Increase Volume Beyond 100% in Windows 10

Increase Volume Beyond 100% in Windows 10


In recent years, we have seen an increasing reliance on computers to consume all sorts of media. Over-the-top platforms have gained popularity, and computer configurations are being altered to improve the video-viewing experience. However, in order to completely enjoy a video or a movie, you may need to use external speakers.

This feature isn’t available to everyone, so you’ll have to make do with the built-in speakers on your computer. If your computer’s sound is poor, you can improve it by increasing the audio levels over the usual 100%.

How to Increase Windows 10’s Maximum Volume Above 100%

How to Increase the Volume of Your Computer Above 100%
In this post, we will walk you through the processes necessary to increase the volume of your computer beyond its maximum capacity. You have the following options:

Individual program volume levels should be adjusted.
Make use of audio improvements.
Examine the software volume
Turn off automatic audio adjustments.

1] Make use of third-party Volume Booster programs.

Individual program volume levels should be adjusted.
You can modify the audio levels of the individual programs that are running on your PC, which is a little-known feature provided by Windows. It’s vital to note that programs refer to Edge and Chrome, not individual browser windows. So you can silence the audio in Edge while fully blasting it in Chrome. These settings can be messed up by unintentionally. If you notice low loudness in any of your apps, double-check where the audio of each program sits.

Chrome has no sound.

Right-click on the volume icon in the toolbar and select ‘Open Volume Mixer.’

This displays the audio levels of all programs now running on your computer, as well as any audio output devices (built-in or attached to your system).

Read: Volume Mixer lacks applications.


2] Make use of audio upgrades

If you believe that the overall audio levels across all programs are too low, you can experiment with your speaker’s audio settings. To use them, open the volume mixer as described in the first method and select your built-in speakers.

This will bring up the Speaker properties window. Now, go to the Enhancements menu and select the ‘Loudness Equalization’ option.

Windows 10 Loudness Equalization

Save your changes by clicking ‘Ok’ and closing the box. You may now notice louder and clearer audio levels.

Read: The Enhancements tab in Speakers Properties is missing.


3] Examine the software volume

There are various video-playing software, both for PCs and phones, that includes a built-in volume booster. For example, the VLC Media Player allows you to increase the loudness of a video by up to 300% from within the player. While this is a well-known and simple approach to apply, it does have its share of audio distortions, i.e., when you increase the volume over the maximum threshold, the volume levels get increasingly warped.

As you can see, VLC allows you to increase the volume levels to a maximum of 125%, but you can extend this limit if you like.

To do so, launch VLC Media Player and navigate to ‘Tools and Preferences.’ Click on All in the lower left corner of the screen, under Show Settings.


Then, from the options in the left-side pane, select Qt from the drop-down selection that appears. Scroll down a little and look for the Maximum Volume Displayed options under the sub-settings on the right. Change it to a number that is comfortable to you, with a maximum of 300.


When you close the box, your settings will be preserved.

Learn how to control the volume for specific programs.


4] Turn off automatic audio adjustments.

If you notice a rapid drop in audio levels while on a call, it’s possible that your communications setting is set to Low. This is where your computer automatically adjusts the volume levels whenever it senses communication from the PC. When you eliminate these automated modifications, you will notice a significant difference in their performance while on call.

To do so, visit the Control Panel on your PC and change the size of the settings icon to large or tiny. Then, select Sound.


This will take you to the sound settings. Open the Communications tab in this dialog box, and then select Do Nothing under ‘When Windows detects communications activity.’


Save these changes and see if you notice any differences when on call.


5] Make use of third-party Volume Booster applications.

There are various free, open-source sound improvement and booster software for Windows 11/10 that can increase the volume levels for any media file streaming with the least amount of bother. If you want to learn more about how these applications function and which one is best for you, be sure to read our post on the top free sound-boosting applications for Windows 11/10.

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