volume control?

The sounds on Duolingo are set really high for my system compared to anything else (wmp, youtube, etc). Is there any volume control or way to lower the volume?

March 29, 2013


When I have earphones in the computer, sound is too loud. I have total minimum on windows basic mixer. I cannot put it less. Still it is quite loud... what can i do?

February 3, 2014

I have the same problem

August 21, 2013

It would be cool to have a volume control here. I use duolingo on multiple computers both with speakers and headphones and I have this problem on all of them: the sound is too loud and that leaves me only with imperfect solutions (like to lower the volume for everything else there is... ). The sound is definitely too loud.

November 2, 2014

The same problem is still here, even with the lowest volume level on the mixer above muted it's too loud.. :(

July 31, 2015

I am surprised this problem has not been addressed. I stopped using the site months ago because the volume was simply too loud. Surely it's not a difficult issue to fix.

August 3, 2015

my frustration with this issue is definitely making me think about serching for other language learning sites and/or trying rosetta stone instead. can't believe I'm seeing years-old posts about this and they still haven't created a volume control!

October 20, 2015

I have a work-around. Here's what I do.

I use another browser specifically for Duoling (In my case I used Microsoft Edge for Duolingo and Chrome for my background apps audio/video). In order to do this I have to use a third-party volume mixer in order to control the sounds of different applications. For this I use an app called Ear Trumpet. The reason why the third-party software is necessary is that windows doesn't separate Edge and Internet Explorer from standard system sounds, so you can't adjust them individually.

If you're using IE or Microsoft Edge as your primary browser you can adjust the volume of Chrome or Firefox in the standard volume control located on the bottom right side of your screen on the taskbar.

I hope this helps.

October 15, 2015

..or duolingo could send us all pillows what we could put on the speakers while using duolingo.. :D

October 15, 2015

Good idea. Dmo's workaround may work, but it seems like a lot of work. I'd rather fiddle with my over-sensitive volume knob until it behaves properly. Or, I could take a leaf from your book Krampampuli and throw my speakers out the window :)

October 15, 2015

I seriously wish they'd fix this.

March 5, 2016

As a new user, I'm discovering the same problem as mufxmuf. I can't get the sound any lower.

October 20, 2014

Way too loud, that cannot be argued with. It would be nice to have a volume control in the software.

September 17, 2015

Hey Folks, Still no solution? Please Duolingo, i know your AWESOME system is free, but there has to be some shortcut? I have tried alot of combinations :D

October 7, 2016

Volume control is a must, it's ridiculous that Duolingo doesn't have it.

January 12, 2017

Please allow volume control for duolingo. Google specifically said they won't be adding functionality for individual tab volume control because it should be the responsibility of the website ( While there is the option to enable muting tabs (chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting), this doesn't help this situation.

January 21, 2017

Totally agree with all these comments. Needs to be fixed.

August 15, 2016

How about fixing this? Is duolingo really that lazy

February 8, 2017

Everyone's Duolingo too loud, I'm trying to multi task but Duolingo is being too loud and over shadowing over the music.

March 12, 2017

How is this still a problem 4 years later. I would like to practice with Duolingo - with the sound on, while doing other things at work. But I can't adjust the volume to it YELLING without making everything else completely inaudible (by turning down the whole system's volume). Ridiculous

May 16, 2017

This feature would be so useful in environments such as libraries where the kiosk mode of a terminal is enabled, locking users out from the control panel and rendering the system volume controls inaccessible. In this environment, the only way to control audio volume is to use a separate control within a web site, YouTube being an example, as other users have pointed out.

September 7, 2017

This is 5 years old? And still a problem. Any update on this issue?

June 20, 2018

I've also had this problem of the sound being loud compared to other websites. I can use the mixer to adjust the browser/plugin down, but then it applies to other sites I view with the same browser/plugin and I still have to adjust it up and down. A volume control in the settings would be much appreciated!

June 26, 2013

Volume was good for me for several months, then suddenly jumped way too loud after I rebooted one time. Guessing that was related, I restarted my machine while duolingo was open in Firefox, and while the osx volume was set at about 30% level. After the restart, duolingo volume was once again good. Kind of a pain, and a volume control would be great, but this seemed to work for me (crosses fingers it will stay this way).

February 4, 2016

I also find the volume to be too loud when using duolingo on my computer. I use the latest version of Chrome. I usually use duolingo while watching a video in another window (Hulu, etc). Duolingo is always too loud in comparison. Even when the video is at the highest volume and the computer volume is reduced, it is still too loud. Volume control within the site would be most helpful. Thank you.

