How to adjust app sound individually on Windows 10

Do you want to adjust the sound level for a particular app or you want to lower the system sound only? Then use these steps on Windows 10.

Adjust apps sound on Windows 10
Adjust apps sound on Windows 10

On Windows 10, you can adjust the volume of your device quite easily. You can do this by using the speaker icon in the notification area and using the volume buttons at the side of your device. However, the only caveat is that by using this option is that you would be only adjusting the “master volume.” If you want to adjust the system or a particular app’s sounds, the steps are different.

In the past, you would use the “Volume Mixer” experience, but on the latest version of Windows 10, the advanced sound settings are integrated into the Settings app.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to adjust the volume level for a specific app or system sound on Windows 10.

Adjust sound for a specific app on Windows 10

To lower or raise the volume for an app individually on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Sound.

  4. Under “Other sound options,” click the “App volume and device preferences” option.

    Windows 10 app volume and device preferences

  5. Under the “App” section, adjust the volume level for the app you want.

    Windows 10 adjust sound per app

    Quick note: You must have the app running and playing sound to appear in the list. On this page, you can also adjust the Master volume option to adjust the sound for the entire system.

Once you complete the steps, the app will use the same sound level in relationship to the master volume.

It is worth noting that you can also change the input and output sources for your system and apps individually within the App volume and device preference page, and you can always press the Reset button to return to the default settings.

Alternatively, you can also right-click the speaker icon from the notification area and use the “Volume Mixer” to perform the same task. However, the Settings app is the recommended method since the Control Panel will fade completely from Windows 10.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].