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The only way it should be possible is through WASAPI – Windows Audio Session API (see WASAPI sample).

Sadly, WASAPI isn’t exposed in c#, only in C++ (but I’m not sure if it covers jack detection or not. I honestly don’t believe that they expose jack detection at the API level…).

Hopes this help.

Jack detection notification is exposed through IMMNotificationClient::OnDeviceStateChanged. Just tried it on win8 desktop, OnDeviceStateChanged gets called with DEVICE_STATE_UNPLUGGED and DEVICE_STATE_ACTIVE when (un)plugging a device. Sadly that part of wasapi is documented as desktop only so i guess there’s no way to do it in WinRT.

Try the following:


This works on WinRT.

See MSDN for more detail on the method: