Quiet Headphones? How to Make Headphones Louder

Like most music lovers, once you return from a long day of work, you’ll certainly want to relax on your couch listening to some music. Headphones can make this period of relaxation very enjoyable. Notwithstanding, that can only happen if your headphones can provide you with the desired volume. 

Some headphones (sometimes called quiet) can have an undesirably low volume.

If this is the case with your headphones, and you are looking for ways on how to make it louder, search no further! This article provides all you need to know regarding the subject. Read on to learn more. 

How can you make headphones louder?

Initially, your headphones can have a great volume. But frequent use can help wear your device. In addition to frequent usage, the application settings and more can diminish your headphones’ volume and listening quality. 

If this has happened to your headphones and you want to achieve a normal listening experience, you may have to make the following adjustments to your device.

However, you should note that 85 decibels for a maximum of eight hours a day are considered a safe range for listening to audio.

Verify Your Device’s Settings.

Some devices have the configuration to keep the volume low through software controls. We have different steps to take depending on the device. Here are a few examples.

  • iOS.

Procedure: Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Headphone Safety. Switch off the “Reduce Loud Sounds” if it is turned on.

  • Android.

 Procedure: Go to Settings > Sound > Volume. You will find four sound sliders for Ringtone, Notification, click on Feedback, and Media. You can also set the volume keys to be turned up across all apps or in individual media apps. This is done by enabling the “switch Volume Keys for Media.”

  • Windows.

 Search for “Sound Mixer Options” from the Settings app. This will display the master volume. You can then configure your device volume by pressing the “Volume Up and Down” keys as well, and if apps have volume enabled, you’ll be able to set the volume there.

  • macOS.

Go to the Apple menu, click on System Preferences > Sound > Output and then choose your headphones from the menu. You can turn on the volume of all your audio devices here.

Make sure your headphones are clean and well plugged.

Sometimes, the problem can be as simple as dirty headphones or the misplacement of the headphones.

If your headphones produce low volume, try properly cleaning them first because they could sound low due to dirt. The mesh sometimes gathers too much dust or wax, causing the sound to diminish.

If you are a regular of your headphones, clean them even daily using a soft cloth. Remember to be gentle as the device can be fragile.

Furthermore, if you get sound only in one channel or fading sound, try properly plugging your headphones. In many instances, you might plug the headphone jack halfway, and you won’t notice it until after some time.

However, Bluetooth headphones don’t face this problem, so you should be sure of the kind of headphones you have.

Use an app to boost your audio settings. 

If the two steps above still didn’t change, explore this one and others to achieve better results.

You can explore Booster apps (These apps give you better equalizer settings and increase the limits to a very noticeable point) per device to solve your volume issues.

You can hear the difference between the regular and boosted audio settings.

Some of these apps may be free, while some are premium, but you should use them if you want to enjoy your music and improve your audio experience.

Follow the list below to know which app to use.

  • Use “Equalizer Pro and DFX Sound Enhancer” for your personal computer.
  • Android uses “Volume Booster Pro, Volume Booster Sound Equalizer, or Super Volume Booster.”
  • Use “Equalizer Pro Volume Booster, SonicMax Pro, or Volume Boost+” for iOS or iPhone.

Use a Headphone Amplifier.

There is a limit on volume for underpowered headphones such that yet at high/highest volume, you still hear distortion, and your headphones won’t be as loud as you might expect them to be when you increase the volume.

A headphone amplifier such as a standalone headphone amplifier can help solve this problem. However, this is on the assumption that you’re willing to buy an external device to boost your headphone volume. This option might be helpful.

It will be necessary to caution here that headphone amplifiers don’t work in all cases. They are generally only for higher-quality over-ear headphones.

Therefore, it is advisable to check the headphone impedance before considering going in for an amplifier.

Adjust your EQ settings on your phone.

Your EQ settings on your phone or in a music app will instantly improve sound volume. Your EQ or equalization settings on your phone are usually “optimized” by the manufacturer for an everyday listening experience.

On iOS devices, a list of different EQ settings varies depending on the environment or genre. In loud environments, there is a late-night setting that significantly boosts sound. 

Adjust the EQ settings on your device.

Androids and other music devices have EQ settings that can be adjusted until you find the kind of sound boost to your headphones you’re looking for.

The EQ options for smartphones, for example, are found in the Advanced Sound settings section of the Sounds and Vibration menu.

Android has treble, bass, vocal, and instrumental sound options to be more accurate with your levels. However, you can increase the volume by adjusting your decibel levels, and genre presets.

More options.

  • Turn up All the Knobs. 

Your phone or player might be turned way up while your headphones are turned way down.

Verify your volume controls by turning them down as far as they can go, then move them up in increments.

  • Check the File Compression.

Compression raises the volume on the soft parts of audio while bringing the loud parts down. This doesn’t increase the volume of the file, but it does give the impression of a louder sound because there’s less contrast.

  • Enhance the volume through a volume mixer.

Your device’s volume might be reading “max,” yet the particular program or application is low. Check to make sure the volume mixer of the application you are using is maximum.


You might have explored all the above options and still didn’t get the desired results.

Assuming you did everything right and nothing worked, there is just one more option for you; get new headphones.

There might have been an error during manufacturing, or it might be the optimum volume for your headphones.

When buying a new headphone, be sure you have done some basic research on your volume requirements and ask to test the headphones on-site to be sure you get what you pay for.

You can also consider seeking expert advice.

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