SOLVED! “You Just Plugged A Device Into The Audio Jack” Keeps Popping Up

Usually, Windows computers would display the “You just plugged a device into the audio jack” notification when people plug in their headsets, earphones, etc. Still, several factors could cause notifications on Windows to go haywire and the one about audio jack is not an exception. “You just plugged a device into the audio jack” keeps popping up on the screen and you don’t know what is going on? Then you should spare a bit of time to check out this article. 

A List Of Possibilities 

If the “You just plugged a device into the audio jack” notification appears even if you don’t plug in anything, consider the following suspects: 

  • Outdated audio drivers
  • Issues with computer hardware
  • Conflicting audio manager software
  • Foreign materials in the port 

Solution

Run Hardware Troubleshooter

All Windows computers have built-in troubleshooters that excel in detecting and solving issues. If you see the notification about audio jack from time to time, give the hardware troubleshooter a go. 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Control Panel and press Enter.
  • Step 2: Look to the right, change View from Category to Large icons and click troubleshooting.
  • Step 3: Select “Hardware & Sound”, choose the Playing Audio troubleshooter under Sound and the prompts to initiate troubleshooting.

Disable Input & Output Devices

If “You just plugged a device into the audio jack” keeps popping up, you have multiple input and output devices. To dismiss the notification, use Realtek audio manager to disable non-essential devices. 

  • Step 1: Open Start menu then click the gear icon to open “Setting”.
  • Step 2: Select “System” and choose “Sound”.
  • Step 3: Go to “Input & Output” and disable the devices individually by hitting  “Don’t Allow”. except the “Realtek HD Audio Output”, set all devices as “Don’t Allow”.
  • Step 4: Open “Realtek HD Audio Output”, go to “Set as Default Sound Device” and hit “Use as Default for Audio”.

Update Audio Drivers

The constant notification about audio jack might be the proof of outdated audio drivers. By updating the drivers, you should be able to remove the notification. 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Device Manager and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: In Device Manager, expand “Sound, Video and game controllers”, right-click your audio driver and Hit “Update Driver Software”. 
  • Step 3: Choose “Browse my computer for driver software”, select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” and pick your driver.
  • Step 4: Hit Next then wait for the update to complete.
  • Step 5: Restart your PC.

Note: If the audio driver update was unsuccessful, repeat the process but switch to “Search automatically for the updated driver”.

Disable Jack Detection

All in all, jack detections enable your PC to sense devices when you plug them in. That means if you disable jack detection, your PC will ignore the port and won’t display notifications associated with it. “You just plugged a device into the audio jack” keeps popping up as you use your PC? Then you should consider disabling jack detection at the earliest opportunity. 

Registry Editor 

  • Step 1: Press Windows button +R. To open Run, type regedit and press Enter. Remember to allow Registry Editor to make changes to your PC.
  • Step 3: Go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0007\GlobalSettings”.
  • Step 5: Right-click REG BINARY “EnableDynamicDevices”, pick Modify, change it to 0 and hit OK. Finally, restart your PC.

Realtek Audio Manager

  • Step 1: Open “Realtek Audio Console”.
  • Step 2: Click “Device Advanced Settings” then toggle “Enable Jack detection when the device is plugged in” to “disabled”.
  •  Step 3: Restart your PC.

Disable Realtek HD Audio Manager

If you suspect Realtek HD Audio Manager to be behind the notification about audition jack, feel free to disable it. Once disabled, Realtek HD Audio Manager will still be available on your computer but it will stay in a dormant state.

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Device Manager and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: In Device Manager, expand “Sound, Video and game controllers”, right-click “Realtek Audio Manager” and choose Disable. 
  • Step 3: Restart your PC.

Take A Look At The Port

If you notice the presence of foreign materials in the port, proceed to remove them. Of course, the delicate nature of the port means you have to be gentle. 

  • Step 1: Get a cotton bud, a toothpick or paperclip plus rubbing alcohol. Start by removing a little cotton on one end of your cotton bud.
  • Step 2: Insert the cotton bud using the end that you stripped into the port. Swab around inside the port to get rid of dirt or debris.
  • Step 3: Lightly scrape the inside of your device’s audio port using a paperclip or toothpick to remove stubborn dirt. After that, lightly damp the cotton bud using alcohol, insert it into the audio port again and start swabbing.
  • Step 4: Insert your headphones into the audio port and rotate it before pulling it back out.

If you see a foreign object that cannot be removed by cleaning the port, go through the steps down below:

  • Step 1: Pick up a sacrificial plug. File a flat on its tip.
  • Step 2: Get a tube of super glue and apply a small drop on the flat end of the plug. Ensure that the glue drop is no larger than half the diameter of your plug.
  • Step 3: Insert the plug into the port. Keep the plug there for around 5 minutes before pulling it out.

NOTE: Avoid using thin, runny glue. Also, guide the plug straight into the port.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my audio still work if I disable Realtek Audio Manager?

Yes, your audio system will still work. While Realtek Audio Manager is handy to have, it is not mandatory. 

How do I reactivate the audio jack notification?

Open Control Panel, go to System and pick notification and actions. Next, look fornotifications from apps and other senders” then enable audio jack or Realtek app notifications.

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