Trying to fix Spotify randomly lowering sound on Windows 10?
Moving from your phone to your computer can be a pretty big deal, especially in light of the pandemic. Working at home means being stuck on your computer for around 8 hours a day, maybe more.
Though you should be in the comforts of your home, Spotify keeps randomly lowering its volume while you’re working. Why does this happen? Well, there are a couple of reasons for this, but luckily, it should be relatively easy to fix.
In this article, we’ll be going through the cause of this bug as well as several methods you can use to try and fix your problem. Here’s how you can fix Spotify randomly lowering sound on Windows 10.
Let’s get started.
- 1. Spotify Lowers When You Speak.
- 2. Disable Audio Enhancements.
- 3. Update Your Sound Drivers.
- 4. Turn Off Normalize Volume.
- 5. Use A Different Browser.
1. Spotify Lowers When You Speak.
Do you find that Spotify’s volume lowers especially when you speak? Furthermore, even just simply making a sound next to the microphone can also trigger this effect. Windows has a built-in option that automatically lowers the volume of applications like Spotify whenever you’re speaking.
This was added as a way to add a certain level of quality when speaking. By lowering your music volume, the audio decrease should give you space to think. However, this can be especially annoying since your microphone can pick up random noises, causing Spotify’s volume to randomly lower or fluctuate.
Here’s how you can configure this option:
- First, open up the Start menu by clicking on the Windows icon at the bottom-left corner of your screen. Once that opens, type in ‘Control Panel’ and hit Enter.
- Now, navigate to Hardware and Sound and then open up Sound.
- Once the Sound window opens up, go and click on the Communications tab.
- Finally, there should be a couple of options there. For this method, just select Do nothing.
Click on OK and exit the window. You can restart your computer if you’d want to, but that shouldn’t be necessary. Play a song on Spotify and see if the volume still lowers down randomly.
2. Disable Audio Enhancements.
While staying on the same topic, there’s another setting you can adjust with your speakers that could solve this problem. It’s not uncommon for some apps to include audio enhancements that elevate your music experience.
These settings come by default in Windows as well. However, enabling these sound options can cause problems, especially with either faulty or outdated software. In this method, we’ll be configuring your sound device and any enhancements that were made to it.
Here’s how you can disable audio enhancements:
- Go ahead and open up the Start menu by pressing on the Windows key on your computer. Search and type in ‘control panel’ then click on the first returned result.
- From there, locate and click on Hardware and Sound and then navigate further into Sound.
- A window should open with you on the Playback tab by default, if not, then navigate to that tab. Select on the speaker or audio device that you’re currently using, whether it be your headphone or earphone. Double-click it to open. If you’re unsure of which speaker is being used, play a song and it should be the speaker with the fluctuating green audio levels.
- Go to the Enhancements tab and uncheck every enhancement option that’s currently enabled.
With that done, you should no longer have any software configurations messing with your microphone and speaker. Go ahead and play a song and then listen for the sound, see if it still randomly lowers.
3. Update Your Sound Drivers.
Having an outdated sound driver run on your computer can mess up a lot of music, audio, or video-streaming services. Spotify is not exempted from this and can be heavily affected as well. Updating your sound drivers is a great way to mitigate or avoid problems like this from building up.
Furthermore, if you’re using a high-tech sound device, like Asus or Razer headphones, these can come with their own special drivers. Other than updating these drivers, we also encourage you to browse and look through the dedicated audio apps for audio enhancements and such options.
Here’s how you can update your sound drivers:
- Start by opening up the Start menu by either clicking on the Windows icon at the bottom-left corner of your screen or pressing on the Windows key.
- Next, type in ‘Device Manager’ and press Enter. This should redirect you to a list of all the drivers currently installed on your computer.
- Then, look for and click on Sound, video and game controllers. Click on this to expand the list.
- Finally, from the expanded list, right-click on the driver of the speaker you’re using and select Update driver.
Feel free to do this for all the drivers on the list. You might be asked for a couple of permissions, just go through the prompts to finish the update.
4. Turn Off Normalize Volume.
After messing with all your Windows-related settings, it’s time to see what we can do with Spotify. The music-streaming program comes with its fair share of features and audio configurations that try to elevate the quality of your songs.
For this method, we’ll be checking out the ‘Normalize Volume’ setting that Spotify added to try and keep all your songs at the same volume. Each song will automatically have its volume adjusted, but the changes only take effect several seconds after the song begins. This could probably be what’s lowering the sound of your songs on Windows 10.
Here’s how you can turn off ‘Normalize Volume’:
- First, open up the Spotify app on your computer. If you’re unsure of where to find this, you can also just open the Start menu and search for ‘Spotify’.
- Once the Spotify app is open, click on the V icon at the top-right corner of your screen and navigate to Settings.
- Finally, scroll down a little bit and under Music Quality look for and disable Normalize volume.
Just exit out of the settings, as Spotify will automatically save your configurations. Now go ahead and play a couple of songs to see if the issue still persists.
5. Use A Different Browser.
If you’ve exhausted all the methods above, then it’s time to try using both the web app and transferring to a different browser. The web app can offer a lot of troubleshooting, in case your Spotify program is the one that’s misbehaving.
Additionally, if you’ve been using Firefox all this time, there’s an ‘audio waviness’ bug that fluctuates songs played from Spotify while you’re on Firefox. We aren’t sure as to why this happens, but that could very well be the culprit.
You can quickly download Chrome, Brave, or any other browser by searching for their official downloads on Google. Hopefully, if the problem is finally resolved once you do these methods, you can either fully migrate to the web app version or try these other steps.
We didn’t include these as stand-alone methods frankly because most issues have been fixed with the methods above. However, if you’ve already exhausted those solutions, then feel free to try these other fixes.
Reinstalling Spotify can help a ton, by deleting old corrupted files and reinstalling the latest authentic version of Spotify on your computer. Don’t forget to use the official installer, as this can usually mitigate most problems. If however, you’ve been installing Spotify this way already, try the Microsoft Store as an alternative.
Furthermore, you can also check for an update before reinstalling, as a pending update will usually solve most issues.
That wraps up this article! Hopefully, we’ve helped you fix Spotify randomly lowering sound on Windows 10. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below.
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