How To Mute an App on Windows

Windows 11 lets you control the volume of multiple connected devices as well as apps and software. But when audio is being played through multiple sources, things can get dizzyingly noisy. It is better to mute the sound from the apps you don’t want, allowing only the software you want to get audio from. Here are a few ways you can natively mute an application on Windows 10, and then some.

How to mute an app on Windows 11 in 6 ways

Windows 11 makes it easy to mute or adjust the volume of an app in a number of ways.  

Method 1: From System Tray

To mute an application from the System Tray, follow these steps:

  1. Open Quick Settings in the system tray at the bottom right corner of your screen. Then click on the volume preferences icon.
  2. Scroll down to ‘Volume mixer’. Then drag the slider to the left or click on the app icon to mute the app.

Method 2: From Sound Settings

The same can also be accessed from Windows Settings. If for some reason you’re not able to access the volume icon from the System Tray, then this is the way to go. 

  1. Press Win+I to open up Settings. Then open System > Sound > Volume mixer.
  2. Here, all the applications that are playing sound (or capable of doing so) will be displayed. Slide the application’s bar down to 0 to mute it. Or click on the volume icon to mute it directly.
  3. If an application is not displayed in the list, first open and play audio media on it. It will now become visible in the list. 

Once you set the volume, it will be remembered by Windows and will remain at this level the next time you open the application. If you want to revert the changes, you have to revisit Sound Settings or change it from the System tray.  

Method 3: Mute/Unmute Browser Tabs

The above methods may not be enough in some situations. For instance, if you don’t want to completely disable the audio from your browser and just want to mute specific tabs, then you have to do so from your browser itself. 

  1. On most browsers, you can simply right-click the tab and select Mute site or Mute tab, depending on your browser. 

Method 5: Using EarTrumpet app

As a Windows utility, EarTrumpet is functionally similar to the native volume control options but has a compact and movable interface. It is available from the Microsoft Store. 

Download: EarTrumpet

  1. Upon first launching EarTrumpet, a new volume icon will become available in the system tray. Simply click on it to open up volume control for all other applications.
  2. Here, slide the bars to control the volume or mute them altogether.
  3. If you right-click Ear Trumpet’s volume icon and select Volume Mixer, you’ll get the same window, but one that floats. 

Method 6: Using NirSoft app

NirSoft’s SoundVolumeView is a program built to help you control the volume of all your open applications (as well as system sounds) from a single window. It also lets you create shortcuts for different volume control actions so you can quickly take specific actions from the desktop itself. 

Download: SoundVolumeView

  1. The program doesn’t require any installation. Simply unzip the file and double-click on SoundVolumeView.exe to open the program.
  2. Right-click an application to get its volume control options. Click on Mute to mute it, or choose amongst a variety of other control options.
  3. NirSoft’s SoundVolumeView also lets you set sound profiles. This configuration and saving volume levels of applications for different scenarios can come in quite handy. For instance, you can create gaming, work, and movie profiles, or a profile for some other purpose. To do so, set the volume for the different applications, select File and click on Save Sound Profile.

Though Windows sound control options are few, they do let you mute/unmute applications volume with ease. But if you’re looking for more than just the volume adjustment options, you have to resort to an external application.