Chrome Volume Too Low on Windows 11, Android or Mac

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It’s not uncommon for users to experience low volume issues while using Chrome on different platforms. Whether you’re on Windows 11, an Android device, or a Mac, there might be instances where the audio volume from Chrome seems unusually low. For those who want a quick potential solution, the “Volume Master” extension might be a useful tool, and we’ll discuss in detail later in this guide. Let’s look into understanding and troubleshooting this issue.

Also see: How to Boost Volume Above 100% in Windows 11

Chrome Volume Too Low on Windows 11, Android or Mac

Common causes

Before diving into platform-specific solutions, let’s briefly discuss some common reasons for Chrome’s volume issues:

  • Application-specific volume settings: Sometimes, the volume mixer of the operating system might be set to a low level only for Chrome.
  • Extensions: Some extensions might interfere with audio settings, reducing the volume. For example, the “Volume Master” extension can help regulate and boost Chrome’s audio, but we’ll look into its functionalities later on.How to fix volume too low in Google Chrome
  • Corrupt Chrome profile: A corrupted profile can mess with various settings, including audio.
  • Outdated Chrome or OS version: Outdated software can cause numerous issues, including volume inconsistencies.

Useful tip: How to Change Volume of Different Apps on Windows 11

Fixing low Chrome volume on Windows 11

Windows offers various settings and features that can influence Chrome’s audio. Let’s explore some solutions tailored for Windows 11.

Check the Volume Mixer

Your system volume settings might differ for individual applications. Here’s how to ensure Chrome’s volume is set correctly in Windows:

  1. Right-click on the speaker icon in your system tray.
  2. Click on “Open Volume mixer”.Open Volume Mixer in Windows 11
  3. Ensure Chrome’s volume slider is set to the maximum or an appropriate level.Volume too low in Chrome on Windows 11

Handy guide: How to Change Output Device For Different Apps on Windows 11

Disable extensions

Extensions can sometimes interfere with your browser’s audio output. While some extensions can be beneficial, others might inadvertently reduce the volume. We’ll discuss the “Volume Master” extension later in this guide, which can be useful in managing Chrome’s audio. For now, let’s see if any extension is causing the volume drop:

  1. In Chrome, click on the three vertical dots (menu icon) at the top-right corner.
  2. Hover over “More tools” and then click on “Extensions”.
  3. Disable extensions one by one to check if any of them is causing the low volume issue.Disable Chrome Extensions

Reset Chrome settings

Corrupted settings can lead to unpredictable behavior, including volume issues. Here’s how to revert to default settings:

  1. Click on the three vertical dots (menu icon) in Chrome.
  2. Click “Settings”.
  3. Scroll down and click on “Reset settings”.
  4. Then, click on “Restore settings to their original defaults”.Reset Google Chrome to defaults

Update Windows and Chrome

Older versions might contain unresolved bugs. Keeping your system and Chrome updated can eliminate many known issues.

Related resource: How to Split Sound Between Speakers and Headphones Windows 11

Resolving low volume in Chrome on Android

Android devices come with their own set of configurations and settings. Here’s how you can address volume issues on this platform.

Check system volume

The Android system volume controls might be inadvertently set to a lower setting for Chrome:

  1. While Chrome is open and playing sound, click on the volume up button to ensure it’s not set too low.Chrome volume too low on Android

Check Chrome’s site settings

Sometimes, specific site settings can override general volume settings in Chrome. Here’s a way to ensure that’s not the case:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three vertical dots.
  2. Click “Settings”.
  3. Under “Site settings”, click on “Sound”.
  4. Ensure that the sites you’re visiting aren’t muted or set to a low volume.Check Chrome sound mute settings on Android

Clear Chrome’s cache

Over time, cached data can accumulate and may lead to unexpected behaviors in apps, including volume issues in Chrome. However, it’s essential to note that clearing Chrome’s cache and data may result in losing login sessions, website preferences, and other personalized settings. Always ensure you have essential data backed up or credentials on hand before clearing cache:

  1. Open “Settings” on your Android device.
  2. Navigate to “Apps” or “App Manager”.
  3. Find Chrome and click on it.
  4. Click on “Storage” and then “Clear Cache”.Clear Chrome cache on Android

Addressing low Chrome volume issues on Mac

Macs have their own unique ecosystem. Here’s how to troubleshoot volume issues on a Mac.

Check application volume

Mac’s function keys allow quick volume adjustments for applications. Ensure Chrome isn’t muted:

  1. While Chrome is playing audio, press the F10, F11, or F12 keys to adjust volume.
  2. Make sure Chrome is not muted.

Check system preferences

Mac’s System Preferences provide a comprehensive control over audio settings. Make sure the output volume is set correctly:

  1. Click on the Apple menu.
  2. Go to “System Preferences” and then “Sound”.
  3. Under the “Output” tab, ensure the output volume slider is not set too low.Chrome volume low on Mac

Create a new Chrome profile

Profiles in Chrome store personalized settings and extensions. A corrupt profile might lead to volume discrepancies:

  1. Close Chrome.
  2. Navigate to ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome.
  3. Rename the “Default” folder to something like “Backup default”.
  4. Reopen Chrome and test the volume.

Using the “Volume Master” Chrome extension

One of the convenient solutions for volume issues in Chrome is using an extension called Volume Master. It allows users to boost or adjust the volume of individual tabs, providing more granular control over the audio output.

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How to install and use Volume Master:

  1. Installing the extension:
    1. Open Chrome and navigate to the Chrome Web Store.
    2. In the search bar, type “Volume Master”.
    3. From the search results, find “Volume Master” and click on “Add to Chrome”.Install Volume Master on Chrome
    4. A confirmation dialogue will pop up. Click “Add extension” to confirm.
  2. Using the extension:
    1. Once the extension is installed, you will see the Volume Master icon on the Chrome toolbar.
    2. Open the tab where you’re facing volume issues.
    3. Click on the Volume Master icon.
    4. Use the slider to boost the volume of the current tab. You can increase the volume up to 600%.Boost Chrome volume above max 100
    5. If you want to adjust the volume for other tabs, simply click on the tab and repeat step 4.
  3. Uninstalling/Disabling the extension:
    1. If you wish to remove or temporarily disable the extension, right-click on the Volume Master icon.
    2. From the dropdown menu, you can choose “Remove from Chrome” to uninstall or “Manage Extensions” to disable it.

Note: While Volume Master can significantly boost the volume, be cautious while using it. Setting the volume too high can distort the sound quality and may potentially harm your speakers or headphones. Always start with a lower boost percentage and gradually increase as needed.

Final thoughts

If you have followed the steps mentioned above and the issue still persists, you might want to consider reinstalling Chrome or seeking assistance from online communities like Reddit. Describe your specific problem in detail to get more targeted help. Sometimes, this issue might be a result of a more complex software or hardware problem. Always keep your software updated and be cautious about the extensions and apps you install.


Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of WindowsDigitals.com. With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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