November 25, 2013

Dear Duolingo, Please address this issue. Thank you

December 31, 2014

Want to add my voice to this discussion too, one more vote for volume control, however rudimentary and limited, if possible, is much appreciated.

September 12, 2016

I would love this feature as well!

December 9, 2016


This is ridiculous. Give us volume control.

August 26, 2017

Disappointing to see that this was posted 4 years ago and has not been addressed.

Please consider implementing an audio level control directly into the website.

I can work around this issue by using a different Browser for Duolingo only and forcing the volume of that Browser to be at ~20% volume. This really shouldn't be necessary though.

September 17, 2017

This was the reason I stopped using Duolingo over 2 years ago, and I will not be using it again until this very simple feature is added. As a software engineer, I know how simple such a feature would be. I also know it will not be prioritized unless it becomes a serious issue for more than 68 users. Please share this post and encourage others to chime in.

February 4, 2019

Just trying to bring this issue back to the forefront. I cannot have music on in the background through youtube because the sound of duolingo is so loud that it sounds like a german person is shouting over it.

January 13, 2016

Reminds me of Rammstein :)

January 13, 2016

I have found that the volume starts off fine, but during a lesson it randomly JUMPS UP very high. The more I turn the system volume down the more it seems to fight back!

May 16, 2016

I always use duolingo on my android phone, usually while multi-tasking something else (stationary bike, etc.) and find that with the last update, the volume is way too low. My phone's a top volume. Any way to increase the volume within the app?

June 2, 2016

I just started with Spanish today, but if the sound can't be softened I will find another way to learn. The prognosis isn't good when the issue is still here after four years.

May 18, 2017

my volume just died, or is very stuttery..... i am so upset...

June 9, 2017

7 August 2017, and the volume is still too high. Please address this Duo staff.

I have my Mac set to 1/4 of one volume bar, and my Bluetooth headphones set to their lowest volume, and it's still uncomfortably loud.

August 7, 2017

People have been begging for a volume control for 5 years now DL. How about a little volume control?

May 16, 2018

I have this issue too, really annoying. Its unbelievable that, it still isnt fixed after FIVE years!

June 8, 2018

Is this ever going to be fixed? I started Duolingo up and practically blew out my TV speakers.

June 15, 2018

I know how annoying this is, because I am attempting to listen to music while doing duolingo and i think that it would be a challenge to absolutely turn off the volume so that I wouldn't get any hints, but I searched the whole settings. IT JUST WON"T SHOW UP!

July 16, 2018

Wait! I think I figured out a way to shut off the sounds on Duolingo. Go to settings, onto the first one, "Account Settings." Then, switch off the microphone, speaker, or sound effects according to your choice. It is under the username and email options.

July 22, 2018

This is not the issue. The problem is that when the sound is not muted, you cannot control the volume.

July 22, 2018

Hey Guys. I found this workaround which is very simple and works for me. I use this app called volume manager for google chrome. After you download it, exit chrome and re-enter to check if it is working for you or not. for me it worked :). And you can also control volume for different tabs which is great. good luck

December 3, 2018

I haven't tried this app, but we shouldn't be required to use 3rd party apps to control volume. This is the responsibility of Duolingo.

February 4, 2019

I did something similar to this. Chrome is my primary browser. Now I just use Duolingo in Firefox, then, I open Volume Mixer and decrease the sound for Firefox. This way I can control Duolingo's sound without bothering any other apps or systems sounds. I do hope they fix this. It's very obnoxious to have a voice yelling at you while you're trying to learn.

February 4, 2019

I've been trying to figure out this extremely loud volume forever. Did anyone here find a fix?

January 2, 2019

Lol, it's been five years already

February 4, 2019

Still an issue in 2019. You are a language course. Audio IS a major priority, so fix it.

February 16, 2019

I find the speaking is much quieter than the sound effects. Usually mute after solving each lesson as the sound effects are BLASTING.

March 20, 2019

This is precisely the problem I've been having. Either the fanfares are reasonable but I can't hear the speaking or the speaking is audible but I'm deafened by the fanfares. This is not a choice users should have to make.

May 12, 2019


April 9, 2019

Still a big issue.

June 25, 2019

If you're on Chrome the app Volume Master is a manageable substitute for one.

Though Duolingo should definitely still have their own.

July 4, 2019

7/15/19 :) I know this isn't a top priority but it would be nice to have a volume control, please

July 15, 2019

6 friggin' years! Darn. I just gave out over 50 lingots over this issue...for whatever that's worth :(

August 8, 2019
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