Question / Help Desktop Audio stopps after opening OBS


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Hello everyone

I recently installed OBS to record something. When I open OBS my entire desktop audio (Spotify, Youtube, Netflix, Games etc.) stops playing resp. gets muted. It's weird because in the Audio Mixer it shows that Desktop Audio is playing.


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You probably have a bluetooth headset connected. On startup, OBS opens all devices configured in Settings->Audio, and if a bluetooth headset is referenced here (could be with the "default" setting), it assumes its mic is about to be used and switches to hands free voip mode. This changes the default desktop audio to the hands free mode of the headset, which is a different device with Windows, so the previous device becomes silent.
To avoid the switch: remove the reference to the bluetooth mic from Settings->Audio.