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ESPN Sound Not Working: 5 Reasons + Fixes

ESPN Sound Not Working: 5 Reasons + Fixes

If your ESPN sound is not working, it’s normally due to one of five reasons, which are:

  1. Your audio settings are incorrect
  2. You have a weak network
  3. You have a volume error
  4. Your network is set to mute
  5. A faulty ESPN app

Normally 5 simple actions will help to resolve this fault, which are:

  1. Update your audio settings
  2. Refresh your network connection
  3. Update your ESPN software
  4. Check volume setting
  5. Reinstall the ESPN app

In this post, I’ll take a look at the 5 main issues that could be causing your ESPN sound to fail, so you can troubleshoot why this is happening for yourself.

Then I’ll walk through the easy steps to fix all of these issues.

5 Reasons Why ESPN Sound Is Not Working

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1. Audio Settings Are Incorrect

ESPN sound will not work when you try and stream content if your audio settings are incorrect. This could be because you have your configuration settings to play through external speakers when you do not have surround sound connected. Otherwise, you may have chosen the incorrect audio input or output option on your device.

Many users have found that the ESPN Plus app experiences an audio error on their Firestick, where the chosen video will play, but the sound will stay mute.

Other reasons why your ESPN sound may not be working include;

2. Weak network

ESPN’s video and audio will be out of sync if your network is unable to supply the app with an adequate amount of bandwidth.

This can sometimes occur if you have multiple different devices that connect to your internet.

3. Software error

If the device you use to launch ESPN on has a software issue, this could be the reason why the sound won’t work.

An out of date operating system, or corrupt firmware will interfere with how well your streaming app will operate.

4. Volume is set to mute

The volume on your TV could be set to mute without your knowledge. Or, your sound is too low for you to be able to hear the audio when you stream ESPN.

5. Faulty ESPN app

The ESPN app on your device may contain faulty files. This can occur if the original download experiences an interruption, or, the software is corrupt.

How to fix ESPN sound not working

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1. Fix The Audio Configuration

Make sure the audio configuration on your device is correct. If you connect an external speaker to your smart TV, check your sound input and output options correlate with it.

When these settings are wrong, or you have chosen the incorrect source from where your device connects into, you will need to update this to ensure ESPN will be able to play the audio from the stream.

If you don’t make use of an external speaker, and only utilize the internal audio function on your device, you can proceed with the following solutions to help fix your ESPN sound from not working;

2. Refresh network connection

To refresh your network connection, simply disconnect and reconnect your Wifi router. Allow the modem to sit idle for a couple of minutes before you re-establish your internet.

ESPN recommends a bandwidth speed of at least 2Mbps, however, 5Mbps and up will ensure you do not experience playback issues such as buffering.

Check your internet speed to confirm your app has an adequate connection.

3. Update ESPN software

Make sure the device you use to access ESPN on operates on the latest available firmware. Your device should complete an automatic update, however, this can sometimes be faulty and get interrupted.

(Did you know; ESPN Audio released its first podcast in 2005).

Along with your device’s operating system, check that your app is up to date. This will help fix ESPN’s sound from not working.

4. Check volume setting

The volume setting on your device could be set too low. Check that it’s not on mute, and increase the sound with the button on your remote.

5. Reinstall ESPN app

If the ESPN app that is current on your device is faulty or contains corrupt software, you will need to uninstall and reinstall it.

Before you redownload ESPN, restart your TV to get rid of any remaining data.

No sound on ESPN app Firestick

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Many Firestick users have experienced ESPN to have audio problems when they try and stream content from their device. No sound from your Firestick could be due to Fire updating how their stick performs. Previous Firestick users have also advised that there has been a system error which has had an impact on how well the ESPN app functions.

Another reason why ESPN Plus is not working on your Firestick, could be due to the app’s cache files being too full.

Every time you launch ESPN, data will get stored on your device. This is to improve loading times and its general functions.

How to clear ESPN cache on Fire TV

Step 1. Access the home screen and choose ‘Settings’

Step 2. Click on ‘Application’ followed by ‘Manage Installed Applications’

Step 3. Find the ESPN app and click on ‘Force Stop’

Step 4. Press ‘Clear Cache’ and ‘Clear Data’

Before you relaunch ESPN, restart your device.

How do I reset ESPN Plus?

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Occasionally, the ESPN app will ask you to subscribe even though you have already registered. When this occurs, you will need to reset your ESPN Plus app to relink your account to your device. This error will usually occur on an Android device, whether it’s your smart TV, mobile phone or tablet.

If you get a prompt to subscribe the next time you open ESPN+, you can reconnect your profile with the following steps;

Step 1. Log into your ESPN app

Step 2. Click on the settings icon in the top right of your screen

Step 3. Choose ‘ESPN+ Subscriptions’

Step 4. Press ‘Subscribe’ followed by ‘Restore’

You should now be given the option to select ‘Set up Account’ which will re-activate your profile details, and link it back onto your device.


With this easy to follow guide, we hope you now know why ESPN sound was not working, and that you were able to get your audio back with one of the methods provided.

If your ESPN app still gives you issues, you might need to replace the HDMI cable that connects your Firestick to your TV. Alternatively, you can contact ESPN directly as there may be an issue with your ESPN service.


  • Tauqeer Ahmed

    Tauqeer Ahmed is a technology expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He has a degree in Computer Science and specializes in network security and software troubleshooting. You can find out more about him at