How to adjust sound and microphone levels using Settings on Windows 10

Windows 10 brings the speaker and microphone settings to the Settings app in their own dedicated page, and here's how change those new settings.

Sound settings on Windows 10 Redstone 4
Sound settings on Windows 10 Redstone 4

On Windows 10, you’ve been able to adjust and change the system volume since the initial release, but you still needed to use Control Panel to change other settings.

However, starting with the April 2018 Update, Windows 10 brings the sound settings to the Settings app. You’re still required to use Control Panel to access advanced configurations, but eventually all the options will be migrated to the new Sound page to the Settings experience.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to adjust volume, choose input and output devices, and troubleshoot sound or microphone problems using the Sound settings.

How to change Sound settings on Windows 10

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Sound.

    Sound settings
    Sound settings

While in the Sound page, you’ll notice that settings are divided into two sections. You have the first section (Sound) with the option to select your primary speakers, a slider to adjust the system-wide volume, and a Troubleshoot button that can help you to quickly fix any audio related issue.

In addition, there is a Device properties link to access the speaker properties and change settings like sound enhancements, sound format, spatial sound, and more.

The second section (Microphone) is dedicated to microphone settings with an option to select your primary microphone if you have multiple device connected. There is also an audio indicated to tell whether your microphone is working, and you can also access the microphone troubleshooter to fix common problems.

Again, same as Sound, Windows 10 is also including Device properties link to access the speaker properties.

If you don’t see the Sound page in the Settings app, it’s likely because you’re not running Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update). This feature appears starting Windows 10 build 17035 and later.

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 14 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 20 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].