How to Enable or Disable Audio Enhancements in Windows 11

This post describes steps you can take to turn on or off audio enhancements in Windows 11.

Audio enhancement feature in Windows improves specific audio hardware performance and sound quality. Depending on your device’s hardware, you might get one or more audio enhancements features.

Even though device audio enhancements (APOs) help sound quality, it may also be the cause of poor sound quality with some devices.

If you don’t see a signal when you test your device’s microphone or audio, you may have a problem with your device’s audio enhancements (APOs). In this case, you may have to disable audio enhancements.

If audio enhancements are disabled on your device and you wish to enable and use them, then use the steps below should also help you to turn on.

How to turn on or off audio enhancements in Windows 11

As described above, audio enhancement feature in Windows improves specific audio hardware performance and sound quality.

Below is how to enable or disable in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. On Windows Settings app, click the System on the left, then select the Sound tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

On the System -> Sound settings pane, under Advanced, select All sound devices tile to expand.

On the System -> Sound -> All sound devices settings pane, under Output or Input devices, select the audio device you want to work with to expand.

If you have more than one audio output or input device, repeat these steps for each device and then test your speakers or microphone.

On the sound device Properties settings pane, select the Audio enhancements tile. Then choose to keep Device Default Effects (default – On) or choose Off to disable.

That should do it! You can now close Windows Settings app.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or off audio enhancements settings in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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