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How to use my headphone as a speaker and a mic in windows 11

Computer Won’t Use Headphone Mic

Are you using a wired or wireless connection?

If you are using Bluetooth you will find there is a gotcha when using a headset with a microphone. With Bluetooth 4.x there is not enough bandwidth for both the headset’s stereo speakers and the microphone at the same time. If the headset’s speakers are used in mono mode then the microphone will work. Here is the information from my computer:
I I left-click on speaker icon on taskbar tray I see my options for the speakers:

  • Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio) = Laptops built-in speakers
  • Headphones (Arctis 3 Bluetooth Stereo) = Headphones stereo mode
  • Headphones (Arctis 3 Bluetooth Hands-Free AG Audio) = Headphones mono mode

I found out that if I select “Headphones (Arctis 3 Bluetooth Hands-Free AG Audio)” the headset microphone will work.

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However, I found that next time the computer might choose “Headphones (Arctis 3 Bluetooth Stereo)”. Then the headset speakers will work but the the headset microphone will not work.

To ensure that the right selection is always done automatically I have to go further and set the default to “Headphones (Arctis 3 Bluetooth Hands-Free AG Audio)”.
Note I can always override this at any time. To do this…
I right-click on speaker icon on taskbar tray and left-click on Sounds

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The first tab Playback is for the speakers

  • Headset = Headphones mono mode
  • Headphones = Headphones stereo mode
  • Speakers = Laptops built-in speakers

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The second tab Recording is for the microphone

  • Headset = Headset’s microphone
  • Microphone Array = Laptop’s built-in microphone
  • Stereo Mix = N/A

How to use my headphone as a speaker and a mic in windows 11 [​IMG]

To ensure that both the headset speakers and microphone work at the same time I set the default playback to Headset. This will put the headset in mono mode and allow the microphone to work. Note that if I disconnect the headset the computer will automatically revert back to using the built-in speakers and microphone.