12 Fixes For Computer Volume Low In Windows

Are you facing an issue where the computer Sound volume is just too low? You’ve tried everything from selecting playback devices to using loudness equalization. Have you not? Perhaps this guide can help you find the solution for the Windows 10 volume too low issue.

That’s right! We have compiled a list of various solutions. All these solutions are listed according to priority and ease. In other words, use the first solution first and then move ahead. This step-by-step guide will help you to fix the volume too low issue. Whether you have Windows 11, 10, 7, or something like that, you can always use this.

Pro-Tip For Volume Control Settings

Many third-party Sound software allows you to amplify the Sound performance. For example, the VLC media player is known for boosting Sound by up to 200%. Similarly, there are many third-party equalizers. But remember that they will work only if your speakers can support the performance.

Don’t increase the volume too much. Otherwise, you may end up damaging your playback device. With that in mind, let’s begin. 

Solutions To Fix Computer Volume Low Issues

  1. Restart Your PC
  2. Maintain The Audio Devices
  3. Check Your Audio Playback Device
  4. Check Communication Settings
  5. Check The Computer Volume Controls
  6. Use The Windows Audio Troubleshooter
  7. Modify Speaker Audio Quality
  8. Change The Default Playback Device
  9. Use The Loudness Equalization Setting 
  10. Update Audio Driver
  11. Restart The Sound Controller
  12. Update The Windows

1. Restart Your PC

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The first step to take would be to restart the computer. You can fix most problems with your PC by restarting it. There might be some temporary communication error. Maybe the Windows didn’t load the audio drivers. A simple reboot would suffice.

If you plugged your audio playback device after turning the Windows on, try a reboot. Sometimes, the PC doesn’t process or catch devices. This has been a common problem in Windows 7 and higher versions.

2. Maintain The Sound System

Before you get technical, give your audio devices a little care. Unplug them and clean them. Make sure that there isn’t any dust and other elements ruining the performance. It is a good idea to unplug the wires, and clean and replug them.

3. Check Your Audio Playback Device

Unplug or disconnect your device from the PC you’re using. Then, use a separate device and connect with them. See if there is still a problem. This will help you narrow down whether the problem is with the device or your PC.

If your audio playback device is working fine with another connection, it’s time to look into your PC.

4. Check Communication Settings

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Often, the communication setting can end up being a culprit. It is a convenient feature in Windows that minimizes other audio outputs while you’re on a call on your PC. In other words, if you use your PC for voice calls and communication, this might be the reason for the low volume.

  • In the taskbar, look at the Sound icon on the right side. Right-click on the speaker system tray icon (Sound controls).
  • Select Sound from the options.
  • Go to the ‘Communication’ tab. There, you will see if any setting is enabled.
  • Click on ‘Do Nothing.’ Next, press Apply and then OK.

5. Check The Computer Volume Controls

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The first thing that you probably did was left-click the volume icon and check if the volume is full. But there is more than meets the eye. There is an entire volume mixer.

  • Right-click on the speaker icon from the system tray Icon.
  • Select ‘Open Volume Mixer.’
  • Now, check the audio slider for all the settings. There will be different sliders for different purposes.
  • Make sure to check all the volume controls.

Now, remember that third-party media tools have different volume control. If you’re using VLC, Windows Media Player, or even YouTube, use their built-in controls.

Yes. Having your windows volume max won’t be enough. You have to individually do it for other tools, as well. Once you do that, check for them in the windows volume mixer, too.

For example, YouTube has a built-in volume mixer. After you max it out, check the ‘Open Volume Mixer’ again.

Now, go to the volume slider for your Browser that is playing YouTube. If the volume slider is slow, turn it up. So, make sure to check all the volume controls each time.

6. Use The Windows Audio Troubleshooter

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Windows 10 has a brilliant tool known as a troubleshooter. If you don’t know, it is the same as the ‘diagnostic’ tool in older operating systems. Hence, it is a good idea to use the Windows Playing Audio Troubleshooter. to fix any issue with the volume.

  • In the search bar given in your taskbar, type ‘troubleshooter.’
  • This should give you ‘Troubleshoot Settings.’ Launch it.
  • Select the ‘Additional Troubleshooter’ option. You will gain access to the various troubleshooters.
  • Select the ‘Playing Audio’ troubleshooter.
  • Click yes and permit it.

If there is any problem with your PC audio settings, the troubleshooter will find it. It will most likely fix it by itself. However, you might need an active internet connection.

Either way, once it fixes the problem, restart your PC. Restarting the PC is the best way to fix a problem after the troubleshooter.

The audio troubleshooter can resolve numerous audio issues if you know how to use it. 

7. Modify Speaker Audio Quality

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One of the best ways to solve computer volume too low is by editing quality.  You might have a low computer sound volume because of the wrong speaker audio quality. If you want good sound quality, follow these steps:

  • Right-click the speaker icon from the system tray and select ‘Open Volume Mixer’ again. Click on the icon of the speaker. This will open the settings for your default playback device.
  • You can also right-click and select the ‘Sounds’ options. Then go to the ‘Playback’ tab and double-click on the default playback device.
  • Go to the ‘Advanced’ tab and look at the ‘default format’ option.
  • There is a dropdown. You can try and select the highest option available. Usually, that’s the best way to go with it.

