Automatically Switch Between Headphone Jack and Speakers When Unplugging Headphones?

I’ve been a user of Cubase for almost 10 years now and this is the first time I encounter this problem, so I am not sure if it is Cubase or possibly an issue with the audio driver on my current laptop, a Lenovo ThinkPad. I’ve had Cubase on both Mac and PC before, but regardless of the OS, I have always been able to seamlessly switch between earbuds and speakers for output. For example, I’ll be working through my earbuds and then decide I want to listen through my laptop speakers, so I simply unplug my earbuds and the audio would come out of my laptop speakers automatically.

On my newest laptop, this isn’t the case. I have to manually go to the Control Panel under the Audio System section of Studio Setup and switch to a different output port. This then switches my Audio Output to “Not Connected” so I then have to click on Audio Connections and select the appropriate output. Were I to not do this after unplugging my headphones, there would be no audio output. Conversely, if I plug in my headphones without doing this, the audio continues coming out of my laptop speakers.

Is there a way to fix this?

This would be an issue with the laptop audio device…Have you checked the documentation for the laptop audio to see why you would have separate Headphone and Speaker audio streams…

The following worked for me on a Toshiba laptop running Win 10. Insert the head phones and make them work as you describe.
Open the sound control panel and select the headphones as the default audio device.

This is defintely an issue of the OS. If you run Win10 you might wanna consult this article:

Since I had this problem myself I tried to remember what I did to make the switch automatic. It’s been a while, so my memory is blurred.

It might have been in the Realtek Audio Console (obviously only available if your laptop has a Realtek sound device).
Just in case you do here are my settings. German only but you’ll manage. On the left hand side select “Advanced Device Settings” to get this view.

Please never plug or unplug devices from the embedded jack connectors of your computer if you want to spare yourself some very troublesome issues. This is valid for both laptops and desktops.