Windows 10 and 11 have most of the same features and settings. Only the interface seems a bit different.
Both operating systems have similar settings, options, troubleshooting methods, and issues. Their solutions are also similar and easy to follow. Most of the users reported an issue with the volume going down by itself in Windows 10 and 11.
You are in the right place if you are one of these users. We have compiled a comprehensive guide detailing all the methods available to solve volume-related problems. So, let’s dive into the topic without wasting time to learn more.
How To Fix Volume Keeps Going Down By Itself Windows 10/11?
Audio issues are mostly related to glitches and bugs that can be resolved using simple troubleshooting techniques. Most of the troubleshooting includes automatic operating system diagnostics and resolution. It means your operating system (Windows 10/11) automatically detects and resolves the problem.
To run audio troubleshooting, open the Windows start menu, type “Find and fix problems with playing sound,” and hit enter. Press Next to start the troubleshooting. Windows will start diagnosing the error and will give you all possible solutions. Troubleshooting is a proven method to remove certain bugs and errors.
Select Default Output Device
Windows has an automatic system to detect input and output devices. But sometimes, these functions get glitchy due to overuse or data corruption. One such glitch is the automatic selection of writing output devices. If your PC has multiple external devices, it may develop this glitch.
To resolve the issue, you have to select the default audio device from the audio settings. Right-click on the sound icon in the lower right corner of the taskbar. Now click on “Sound” from the file menu.
Once you are in the sounds, navigate to “Playback.” You will find a list of all connected output devices (speakers). Select the device you want to use as an output device, and then click “Set as default.” It will resolve the issue of volume going down by itself.
Disable Exclusive Mode From Sound Settings
This mode enables the restriction of playing any sound at the same time. If this mode is enabled, it will turn down or mute your audio completely if any other audio interferes with it. This mode is specifically designed to disable one audio track when the other is playing. So, you have to disable it to resolve this issue.
To disable exclusive mode, right-click the sound icon and then go to “Sound” from the menu list. Now go to the “Playback” tab and select your output device. Click on the “Properties” button, and once you are in the properties, go to the “Advanced” tab. Here you will find “Give exclusive mode applications priority.” If this option is checked, then uncheck it to disable it.
Disable Sound Enhancements
Sound enhancements are settings to improve the overall quality of your Windows sound. These settings enable you to use better-quality sound using the same output devices. But if these settings get disturbed, they cause errors like dropping the volume automatically.
To disable these settings, right-click the sound icon on the taskbar and select “Sounds” from the list. Once you are in the sound settings, click on the output device you are using, and then click on the properties. Here you will find the tab “Enhancements.” Navigate to the tab, disable the enhancements, and press OK to confirm.
Reset Windows Audio Service
Windows services are the background processes that keep all the applications and their related functions running. If any service has glitches, it might be difficult to resolve them without restarting the whole service. Restarting the service will enable Windows to start the process with its default settings.
To restart Windows audio services, press “Windows key + R” to open Run, and then type “services.msc” and hit enter. Once you are in Windows services, scroll the services list down until you find “Windows audio services.” Right-click on the service and then select “Restart.” It will restart the entire audio service and resolve the issue.
Disable Communication Settings
Communication settings are used to disable all other sounds if you are using any digital communication app. It has different phases to reduce the sound, from muting all sounds to 80%. These sounds include third-party application sounds and multimedia sounds. This option could be responsible for troubling your audio.
To disable your communication settings, right-click on the sound icon and go to sound settings by selecting “Sound” from the menu list. Once you are in the sound settings, navigate to the “Communication” tab. Now select the “Do nothing” option to disable these settings.
Check For Multiple Output Device Connections
If you have more than one device connected to your computer, it’s possible that your computer won’t be able to identify which of the connected devices is the output source. Sometimes your windows will become corrupted, which will cause shifting between the audio outputs, ultimately resulting in a sudden change in the sound.
Always check if any other speakers, headphones, or earbuds are not connected to your PC while you are using your speakers. Try to use one type of output device at a time or make one device the default in the sound settings to avoid this issue.
Install Audio Driver Updates
Drivers are crucial for properly functioning any hardware, including your speakers. If drivers are outdated, they might be unable to properly communicate between hardware and software, which may cause several issues.
If you suspect a driver issue, try to update it as soon as possible. To check for updates, open Device Manager, right-click the Windows start menu, and select Device Manager from the list. Once you are in the device manager, click on the audio drivers, select the audio driver, and then select “Update.”
Windows will ask for two options. Select “Search automatically for drivers.” Windows will start detecting the driver online. If an update is available, Windows will automatically download and install it.
Other optional Windows drivers also need to be checked when considering an update. Open the start menu, type “Check for updates,” and open the update window. Just below the Windows Update button, you will find the “View optional updates” option. Click on it to view all additional updates. If you find any driver related to audio in the list, update it immediately.
Change the Bitrate of the Audio
Bitrate is the amount of audio data transferred. This data transfer rate must match your output device, like surround sound speakers or headphones, to give you the best listening experience. If you have the wrong bitrate settings, you may have to face several audio issues, including this volume-down issue.
You can change the bitrate according to your speakers. Just read the bitrate of your speakers from the user guide or manufacturer’s website, and then open sound settings. Once in the sound settings, go to the “playback” tab and select “properties.”
After opening the properties, go to the “Advanced” tab, and here you will find the bitrate settings. Select the recommended bitrate from the list and press “OK.”
Enable Loudness Equalizer
Loudness equalizer settings in Windows are the settings that keep the loud and quiet sounds at an average value. It prevents them from being too loud or too slow while playing. This option is best to avoid volume and audio-related issues like this one. So, you must enable it in the Windows settings.
To enable the loudness equalizer settings, right-click the sound icon to open the sound settings. Once you are in the sound settings, click the playback tab and select your default speaker device. Click on “Properties,” and in the properties, go to “Enhancement.” Here you will find the loudness equalizer settings. Check the option to enable it.
Check For Third-Party App Conflict
Sometimes we use more than one app in the background that also uses audio resources. Some third-party apps don’t allow any other sound to be played when they are in operation. That is why you must remove all the background third-party apps, especially communication apps like Discord or Skype.
To do so, press “Ctrl+Alt+Del” and select “Task Manager.” Once the task manager is open, click the “Processes” tab and select the third-party app. Once selected, press “End Task” to remove the app.
Troubleshooting audio problems and changing settings can help fix the problem of Windows 10/11’s sound going down independently. Running “Audio Troubleshooting” from the “Start” menu in Windows can often find and fix bugs and glitches that happen when you play sound.
If the problem is caused by a problem with the computerized tool choice system, you can fix it by choosing the usual output device in the sound settings. If you turn off the exclusive mode in the sound settings, the volume won’t go down or stop when other sounds come in.
In the same way, turning off sound improvements can fix problems like the computer turning down the noise. Restarting the Windows audio source can fix system errors and get the settings back to how they were before.
The problem can also be fixed by turning off communication settings, checking for some output tool links, and updating audio drivers. Changing the audio bitrate to improve the output tool and letting the loudness equalizer work also helps keep the sound levels stable.
By following these steps and making the necessary settings changes, Windows 10/11 users can troubleshoot and fix the problem of the volume going down on its own.
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