Remember that a higher bit means better sound quality. For example, you can select 24-bit over 16-bit. Another rule is to have at least 44100 Hz output. You can also select higher output, like 192000 Hz, if our audio device can support it.

Remember, higher audio output may damage your audio device if it is not compatible. So, be careful with that. But, it is a good idea to play with the idea of the audio quality.

8. Change The Default Playback Device

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Do you have multiple playback devices? Connecting different devices leaves the drivers with Windows. There’s a possibility that there is a wrong driver or playback device set as default. As a result, you have low volume or can’t hear anything at all. Thus, selecting playback devices becomes crucial to fix the Windows computer volume too low issue. Follow these steps:

  • Right-click on the Sound Icon.
  • Select ‘Sounds’ from the options.
  • Go to the ‘Playback’ devices tab. You will see various playback devices.
  • Find the one that is your current audio playback device.
  • Right-click on it, and select ‘Set As Default Device.’

You will most likely start hearing Sounds immediately. If you don’t get that, restart your computer. Once you restart your PC, the device will load. Now you can check the volume mixer and other controls

9. Use The Loudness Equalization Setting

loudness equalization computer sound volume windows 10

The Loudness Equalization setting doesn’t boost the sound as much as it balances it. In simple words, you will have a richer sound experience. It will balance the sound output and provide a consistent volume for the selected playback device. By doing so, the standard or average audio level receives a boost in performance.

  • Use the guide so far to select Playback devices once again.
  • Double-click on the device you want to boost.
  • Go to the ‘Enhancements’ tab.
  • Among the enhancements, find the Loudness Equalization option. Check it on.
  • Press Apply, then click OK.

The Loudness Equalization Setting is also a good option for more consistent volume. If you frequently experience lower and higher computer Sound, it will balance things.

10. Update Audio Driver

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If you’re still having computer volume too low issue, give this step a try. Often, a sound card’s driver update is the ‘go-to’ step for any problem. But, it is not necessary. You won’t always get the best results. Hence, we saved the step for later for you to explore.

The first step would be to update the driver manually:

  • Go to the Start Menu and search for Device Manager.
  • Find the ‘Sound, Video, And Game Controllers’ section. Expand it.
  • Find the Sound Card Drivers and right-click on them.
  • Then click on ‘Update Driver.’
  • A popup window will appear. Select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software.’
  • Make sure that you’re connected to the internet when you do that. This will update the relevant driver.
  • Once updated, reboot your system.

Did you fail to find any driver manually? You can try to download the audio driver from the Sound card manufacturer’s website. To update the audio driver like this, follow the steps:

  • Go to the Device Manager again.
  • Expand the ‘Sound, Video, And Game Controllers’ section.
  • Find your Sound Card. Right-click on it and select Properties.
  • You will find the Manufacturer’s name there if you don’t know it.
  • Now go to your web browser and open the Sound card manufacturer’s website.
  • Each website will have a different way of finding the driver. But, they will all need details that are in the Properties window.
  • Make sure to download the driver that is compatible with your Windows architecture. There are 32-bit and 63-bit Windows. So, make sure that you know yours.
  • Once you download the driver, you will just have to install it manually. It could be a good idea to uninstall the older driver and then install a new one.

Make sure that you get a compatible audio driver. Often, the incompatibility leads to a volume too low issue. 

11. Restart The Sound Controller

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If the computer volume is too low after doing all that, you can move to this solution. Apart from updating the antiquated Sound card driver, you can also disable and enable it.

  • Once again, open the Device Manager.
  • Expand the ‘Sound, Video, And Game Controllers’ section.
  • Expand the audio devices.
  • Select your active Sound controller. Right-click and select disable the device.
  • You can restart windows or wait for a couple of minutes. Then right-click the disabled Sound controller and click enable.
  • This will restart the audio driver. Restart Windows again.

See if this fixes the low volume level issue. While you’re at it, you can also uninstall any extra audio driver. Just like having an extra audio device, an extra audio driver can cause problems.

Go to the Volume Icon again. Right-click and select Sounds. Now go to the Playback tab. It lists playback devices that are connected to your system. You can right-click the relevant ones and disable the device. Make sure that you have the correct default device, as well.

You can also go back to the device manager. Find any additional audio driver and uninstall it from your system.

12. Update The Windows

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Sometimes, not having the latest Windows 10 update will cause various issues. It can decrease Sound volume. The reason could be an incompatibility with the audio driver. If you’ve tried everything else for a volume too-low problem, it’s time to update. 

Windows 10 makes things easier for you to update it. All you need to do is type ‘Update’ in the search dialog box Window. 

This will pop up a result for you from the tools. Select it. Click check for updates and let your system update if there are any. 

Restart windows once you’re done and check to see if it fixes the Sound volume. Numerous volume issues get solved like this.