How to Increase Volume Windows 10

By Wendy Mai  Sound Issues  AudioWindows 10   0 Comment

If you’re unable to increase system volume on your Windows 10 PC because the speaker icon is missing from the task bar or the volume control is not working, you’re not alone. Many Windows users are reporting it. But the good news is you can fix it. This article gives you quite a few solutions to try. You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.

Note: Ensure that your audio device is connected with your PC and the computer isn’t muted.

How to get the speaker icon back in the task bar

  1. Turn on the volume icon through Settings
  2. Change the text size through Display settings
  3. Restart Windows Explorer through Task Manager

How to fix volume control not working

  1. Update the sound card driver
  2. Reinstall the sound card driver
  3. Reset audio service
  4. Run an SFC scan
  5. Use Microsoft security scanner to scan your computer
  6. Place your computer in Safe Mode
  7. Run a task via Task Manager

How to get the speaker icon back in the task bar

Method 1 – Turn on the volume icon through Settings

  1. Right-click on the task bar and select Taskbar settings.

  2. In Settings, scroll down to find the Notification area section and click on Turn system icons on or off.

  3. Make sure Volume is turned on.

  4. Click on the left arrow to go back to the previous page.

  5. Click on Select which icons appear on the taskbar under Notification area.

  6. Verify Volume is on.

  7. Now you should see the speaker icon in the task bar.

Method 2 – Change the text size through Display settings

If enabling Volume in Settings doesn’t help recover the speaker icon, then you can try changing the text size to make the icon reappear in taskbar. You may follow the steps below:

  1. Right-click on your Windows desktop and select Display settings.

  2. Under Change the size of text, apps, and other items, select 125%, and click on Apply.

  3. Select 100% again.
  4. The speaker icon should appear in the taskbar now.

Method 3 – Restart Windows Explorer through Task Manager

You can also try restarting Windows Explorer through Task Manager to get back the volume icon.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.

  2. Scroll down to the bottom to find Windows Explorer, right-click on it and select Restart.

  3. Check if the volume icon shows up in the taskbar now.

How to fix volume control not working

Solution 1 – Update the sound card driver

Updating the sound card driver should always be your go-to option when you suspect something’s wrong with your sound card. You can either update the sound card driver manually, using Windows Update, or you use a trusted third party product to automatically update the driver for you.

Option 1 – Use Windows Update to manually update the sound card driver

  1. On the Windows desktop, click on the Start button and select Device Manager.
  2. Open the Sound, video and game controllers entry.
  3. For each device under the entry, right-click on them one by one and select Update driver.

  4. Click on Search automatically for updated driver software. Then Windows will search online for the correct driver for your sound card.

    Note: If you’re told that The best drivers for your device are already installed, because sometimes Microsoft might not be able to detect the update for some reasons, then you can try option 2 below to let Driver Easy automatically update the sound card driver for you.
  5. Repeat step 3 and 4 with the other device(s) in the entry.

Option 2 – Use Driver Easy to automatically update the sound card driver

If you’re not comfortable playing with device drivers, we recommend using Driver Easy. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and (if you go Pro) installs any driver updates your computer needs.

To update your drivers with Driver Easy, just click the Scan Now button, then when it lists the drivers you need to update, click Update. The correct drivers will be downloaded, and you can install them – either manually through Windows or all automatically with Driver Easy Pro.

After updating the driver for your sound card, you can restart your computer and test the volume by playing a song. If the problem persists, continue with the troubleshooting steps in the next sections.

Solution 2 – Reinstall the sound card driver

If updating the sound card driver doesn’t work, try reinstalling the driver:

  1. In Device Manager, click on the Sound, video and game controllers directory.

  2. For each device listed in the directory, right-click on them one by one and select Uninstall device.

  3. Click on Uninstall to remove the driver.

  4. Repeat step 3 and 4 with the other device(s) in the directory.
  5. Restart your PC, and Windows will reinstall the drivers automatically. Once the drivers are reinstalled, the problems with the volume control should be resolved.

Solution 3 – Reset audio service

Resetting the Windows Audio properties in Services does the trick for some users. You may follow the steps below to give it a shot:

  1. Type services in the Windows search box and select Services.

  2. Navigate to and right-click on Windows Audio, then select Properties.

  3. Make sure the Startup type is set to Automatic.

  4. Then, click on Stop.

  5. Click on Start. And then click on OK.

  6. Restart your PC to see if the problem is resolved. If not, you can try the next solution.

Solution 4 – Run an SFC scan

It could be possible that your files might get corrupted and prevent the volume control form working properly. If so, you can fix the problem by running an SFC scan.

System File Checker will inspect all of the important Windows files on your PC. If the Checker finds an issue with any of these protected files, it will replace it.
  1. In the Windows search box, type cmd
  2. From the results, right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

  3. Click Yes at the User Account Control prompt.

  4. Once Command Prompt is open, type the sfc /scannow command and press Enter.
    Note: There’s a space between sfc and /scannow.



    The scan can take 10-15 minutes, so don’t interrupt it.
  5. After the SFC scan is finished, your files will be repaired and the volume control should be working properly.

Solution 5 – Use Microsoft security scanner to scan your computer

In case the audio issues in your PC are caused by malware, you can use the Microsoft Safety Scanner tool to find and remove malware from your Windows computer. Simply go to http://safety.live.com to download the tool and run a scan to find malware and try to reverse changes made by identified threats.

Solution 6 – Place your computer in Safe Mode

If all the above methods aren’t successful for you, we recommend placing your computer in Safe Mode to see if everything(especially the volume control) functions properly there to verify the cause of the volume control not working problem.

Safe mode is a diagnostic mode of a computer operating system, which loads only essential processes and drivers. It’s sometimes necessary to enter Safe Mode in order to troubleshoot problems on your PC.
Here are the steps of how to enter Safe Mode with Internet to troubleshoot the problem.
  1. On your keyboard, press the Windowskey and R key at the same time to invoke the Run box.
  2. Type msconfig and click OK.

  3. At the top of the System Configuration window, click on the Boot tab, check the box next to Safe boot, select Network and click OK.

    Note: If you want to start Windows in Normal Mode, ensure the Safe boot box is unchecked.
  4. Save any open files and close all programs, and click Restart.

  5. Once in Safe Mode, try adjusting the system volume.
    • If the volume control is working, you can download an antivirus and run a scan in Safe Mode, then restart your PC normally to see if the problem’s resolved.
    • If the volume control doesn’t work as expected, you can restart you PC normally and try the last solution below.

Solution 7 – Run a task via Task Manager

If the issue still persists, we suggest you to try the below troubleshooting steps and check:

  1. Press CTRL+Shift+ESC on the keyboard to access Task manager.

  2. Click on the File tab and select Run new task.

  3. Type Powershell, check Create this task with administrative privileges and click OK.

  4. Type the following command in the pop-up window, and press Enter:
    $manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest

  5. Close the Powershell window.

  6. Reboot your computer.

That’s it. Hopefully this post helps fix the volume control not working issue. If you have any questions, feel free to add a comment below.

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