Are you unsatisfied with the volume of your Android device? Maybe it’s time to turn it up to 11! There are a few ways to increase the volume on Android, but generally device-specific solutions tend to work better. I’ll be showing you a few ways to do this and the tools you can use, although there may be a case where your device needs to be rooted, so please take that into consideration. Anyway, here’s a few tips to increase the volume on Android:
1. Using Volume+
Volume+ has been around for a long time, and is simple to use without much hassle. It has a few caveats, namely the fact that it may not work on a stock ROM, but it’s worth giving it a shot. The creator mentions that it also works best on Gingerbread and previous versions, although I didn’t experience any issues with my Ice Cream Sandwich device. Jellybean users may run into some issues, namely the fact that this app may only affect music and nothing else. Still, better than nothing. All you need to do is download the app on the Play Store (free version linked, so you can give it a try) and test it out. The app itself has a bunch of options, but all you want to do to see if it works is the following:
- Tap on “Speaker Settings”:
- Tap on “Speaker Modifications” to change it to “Enabled”:
- Tap on “Volume Level” and select how much you want to increase, you shouldn’t try the max setting right away, though!
You can also mess with the Bass boost/gain if you’re into that, and it works exactly the same way. After you’re all done, play a song and see if it works. The sound should now be noticeably louder, and it should work across the system, affecting notifications, calls and all apps. Sometimes, setting it too loud can cause distortion so just revert to a lower volume setting if it does. If you’re happy with the results, it may be a good idea to apply the same settings on the “Headset Settings” portion of the app so you can experience it while wearing headphones as well. Didn’t work? Well, maybe there’s something else you can do…
2. Device-specific options
Depending on your device, you may have a few more options than the casual user. The Samsung Galaxy SIII, for example, has a very nifty volume boost option buried in the dialer settings that greatly increases the volume of your calls, which you can enable by going into the dialer:
Then press the menu key and select “Call Settings”. Then, just enable the following option:
Now, when you’re on a call, you’ll see a new icon next to the contact picture, and whenever you press it the volume will get noticeably louder. These particular options vary from device to device, so you’ll have to see if you have it on yours. Another option are the various hidden service menus on some devices, which require you to input a secret code in the dialer and usually let your access options that are normally well-hidden (like increasing the maximum volume). But again, the code varies by device and sometimes the menu won’t even let you change certain settings (for example, the code *#*#197328640#*#* works on some Galaxy SII models, but not on others).
3. Flashing a new kernel and Companion apps
If you know your way around custom ROMs and rooting, you’ll also know that there are also a number of custom kernels. These usually aim to improve performance, or to fix annoying issues, but often times they will also enable extra features or allow deep-level modifications that are impossible on standard kernels. Volume is one of the areas that custom kernels often aim to improve, for example, by increasing the maximum volume ceiling, or modding in Beats audio (a custom equalizer that emphasizes bass). If all other methods fail, this will probably be the only reliable way you’ll have to fix your underpowered audio. Search for a custom kernel for your device on the usual places and you may find a kernel that aims specifically to fix your audio woes. If you don’t, then try searching for a companion app for your device, usually found on the forums or even the Play Store, such as this one for the Samsung Galaxy SIII, or this one for the original Galaxy and Nexus S. Of course, keep in mind, these require the usual root/custom ROM business to work, so your mileage may vary.
And that’s about it, I hope you found something that works for you, and if you have a good tip or solution I didn’t mention, please let us know in the comments!