How to enable Stereo Mix if it doesn’t show as a Recording device in Windows 11/10. –

If you’re trying to use Stereo Mix on Windows 10/11 and Stereo Mix isn’t working or isn’t showing up as a recording device, continue reading below. Stereo Mix is ​​a feature in Windows 11/10 that allows you to record computer output streams such as radio broadcasts, speaker output, live streaming audio, or system sounds.

Stereo Mix is ​​disabled by default in Windows 10 and Windows 11, and in this guide, I’ll show you how to enable it and fix problems with Stereo Mix.

Quick Steps to Display/Enable Stereo Mix in Windows 10/11:

  1. go to Control Panel > Voice
  2. Yes Recording tab, right click in the list of recording devices and select Show disabled devices.
  3. Right click In Stereo Mix and select Turn on.

How to install and enable Stereo Mix on Windows 10/11.

  1. Show and activate stereo mix.
  2. Install the Stereo Mix driver.
  3. Troubleshooting Stereo Mix.

Method 1. Enable Stereo Mix in Recording Devices in Windows 10/11 Sound Options.

As I said at the beginning of this article, Stereo Mix is ​​disabled (hidden) by default and is not visible on Windows 10/11 recorders. To enable Stereo on your device, follow these instructions:

1. press Windows image + R keys at the same time on the keyboard to open a Running dialog box.

2. Enter in the text field of the dialog box mmsys.cpl and press OK to open Voice convenience.


3a. In the Sound dialog box, go to Recording tab after that right click anywhere below.

3b. Choose Show disabled devices from the context menu show Stereo Mix device.

Hide the stereo mixer

3c. Then, right click enabled Stereo mix and select Turn on. Click when done Please apply after that OK to save the changes. *

*Note: If you don’t see Stereo Mix after showing hidden devices, go to method-2 below.

Turn on the stereo mix

4. Once done, open the recording software package Stereo mix as the default recording source device and start recording.

Method 2. Install Stereo Mix using Realtek Audio drivers.

1. Go to the Realtek website.

2. On the Realtek website, scroll down and find the driver according to your Windows version and system type (32-bit or 64-bit). Then click the download icon to download the Realtek Sound Driver/Codecs.*

*Note: Download Windows 10 drivers for Windows 11.

Install the Realtek Audio drivers

3. Accept the terms and click Download this file.


4. Enter the letters shown in the captcha window and click There is to start the download.

5. A file will be downloaded, double click and follow the on-screen instructions to install the Realtek drivers.

Install the Stereo Mix driver

6. After the drivers are installed, restart your personal computer.

7. Navigate again Voice You should see Stereo Mix in Control Panel options and usually under Recording Devices. If not, right click anywhere and select (click) Show disabled devices from the context menu and then Turn on Stereo mix. *

*Note: If you still can’t see Stereo Mix after showing hidden devices, go to Method 3 below to fix the problem.

Turn on Stero Mix Windows 11

8. Once done, open the recording software package Stereo mix as the default input device and start typing.

Method 3. Troubleshooting the Stereo Mix device.

If you still can’t record from Stereo Mix (Stereo not working) after the above methods, follow these steps:

Step 1. Enable microphone access.

If you are a Windows 10 user, follow the steps below. press Here for Windows 11 instructions.

1. press Windows image + I keys At the same time to open Windows Settings.

2. In the settings window, click on Confidentiality.

Windows privacy settings

3a. Choose now Microphone from the left panel, click and Change button below Allow this device to use the microphone.

Allow this device to use the microphone

3b. Turn the knob to On.

Turn on Microsoft Access

4. Now scroll down in the same window and turn the button On for Allow desktop apps to access your microphone.

Allow apps to access the microphone

5. Now open the recording software package Stereo mix as the default recording source and start recording. If the problem persists, continue step-2.

Turn on Microphone Access in Windows 11.

1. Type Microphone privacy settings click on the search box on the taskbar and click It’s open.

Enable microphone input Windows 11

2. turn the knob to Microphone input for On.

Microphone input

Step 2. Update your audio drivers

The final step in troubleshooting Stereo Mix is ​​to update your Audio driver. For this:

1. press Windows image + R buttons to load Running dialog box.
2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open the device manager.


3a. In the Device Manager window, expand Sound, video and game controllers option.

3b. Right click on your audio device and select Driver update from the context menu.

Update audio drivers

3c. In the next dialog box, click Search for drivers automatically and let Windows find and install the latest drivers for your audio device. If Windows cannot find an updated driver, check your computer manufacturer’s support site to see if a new driver is available.


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