How-To: Quickly change sound input and output on OS X

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The menu bar features a hidden shortcut that lets you switch quickly between sound input and output devices on OS X. Here’s how:

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22 thoughts on “How-To: Quickly change sound input and output on OS X

    Rob Godwin

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    over 3 years old and still helpful. Thanks! 🙂

    IIIAHMIII A Hyrule Master

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Yeah this doesnt work anymore.


    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Thank you man! Exactly what I was looking 4…DOPE!

    Graham Johnson

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    I prefer the auto connect as in windows for my USB headphones or auto plug in by3.5 jack to this system, but is ok for TV sound etc..

    Andy Hepburn

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Brilliant! Thanks so much. One of the most useful youtube videos I've ever seen!!!!


    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    nice quick vid, right to the point

    Guy Nicolson

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Thank you

    Dalapetus Peters

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    And here's me thinking I knew everything! 🙄


    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Great How-To video! Straightforward and easy to understand.

    Antonio Salotti Neto

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Thank you — this is a life saver! Still valid on latest release of Mac OS Mojave!


    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    this is trash. I mean not the video, cause the guy has no fault
    But the MacOS is horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    imagine you plug in some USB headphones and the sound comes still from the speakers.
    And afterwards you need to exit whatever app you're in (imagine if you're in a fullscreen game)
    and do somewhere between 10 – 5 clicks.
    Plug and play people, have you apple users ever heard of it?

    David Graber

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    not explanation of why my auxiliary option input is missing.

    Eric Berntson

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Thank you that was useful.

    H E R L A N D E R

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Thank you very much bro! This will help a lot!

    Shamin Abraham

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    What do I do if internal speakers do not come up as an option for the sound output?


    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    This is nice, but how do I get my Mac to list my bluetooth speaker as an output option after it's already connected? It shows connected through bluetooth, but not as an option for sound output in preferences.

    Martha Pummer

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)


    Sherry B

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    You just saved me so much headache. However, I wish I could arrange a plug-in audio input for my 2009 13” MacBook. I like to record on that because it is mobile. Any ideas? I can’t seem to find the right adaptor for that if it’s even possible.

    Henry Barnett

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Excellent. Been looking for that for ages!

    Joel Haberli

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Thank you! You solved my problem!


    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am)

    Anyone know how to do this in Mojave?
    Update: you have to hold ctrl+alt

    Jeff Blevins

    (November 8, 2019 - 8:15 am) to apple and you helped me a bunch

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