Set Audio Output Device For Apps Individually in Windows 10

In Windows 10 version 1803, the user can specify the audio output device on a per-app basis. Microsoft has added new, touch-friendly audio volume controls to the Settings app. Here is how to use the new options to configured the audio output device for each app individually.


Windows 10 introduced a new style of items and their panes/flyouts which open from the notification area. All of the applets which open from the system tray are different now. This includes the Date/Time pane, the Action Center, the Network pane and even the volume control. Once you click the sound icon in the system tray, the new volume indicator will appear on the screen.

Windows 10 default mixer

Note: In a number of situations, the Volume icon can be hidden in the taskbar. Even when you have all the drivers installed, the icon might remain inaccessible. If you are affected by this issue, see the following post:

Fix: Volume Icon is Missing in Windows 10 Taskbar

In addition to the new volume mixer, a new option is available starting in Windows 10 Build 17093 and above. A new page in the Settings app allows adjusting the sound volume level for every active app. Also, it allows specifying different audio devices for running apps individually.

This new feature can be very useful for gamers, who can now use their speakers for game sounds and headphones for music or chatting. Here is it can be done.

To set audio output device for apps individually in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to System -> Sound.
  3. On the right, click on App volume and device preferences under "Other sound options".Windows 10 App Volume And Device Preferences
  4. On the next page, select the desired audio output device for any of the apps that play sounds.Audio Output Device Per App

The new page in Settings also allows changing the sound level for system sounds. It includes controls to mute apps, change the "master" volume level, select output and input devices, and more.

Tip: It is still possible to restore the good old "classic" sound volume control.

Windows 10 old volume control applet

It was covered in the following article: "How to enable the old Volume control in Windows 10".

That's it.


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