How to Play Speakers Through a Headphone Jack on a Laptop

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How to Play Speakers Through a Headphone Jack on a Laptop
Connect desktop speakers to your laptop. (computer speakers image by sarit saliman from

Typically, a laptop computer does not have a designated speaker connection, because it already has built-in speakers. However, if you find the audio a bit lacking it is possible to plug standard desktop speakers into the line-out port. This is where you normally connect headphones to your computer, but it is possible to plug in desktop speakers.

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  1. 1

    Plug the speakers into a power outlet if they require electricity. Most speakers that use a subwoofer do require a power connection.

  2. 2

    Plug the speakers' 3.5mm cable into your laptop's line-out port. This is usually located on the side of your computer and has a headphone image next to it.

  3. 3

    Click "Start" and "Control Panel" then choose the speaker and hardware option.

  4. 4

    Choose the "Advanced" feature and confirm the type of speakers you're installing. Select "Satellite" speakers if you are using the standard two speakers, or "Surround Sound" if using a surround sound set-up.

  5. 5

    Turn up the volume on your speakers and you are ready to begin enjoying the increased audio output.

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