Audio is one of the most ubiquitous aspects of any modern device, and your phone or tablet are no exception. Whether you rely on the speakers that come with the device, hook it up to a dock or stereo system, or just prefer to use your headphones, audio is one of those things that really matters when it comes to enjoying content on your device. Today, we’ll show you a simple and easy way to get more control over the volume on your Android device, and as a bonus, a way to try to boost the volume beyond what is allowed by default!
Volume management is something that Android comes with by default – you can press the volume buttons on your device and control the volume sliders at will, including for things like your ringtone or media volume. You’re probably already familiar with this interface:
However, often, there is a need to go beyond these simple controls. For example, Android groups certain volumes by default, which you may not necessarily want grouped together. You may want to lower the volume of your media because you’re about to open a game or video, but when you press the volume button, it will lower the ringer’s volume instead, because there is no media playing. There is also the issue that the volume goes up by 15% increments, instead of you being allowed to specify your own volume manually, using a precise value. Thankfully, we can solve all of that using Precise Volume, which you can download for free by using this Play Store link. Install and then open the app, and you should see this warning:
As with most volume-related apps, you should be careful of damage to your speakers or hearing if you go past certain reasonable limits. As always, take care and be careful, always following the proper directions. However, for our purposes, this should be an issue. Accept the warning, and then proceed to the main interface:
The app comes with a standard preset for volume, which you can use to explore some of the features. When you tap it, you will see this popup letting you know that you need to set it up first:
The set up process is fairly simple – mostly, you just want to specify what kind of volume settings you’re interested in controlling:
From this selection box, you can manually select the settings you’d like to customize, and they’ll be added to the profile:
Now, you can specify which volume intensity you want by using the sliding bar, in 1% increments, rather than the 15% that the Android volume buttons allow you. Then, just save your changes, and you can switch profiles on the fly by going into the app and tapping over the profile name to activate it:
Of course, you can edit your past profiles, or add multiple profiles for other situations:
Going deeper into the settings, you’ll see a lot of options relating to how the app handles audio. There is plenty to mess with here, so I’d recommend you take a look:
It also includes an equalizer, so that you can customize your audio profile to your specific media type:
Within the equalizer, you also have the option to boost the volume past what Android traditionally allows, if you’re interested:
Like the app advises, please be careful with the values and keep your hearing and speakers in mind while doing it. Also, as it says, it might not work with your device in particular, so don’t worry if this feature doesn’t work for you. We have covered other audio boosting solutions in the past that you might want to check out instead, if this doesn’t work for you. Lastly, you can edit the presets manually:
That’s about it for Precise Volume, and as you can see, what it does is fairly simple – it gives you fine-grained control over your audio settings on Android, and the ability to create individual profiles for your particular preferences so that you can switch between them on the fly. The Pro version also includes other handy features like automatically switching, or giving you a list of options whenever you plug your headphones in, but for our purposes, the basic feature set is going to be enough. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!