How to Set Custom Volumes for Different Apps in Android

Ben Stegner 28-04-2016

We use all kinds of apps on our phones for different functionality. By default, there’s no way to reflect this in the volume of Android apps Volume Control Tweaks for Android That You Need to Use Are the volume hardware keys are your device broken? Would you like to set different volume levels on a per-app basis? We can solve these problems and more with a few awesome customizations. Read More , though. You might want Spotify on full blast every time you open it, but want to suppress a game’s annoying audio for when you open it on the bus.


If you want more control over volume on a per-app basis, App Volume Control is for you. This app lets you set specific volume levels inside every one of your Android apps. You’ll need to enable its accessibility service on first run, which the app will guide you through.

By default, the app will show you everything installed on your phone, including system apps. You probably won’t need to change these, so to reduce clutter you can click the settings gear and disable Show system apps to only see your installed apps.

While you’re here, you can also disable the notification How to Disable Notifications From Any App in Android Here's how to turn off notifications in Android, plus how to fine-tune the notifications you do want. Read More that the app shows every time it performs a volume change, which is annoying.

Choose any app to change its volume for five categories: media (the app’s sounds, like a game’s music), ring (your phone’s ringtone), alarm (your phone’s alarm function The 5 Best Social Alarm Apps to Help You Get Out of Bed Have a hard time waking up in the morning? These social alarm clock apps can wake you up with a phone call, video, and more. Read More ), notification (other apps sending you notifications), and system (phone noises from tapping the keyboard, etc.).

If you don’t want to adjust one, just leave it off and the defaults kick in.


In an app’s settings, you can choose to modify the settings when opening or when closing that app. If you often close Spotify before walking into work and want your phone to be set back to silent, for example, you can define that here. Again, it will just switch the volume back to default if you don’t change the When Closing option.

Finally, you can add profiles for each app, including phone speakers, headphones, and Bluetooth, so you can crank the volume on your Bluetooth speaker but avoid blowing your ears out with earbuds.

Do you like being able to control app volume individually? Let us know if you have a better solution in the comments!

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  1. Thisguy
    April 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    It's not really app by app control but rather system call function control. If apps share a system call function for sounds all apps using that call function are muted. The author says it is based on a limitation within android o/s. Still interesting option for volume management.