How to Fix Gaming Headset Sound On One Side

So your headset is sounding only on one side and the other side is just silent as a rock. This is a very frustrating situation and many of us faced it once at least. But since you are on my website, you will surely get a proper solution.

I have solved the issue of gaming headset sound only on one side. All you have to do is read the complete guide and by the end of the guide, I am sure that your problem will be gone. You may also experience headset keep cutting out if yes then I also have solved that problem.

So without wasting any time, let’s start the procedure.

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First Check your PC or Phone

Most of the time the problem lies in your PC or smartphone. Whenever we listen to one side we immediately believe that this is the fault of the headset. But it’s not always the case. Many times our devices create this problem.

So before you do anything with your headset, please check that the issue is not in your device or else it will be a complete waste of time.

How to Check Your Phone

If you are using your phone to listen to music or any other thing and suddenly you face this problem of one-sided sound. Then the very first thing you should do is to check if your phone’s sound setting is on mono or stereo.

If it’s on mono then it will only play the sound on one side. So please change it to stereo and then see if the problem persists or not. If the problem is still there then you should go to the next step.

How to Check Your PC

This is for those who are using their gaming headset on a PC. So please open the sound setting on your PC and then go to the “Playback” tab.

Now from here please click on your headphones and then click on “Configure”. A pop-up will appear on the screen in which you have to select “Stereo” and then click on “Next”.

After that, please click on “Finish” and then restart your PC. Now hopefully, the sound will come out of both sides of the headphones.

If this method also doesn’t work for you then please go to the next step.

Find the Root Cause

Check the Connector

Now it’s time to check the connector of your gaming headset. Many times due to damages or some other reason, one side of the connector stops working. So please take a look at your connector and see if there is any kind of damage or not.

If you can’t find anything wrong with the connector then try to wiggle it a bit and see if that solves your problem.

Check the Splitter

If you are using a splitter for your gaming headset then make sure that it is working properly or not. If the splitter is damaged then it can also cause sound issues on one side of your gaming headset.

So please check your splitter and see if it is working properly or not. If it is damaged then you will need to replace it with a new one.

Check the Cable

The next thing you need to do is check the cable of your gaming headset. Over time, the cables of headsets can get damaged and this can also cause sound issues on one side of the headset.

So please check the cable of your gaming headset and see if there is any kind of damage or not. If the cable is damaged then you will need to replace it with a new one.

Check the Drivers

If you have checked all the above things and still are facing sound issues on one side of your gaming headset then the problem might be with the drivers.

Outdated or corrupted drivers can cause a lot of problems and one of them is sound issues on one side of the headset.

Make sure that you have the latest drivers installed for your gaming headset. You can do this by going to the website of the manufacturer and downloading the drivers from there.

Once you have installed the latest drivers, restart your computer and see if the problem is solved or not.

Fixing: Step By Step

Now we will try all the solutions for all the above-mentioned problems.

Solution for Damaged Connector

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The first thing to solve is the connector. In case your headset has a malfunctioning connector then follow the steps to repair it.

You will need to replace the connector with a new one so it can start making sound in both ear cups.

How to Fix?

  1. Cut the connector with a scissor or razor
  2. Now find a new connector on any old headset or you can also buy it from Amazon
  3. Remove the plastic insulation of the wire and you will get three wires
  4. You will need a soldering iron to solder the wires with the new connector

Damaged Cable

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If your problem is a damaged cable then you need to check it. Hold the cable and twist it from start to end. In this way you will find the shortened area so later you can cut that piece and resolder it with soldering iron.

How to Fix?

  1. Cut the cable at the place where it is damaged
  2. Now remove the plastic insulation of the wires
  3. Now twist all three wires to make them straight
  4. Cut a small piece of heat shrink tubing and slide it over one wire
  5. Now solder all three wires with the connector
  6. Put the heat shrink tubing over the soldered connection and use a lighter to shrink it
  7. Do the same thing for the other side of the cable
  8. Now slide the plastic sleeve over the wires and your problem is solved

Bad Driver

If the drivers are your problem then you will need to install the latest drivers.

How to Fix?

  1. Visit the website of your headset manufacturer
  2. Download the latest drivers and install them on your PC
  3. Now restart your PC to check whether it is working or not

Conclusion

Never be worried about this issue because the solution is very easy. All you have to do is first diagnose the nature of the problem. Check all the connections and ensure that they are properly plugged in.

If the problem persists, then you can try to change the audio settings on your computer or gaming device. Be sure to also check the volume levels to ensure that they are not muted or set too low.

With these simple steps, you will be able to fix the sound on your gaming headset in no time!
I have also explained step by step guide on how to repair the damaged wire and connector as well. Just follow it and you are all set to go.

Umair Sajjad
Umair Sajjad is an Electrical Engineer. He is also a passionate gamer. He loves to write about tech and gaming. He has graduated from Superior University with Electrical Engineering Degree. He is writing about tech since 2015.