How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

Sometimes all you need to do is turn the volume up to 100. However, there are times when you require an extra boost. Here are some things you can try to make things a little louder when the Windows volume is all the way up but things are still too quiet.

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

When the sound is too quiet but your volume is turned all the way up, it can be irritating. The cause could be anything from automatic voice call features to low-volume sliders in individual apps.

However, there are times when things are simply too quiet – in which case you can use sound boosters built into Windows 10 or the software itself to add a few decibels.

Now, without any further ado, let’s increase the maximum volume in Windows 10.

Method 1: Increase Volume Using Equalizer APO

 

Equalizer APO is a free open-source software that allows you to fine-tune the equalizer settings on your PC.

We could devote an entire feature to all of the crazy things you can do with this software, but for now, let’s just concentrate on cranking up the volume to its maximum level.

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Equalizer APO can be downloaded and installed. After that, select the devices you’d like to use with APO in the installer’s Configurator window (headphones, for example).

Then, in Notepad, navigate to the Equalizer APO install directory, the config folder, and open the “config” file.

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

Change the preamp number to a maximum of +10 dB and delete the rest of the text in the file until it resembles the image below.

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

Save the file, restart your computer, and you’re done!

Method 2: Check the Software Volume

Some video player software may include a volume-increasing feature. If you find VLC to be a little too quiet, for example, you can increase the volume by up to 300 percent within the player.

It’s worth noting that the higher you go, the more audio clipping and distortion you’ll get. It’s a quick method, but it’s not always the most sanitary.

VLC’s volume slider in the bottom-right corner is set to 125 percent by default.

Go to “Tools -> Preferences,” then click “All” in the bottom left corner of the window to increase this.

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

Click “Qt” under “Main interfaces” in the pane that appears, then scroll down and increase the “Maximum Volume displayed” box to 200 or 300.

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

Method 3: Adjust the Volume Dipping Option If Voice Calls Cause Trouble

If everything sounds fine during normal use but suddenly drops when you dial a phone number, you may have a communications option set to reduce volume during calls.

To fix this, go to the Start button and type “Control Panel” into the search box.

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

Click Sound while in small or large icon view.

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

Click the Communications tab in the new window that appears. Make sure the radio buttons on the control panel are set to “Do Nothing.”

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

Set it to “Do Nothing” if it isn’t already, then click OK. During calls, the volume will no longer be reduced!

Method 4: Checking  Individual Software Levels

The levels for that specific app may be low if every app’s sound bar is at a good volume. By right-clicking the volume icon in the taskbar and selecting “Open Volume Mixer,” you can double-check the individual volume levels.

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

You’ll see a list of all the programs you have open, along with their respective volume scales.

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

Check to see if the volume of the quiet app has been reduced for some reason. If your bar is lower than the others, raise it to the same height as the others as shown below.

Method 5: Use Audio Enhancements

If everything is just too quiet in general, you can use Windows 10’s audio enhancements to boost your sound levels.

To do so, right-click the sound control in the toolbar, then select “Open Volume Mixer” from the drop-down menu.

Select the icon for the device you’re currently listening to.

How to Increase the Maximum Volume in Windows 10

Check the “Loudness Equalization” box on the Enhancement tab. Apply the changes.

This will amp up the volume even more, hopefully making it loud enough for you to hear!

Well, that’s all we have for you about increasing the maximum volume in Windows 10. We hope this guide helped you.

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Johnson Miller

Miller has been a video game journalist for over 3 years, contributing to publications all over the world in his freelance capacity. Magic: The Gathering, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin are some of his favorite games.

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