7 Useful Ways to Control YouTube Video Volume
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Who knew that controlling the volume of YouTube videos could be such a complex topic? After all, what options do you really have beyond the on-screen slider? You’d be surprised, actually.

It turns out there are multiple different ways to control YouTube video volume. Here are some of the best methods we’ve found.

1. Volume Slider

youtube volume slider on video

Let’s kick-off with the on-screen slider. It’s the primary way that most people adjust YouTube’s volume.

The slider is self-explanatory. Move it to the left to decrease volume and move it to the right to make YouTube louder.

There’s also a mute function to instantly kill the sound; just click on the speaker icon.

2. Keyboard Shortcuts

We always advocate using keyboard shortcuts for any task where possible. Learn them well, and they are faster than using a mouse. Meaning you can be more productive.

YouTube is no different. There are a plethora of handy YouTube keyboard shortcuts Improve YouTube Now With a Few More Keyboard Shortcuts Improve YouTube Now With a Few More Keyboard Shortcuts YouTube's built-in controls for video playback are great, but what if you could customize them? With this extension, you can add new shortcuts and tweak existing ones in seconds. Read More available. You can do everything from skipping the video to turning subtitles on and off.

YouTube’s keyboard shortcuts for volume control are the arrow keys. Pressing Up will increase the volume in five percent increments; pressing Down will decrease the volume by the same amount.

(Note: If the shortcuts aren’t working, try clicking on the video first. If the video is not “in focus,” you might find that the arrow keys scroll the entire webpage up and down instead.)

3. Use Your Mouse

You can also change the volume on YouTube using your mouse scrolling wheel—but it’s a bit fiddly.

The change was introduced in a 2017 update. To make the feature work, you need to first hover your mouse over the speaker icon to reveal the volume slider, then hover your mouse over the slider itself.

Once you’re hovering, scroll up to increase the volume and scroll down to decrease the volume. If the cursor strays off the slider, the scroll wheel will move the webpage up and down.

In this implementation, it’s not clear what benefits using your mouse scroll wheel has over merely clicking on the slider. Clicking is faster and less likely to misfire.

Third-Party YouTube Volume Controls

When it comes to controlling YouTube’s volume, you aren’t only limited to the native functionality. There are a host of third-party YouTube extensions Make YouTube Better With These Awesome Web Apps and Extensions Make YouTube Better With These Awesome Web Apps and Extensions These websites and extensions fill those annoying gaps until YouTube itself adds the features. Read More and extensions which provide extra features. Some of them let you adjust the volume of YouTube videos.

4. YouTube Mouse Controls

youtube mouse controls options

Available on: Chrome

If you’re running Google Chrome, you should start by checking out the YouTube Mouse Controls extension.

It lets you make YouTube louder and quieter by using the scroll wheel on your mouse. However, unlike the previously-described mouse scrolling method, it will work as long as your mouse cursor is hovering somewhere over the video player. As such, it’s less error-prone than the native methodology.

You can also use the extension to seek through videos. Click the scroll wheel and move your mouse left or right. Click the scroll wheel for a second time when you’re ready to start watching.

You need to access the extension settings page to activate it before the mouse controls will work.

Download: YouTube Mouse Controls ($0.99)

5. Magic Actions for YouTube

magic actions youtube options

Available on: Chrome

The second Chrome extension worth talking about is Magic Actions for YouTube. It is a more full-featured add-on than YouTube Mouse Controls.

In addition to letting you use your mouse to adjust the volume, it also offers a cinema view, auto HD, day and night viewing modes, automatic video replays, one-click video screenshots, an easy way to view and delete your watch history, ratings previews for Related Videos, and more information about users in the comments section.

Download: Magic Actions for YouTube (Free)

Other Ways to Control YouTube Video Volume

Let’s finish by looking at two more ways to control the YouTube video volume that you may not have thought of previously.

6. VLC Media Player

youtube on vlc volume boost

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS

We’ve all experienced it: You click on a YouTube video, and it’s barely audible, even if the volume on your computer and the player itself are both turned up to 100 percent.

If the volume is low on a YouTube video you want to watch, you should consider watching the video directly through VLC Media Player. It lets you make YouTube louder thanks to its sound booster.

Sure, it might be a bit too much hassle for a two-minute video of a cat doing catty things, but if it’s a movie or similarly long video that you’re struggling to hear, you’ll reap the rewards.

To watch a YouTube video on VLC Media Player, follow the step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Download and open VLC Media Player.
  2. Head to YouTube and copy (Ctrl + C) the URL of the video you want to watch.
  3. On VLC, navigate to Media > Open Capture Device.
  4. Click on the Network tab.
  5. Paste the YouTube URL that you copied in Step Two.
  6. Click on Play.

After a couple of moments, the video should start playing. You can then use the volume slider in the lower right-hand corner to boost the volume to 125 percent of its original maximum.

Download: VLC Media Player (Free)

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7. Normalize Audio Output on Your PC

YouTube doesn’t have a native way to normalize audio output. Instead, you should use third-party tools.

Windows has a built-in tool. You can activate the operating system’s loudness equalization by right-clicking on the speaker icon in the taskbar and heading to Sounds > Playback > Speakers > Properties > Enhancements and marking the checkbox next to Loudness Equalization.

If you’re using macOS, there’s no built-in loudness normalization tool. Luckily, there are plenty of third-party equalizers which do the job perfectly well. Two of the most popular are Boom and eqMac2.

Windows also has third-party sound equalizers The 5 Best Windows 10 Sound Equalizers to Improve Your PC Audio The 5 Best Windows 10 Sound Equalizers to Improve Your PC Audio Do you want to tweak the Windows audio to your liking? These Windows 10 sound equalizers have you covered. Read More if you don’t like the native functionality.

More Help for Budding YouTube Ninjas

So, there you have it. A multitude of different ways to control YouTube video volume. But if you know of any more, be sure to let us know about them in the comments below.

And if you’d like to learn more about using YouTube, check out these YouTube URL tricks you should know about, along with these YouTube tricks for video ninjas Think You're a YouTube Ninja? You Won't Know These 8 Tricks Think You're a YouTube Ninja? You Won't Know These 8 Tricks The nature of YouTube means there are literally hundreds of nifty tricks and clever features for you to take advantage of. We share eight of the best tips which are native to YouTube. Read More .

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  1. khang
    December 27, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for this information

  2. Captain Velveeta
    April 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Magic Actions works great but it has a "new version" pop-up that comes up like every 3rd or 4th time I click on my Chrome browser and it's annoying as HELL. I think I'll try Firefox.

  3. Captain Velveeta
    April 14, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Magic Actions for the Chrome browser works great but it has a pop-up screen that comes up every 3rd or 4th time I click on my Chrome browser button...it's annoying as HELL. I think I'll try Firefox.

  4. Tarek Khan
    January 17, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Thars want I was wondering

  5. Tarek Khan
    January 17, 2016 at 2:03 am

    How to turner up the volume on Youtube

  6. Anonymous
    June 22, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    why is that when you watch videos on the internet more times than not you get blasted with max volume before you have a chance to lower it I never seen someone else have to temparaily remove their head phones

  7. dsadsa
    April 28, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    such smart much wow