Update (5 October 2020): Having this issue on your Android Smartphone too? Check out our guide here!
I’m sure this is a common problem. Do you face this?
Ever since Windows updated itself in the last few months, Suddenly, you can’t control the volume of certain Bluetooth Speakers or worse, Earphones!.
At 0%, It’s mute. No Windows, I want to listen to music.
So you increase the volume. But at 2%, BAM. Maximum volume blasting in your face.
If it’s speakers, maybe not so bad. You could reach out to the speaker and manually control the volume.
But with in-ear earphones? OUCH! I feel a little deaf now….
The cause of the problem
(You could skip this part if you don’t like geek speak) XD:
No, it’s might not be your earphone or speaker that is at fault. If your other devices are able to control the speaker/earphone with no problem, this means the speaker/earphone should be working fine.
The problem is usually due to your Windows PC or laptop – To make things simple: Bluetooth recently added a protocol called “Absolute Volume”. By right, with this protocol, You should be able to control the actual volume of the speaker directly using my PC. This means you won’t be faced with a small annoyance, where your laptop is pushing 100% Volume, but the bluetooth device is stuck at playing at a much lower volume (until the volume controls of the bluetooth device is manually adjusted as well).
Your computer may recently have updated the Bluetooth software on your Windows computer, to implement this new function. Unfortunately, this technology is not perfect. With some devices, it works fine. But with others, they end up with this “maximum volume only” problem.
The solution is provided below: You will lose the ability to direct control the hardware volume of certain Bluetooth devices from your laptop, but it will restore the original functionality of your device. FOR FREE!
Solution: (Note: You must be an administrator to run this fix). CHOOSE between Solution A, or Solution B.
SOLUTION A: EASIEST Solution (FREE AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED):
2) Open the downloaded Zip file. You will see these 2 files. Copy out them out to somewhere easy to find, like your desktop.
3) Run “Disable Absolute Volume.reg” file. I made this file to implement the fix in Solution B, without the need to search for the right key.
You may see a user Account control warning (Select Yes to that), and the following message. Just for this once, Say yes. But for other stuff downloaded from the internet, don’t do this so willingly.
4) If you see the following screen, You’re done! Press OK.
6) Save your work and RESTART your computer. Viola, Problem Fixed!
SOLUTION B: For the Hardcore Users.
WARNING: DO NOT change ANYTHING ELSE THAN THOSE MENTIONED IN THIS GUIDE! Otherwise, if you do not know what you are doing, you would cause problems that even I can’t fix for you. You’ve been warned!
Step 1) Open Windows Registry (regedit.exe). You can do so by pressing CTRL + R on your Keyboard, then typing “regedit.exe” (without the quotes).
Step 2) Go to
DisableAbsoluteVolumeand set it’s value to
1.If you see the key with a value of 0, Right click to edit, and change it’s value to 0. Press OK.
- Close the registry editor
- Like #TechWithAaron Facebook page. You’ll want us to provide you more of such helpful fixes, right? 😉
- Restart your computer. Viola. Problem Solved!
Restore to original settings:
If you ever need to restore the default values, You can run the “Restore to Default Settings” file included in the download. Or, you could use Solution B and change the value of “
DisableAbsoluteVolume" from 1 to 0.