The era of silent films is already over.
And now, audio is important in almost every activity you can do on your computer.
So, if your LG monitor’s sound isn’t working…
You need to fix the problem ASAP.
Luckily, audio-related issues are some of the easiest tech problems to solve.
Continue reading to find out:
- How to check if your monitor actually has built-in speakers.
- 7 instant fixes for LG monitors with sound that isn’t working.
- The most common reasons your LG monitor doesn’t have any sound.
- And this is just the beginning…
Why is the sound of my LG monitor not working?
The sound of your LG monitor isn’t working because you haven’t set it as your default audio source. This issue also happens if your device’s volume is too low or muted. Sometimes, you can’t hear anything from your LG monitor because it doesn’t have built-in speakers.
LG monitor sound not working: 7 fixes
#1: Ensure your monitor has built-in speakers
If you haven’t played any audio from your monitor before…
You should double-check whether your device indeed has built-in speakers.
After all, some LG monitors don’t have them.
Now, don’t worry.
This process is pretty simple and won’t take more than a few minutes.
So, just follow along with my guide to…
Check if your monitor’s model has built-in speakers:
Step 1: Take note of your device’s model number
You’ll usually find this on a sticker at the back of your monitor.
Or on your device’s user manual and specification sheet.
Once you have this information…
Step 2: Look up your monitor’s model on LG’s official site
Head to this webpage.
Then, tap the magnifying glass icon at the top-right of your screen.
Once the search bar appears…
Input your LG monitor’s model number to look it up.
Step 3: Select your device
If you typed your monitor’s model number correctly…
Its name and image will appear under the enlarged search bar.
So, simply select your device’s name. Then, proceed to…
Step 4: Tap SPECS
You’ll find this heading under your monitor’s image.
Step 5: Verify whether your monitor has speakers
Under the Sound heading…
Find the bolded text “Speaker.”
Then, read the information on its right.
If it says “NO,” your device doesn’t have built-in speakers.
So, in order to play sound from your monitor…
You need to use external audio devices.
However, if you see a “Yes” or a series of letters and numbers…
Your LG monitor has built-in speakers.
So, you can continue with the solutions down below.
#2: Set your monitor as your default audio source
Whether you’re using a macOS or Windows device…
Your system allows you to choose how you want to hear its audio.
So, the reason you can’t hear anything from your monitor may simply be because…
It’s not your device’s default audio source.
Luckily, fixing this type of problem is a piece of cake.
So, just follow these steps to…
Make your LG monitor your default audio output device (Windows):
Step 1: Head to your PC’s Control Panel
Open your computer’s search bar.
Then, type and search “Control Panel” to launch the app.
Step 2: Tap Hardware and Sound
You’ll find this option on the left side of your screen.
Step 3: Choose Sound
It’s the 3rd speaker icon from the top of the window.
Step 4: Select your monitor’s name from the list
Unsure of your device’s model number?
Then, simply highlight the option with the monitor icon.
Step 5: Click Set Default
You’ll find this button near the bottom of the window.
Not a Windows user?
I got you.
Here are the steps to…
Adjust your Mac’s audio settings:
Step 1: Launch your device’s Settings app
Just tap the gear-looking icon at the bottom of your Mac’s screen to do so.
Step 2: Click Sound
It’s the option with the speaker icon.
Step 3: Select Output
You’ll find this button at the top of the window.
In between the options Sound Effects and Input.
Step 4: Select your LG monitor from the list
Note: If your Mac doesn’t have other audio devices, your monitor’s name may appear as “Internal Speakers.”
And now that you’ve ensured your device uses the right default audio source…
Try playing any media files with sound.
And if you still can’t hear anything from your LG monitor…
#3: Increase your device’s volume
As someone who fixes and fiddles around with gadgets daily…
Silly mistakes happen all the time.
So, you might think your monitor’s speakers are broken because they can’t produce sounds.
When, in fact, you may have simply left your device on mute.
Believe it or not…
Increasing the volume is how I “fixed” my Insignia TV’s sound problem as well.
So, take this time to…
Ensure your LG monitor isn’t just muted:
Step 1: Increase the volume through your monitor’s joystick button
This component’s exact location depends on your specific LG monitor.
But most of the time…
You’ll find this at the bottom of your device’s screen.
Note: You can change the volume by dragging the joystick to the left or right.
Step 2: Make sure your device’s system has enough volume
- Tap the speaker icon at the bottom of your screen.
- Drag the volume slider to the right.
- Make sure its value isn’t lower than 75.
- Click the speaker icon at the top-right section of your screen.
