How to Fix Audio Crackling in Windows 11 2022 [Updated]


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Due to internal system settings, users report that Windows 11 audio is “broken” when playing. In some circumstances, the computer’s audio hardware is to blame. According to user reports, the audio output was distorted and had a distinctive “crackling or popping” sound every time it was used. Your audio drivers may not be up to date or you may need to change your processor state. We’ll show you how to fix all those issues and get your audio working again in no time.

Troubleshooting your audio hardware

Before starting on the software side, it’s a good idea to troubleshoot some basic hardware issues. This shouldn’t take long and could save you a lot of time in the future. First, if you have wired headphones or speakers, you need to check your connection. Make sure the cable is securely plugged in at both ends. If possible, replace the cable with another one and see if the problem persists. If the speaker continues to crackle, try unplugging other devices from your PC one at a time and test each time to make sure nothing is interfering with your sound. If you’re using wireless headsets, make sure your PC’s connection to your cans isn’t interrupted, especially by metal objects, like pots and utensils in a kitchen.

If after doing this Windows 10 or Windows 11 audio is still crackling, try plugging another pair of headphones or speakers into the same port and using a different cable and see if it persists. If so, the problem is most likely due to motherboard or software interference, rather than the speakers themselves. To make sure, you can plug your original device into another outlet or another USB port and see if the snapping sound is still there. If you don’t have an extra port but have a USB 3.5mm audio adapter handy, you can give it a try. If after all this you keep cracking or skipping, it’s worth taking a look at the software side. At this point, it is most likely a software or problem inside your PC. Repairing it with software will be free, but a hardware repair could be expensive, so it’s worth checking the software side before taking it to a repair shop. Here are some of the most common ways to fix Windows 10 or Windows 11 audio crackling via software:

How to Check Your DPC Latency in Windows 10 or Windows 11

Clicks and pops from speakers or headphones can be caused by something called DPC latency. What it stands for doesn’t matter as much as what it measures how long it takes drivers to do something. If a driver in your system is taking too long to do its job, it may prevent your audio driver from processing signals as quickly as it should. This response lag is often the cause of that crackling or crackling sound in your speakers. Processing delay creates gaps in the audio. To test DPC latency, we will use a free tool called LatencyMon. Here’s how you can use it:

  • Install LatencyMon and press the green start button in the top left corner
  • Let LatencyMon run for a while in the background and continue using your PC as you were the last time you experienced the crackle.
  • After some time, check the tool again and the highest execution and resolution times reported.
  • If you get the message “Your system seems to be having trouble handling real-time audio and other tasks,” chances are you’ve found your problem.
  • You should try updating your drivers, removing the associated device from your system, or performing other tweaks recommended by LatencyMon. We have a guide for driver updates below.

How to change your audio format

Crackles can also sometimes occur due to headphone quality or speaker properties being set too high or too low. This causes unnecessary stress on the system. Adjusting it may solve your problem.

  • Right-click on the speaker icon in your taskbar and click on “Sounds”
  • If you are using Windows 11, you should select “Audio Settings” instead. Next, scroll down the settings window and tap on “More sound settings”. This will take you to the legacy sound UI below.
  • Double-click on your speaker in the “Playback” tab
  • Open the “Advanced” tab and change your default format
  • If it’s not already set to 16-bit 44100Hz CD quality, try selecting it and pressing ‘OK’.
  • If your problem is solved, increase the quality step by step until the Windows 10/Windows 11 cracking sound starts again, then decrease it a bit.
  • Conversely, if you’re getting 16-bit CD quality, you can try bumping it up to 44100 24-bit or something similar.

How to Disable Exclusive Mode in Windows 10 to Fix Crackling Sound

For some reason, some audio drivers have compatibility issues with the exclusive mode option in Windows 10 and Windows 11. This allows apps to take exclusive control of your device. You probably have bad drivers if this is the case, but as a temporary solution you can disable the setting:

  • Right-click on the audio icon on your taskbar and press “Open sound settings”
  • If you are using Windows 11, you need to select “Sound Settings”. Next, scroll down the settings window and tap on “More sound settings”. After double-clicking on your speakers, it will take you to the legacy sound UI in step 4.
  • Tap “Device Properties” in the sound settings window
  • Click “Additional Device Properties”
  • Open the “Advanced” tab and uncheck “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device”
  • Press “OK” to apply the changes and test your audio to see if the issue is resolved.

How to Update Your Audio Drivers From Your Manufacturer’s Website

Sometimes audio issues can be fixed simply by updating your audio drivers. The best method is to search for your laptop/motherboard name and download Realtek Audio drivers from their official website. It will look something like this.

  • Visit your manufacturer’s site and download the latest audio driver
  • The driver is probably Realtek and can be found in the “Sound” section of the support page.
  • Run the installer and restart your PC
  • Hopefully your cracking noises resolve when your PC restarts.

How to Fix Sound Problems in Settings

If none of that works, you can try the Windows 10 or Windows 11 audio troubleshooter, which will try some of the most common solutions for you. There are two ways to use it.

  • Right-click on your audio icon and press “Open sound settings”
  • If you’re using Windows 11, this option will simply say “Audio Settings” instead.
  • Click “Troubleshoot” under the audio slider or run the troubleshooter from your taskbar
  • If you are using Windows 11, your user interface will be slightly different. The Troubleshoot option will still be under the volume slider, but in the “Advanced” section. You can press “Exit” to solve the speaker problem.
  • You can also right-click the audio icon on your taskbar and choose “Troubleshoot Sound”.

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