Since Windows 11, most Windows settings, including volume control, have received major changes in UI (user interface). Though the sound settings and volume control may look different than before, you can access to them very easily on Windows 11. This short guide will show you how to change the volume of different apps on Windows 11.
How to control the volume of different apps in Windows 11
To adjust the general volume in Windows 11, you can simply click on the volume icon from the taskbar corner to bring up the quick settings, and from there adjust the general volume using the volume slide bar. However, if you want to adjust the volume of only a certain active app, here’s how to do it.
The volume of each active app can be configured on Windows 11 so that some apps can have higher or lower volume than the others. For example, if you would like only your browser to have lower or higher volume but retain the general volume for other apps, you can adjust the volume of only that particular browser without affecting the rest of the apps.
Here’s how to quickly access to the volume mixer to change the volume of each individual app in Windows 11.
- In Windows 11, right-click on the volume icon from the taskbar corner (right side of the taskbar).
- Then, select Volume Mixer.
- Under Apps, you can configure the volume of any app listed here.
Apps will only show up on the list if they are currently active. It means that you can only adjust the volume of apps that are currently opened and active on Windows.
Some apps will only show up on the list of apps when they are producing sound, otherwise they won’t be on the list. For example, Chrome browser may not show up on the list if the tabs or webpages you open on Chrome doesn’t produce any audio. A web browser will need to have at least one webpage opened that actively producing sound, such as YouTube, for it to show up on the list of apps in volume mixer.
After changing the volume of a certain app, if you close the app and reopen it, the volume will be reset to its default, usually 100%.
The “System sounds” is the audio produced by Windows 11, such as error notifications, Windows startup and shutdown sounds, the sounds when you click on something, etc.
To adjust the general volume instead, use the volume slider under “System” in volume mixer.
The “Reset sound devices and volumes for all apps to the recommended defaults” button will allow you to reset all adjusted volumes back to their defaults. Most apps have a default volume at 100%.
If for any reason you can’t open volume mixer through taskbar, alternatively, you can open volume mixer by navigating to Start Menu > Settings > System > Sound > Advanced > Volume Mixer.
How to mute a particular app on Windows 11
Additionally, you can quickly mute an app by clicking on the speaker icon beside the volume slider of the app in the Volume Mixer on Windows 11. To unmute a muted app, click on the speaker icon of the app again.
Alternatively, you can just change the volume of the app you wish to mute to 0%. Setting an app’s volume to 0% is similar to muting it.