How to Change Volume on a Per-App Basis in Windows 10

Joel Lee 25-04-2016

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Most people aren’t aware that the operating system offers a way to change volume on a per-app basis. In fact, if you’re on Windows 10, there are two methods you can use — and both are incredibly simple.


The first method involves no third-party apps. Just right-click on the volume icon in the system tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, then select Open Volume Mixer. A window pops up with separate volume controls for each app that’s capable of producing sound.


The second method involves a third-party app called Ear Trumpet. Simply download it, install it, and run it. Afterwards, you’ll see an Ear Trumpet icon in the system tray at the bottom right corner of your screen. Click on it and you’ll see separate volume controls for all active apps.


I prefer this second method because it looks nicer and it’s easier to invoke.

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Got any other Windows 10 tricks that you think we should know about? Share your knowledge with us down in the comments!

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Related topics: Media Player, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Caroline C
    November 25, 2016 at 4:55 am

    I got a call after 10:30pm last night. Woman had an Indian accent, said she was with the technical dept with Windows. Told her it was too late for me to be concerned with this, argued with her as she said it was very important, hung up on her. Caller id shows 980-949-6535, Gaines, Nyasia. She had my name, which ticked me off even more.

  2. Anonymous
    April 25, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    This also works in Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1, FYI.

    • Joel Lee
      April 29, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Howard. Guess I should've mentioned that. :)