box and select Find and fix audio playback problems to open the window directly below.

  • Click Advanced and select the Apply repairs automatically option.
  • Then press Next to launch the troubleshooter’s scan.
  • The troubleshooter might request to turn off sound effects and enhancements. You can press Next to skip that.
  • The troubleshooter lists anything it fixes. If it does fix something, restart your laptop or desktop.

If the Troubleshooter stops before completing the process, fix it with the help of this complete guide.

Update the Audio Drivers

  • Updating sound drivers is another way to fix sound card issues. To update drivers, first open Device Manager by pressing the Win key + X hotkey.
  • Select Device Manager on the Win+X menu to open its window as below.
  • Double left-click Sound, video and game controllers to expand its list of devices.
  • Right-click Realtek High Definition Audio and select Update Driver Software from the context menu.
  • Windows might find a new driver for your sound card when you select Search automatically for updated driver software

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That’s how you can fix the plugged/unplugged notification in Windows platforms. This brief YouTube video also shows you how to configure Realtek HD Audio Manager’s settings to resolve the issue.

If you have any more suggestions or questions, leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.


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  • so pissed off with realtek Your crappy system is making my life a misery with its stupid ‘you just plugged/lunplugged message which pops up randomly.

    It’s useless, geddit? I KNOW if I’ve plugged something in my audio jack. So when the message goes rogue, it is infuriating I can’t even get past stage one of your fix, because I don’t get the same window. So you have completely screwed my computer with you incompetence. And your response is a FOURTEEN step solution. Insulting. You need to come up with a fix for this. Many people have this problem, and you don’t give a damn. Screw you, Realtek.