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How to enable mono audio on Windows 11

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On Windows 11, when you play any content (such as video or music), the system will split the sound into different channels, which means that if you happen to have only one speaker or headphone, you won't hear some sounds.

However, if you happen to have a single listening peripheral, Windows 11 includes a feature to convert a stereo sound into a single channel (or mono audio) to help you hear everything from one speaker or headphone.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to enable and disable mono audio on your laptop or desktop computer.

How to enable mono audio on Windows 11

To configure mono audio on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click the Sound page on the right side.

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  1. Under the "Output" section, turn on the Mono audio toggle switch.

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Once you complete the steps, the stereo sound coming out of the computer will be combined into a single channel to hear everything from a single speaker or headphone.

Enable mono audio from Accessibility

Alternatively, you can also enable mono audio from the Accessibility section with these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accessibility.
  3. Under the "Audio" section, click the Audio page on the right side.

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  1. Turn on the Mono audio toggle switch.

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After you complete the steps, the stereo sound will be converted into a single channel to help you hear everything.

How to disable mono audio on Windows 11

To disable mono audio to hear stereo sound on your computer, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click the Sound page on the right side.

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  1. Under the "Output" section, turn off the Mono audio toggle switch.

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Once you complete the steps, the sound will be divided into its respective channels depending on your configuration.

Disable mono audio from Accessibility

To disable mono audio from the Accessibility settings, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accessibility.
  3. Under the "Audio" section, click the Audio page on the right side.

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  1. Turn off the Mono audio toggle switch.

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After you complete the steps, the stereo sound will be converted into a single channel to help you hear everything.

More Windows resources

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

3 Comments
  • Just connect a bluetooth headset, try to use the mic and voilá!
  • Ah yes, the only thing I like about Windows 11.. the audio.. there has been a lot gone into this, too bad they didnt invest enough in the damn taskbar to keep those clock features available on multiple taskbars, user experience... #ruined.
  • If I ever see the person who approved the taskbar that lacks so much of features, WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!...., I will beat them with a dead horse..