How to play different audio sources between your speakers and headphones in Windows 11

Want to play two different audio sources between your speakers and headphones? Windows 11 allows you to do this.

Do you want to know how to play audio from different apps through your speakers and headphones? Well, with Windows 11, you don’t need to install any third-party app as you can use its built-in tools to customize your system sound settings.

How to Change Output Devices for Different Apps in Windows 11

As we mentioned, you don’t need to install any software to make your Windows 11 computer play different sounds through different devices. To change the output device for each application, we will use the volume mixer.

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Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Connect and test the Bluetooth speaker or headset you are using and make sure they are working properly. You can even connect multiple Bluetooth audio devices to your Windows computer.
  2. Open apps and start playing media content. Let’s say you are listening to a podcast on YouTube. If you disable the tab or pause the podcast, your browser will not appear in the audio mixer.
  3. During audio playback, press the button Win + I to display the Windows Settings menu. There, head to System and select Sound.
  4. Scroll to Advanced and open volume mixer.
  5. You should see the apps playing media content and the default output devices for each. extend the Production drop-down menu and select a new device.


Before you close Volume Mixer, you should adjust the volume of each app to make sure you haven’t set the audio volume too low and therefore won’t hear anything.

How to reset volume mixer

Windows 11 will remember your audio settings and continue to play audio through the app’s selected output device as long as the device is connected to your computer. If you want to go back to default settings, open Volume Mixer as shown above, scroll down and click Reset.

Different devices, different sounds

Hopefully you are now hearing video game audio through your headphones while someone in the room is listening to a podcast at the same time.

Now that you have this setup, why not explore other ways to customize your Windows audio? For example, you can have two different devices to play the same audio content.

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