Nine Best Ways to Improve Sound Quality and Boost Volume on Android

Nine best ways to improve sound quality and boost volume
Nine best ways to improve sound quality and boost volume on Android

In most Android phones other than Samsung and Google Pixel, many users face sound quality issues. This means that not all Android smartphones have the same quality of sound or volume levels. This might be due to software or hardware issues or the way the speakers in the mobile are placed. But do not worry there are many ways to improve and solve the problem.  Here are the nine best ways to improve sound quality and boost volume on Android You can try a speaker booster or volume booster app, but plenty can be improved with a little audio know-how.

Nine best ways to improve sound quality and boost volume

1. Check your settings

You could optimize your Android audio experience through the settings. Not all Android UIs have this feature, however, so it won’t work for everyone. If your device has it, the procedure is easy, though. And once you’ve done it for the first time you will be able to quickly enhance your audio settings in the future.

For Samsung devices you need to plug in whichever audio device you want to use (if you’re using one) and do the following:

  • Enter Settings and tap Sounds and vibration.
  • From there hit Sound quality and effects. You should have a series of options to enhance your audio experience.

MIUI from Xiaomi has an enhancer for headphones. Just toggle it on and pick the type you’re using. You should have a choice between in-ear and normal headphones.

Xperia UI allows you to use the ClearAudio setting and has an equalizer. You can get to it through the settings.

With HTC’s Sense UI you can toggle BoomSound but there’s really no reason to turn it off, as the audio is terrible without it on. You can’t optimize your audio settings from Oxygen, LG UI, or Stock Android.

2. Download a new music app

You have the option of replacing the stock music app with one that includes more audio control. You can have  Poweramp or PlayerPro the top music apps for Android. Both are jam-packed with audio tweaks, presets, bass boosts, and more. Just make sure your music folders are checked in the app settings.

Poweramp offers a 10-band EQ for serious tuning. You’ll have to pay a couple of bucks to access all the best features but once you do you’ll never look back.

3. Use a speaker booster/volume booster app

Music player apps are great, but of course, it only works from within the app. Even though there are many apps on the Play Store that claim to do this, compatibility is iffy, and using an app to force your speakers past their default max can actually damage your phone’s hardware.

So while you may find the right volume booster app for your device and OS, it may take some digging, and while testing this, don’t crank it all the way up straight away!

Click here to download Volume Booster

Use a speaker booster/volume booster app
Use a speaker booster/volume booster app

4. Download an Equalizer app

The default audio controls on most phones are not exactly comprehensive. Some include a basic EQ but it often only works within the default music app and provides no control over audio not played through the music player.

It’s important to note that no app works miracles when the hardware is not working properly but with a couple of simple adjustments your sound quality can be improved significantly. So hit the Play Store and get yourself a decent EQ. You can use both Music Volume EQ and Bass Booster.

Music Volume EQ – Super Bass Booster & EqualizerBass Booster

5. Know your speaker placement

Lots of phones have twin speaker grills, but often only one of them produces any sound. If your speaker is blocked then the sound quality will be low or non-existent.

Test out where your sound is coming from by playing some tunes and covering the various holes on your phone until you know exactly where the audio is coming from. There shouldn’t be too many places for a speaker to hide and, once you’ve found them, you can get started on finding the problem.

Once you know whether your speakers are front-facing, bottom-mounted or on the back, you can make more intelligent decisions about how to position your smartphone to give speakers the best chance to shine.

Don’t block the speakers when holding your phone (a common mistake when gaming with bottom-mounted speakers) and point the speakers towards you, not away from you.

6. Check if your case is blocking a speaker

If your phone has a protective case or cover, it will affect the quality of the sound you get from the speakers. All those vibrations coming from inside your phone will be muffled by the additional layer of plastic or rubber that the manufacturer won’t have taken into account when designing its speaker system.

Not all case makers understand the subtleties of your device. Some cases block essential parts of the phone like the audio jack, microphone or speaker. Before you buy a case be sure that you check to see that it won’t block anything.

