How to activate speakers when headset is plugged in

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mackristoffer, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2009
    Hi. I am completely new to mac.

    Is there any way to use the built in speakers in a mac while the headset is plugged in?

    I live in a collective, so I can not use the speakers 50% of the time. When I plug in the Headset, the speakers go off.
    And I have not found a way to activate the speakers without plugging out the headset.


    I have had bad experiences with plugging the headset in and out several times a day in the past.
    At some point it will start making noise and not function properly.

    Do anyone of you have any experience with changing the sound output without plugging the headset in/out?

    Thanks in advance:)
  2. macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    You can't use both at the same time. You should be able to "activate" your speakers simply by increasing the volume when unplugged.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2009
    Thank you for the quick reply.:)

    I consider the problem solved, as you say: There is no way around it but unplugging.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2008
    if you have a pair of external speakers then you can get an audio splitter for about $6 to keep both speakers/headset plugged in at same time.

    a very very cheap pair of external speakers would probably also perform better than the built-in ones

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