10 Dec How to Fix Audio Issues in MacOS
Installing or Upgrading MacOS sometimes does not setup sound settings properly and users experience sound and/or microphone problems. You can pick out your sound options manually to circumvent this issue. Here is guide with list minute adjustments that can rectify strange sound problems.
Audio/sound features don’t work at all
Go to your System Preferences in the Apple Menu, and search for the Sound icon. Clicking on Sound settings opens a tab called Output. In this tab, you can pick and choose a sound device. Try to set the sound to Internal Speakers. After setting the sound setting check the volume bar below and uncheck the Mute setting and make sure output volume is turned up in the tab.
This should restore audio to your native Mac speakers. This setting also sets-up your headphones, external speakers, and/or Apple TV. Output list, has all the options for all these devices, if these devices are connected to your Mac computer. You can choose the one that you want to use.
Random Sound outage and restoration
One of the most frustrating issues to experience is randomly cutting out of audio and then restoring it without rhyme or reason. Majority of times the problem is, allocation of memory to the sound process. Before fixing the problem try to test sound output from different apps jus to make sure that the issue is not app specific or the if it’s a particular app that is giving trouble. If that’s that case try and close the app or may be kill to restart it and check if the problem persists or not. If all the apps are having trouble with the sound output, it’s time to reset your parameter random-access memory (PRAM). MacOS uses PRAM to retrieve basic settings for your Mac and all the connected devices.
- Restart your MAC.
- Press the Option+ Command + P + R keys simultaneously, just before when your computer pulls up the black loading screen.
- Press down and keep holding the keys until you hear the second startup sound, (for older Macs) or until you see the Apple logo appear and disappear for the second time (on newer Macs).
- Now we know PRAM has been fully reset.
Keep in mind that a PRAM reset may also roll back some other settings to default status in addition to rebooting your sound. You may need to re-do the customized settings in System Preferences reconfiguring your Mac to reset any of the customized settings of your choice.
If you are experiencing a random crackling, popping, or other annoying static-like noises, our suggestion would be check connections of any external speakers that you have attached to your Mac machine. You can also connect different set of speaker or other device like a Smartphone; just to be sure that it isn’t the wiring. If the problem persists, it’s time to re-visit settings.
- Open System Preferences.
- Go to the sound icon (looks like a speaker cone).
- Sound Effects section, lists a number of effects and other additional settings.
- Change the setting of “Play Feedback When Volume is Changed” to the off position if it isn’t already, and then activate it again.
- If the above setting doesn’t help, change the output option is either Internal Speakers or any external sound device or speaker you want to select.
- Some Bluetooth devices when connected on MacOS can sometimes behave a little irritant. Some Bluetooth devices pair seamlessly, and some don’t at all. Static sound results from not being 100% compatible and the audio quality are awful.
- Restarting both devices a good idea or you can delete any existing Bluetooth device and reconnect it, under your Bluetooth settings in System Preferences.