How to prevent Skype from decreasing the volume of other applications in Windows 8.1


If you use the desktop version of Skype, you have probably noticed that every time you call someone or receive the call, Skype automatically reduces the volume of other apps, e.g. your music player. This can cause inconvenience if you do not plan to answer the call and you're listening to something important. Here's a simple tutorial which will allow you to change this behavior of Skype.

  1. Look in the notification area (system tray) and find the Volume icon there. Note that it can be hidden inside the area which appears upon clicking the triangular arrow.
  2. Right click on that icon and choose the "Sounds" item.
  3. The sound window will appear. Switch to the "Communications" tab. Here you will find the setting "When Windows detects communications activity:". Set it to "Do nothing".

That's it. Now your volume level will stay unchanged even when someone calls you on Skype.
If you have any questions, see the following video:

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

4 thoughts on “How to prevent Skype from decreasing the volume of other applications in Windows 8.1”

  1. Sergey Tkachenko i Don’t like Windows 8.1’s skype app. I want Windows 7 like skype app, in that the caller’s small Window was visible in right side.

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