How to Fix Sound Problems on Mac

The sound problems with Mac vary from cracking audio to zero sound. Though basic issues are easy to fix on your own, complex problems need to be fixed by an expert. Sound problems are common with older Mac versions. Below mentioned are the tricks to resolve an audio issue with MacOS:

  1. Check Sound

The most common mistake we make while panicking about the issue is not checking the inbuilt sound feature. To check the same:

  1. Locate the ‘Sound Preferences’ section.
  2. Tap on the ‘Sound’ option.
  3. Check if your audio for the Mac is muted or the volume slider is at its minimum.
  4. Also, check if your Mac is connected to any other device like external speakers. If yes, tap on the ‘Internal Speakers’ option.
  5. Reboot your MacOS

Sometimes, restarting your system is a convenient method to fix many issues, one of which is sound. If you can’t seem to have any other significant issues and your audio is still not working, reboot your Mac.

  • Fixing Uneven Audio

If your MacOS is not updated, the very first thing to do is update it to its latest version. Sound problems might arise due to the older version of Mac.

Another method to fix an audio problem is to cut down the Core Audio service. An easy terminal command helps you do the same. All you need to do is launch a Terminal and work with the same.

  • Adjusting NVRAM/PRAM

Non-Volatile Access Memory and Parameter Random Access Memory are both used to store data when your MacOS is in offline mode. This data consists of audio settings, date & time, etc.

Re-adjusting these settings can help fix audio issues. Trying to resolve your issue with this method is no harm.

  • Connecting HDMI Devices

Sometimes, connecting with other devices like TV can bring out an audio issue with its speakers. If you link to another device and its audio is still playing on your Mac, Here’s a fix.

  1. Go to the ‘System Preferences’ section and tap on ‘Sound.’
  2. In the list of Outputs, locate the device connected to your MacOS.
  3. Select and tap on the device to route your audio.
  4. In case your device is connected and yet not displayed in the ‘Output’ section, plug it again.
  5. App-Specific Audio Issues

Working with the applications can also come up with certain sound issues and it’s not your system all the time. To check for the audio issues in the applications, check for its settings.

  • Headphone or Microphone Audio Fix

To route your audio to one of your applications or your Mac is having a hard time trying to detect your microphone, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the ‘System Preferences’ section and tap on ‘Sound.’
  2. Select the ‘Input’ tab.
  3. Choose the device to connect as an ‘Input Device,’ such as a microphone.

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