How to disable Absolute Volume on Windows 10

Bluetooth Headphones, as you know, connect to your phone wirelessly. This ability enables you to talk on the phone or listen to music without using wires or cords. You can even adjust the volume of a left or right speaker. However, on Windows 10, the scope is limited, i.e., the left and right pieces cannot have different volume levels. Still, if you wish to change dual volume control headphones on Windows 10 separately, follow the steps given below.

This post can also help you if Windows Update broke your Bluetooth volume control, and you need to disable Absolute Volume. The Absolute Volume feature is incompatible with some Bluetooth devices, resulting in the inability to adjust the Bluetooth device’s volume. If you are experiencing this issue, neither the volume slider in the taskbar, nor the device’s volume controls have any effect on volume.

Disable Absolute Volume on Windows 10

Whenever you change the volume level for one speaker, the volume of another speaker also changes automatically. As such, there’s no easy way you can change dual volume control headphones separately. A simple registry tweak can make this possible.

Please note that the method requires you to disable absolute volume by making modifications to the Registry Settings. Please proceed carefully.

disable Absolute Volume on Windows 10

Press Win+R key in combination to launch the ‘Run’ dialog box.

Type’regedit.exe’ in the empty field of the box and press ‘Enter’ to open the Registry Editor.

Navigate to the following path address-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Bluetooth\Audio\AVRCP\CT

In the right pane look for the entry called DisableAbsoluteVolume. For some reason, if you do not find this entry, you can create it. To do so, right-click the CT key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value. Assign this key the following name – DisableAbsoluteVolume.

Next, double-click on it and set its value to 1. The default is 0.

Restart your system.

You can also enable or disable Absolute Volume using the Command Prompt by executing the following commands:

To disable the Absolute Volume feature execute:

reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Bluetooth\Audio\AVRCP\CT /v DisableAbsoluteVolume /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

To enable the Absolute Volume feature to execute:

reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Bluetooth\Audio\AVRCP\CT /v DisableAbsoluteVolume /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Restart Windows for the registry change to take effect.

Bluetooth Headphones

Now, when you right-click the speaker icon in the system tray, select ‘Open Sound Settings’ and click ‘Manage device settings’, the same controls will be visible to you as earlier.

When you change the volume level for one speaker, the other will remain stationary and will not change alongside the other.

I hope this works for you.

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