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How to improve the sound and volume quality on your Android

Authored by: Loie Favre — Feb 27, 2014

You’ve probably run into the problem that the sound emitted from your smartphone is rather dull, partly due to the hardware design where stereo speakers are placed on the back of the smartphone. It’s difficult to change this small and frustrating detail and the sound quality on Android sometimes leave much to be desired. There are however a few tricks you could give a try to improve the sound and volume quality on your Android device.

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Whoever thought that it was a good idea to place the audio output on the back of a phone? Like me, most place the smartphone screen up. Not only that, the volume is often of poor quality anyway. In reality, there is no magic formula to change this disappointing aspect, however there are a few tricks to increase the bass and other details.

To improve sound quality when listening to music

Reinforcing the bass can significantly improve your music listening experience. There is more than one app to solve this problem found in the Google Play Store. One of these is Music Volume EQ.

Music Volume EQ Install on Google Play

After installing the app, open your favorite song and then launch the app. It will guide you to a widget that takes little time to get used to and soon you’ll find you can’t live without it. It's a pretty simple equalizer that lets you increase or decrease the volume. If you click on the letters EQ you can make all kinds of volume adjustments as you like.

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For other general sound improvements

You can improve the sound quality for your overall Android using an app like Volume +. Just download it from Google Play Store. I tried the free version, but there is also a full version which costs about 1.50 USD.

Volume+ FREE Install on Google Play

Installation is simple, you just have to accept the terms and conditions. Below you will see various options for improving the audio output. Click on 'Speaker Settings'.

ecualizador 2
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You'll come to another screen in which you can ' reprogram ' the maximum volume of your phone. Be careful, some built-in speakers do not tolerate very high volumes. If you use it while wearing headphones, remember that you could harm your ears if the music is too loud. Enable the speaker modifications option and further options are enabled.

Now select the volume you would like in the 'Volume Level' option. Unfortunately, equalizer volume is only available with the paid version, but I would recommend you to try the free first.

Did you notice an improvement to the volume? Do you know of any other ways or apps to increase the audio output of your Android?

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.

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  • Zulhilmi Von Elbridget Sep 8, 2014 Link to comment

    people-people have u picked ur ears yet? u must clear ur ear holes before complaining about sound of our phone! this really effects the quality of the soung heard from the phone....

  • Aaron Smith Jun 14, 2014 Link to comment

    These apps do not work, they lower the volume instead of boosting the volume, test your sound without theses apps and your sound is louder and better quality. You will have to use either Bluetooth wireless speakers or headphones to increase your volume and quality of sound on Android tablets period. No app works for increasing volume or quality.

    • Mark Bradley 1 week ago Link to comment

      You are spot on.I've tried all apps/all phones.never found an app to increase volume.lower it more like..what a con it all is .ie constant app updates to use data ....

  • Bradley Lara Jun 11, 2014 Link to comment

    As Dona Dino stated, Root ur phone and use Viper4Android, by far the best music improver. Made mine sound better than CD quality, and don't use anything less than 192kbps mp3s

  • Chad_Higgins Apr 6, 2014 Link to comment

    I use music volume eq on my htc and it dramatically improves the quality of my sound. its amazing!

  • dona doni Mar 10, 2014 Link to comment

    For rooted smartphone, i suggest is one sick sound equaliser, with too many sound variables to be adjusted to suit your style. :)

  • Raindance Rob Mar 5, 2014 Link to comment

    im yet to find an equalizer that actually works with my Nexus 5 only things that do work are bass boost & virtualizer. any suggestions of any that actually work please ?

  • Robin Scully Mar 5, 2014 Link to comment

    There are a lot of apps which you can install to better the technology and entertainment of your smartphone. All of them are claiming to be the best and it's up to you to choose what's the best.

  • Roger Isham Mar 2, 2014 Link to comment

    Does anyone know if there is a small corded speaker that could be plugged in and placed on the front of a Note 2? It would have be about the size of a hearing aid. I do not know where to look any suggestions would be helpful. I have an Otter box and work in a very noisy environment. I bought the Note 2 for the big screen but hate the low volume.

  • Skip Flem Mar 2, 2014 Link to comment

    I've seen a 'little' cellphone case, foam padded with a zipper, that also has two speakers, an amplifier and Lithium battery. It even had a headset jack right next
    to the USB charging port. HARDWARE is the solution.

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Mar 1, 2014 Link to comment

    For music I rather use poweramp, best eq ever and the ability to push 10 + or - depending on whether it's too loud (silent environments) or too quiet...

  • Apolzan Marius Feb 28, 2014 Link to comment

    the speakers won't give you more than they give you and if you force them for more, first will distort the sound and after a while it will leave you in silence 'coz they broke, pfffft, you all should know that and even with earphones, if you don't know the ohms that the device has as output, you won't hear better, in here depends on what kind too, i usually use the inside ear earphones which makes you think that are louder for taking away the surrounding sounds...

  • Mohamed Suleman Feb 28, 2014 Link to comment

    For videos I use MX player, using the H/W+ or S/W codec you can push your volume up to 30 instead of the standard 15, it really does get louder, maybe not double though.
    It has an ooption for audio but Havent tried that, I only listen to audio with my headphone, I find that the quality of the headphones then make the most difference.

  • Bryan vella Feb 28, 2014 Link to comment

    The best way is by tying *#*#364663349#*#* in the phone directory. Go to 'Hardware Testing' section, tap on 'Audio' and on 'Normal', 'Headset' and 'LoudSpeaker Mode', go to 'Max Vol' and set to 160(highest value).

    • Mark S. Feb 28, 2014 Link to comment

      Hey Bryan,
      I have a galaxy note 2. I typed that in and nothing. Don't some phones have different codes to access the system? Or is this, as with most technical problems, user error?

      Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Andrew Albano Feb 28, 2014 Link to comment

    I think Doug drinks ! Loie !

  • Andrew Albano Feb 28, 2014 Link to comment

    I installed the free version on my kindle fire hd 8.9 for some time and I have been loseing my hearing without any rapper CRAP music mind YOU .

  • C..Mike Hunt Feb 28, 2014 Link to comment

    The BEST way to double or even triple the sound of ANY smart phone such as a Samsung is just simply place your phone OVER or into a dry ceramic bowl..cereal bowl..shallow glass..or if that's not available use a glass or ceramic obvious.. you don't need an app..
    sometimes..common sense is the best info..
    Your welcome!

    • Loie Favre
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      Feb 28, 2014 Link to comment

      Interesting method C. Mike, though I don't think I would walk around with my smartphone in a bowl :) Perhaps at home though!

    • Tricia_TD Feb 28, 2014 Link to comment

      So you walk around the city with your phone over a bowl, glass or plate?! Yep, common sense right enough!

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