Ever since I started using Groove Music in Windows 10, I've always dreaded that there is no equalizer to play with. The thing is, I like to customize how my music sounds depending on mood and what headphones or external speakers i'm using. So, if you are like me and waiting for the equalizer feature in Groove Music then you don't have to wait anymore.
With Microsoft retiring the Groove Music pass, many thought that Microsoft is giving up on Groove Music player. But that doesn't seem to be the case and looks like Microsoft is working hard to add more features to the player.
With the latest update, Microsoft introduced the equalizer feature to Groove music along with some user interface changes and improvements. Let me show you how to use the equalizer in Groove Music and how to configure it.
Check If Groove Music Is up to Date
Before proceeding, make sure that you have installed the latest update for Groove music. To use the equalizer in Groove music you need to be using version 10.18011.12711.0 or higher. You can check the version number directly from Windows Store.
Open Windows Store, click on the ellipses icon (three horizontal dots) appearing in the upper right corner and select "Downloads and Updates."
Here, find Groove Music and see the version number.
Alternatively, open Groove music, click on the "Settings" icon on the left sidebar and then click on the link "About" appearing under the "App" section on the right sidebar.
Once you've confirmed, you can proceed to use the equalizer in Groove music.
Use Equalizer in Groove Music
The equalizer feature is enabled by default. To use it, open Groove Music and click on the "Settings" icon (gear icon) appearing next to your name in the left sidebar.
In the settings page, click on the link "Equalizer" under the Playback settings.
This action will show you the Equalizer window. You can either set preconfigured equalizer settings using the drop-down menu or set your own by dragging the dots up and down as needed.
By default, Groove music provides nine different equalizer presets. They are as follows:
- Treble Boost
- Bass Boost
- Portable speakers
- Home stereo
If you chose to set your own equalizer setting then the preset will be changed to "Custom." If you don't like your own settings then you can always try out the preconfigured equalizer settings.
All in all, the equalizer is pretty good and with its simple animations and options, it looks neat too. This is how it looks like in the dark mode.
And this is how it looks like in the light mode.
Unfortunately, there is no option in the player dock to quickly access the equalizer. You have to manually go to the settings page and change the equalizer settings from there. If you use the equalizer setting frequently then it can be a bit tiring to go to the settings panel each and every time.
Though this is not a bit deal for the most part, It would've been nice to see the equalizer option in the player dock with its own custom icon or next to the other options like the show now playing list, save as playlist, etc in the extended menu. Maybe, Microsoft will add that option in future updates. Let see how it goes in future updates.
The equalizer feature in Groove music is pretty good. So, do give it a try see if you like it and let me know in the comments section. Also, if you just don't like Groove Music or want something powerful then try MusicBee. It is available in Windows Store free.