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Fix: Microsoft Teams Secondary Ringer Not Working – Technipages

Microsoft Teams has a convenient feature called “secondary ringer” that allows you to select the device you want Teams to ring through. This option is handy, particularly when you have multiple audio devices connected to your computer. For example, you can plug your headphones into your laptop but set your speakers as the secondary ringer.

When someone calls you on Teams, you’ll hear the ring through your laptop speakers, not your headphones. Unfortunately, many users complained the secondary ringer doesn’t always work as intended. Let’s explore how you can troubleshoot this issue.

How to Fix Microsoft Teams Secondary Ringer Issues

Log out and Reset Your Secondary Ringer Settings

Log out of your Teams account and restart the app. Then reset your secondary ringer settings.

  1. Navigate to Devices, select Secondary ringer and select a different audio device.
  2. Have another user call you on Teams, answer the call, and then end it.
  3. Go back to the Secondary ringer and select the device you want to set as your secondary ringer. Check if the issue is gone.

microsoft teams secondary ringer

Additionally, navigate to Notifications and enable Play sound for incoming calls and notifications.

teams play sound for incoming calls

Update Teams

Check if there’s a newer Teams app version available and install it on your device. Maybe the secondary ringer glitch is actually a known issue, and Microsoft fixed it in the newest Teams update.

Click on your profile picture and hit the Check for updates option. Restart your app, reboot your computer and check the results.

teams app refresh after update

Set Your Speakers as Your PC Playback Device

If you want incoming calls to ring on your speakers, not on your headphones, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Teams Settings, select Devices, and set your speakers as the secondary ringer.
  2. Then go to your Windows system tray, left-click on your Sound icon and toggle your playback device back to PC speakers after connecting your headphones.

select playback device windows system tray

In this manner, both the speakers and headphones should be ready to receive audio output from Teams. But Teams will direct audio to the device you selected under Device settings.

Tweak Notification Settings

  1. Navigate to Settings, and select Notifications.
  2. Then enable Play sound for notifications.
  3. Go to Teams and channels and select Custom.teams and channels custom notifications ms teams
  4. Tweak the notification level and select Banner and feed everywhere.teams banner and feed notifications There are three notification options available:
    • Banner and feed (there will be an audible notification tone).
    • Only show in feed (there’s no notification tone).
    • Off  (there are no notifications at all, but the activity will still be visible in your Teams chats and channels as per normal).
  5. Then navigate to Settings, select Devices, click on Secondary ringer and select the audio device you want to use as your secondary ringer.


If your Microsoft Teams secondary ringer won’t work properly, update the app and check your notification settings. Ensure that teams can play sound for notifications and set the notification level to Banner and feed for all the available options. Did you manage to troubleshoot the problem? Share your feedback in the comments below.

This post was written by Madalina Dinita and was first posted to Technipages

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