VLC is one of the most widely-used players and encoders. Although it has strong features, users may also experience various technical problems. One of the common technical problems you might experience is VLC has no sound. The video is playing well in VLC but without any sound. There are many causes for this, Let's check some troubleshooting steps in the following.

Tip 1. Unmute Audio in VLC Media Player

It might be due to a configuration error, which can happen in an instance that you just muted your video player by accident. In this image, the sound is being muted. Please make sure the sound is not being muted by checking "Audio-Mute" in VLC.

Unmute Audio in VLC

Tip 2. Update VLC to the Latest Version

The VLC has no sound problem may be caused by an outdated VLC version, which you can fix it by upgrading to the latest VLC version to get the latest program enhancement that lacks on your previous version. VLC is also a free and open source product. In the latest version of VLC, open source programmers may fix some of the sound bugs or add some new audio codec into it.

What Formats are Supported by VLC at Present?

How to update VLC: Click on "Help-Check for Updates".

Update VLC to the Latest Version

Tip 3. Reset VLC Media Player Audio Preferences

You may have already changed some audio settings and afraid to make it worse and worse by the wrong audio settings. How about resetting all the preferences to see if it can fix the VLC no sound problem?

1. Open VLC Media Player and click on "Tools-Preferences".

2. Switch to "Audio". At the bottom, click "Reset Preferences".

Reset VLC Audio Preferences

Tip 4. Adjust VLC Audio Settings in Preferences

Try adjusting VLC audio settings following steps:

1. Click on "Tools-Preferences" in VLC.

2. On the "Simple Preferences" interface, navigate to "Audio Settings". Make sure the "Enable audio" box is checked and then choose "DirectX audio output" at Output dropdown list. Actually, if this does not work, you can try all the choices one by one in "Output module" and "Device".

Adjust VLC Audio Settings

Tip 5. Ticked "Disable All Enhancements" in Control Panel

Open the control panel on your computer, clicked on the sound option, then disable all enhancements for all devices. After applying, restart VLC to check if everything works fine now.

Disable All Enhancements

Tip 6. Convert Video to Another Format

VLC supports so many video and audio formats. However, sometimes you just cannot play the MP4 or MKV format file with sound. How is this possible? One of the reasons for this is, MP4 and MKV are container formats. They can package video, audio in the different codec. However, some of the codecs may not be supported by VLC Media Player.


When encountering this, the easiest way to solve is to convert the video into one of the codecs that will definitely be supported by VLC. And a good video converter can help you do this with just a few clicks. We can find various video converter from the Internet. Here I introduce a powerful yet easy-to-use video converter called VideoSolo Free Video Converter. It can convert most of the videos to VLC supported format: MP4 format with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec, which will also keep the best video quality after conversion.


Download this totally free video converter and follow the steps below:

Step 1. Launch VideoSolo Free Video Converter and Add Files

Launch VideoSolo Free Video Converter, click "Add Files" to select the video you want to convert to VLC. Please note that you can select multiple videos to process converting at the same time.

Add Files that You Want to Convert to VLC

Step 2. Select Output Video Format and Output Folder

Select the VLC supported format "H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)" from "General Video", and you can also change the output folder path from "Output folder".

Select a VLC Supported Format

Step 3. Start Converting Videos to VLC

Click "Convert" button to start the converting process, soon you will get your file in another codec to be played in VLC.

Converting Video to VLC

In conclusion, VLC has no sound may due to many problems like computer settings, VLC media player settings, audio codec issue and so on. To fix these issues, the first thing to do is to troubleshoot the above list. And for further usage, I would recommend that you get VideoSolo Free Video Converter down. Any media player may come into incompatible codec issue, change the video format to a most compatible one would be a fast choice.