Built-in speakers can be a drag for most smartphone owners. The sound from those devices is almost never loud enough, and many times the audio quality is just as low. However, there are many different methods of improving both the sound level and quality of your phone, including headphone volume booster apps or even just pairing a solid set of headphones with your device instead of using more generic ones.
- Best true wireless earbud options tested
- Best Bluetooth headsets you can use on the go
- Best headphone amps of 2019
In this article, we go over many of those methods. It’s more than likely that at least one of these ideas, or maybe a combination of several of them, will help boost the volume and audio quality on your smartphone.
Always check your volume and other audio phone settings first
You might be amazed at how many people who own a phone don’t go into their settings to see if they can tap a slider or other control to improve the audio. This simple move could help boost the volume. Just tap on the Settings app on your phone and scroll down to the Sound and vibration section. Tapping on that option will bring up more options, including a Volume selection. Then you’ll see several sliders to control volume for many aspects of your phone. The media slider is the one you really want to use to lower or increase the sound from audio and other media apps.
Android owners can also check out some extra audio adjustments in the Sound and vibration section of the Settings. Scroll down to the very bottom to check out the Sound quality and effects selection. Tapping on that will bring up Android equalizer, with several sliders that can be used to help improve the quality of your phone’s audio.
Use a Headphone volume booster app
There are a number of apps that are available in the Google Play Store that claim to boost the native volume of your smartphone. Most of these work pretty well. A favorite of ours is simply called Ultimate Volume Booster from developer Porrassoft. It will increase the overall volume on your phone by as much as 40 percent.
As we said, there are many volume booster apps in the Google Play Store, and you can browse through them right now to see if you can find one that will work on your phone. Be aware that increasing the volume of your phone’s speakers using one of these apps has the potential to actually damage the speaker’s hardware in the long term, so you might want to try another method, or use one of these booster apps in small doses.
Make sure your speakers have as little dust as possible
Many, if not the majority, of smartphone owners put cases around their device to protect them. However, it’s possible that some cases might actually block some of the sound that comes out of your phone. If that’s what’s happening, you might want to look into getting a new case that has a big enough opening for your phone’s speaker.
You might also want to look into cleaning the speaker grills on your phone. There are a few effective ways to do this, such as using compressed air to simply blow particles and other items out of the grills. An even cheaper method is to take any type of tape and stick it on the speaker grills. You then remove the tap from the grill, and hopefully a bunch of dust and particles will come off the speakers. A paint brush can also be used to just dust off a phone’s speaker grill.
Finally, if you use headphones to listen to music or your favorite podcast, you might want to consider cleaning out the headphone jack (unless, of course, it’s one of those newer phones that has ditched the traditional headphone port). This is pretty simple as well. Just take a dry Q-tip and put it in the jack very gently and then remove it to clean it out.
Try better audio and music apps
There are certainly no shortages of music and audio apps in the Google Play Store. Indeed, we have created a list of what we think are the best music apps available for Android users. Many of them could be installed and used to improve the overall audio experience. Some of our recommended choices include BlackPlayer, jetAudio HD, and MediaMonkey.
While the settings in Android have their own equalizer settings, as we have shown earlier, there are also many other apps available for download that provide more advanced settings that could improve the audio quality of your phone event more. Keep in mind that these third-party equalizer apps may or may not work with your specific phone, so proceed with caution. Some of our top choices for headphone volume booster apps include 10 Band Equalizer, Equalizer FX, and Music Bass booster.
Find the best headphones
This is perhaps the simplest way to get the best headphone volume boost from your phone. It’s also perhaps the most expensive. Purchasing a high-quality in-ear or over-ear headphone can be a pricey move, but if you get the right product, it may be worth it. There are quite a few to choose from, as you might imagine. Many of them are designed specifically to cancel out noise coming from outside the headphones, so you can be assured of the best audio experience.
Our sister site Sound Guys is the place to go to learn about, and ultimately choose, the best headphones currently on the market. Whether you want some small but powerful in-ear headphones, or to go the more traditional route and find some classic over-the-ear headphones, our experts can help you find the best one for your at the right price.
Connect to a Bluetooth or smart speaker
Another way to increase the audio volume on your smartphone is simply to connect it wirelessly to a Bluetooth or smart speaker. This actually might be preferable for some people who simply don’t want to use headphones or earphones, especially at home. People who just want improved audio are safe in using a Bluetooth speaker. If you want to add some extra features, getting a smart speaker like an Amazon Echo or Google Home would be a good choice as well.
Our sister site Sound Guys is the place to look for the best Bluetooth speakers. Do you want a cheap Bluetooth speaker under $50? Maybe you simply want the best one, regardless of price. You can also check our look at the best smart speaker you can currently buy at Android Authority.
There are plenty of options for someone who wants to boost their smartphone’s audio, and the odds are good one or more of them will work for you. Have you tried any of these ideas, and if so, which ones have worked for you? Have you used any other method to boost your smartphone volume that we haven’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!
Read Next: The best phones with a headphone jack