- Drag the slider upward until the volume level is (nearly) full.
Note: You should also double-check that the media file you’re using to test your audio isn’t muted.
#4: Enable your device’s loudness equalization
Note: For Windows devices only.
PCs have a feature called loudness equalization.
And simply speaking…
It ensures that your device’s loudness stays consistent.
Regardless of the actual volume level of your audio source.
Now, your monitor’s sound may not be working because of unstable audio levels.
So, you should go ahead and…
Enable your PC’s loudness equalization feature:
Step 1: Launch your computer’s Control Panel
Open your PC’s search bar.
Then, type “Control Panel” and press Enter on your keyboard.
Step 2: Select Hardware and Sound
On the left side of the window…
This is the 3rd option from the top.
Step 3: Select Sound
The one with the speaker icon.
Step 4: Highlight your default audio device
In other words, your monitor.
Step 5: Click Properties
You’ll find this at the bottom section of the window.
Step 6: Tap Enhancements
This option is 1 of the new window’s headings.
Step 7: Click the Loudness Equalization box
After doing so, tap Apply to save your changes.
If you need a visual guide for this process, watch this video:
#5: Update your audio driver
Note: Windows devices only.
As you may know already…
Your PC has several Drivers in its system.
And simply speaking…
They’re like translators that help your computer’s components communicate.
For example, an audio driver is responsible for connecting your device with its:
- Internal sound cards.
So, if this piece of software is glitching or malfunctioning…
Your computer and its monitor will also have audio problems.
Luckily though, most of the time…
Audio drivers only encounter glitches or bugs if they’re outdated.
So, to fix them, all you need to do is…
Follow these steps to update your PC’s audio drive:
Step 1: Launch your PC’s Device Manager
Here’s the fastest way to do so:
Press Windows + X simultaneously on your keyboard.
Then when a small window shows up, tap M.
Not a fan of shortcuts?
Then, follow these simple steps:
- Tap your PC’s search bar,
- Type “Device Manager.”
- Press Enter on your keyboard.
Once it’s open…
Step 2: Expand Sound, video, and game controllers
Your Device Manager’s list is in alphabetical order.
So it’ll be pretty easy to find this option.
Note: You need to double-click this selection to expand it.
Step 3: Right-click the driver you’re using
Pro tip: If you see multiple drivers and don’t know which one you use, update each of them.
Step 4: Select Update Driver
This is the first option on the list that appears.
Step 5: Choose Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software
Then, simply wait for your audio driver to be updated.
Step 6: Restart your computer
Once you’ve restarted your PC…
Try using your monitor’s speakers again.
And if you still can’t hear anything…
#6: Update your device
Outdated gadgets are magnets to glitches and bugs.
Which are usually the leading cause of audio problems.
So, if your LG speakers still can’t play sounds…
It’s time to update the input device of your monitor.
Fret not. This process is just as easy as the previous fix.
So, just follow the steps for your specific device below.
- Tap the Start/Windows icon at the bottom of your screen.
- Click Settings or the gear icon.
- Select Update & Security, the last option at the bottom.
- Choose Windows Update on the left side of the window.
- Click Check for updates,
- Tap the Install now button on your screen.
- Click the Start button at the bottom.
- Select Settings from the list.
- Choose Windows Update.
- Tap Check for updates.
- Install the available updates for your PC.
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Step 1: Expand the Apple menu
You can do this by tapping the Apple icon at the top-left corner of your screen.
When a small window appears…
Step 2: Select System Preferences
You’ll find this option near the top of the pop-up window.
Step 3: Click Software Update
This is the option with the gear icon.
Step 4: Wait for your Mac to check for updates
Don’t worry. This process usually doesn’t last longer than a minute.
Step 5: Update your device
Tap the Update Now icon on the window.
Then, wait until your device finishes updating.
Note: How long this process takes depends on your Internet speed.
Step 6: Tap Restart Now
You’ll find this in the exact place the Update Now icon was on earlier.
After updating your input device…
Check whether your monitor’s speakers are now working.
#7: Contact LG’s support team
If all the solutions above failed…
It’s time to contact professionals for help.
Because, most likely, your monitor is experiencing serious software issues.
Or its speakers’ hardware components may have been damaged.
And to fix either of these problems…
You need the tools and knowledge of expert technicians.
Luckily, LG’s professionals are very easy to contact.
Just call the brand’s customer support by dialing any of these numbers:
Or, formally request a repair service using this page.
Still need other alternatives to contact the brand’s representatives?
Then, head to LG’s official support page. And choose the communication method that works for you.