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How do I change Firefox's audio output device without relaunching the browser?

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I frequently switch between different headsets and speakers using USB audio devices. Whenever I change from audio device to another, Firefox does not change it's audio output to match my current device. Other programs/games follow suit when I change my default audio device and I really dislike that I have to exit out of Firefox completely and reopen for my audio to come through the correct device. It's not a huge issue, but when I have multiple windows and multiple tabs open it can be annoying having to start my browsing session all over again. Any tips to deal with this issue?

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I frequently switch between different headsets and speakers using USB audio devices. Whenever I change from audio device to another, Firefox does not change it's audio output to match my current device. Other programs/games follow suit when I change my default audio device and I really dislike that I have to exit out of Firefox completely and reopen for my audio to come through the correct device. It's not a huge issue, but when I have multiple windows and multiple tabs open it can be annoying having to start my browsing session all over again. Any tips to deal with this issue? Thanks!

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hello Qwelz, can you test if the issue is still reproducible in firefox 36 beta 3? it should contain a fix for this issue (bug 698079): https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/beta/

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hello Qwelz, can you test if the issue is still reproducible in firefox 36 beta 3? it should contain a fix for this issue (bug 698079): https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/beta/

hello Qwelz, can you test if the issue is still reproducible in firefox 36 beta 3? it should contain a fix for this issue (bug 698079): https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/beta/

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philipp,

Thank you! The beta worked perfectly when I swapped between audio devices. I just had to make sure I disabled the devices that weren't in use before Firefox would switch to the new default.

Unfortunately, while I was typing this message my client crashed, but that's not uncommon for a beta.

Thanks again for your help!!

philipp, Thank you! The beta worked perfectly when I swapped between audio devices. I just had to make sure I disabled the devices that weren't in use before Firefox would switch to the new default. Unfortunately, while I was typing this message my client crashed, but that's not uncommon for a beta. Thanks again for your help!!