7 Ways to Fix Grand Theft Auto V’s Sound Not Working on a Windows PC

You can fix Grand Theft Auto V’s sound not working on a Windows PC with the potential resolutions covered in this troubleshooting guide. Has your GTA V game gone all quiet? If it has, check out the potential resolutions for fixing Grand Theft Auto V’s audio not working below.

7 Ways to Fix Grand Theft Auto V’s Sound Not Working on a Windows PC

Playing Grand Theft Auto V isn’t so much fun when the game doesn’t have any sound. Some players have reported on Reddit and support forums that the sound stopped working in the Grand Theft Auto V games. For example, one player said this on Steam’s forum: “There is no sound coming from GTA 5. I tried other games and the sound works, so I know that it is a problem with GTA 5.” Players can’t hear anything at all from GTA V when that game’s sound isn’t working. These are some ways you can fix Grand Theft Auto V’s sound not working on Windows PCs.

Read also: 8 Ways to Fix Grand Theft Auto V Not Launching on a Windows PC

Run the Playing Audio Troubleshooter

There could be a more general PC sound issue when Grand Theft Auto V’s audio isn’t working. You can check if that’s the case by running the Playing Audio troubleshooter that Windows includes. That troubleshooter can identify and resolve more general system sound issues. This is how you can run the Playing Audio troubleshooter.

  1. Click the speaker icon in the system tray with your right mouse button to select Open sound settings.
  2. Next, click Output devices for the Troubleshoot common sound problems option. Or press the Troubleshoot button for output devices in Windows 10’s Settings app.
    The Output devices option

    The Output devices option

  3. Select Speakers in the Playing Audio troubleshooter that opens.
  4. Click Next and apply any potential solutions the Playing Audio troubleshooter suggests.

Check Sound Settings in Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V has a few sound settings that can affect its audio output if not set right. So, try checking through and configuring the audio options in GTA V as follows.

  1. Start the GTA V game.
  2. Bring up the in-game Settings tab.
  3. Click Audio within the Settings tab.
    The Audio tab

    The Audio tab

  4. Increase the SFX Volume and Music Volume settings if they’re set too low.
  5. Select the correct audio device for the Output setting, which should be your default Windows playback device.
  6. Turn off the Mute Audio on Focus Loss setting if it’s on.

Unmute Grand Theft Auto V in the Volume Mixer

Check if Grand Theft Auto V is muted within the volume mixer and unmute the game if it is. This is how you can unmute Grand Theft Auto V within the volume mixer.

  1. Launch Grand Theft Auto V and press the Windows key to return to the desktop without exiting the game.
  2. Right-click the speaker icon within the system tray to select Open volume mixer.
  3. Click on the Unmute app option for GTA V’s volume bar to unmute sound for that game.
    The Volume mixer in Windows 11 Settings

    The Volume mixer in Windows 11 Settings

  4. Close the volume mixer and return to the game.

Disable Unneeded Audio Devices

  1. Right-click on the Windows 11/10 speaker icon and select Open Sound settings.
  2. Select More sound settings to bring up the Sound window. In Windows 10’s Settings, click the Sound Control Panel option.
  3. Right-click on all unneeded audio devices on the Playback tab and select their Disable options.
    The Disable context menu option

    The Disable context menu option

  4. Select the Recording tab and disable all audio devices you don’t need for Grand Theft Auto V. Note that some players have said disabling their microphones fixed GTA V’s sound not working for them. 
  5. Click Apply to set the options.

Disable Sound Enhancements

  1. Bring up the Sound window as covered in steps one and two of the previous resolution.
  2. Right-click your PC’s default speakers on the Playback tab and select Properties.
  3. Click the Enhancements tab.
  4. Select the Disable all enhancements checkbox.
    The Disable all enhancements checkbox

    The Disable all enhancements checkbox

  5. Click the Advanced tab.
  6. Select the 16-bit, 480000 Hz DVD Quality option.
    The Advanced tab

    The Advanced tab

  7. Press Apply to set the new sound settings.
  8. Click OK on the Speakers Properties and Sound windows.

Update DirectX

Updating DirectX is one of the most widely confirmed ways to fix Grand Theft Auto V’s sound not working. That highlights that missing DirectX runtime libraries can affect GTA V’s sound output. This is how you can update DirectX by downloading DirectX Redist and installing DirectX runtime libraries with that package.

  1. Open this DirectX Redist page in the Edge browser included within Windows.
  2. Click Download on the DirectX Redist page.
    The DirectX Resist

    The DirectX Resist

  3. Press Ctrl + J to view downloads in Edge and click the directx_Jun2010_redist.exe file to run it.
  4. Select Yes in the DirectX June 2010 SDK window that opens.
    The DirectX June window

    The DirectX June window

  5. Click Browse and choose a folder location to extract components.
  6. Open the extracted DirectX folder that includes the components.
  7. Double-click the DXSETUP file in the DirectX folder.
  8. Select I accept the agreement in the DirectX Setup wizard and click on Next.
    The DirectX setup wizard

    The DirectX setup wizard

  9. Click Next again to install DirectX runtime components.
  10. Select Finish in the DirectX setup window.
  11. Restart Windows before playing Grand Theft Auto V again.

The GTA V installation directory also has a DirectX folder that includes a DXSETUP file for installing runtime libraries. So, you may be able to fix Grand Theft Auto V’s sound not working with that DXSETUP file as well. You can find that file by opening the Grand Theft Auto V > Redistributables > DirectX folders.

Verify Grand Theft Auto V’s Files

GTA V’s sound can stop working because of missing or corrupted game files. You can remedy that by verifying the game’s files with Rockstar Games Launcher, Steam, or Epic Games software. This is how to verify Grand Theft Auto V within Steam and Epic Games Launcher.

Steam

  1. Run Steam and select Library inside that game client.
  2. Right-click Grand Theft Auto V to open a context menu for that game and select Properties.
  3. Click on the Local Files tab.
  4. Select Verify integrity of game files to repair GTA V’s files.
    The Verify Integrity of game files button

    The Verify Integrity of game files button

Epic Games Launcher

  1. Start Epic Games Launcher and select Library on the left side of its window.
  2. Press the ellipses button with three dots under the GTA V game.
  3. Select Manage on the menu for the game.
    The Manage option

    The Manage option

  4. Click Verify Files to run GTA V’s verification scan and wait for it to complete.
    The Verify option in Epic Games Launcher

    The Verify option in Epic Games Launcher

Other Ways to Fix Grand Theft Auto V’s Sound Not Working

Grand Theft Auto V’s sound can stop working for many reasons. So, there are also more potential resolutions for fixing sound issues with that game. Try applying these potential solutions if the ones above don’t work for you:

  • Update the audio driver for your PC.
  • Reinstall your Grand Theft Auto V game.
  • Reset sound devices to recommended defaults, which you can do by selecting a Reset option in the volume mixer settings.
  • Go through your default speaker setup again by right-clicking your PC’s speakers in the Playback tab on the Sound window and selecting Configure Speakers.

It’s no good playing Grand Theft Auto V without any sound. Applying all the potential resolutions covered here will probably fix Grand Theft Auto V’s sound not working for most players. If they don’t fix the game’s sound for you, consider sending a message to the Rockstar technical support service for GTA V by clicking Contact Us on this R help page.

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