7. Use headphones

As most smartphone speakers are simply not good enough to get decent sound quality out of, even with a fancy music app or EQ. This is where a decent pair of headphones can help (some audio settings in your phone won’t even work without headphones plugged in).

Not all headphones are created equal and there are different types for various situations. Make sure you look through and find the one that best suits you.

8. Use a smart speaker

Nowadays many prefer to put their phone down when they get to the house and use a voice assistant to manage their daily tasks and that includes entertainment such as music. Now accessing your favourite playlists is as simple as asking into the air.

Not only do the original smart speakers such as Google Home and Amazon Echo also double as music speakers (at least, the larger ones), but audio specialists such as JBL and Sonos are offering their own smart speakers with Alexa or Google Assistant for audiophiles who want to go with their favourite brand.

9. Boost speaker volume

If you are rooted, there are plenty of app options out there that can bypass the max volume of the Android system with a few simple tweaks. Check out our ultimate guide on how to root Android for more details. If you don’t want to root your phone or simply aren’t convinced by the distortions that most volume-booster apps in the Play Store end up producing, then there are still a few things you can do.

Get to know a little about sound waves. If you position your phone in a corner and fire the speaker’s output towards it, you’ll get a louder, ‘bassier’ reverberation than if it was just shooting out into the room. The same logic applies to any object: put your phone in a box, against a bowl or in a glass (empty, of course) and you might be amazed to hear how much louder your speaker suddenly is.

Boost speaker volume
Boost speaker volume

One more tip

Use sound Amplifier

You can use Sound Amplifier with wired or Bluetooth headphones to filter, augment, and amplify the sounds in your environment or on your Android device.

  • Download Sound Amplifier on Google Play.
  • Connect wired headphones to your Android device.
  • Go to the Apps section.
  • Tap the Sound Amplifier app.
  • Pixel: Turn on Sound Amplifier
  • Sound Amplifier is already installed on Pixel 4, 3a, and 3 phones. To get started, follow these steps:
  • Open your device’s Settings app.
  • Tap Accessibility, then tap Sound Amplifier.
  • Tap Use service.
  • To accept the permissions, tap OK.

Connect wired or Bluetooth headphones to your device.

To start the Sound Amplifier, 2-finger swipe up or tap the Accessibility button.  You can change the loudness and tuning levels to adjust to your current environment.

While Sound Amplifier is running, swipe down from the top of your screen, then tap the Sound Amplifier notification.

Pause amplification top Pause.

  • On the Sound tab, try changing the Boost and Fine-tuning controls to find the setup that works best for you.
  • On the Sound tab, turn on Adjust ears separately to apply settings to the right and left audio independently. For Bluetooth headphones, this setting only applies to on-device audio, not to sound from your surroundings.
  • On the Noise tab, change the noise reduction level.

With Bluetooth headphones, the sound might be delayed or lower quality. To improve the sound quality and reduce the delay, try these steps:

  • In Sound Amplifier, go to the Source tab. In the Microphone menu, select Device mic.
  • Bring your headphones closer to your phone, and avoid placing objects between the headphones and your phone.
  • Some brands of Bluetooth headphones might have lower-quality audio and latency. If the steps above don’t improve your sound quality, try switching to wired headphones.

To use the Sound Amplifier as a remote microphone. Place your phone near a TV or speaker, then use your Bluetooth headphones. You’ll hear the audio in your headphones while the sound remains at a comfortable volume for others.

Use Sound Amplifier for video and audio playing on your device as this option is available for Pixel phones with Android 10.

Now use the above ways and see how you can improve sound quality on your Android mobile.

Kamal Kaur

Kamal writes about new apps and user ratings. She joined us from India. She's also written for other tech blogs and forums before joining Pokies for Android. Kamal's real passion is nature and animals. She also writes poetry. Still waiting for her to write us a poem about Google Technology or Android devices.

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