How to disable exclusive mode for Windows audio devices

  • Right-click on the white speaker icon located on the bottom right-hand side of the screen.

  • Choose Playback Devices*

  • Select the audio device that you would like to adjust (i.e. - Scarlett, Saffire)

  • Click Properties

  • Choose the Advanced tab

  • Uncheck the Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device box (both boxes will be disabled now)

  • Click OK.

  • Reboot your computer to affect the changes.


 *As of the latest Windows Update, playback devices is no longer an option. The path is now to click 'Sounds' and then on the window that opens, click the 'Playback' tab.
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