Android has always been a little funny about equalizers. The OS has supported equalizers for a while. However, it’s still not a great experience. Some music apps have them and some devices have native ones in the settings that work system wide. However, many apps like YouTube Music don’t and it’s weird to get it all to work all the time. Plus, with the Bluetooth revolution, many of the Bluetooth headphone companion apps adjust the EQ of the headset itself and by pass Android entirely. Still, you do have some options should you want to try to EQ your device yourself. Here are the best equalizer apps for Android.
10 Band Equalizer
10 Band Equalizer is exactly what it says it is. An equalizer that has ten bands. That is special because most have only five. It adjusts the frequency from 31Hz to 16kHz and from a range of 10dB to -10dB. It includes a built-in music player. However, it should work with most other music players as well. You’ll also get equalizer presets, a volume booster, bass booster, treble booster, and you can adjust left and right balance. It’s one of many equalizer apps that you can pick up for free. The only thing missing is a pro version to remove ads.
Beans Mobile Music Equalizer
Price: Free / $1.99
Music Equalizer by Beans Mobile is one of the simpler equalizer apps for Android. It features a five band equalizer along with a bass boost function, ten presets, themes, optional notification controls, and even widgets. The UI is easy enough to use and the bass boost and equalizer do work fairly well in most instances. It doesn’t work for boosting volume from your speakers or anything super fancy like that. However, it should work with wired headphones just fine. This one is also a little old, so we only recommend it for older devices.
Equalizer and Bass Booster
Equalizer and Bass Booster is fairly self explanatory. It has an equalizer and a bass booster. To be more specific, it includes a five band equalizer, ten equalizer presets, and a bass booster. The developers state that it should work with most music players, video players, and FM radio. The only major issue is that the app will close sometimes when left in the background and sometimes it doesn’t always work. It’s one of the simpler equalizer apps and it should work on most devices.
Price: Free / $1.99
Equalizer FX is one of the cleaner, more modern equalizer apps. It is exceptionally easy to use. It comes with a five band equalizer, bass boost, virtualization, and even a loudness enhancer (Android 4.4 and up only). Like most, it comes with a widget along with presets to get you started. The developer has also stated that this should work with most music players, including Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and others. The paid version is the same as the free version. It just removes advertising.
Music Volume EQ
Music Volume EQ and Bass Booster is one of the most popular equalizer apps out there. Thankfully, it actually works pretty well. It includes the standard five band EQ along with nine EQ presets. Along with that, you’ll get volume control, bass boosting, loudness enhancement, and more. The developers also boast that it should work well with most video and audio players. All in all, it’s a positive experience for a software equalizer. It obviously won’t work with everything and you get more presets from others on this list, but this works okay. It’s also entirely free as far as we could tell.
Price: Free / $5.00
Neturalizer is one of the most unique equalizer apps that we’ve seen. Instead of giving you an EQ to adjust yourself, it has one that adjusts itself based on what you like. During set up, you’ll be asked to listen to sounds at various frequencies. You turn them up or down based on how well you hear them. When you’re done, the app auto-generates a unique equalizer preset just for you based on the speakers or headphones you’re wearing. The free version lets you create one preset while the pro version lets you create as many as you need. If you try this, we recommend re-doing the audio test with each new set of speakers or headphones you plug in as they will produce different results.
Price: Free / $5.49
Wavelet is the newest equalizer app on the list comparatively speaking. It came out in 2020 and it’s not half bad. The app includes a 9-band equalizer along with a bunch of various presets if you want to keep it simple. Additionally, it includes the ability to auto-EQ to over 2,400 different pairs of headphones. The AutoEQ function measures and compensates to the Harman curve for optimal sound. This sounds like an advertisement, right? In any case, this one is actually really good and among the best you can get without root access.
Viper4Android (root only)
Viper4Android is, by far, the best of the equalizer apps. Unfortunately, it’s only for root users. It’s been under development for years. It’s installed to the system partition so it has far more control than any of the normal equalizer apps on Google Play. The app also includes a ten band EQ, tons of presets and settings, effects, and more. It’s a pain in the rear end to install sometimes. However, it’s totally worth it once you do. Viper4Android should be compatible with most rooted devices and many custom ROMs add it by default. It’s exceptionally good and we hope that one day, Google gives us something like this in Android proper.
Many music player apps
Price: Free / Varies
Many music player apps have equalizers built-in. Some notable examples include BlackPlayer, Poweramp, and Neutron Player. These apps have effective equalizers that do actually change the sound. However, they only work within the app. Thus, those of you that stream music can’t use the equalizers in these apps for your streamed music. On the other hand, those with private collections can use these all day. Music player apps vary in price and functionality. We have a list of our favorites toward the top of the article under the first paragraph.
Price: Free (usually)
Many Android OEMs have EQs in the sound section of the settings. Some devices do it better than others, but about half of them let you adjust device-wide audio through an EQ. Usually it’s something close to a 10-band EQ along with some added stuff like Dolby Atmos or EQ presets. LG devices with Quad DACs actually have a 10-band EQ and a completely separate set of presets you can apply as well. It really depends on what you want, but Samsung and LG tend to do it a little bit better than the others.
If we missed any great equalizer apps, tell us about them in the comments below! Thanks for reading!