Microsoft introduced Groove Music app in Windows 10 and it seems Microsoft is serious about integrating this app with the Windows OS. But there was one serious issue with Groove music and that is no equalizer to customize how the music sounds. In my opinion, that is a serious flaw, but don’t worry as with the recent update Microsoft has added the equalizer feature under Groove music along with some other changes and improvements. Starting with version 10.17112.1531.0, the Groove Music app comes with an equalizer.
Groove Music App: Groove Music is an audio player that is in-built in Windows 10. It is a music streaming app created using the Universal Windows Apps platform. Earlier the app was associated with a music streaming service called Groove Music Pass, which is not discontinued by Microsoft. You can add songs from the Groove music store as well as from the local storage of your device or from the user’s OneDrive account.
But what happens when you want to customize the settings of the player to play music according to your needs like you want to increase the base? Well, that is where Groove Music player disappointed everyone, but not anymore since a new equalizer is introduced. Now the Groove Music app comes with an Equalizer that allows you to customize the settings of the music player according to your needs. But the equalizer feature is only introduced in Windows 10, if you are on an earlier version of Windows then sadly you need to update to Windows 10 in order to use this feature.
Equalizer: The Equalizer is an add-on feature of the Groove Music app that is available only for Windows 10 users. The Equalizer as the name suggests allows you to tweak your frequency responses for the songs or audio you are playing using the Groove Music app. It also supports a few pre-set settings to enable quick changes. The equalizer offers several presets like Flat, Treble boots, Headphones, Laptop, Portable speakers, Home stereo, TV, Car, Custom and Bass boost. The equalizer that is implemented with Groove Music app is 5 band graphic equalizer ranging from very low that is -12 decibels to very high that is +12 decibels. When you change any setting for presets it will automatically switch to custom option.
Now we have talked about the Groove music app and its much-hyped equalizer feature but how can one actually use it and customize the settings? So if you’re looking for an answer to this question then look no further as in this guide we will guide you step by step on how to use Equalizer in Groove Music app.
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How to use the Equalizer in Groove Music in Windows 10
Before we proceed further you need to make sure that you’re using the latest version of the Groove music app. This is because the equalizer only works with the Groove Music app version 10.18011.12711.0 or higher. If you are not using the latest version of the Groove Music then you need to first upgrade your app. There are two ways to check the current version of Groove Music app:
- Using Microsoft or Windows store
- Using Groove Music app settings
Check Version of Groove Music app using Microsoft or Windows Store
To check the current version of your Groove Music app using Microsoft or Windows store follow the below steps:
1.Open the Microsoft Store by searching for it using the Windows Search bar.
2.Hit the enter button at the top result of your search. Microsoft or Windows store will open up.
3.Click on the three-dot icon available at the top right corner then select Downloads and updates.
4.Under Downloads and updates, look for the Groove Music app.
5.Now, under the version column, look for the version of the Groove Music app that is recently updated.
6.If the version of the Groove Music app that is installed on your system is equal or higher than 10.18011.12711.0, then you can easily use the Equalizer with the Groove music app.
7.But if the version is below the required version then you need to update your Groove music app by clicking on the Get updates option.
Check Groove Music Version using Groove Music Settings
To check the current version of your Groove Music app using Groove Music app settings follows the below steps:
1.Open Groove music app by searching for it using the Windows search bar.
2.Hit the enter button at the top result of your search & the Groove Music app will open up.
3.Click on the Settings option available at the bottom left sidebar.
4.Next, click on About link available at the right side under the App section.
5.Under About, you will get to know the current version of your Groove Music app.
If the version of the Groove Music app that is installed on your system is equal or higher than 10.18011.12711.0, then you can easily use the Equalizer with the Groove music app but if it is below than the required version, then you need to update your Groove music app.
How to use the Equalizer in Groove Music App
Now, if you have the required version of the Groove Music app then you can start using the equalizer to play the music according to your needs.
Note: The Equalizer feature is enabled by default.
To use Equalizer in Groove Music app in Windows 10 follow the below steps:
1.Open Groove music app by searching for it using the Windows search bar.
2.Click on the Settings option available at the bottom left sidebar.
3.Under Settings, click on the Equalizer link available under Playback settings.
4.An Equalizer dialog box will open up.
5.You can either set preconfigured equalizer settings by using the drop-down menu or you can set your own equalizer settings by dragging the dots up and down as needed. By default, there are 10 different equalizer presets which are as follows:
- Flat: It will disable the Equalizer.
- Treble boost: It fine-tunes the higher frequency sounds.
- Bass boost: It is used to lower the frequency sounds.
- Headphones: It helps your device’s audio to adapt to your headphone’s specifications.
- Laptop: It provides a system-wide equalizer directly to audio stream for speakers of laptops and PCs.
- Portable speakers: It produces sound using Bluetooth speakers and enables you to make minor tweaks to the sound by adjusting the available frequencies.
- Home stereo: It helps you to make a frequency chart setup very effectively of the stereos.
- TV: It helps you to adjust the sound quality and frequency when using Groove Music on television.
- Car: It helps you to experience the best music while driving if you are on Android or iOS or Windows phone.
- Custom: It helps you to manually adjust the frequency level for the available bands.
6.Choose the preset according to your requirement and set the Equalizer in Groove Music in Windows 10.
7.The Groove Music Equalizer provides with 5 Equalizer options which are as follow:
- Mid Low
- Mid High
8.All the Equalizer presets will set the Equalizer frequencies themselves. But if you make any changes in the default frequency settings of any preset then the preset option will convert to a custom preset automatically.
9.If you want to set the frequency according to your needs, then choose the Custom option from the drop-down menu.
10.Then set the equalizer frequency for all the options as per your need by dragging the dot up and down for each option.
11.By completing the above steps, you are finally good to use the Equalizer in Groove Music app in Windows 10.
12.You can also change the mode of the Equalizer screen by selecting the required mode under the Mode option at the Settings page. There are three options available:
- Use system setting
13.Once you’re finished, you will need to restart the Groove music app in order to apply the changes. If you do no restart then the changes will not be reflected until you start the app next time.
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One thing to keep in mind is there is no way using which you can quickly access the Equalizer. Whenever you need to access or change any settings in the Equalizer, you need to manually visit the Groove Music settings page and then have to make the changes from there. Overall Equalizer is a very good feature of the Groove Music app and it is worth giving a try.