Ubuntu – How to easily switch audio output in Ubuntu 17.10 and later with GNOME


I am using external USB audio card to handle speakers, also got the headphones connected to jack port. I need to switch them few times a day and getting extremely frustrated, as the only way I've found is:

  1. Open search tool.
  2. Type: se.
  3. Click on 'Settings'.
  4. Navigate to 'Sound'.
  5. Change output to desired one.

On Unity I could navigate to 'Sounds Settings' from the audio icon in the tray. No idea how to do that on GNOME. Other than this finding GNOME superior to Unity. Happy that Canonical made that move.

Best Answer

You may use the Sound Input & Output Device Chooser GNOME shell extension.

(The extension) Shows a list of sound output and input devices (similar to gnome sound settings) in the status menu below the volume slider. Various active ports like HDMI , Speakers etc. of the same device are also displayed for selection.

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(screenshot source: extension's homepage at extensions.gnome.org)

You may visit its GitHub page for more info.

Refer to this to learn more about installing and managing GNOME Shell extensions: How do I install and manage GNOME Shell extensions?

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