Windows 10 Tip

How to normalize sound volume on Windows 10

Annoyed by loud commercials while watching TV shows online or listen to music at different sound volume levels? Then use this guide to normalize the sound volume on Windows 10.

Normalize sound volume using Loudness Equalization on Windows 10

It can quickly get annoying when you have to constantly adjust the sound volume of your Windows 10 PC or tablet while watching videos or playing music. If you ever tried to catch up on a TV show online, you probably noticed that commercials are played awfully louder than the show you’re watching. The same is true with your music collection, depending on how you got those songs on your computer, some albums may play at different sound volume levels.

Fortunately, you can quickly normalize the audio on your Windows 10 PC to have a consistent sound volume level across applications and web browsers when watching shows online or listening to music.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable “Loudness Equalization” to normalize the output sound on your Windows 10 PC or tablet.

How to normalize volume sound using Loudness Equalization

  1. Open Start, do a search for Sound, and open it.

  2. On the Playback tab, select the current default speaker (the one with the green check mark).

  3. Click the Properties button on the bottom-right.

    Windows 10 Sound properties
    Windows 10 Sound properties
  4. Click on the Enhancements tab.

  5. Check the Loudness Equalization option.

    Loudness Equalization option
    Loudness Equalization option
  6. Click Apply.

  7. Click OK.

  8. Close Sound to complete the task.

Once you completed the steps, you should now be able to watch your TV shows online or listen to music with a consistent volume range.

Keep in mind that you can also use the Loudness Equalization option on Windows 10 to boost sound volume, even when you max it out, and you’re still hearing things too low. As you probably noticed this option “reduces perceived volume differences”, which makes quiet and loud sounds easier to hear. 

It’s important to note that most media applications include some sort of “loudness equalization” or “volume normalization” feature. However, Windows 10, similar to Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and older versions, features an option that allows to normalize volume system-wide. 

Additionally, while this is a standard feature on most computers, not every driver supports the enhancement options. For example, Surface Pro 3 devices don’t support this feature.