4 Tools To Auto Adjust System Volume At Specific Times

There are many different sounds that come through your computer’s speakers at varying degrees of volume. Windows itself is good at throwing out sound effects with things like plugging in a USB device or an error popup appears on screen. There are many other ways sound may blast out of your PC or laptop speakers such as gaming, video and audio clips on web pages, messaging or chatting on Skype or simply listening to audiobooks and music.

Most users would like to hear audio from their computer at a certain volume depending on the time of day. For example, you might want to watch a video clip or listen to music at a reasonably high volume level in the daytime or evening, but at night that volume has to be reduced so as not to wake family members. It’s easy to increase or decrease the volume level yourself in Windows but it’s also easy to forget and have sound blasting out when you least expect.

full system volume level

A simple solution is using a program to automatically alter the system volume to a level you prefer when you want such as daily at a specific time. If you don’t want sound during working hours, want it louder during the evening or want it quieter during late hours, it’s easily done. Here are four free tools that can help.

1. Volume²

Volume² is a free and fully featured Windows volume control tool with loads of options. These include setting an on screen display, setting a custom volume tray icon, using mouse events and gestures, countless keyboard shortcuts, screen edge volume control, and of course scheduling the system volume. Screen brightness is another function can also be controlled.

volume2 schedule volume rules

The scheduling function in Volume² is quite advanced. It also offers additional options to schedule balance, brightness, running a program or showing a message. But for a simple daily volume up, down or mute it’s quite easy. In the Schedule window click Add and give it a name, choose the Action of Set volume or Mute, use the slider to choose a target volume (or check the Mute box), change the Run drop down to Every day and set the trigger time, then click Apply.

volume2 create schedule

While sitting in the tray Volume² uses less than a single Megabyte of RAM. This is excellent news for low memory systems and those that don’t like memory inefficient software. There’s also a portable version so you can try it out without installing.

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2. Volume Concierge

This is probably the simplest tool to set up and the rules system is easy to configure. Be aware that CleanMyPC adware is offered on install which needs to be opted out of. Volume Concierge requires a free one time activation with a valid email address on adding a rule but we’ve found that it can be bypassed. Download the registry fix and double click to import into your registry to skip the activation requirement.

After install, click Add New Volume Rule, click the OFF button to enable the rule and select from the drop down whether you want the rule to run Every Day, Work Days or Weekends. Then set the time for the rule and apply the desired volume level. Click the Add New Volume Rule button to add extra rules.

volume concierge

A Tweet this popup will appear after you have setup the first rule. It can be turned off although you won’t see it if you use the registry fix. On close the program will minimize to the system tray, right clicking on the tray icon itself can enable or disable Volume Concierge automatically running on Windows startup. We found memory usage very erratic ranging between 20MB and 80MB while sitting in the background.

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3. Speaker Locker

Speaker Locker does not just set the volume at specific times but is a locking mechanism for the volume level. This also explains the included password protect option which locks the user interface and prevents modifications to the volume settings. The program is currently shareware costing $2 but we found the previous version which was freeware and is pretty much identical.

speaker locker

You can assign up to five rules, check the Enable box then set the start and end time for the lock to be active. For the lock you can choose the volume percentage and whether the volume will be locked above or below that level or locked to a specific volume level. The Mute check box will lock and mute the sound while the rule is active. The password can be disabled or changed from the default of 12345. About 5MB of RAM is used while Speaker Locker sits in the background.

The free version does have a few things you should be aware of. Firstly it produces false positives with online virus scanners and antivirus software which might scare some users. Secondly it asks to update to the newest version on launch. If you update, it will install the shareware version so the Speaker Locker gns_maintain.exe needs blocking in your firewall. Or just manually refuse the update each time the program is run.

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4. NirCMD Via A Scheduled Task

Using a scheduled task the system volume can be automatically raised and lowered. A big advantage is you can do so at a specific time without having software constantly running in the background. With a task you can set the volume to change on specific days and times or use other triggers such as Windows logon.

We’re using Nirsoft’s swiss army knife tool NirCMD because it can perform dozens of simple commands and tasks effortlessly. These include changing, setting and muting the  volume. Here’s how to setup a simple scheduled task to raise, lower or mute the system sound with NirCMD. It works on all systems including Windows 10.

volume change scheduled tasks

1. Download NirCMD 32-bit or 64-bit depending on your system. Extract the zip, right click on nircmd.exe and run as administrator. Press the “Copy to Windows directory” button, this isn’t essential but adds nircmd.exe to the Windows path for easier usage in step #5.

2. Open Task Scheduler by typing taskschd.msc in the Start Menu or go to Control Panel > Administrative tools. On the Actions menu select “Create Basic Task“.

3. Give the task a name such as “Volume Mute” or “Volume Nighttime” and click Next. Select a trigger event for the sound to be altered, daily or when you logon are the most useful, click Next.

4. Change the numbers in the box to the preferred time in 24 hour format if you selected Daily. Click Next, in the Action window leave “Start a program” enabled and click Next again.

create volume task time

5. In this window input the commands to alter the volume, in the program/script box simply enter nircmd. What you enter into the Add arguments box depends on what you want to do with the volume, here’s a few basic NirCMD commands.

Mute – Mutesysvolume 1
Unmute – Mutesysvolume 0
Mute/Unmute Toggle – Mutesysvolume 2
Set Volume – Setsysvolume {0-65535} (65535 is 100%, 32768 is 50%, 13107 is 20% etc)
Change Volume – Changesysvolume {65535 to -65535} (-6554 is down 10%, 13107 is up 20%)

enter nircmd volume command and arguments

6. Enter the desired argument and value into the box, click Next and Finish. Click on Task Scheduler Library to see your new task in the list, right click on it and select Run to try it out and make sure the volume does what you want.

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