Sound Volume Not Loud Enough? Here Is How You Can Boost It


I have a laptop that has a sound issue for a long time. The sound volume is just not loud enough even though I maximized all the volume controls I can find on that machine. It’s been bothering me so much until lately, I decided to dig a little deep to see if there is anything I can do about it.

It turns out, there is indeed one option built right in Windows that could boost up the sound volume without buying or installing any hardware or software. If you are struggling with the same sound issue like mine, here is what you can do.

1. Right-click on the speaker icon at your system tray, and choose Playback devices, which opens up the Playback tab in the Sound dialog box.

Opening Sound Playback properties from system tray

2. Right-click the device, and choose Properties.

Right-click sound device, and choose properties

3. In the Speakers properties window, go to Enhancements, and check “Loudness Equalization” option.

Speakers properties - enhancement - loudness
Loudness option to boost the sound volume

To turn it off if you find the sound volume is now too loud, go to the same place and uncheck the Loudness option.

Note that this tip works on Windows 7 and above systems, including Windows 10.

That’s about it. Enjoy the boosted volume from your speakers or earphones.

/Update on Feb. 24, 2018/

For those who don’t have the Enhancements tab to enable Loudness Equalization, here is a free tool FxSound called you can try to crank up the volume on the speaker. Once installed, click Presets > Select, and pick Volume Boost from the list or whatever one that fits you.

FxSound - Sound Volume Not Loud Enough? Here Is How You Can Boost It

/update on Jan 30, 2019/

Unfortunately, FxSound is no longer offer the free version. It runs as a 7-day free trial and then you will need to pay to continue using it.



  1. This trick has really helped me a lot by enhancing my Windows 7 normal audio quality to an exceptionally high Audio quality. Thanks a lot for helping me

  2. Oh my, my headphoens have great sound but there’s time when the volume it’s way too low with certain videos, I had no idea this was a thing, thank you so much.

  3. Oh what a shame, I don’t have “Playback Devices” though I have Win10 up to date. Anyone knows if there’s another way to get to it? I was so hopeful of increasing the volume of my Lenovo laptop….Please someone? Thank you!

    • It is now called “Sounds” rather than “Playback Devices” because it opens to the sounds tab rather than the playback tab, but it is the same thing, just change tab.


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