How to Make Earbuds Louder (under 2 Minutes)

Quiet-sounding earbuds take out the fun from your audio listening experience. Here I've listed 9 different techniques that'll help you make your earbuds louder.

Are you wondering how to make earbuds louder? If yes, you’ve landed on the right page.

Earbuds are an excellent way to listen to music anywhere you go.

However, not all earbuds are created equal.

Some are quieter than others, or sometimes your smartphone’s poor audio optimization can make them sound quiet.

Hence, in this article, I’ve listed various techniques to help you make your earbuds louder.

How to Make Earbuds Louder: Quick Answer

The easiest way to make your new earbuds sound louder is by tweaking the Equalizer settings. You can play with the equalizer sliders and adjust the music to your liking or use the presets provided within the equalizer app or settings.

Most commonly, the equalizer preset is set to flat, which makes your music sound quieter.

Thus, the first thing to do to make your earbuds sound louder is to check the equalizer settings.

However, it’s not the only thing that makes earbuds sound quieter. There are several other reasons why your earbuds are quieter.

I’ve listed all the reasons, including various methods and techniques to make your earbuds sound louder than they really are.

9 Best Ways to Make Earbuds Louder

1. Playing with Equalizer Settings

The first line of defense for making your earbuds sound louder is adjusting your smartphone’s or audio device’s equalizer settings.

In an iOS device, you can access the equalizer by navigating to Settings > Music > EQ.

equalizer presets in iOS and iPhone

The EQ setting offers numerous presets like:

  • Bass Booster
  • Loudness
  • Hip Hop
  • Dance
  • Electronic, and more

However, iOS doesn’t allow you to adjust the equalizer sliders manually. You’re only stuck with the equalizer presets by default.

Similarly, on an Android smartphone, you can access the equalizer settings by navigating to Settings > Sound and Vibrations > Equalizer.

The navigation to equalizer on an Android device can vary based on the make, model, and Android version.

On the other hand, if you’re using premium earbuds like the Sony WF-1000XM5, it comes with its own app.

The app has numerous settings, including an equalizer and a few presets that’ll help you make your earbuds sound louder.

2. Using an Amplifier App

Suppose you’re unsatisfied with your smartphone’s built-in equalizer settings. In that case, you can try an advanced option like sound amplifier apps.

The most popular sound amplifier for the Android ecosystem is the Poweramp Equalizer.

poweramp equalizer to increase earbuds volume

It is an advanced equalizer that offers innumerable features compared to the built-in equalizer on your smartphone.

Apart from the built-in equalizer presets, Poweramp also has AutoEQ presets for thousands of headphones and earbuds.

AutoEq presets in Poweramp equalizer

As a result, you can make your cheap earbuds mimic the sound signature of expensive earbuds like Airpods Pro or Bose QuietComfort Ultra.

3. Using Headphone Amplifier/DAC

Like me, if you prefer using wired earbuds instead of wireless. In that case, you can purchase a portable headphone amplifier or DAC.

Your Android smartphone has a built-in DAC, which converts digital signals into analog.

However, to save money, smartphone manufacturers use a cheap DAC. Thus, the cheap DAC cannot drive the wired earbuds to their full potential.

portable usb c headphone amplifier
portable USB-C headphone amplifier

You can easily purchase a USB-C headphone amplifier for less than $50. It will not only make your earbuds sound louder but also improve the sound quality by a significant margin.

Similarly, for a desktop setup, you can get a potent desktop DAC for less than $100.

FiiO is a popular brand for desktop DAC and will surely take your audio experience to the next level.

4. Dolby Atmos Settings

Many Android smartphones now have Dolby Atmos functionality, including popular brands like Samsung and Motorola.

It is an audio enhancement feature that provides better sound quality than the default settings.

By default, Dolby Atmos is disabled, which can make your smartphone sound average at best.

Motorola smartphone Smart Dolby Atmos Audio Settings

I had recently switched to a Motorola smartphone that had Dolby Atmos feature. Without Dolby Atmos, the audio in my earbuds sounded flat and quiet.

However, when I enabled the Dolby Atmos feature, the change in sound quality had a day and night difference. The audio was considerably louder and more detailed than the default audio settings.

If your smartphone has Dolby Atmos, you’ll mostly find it under Settings > Sound & Vibration. Scroll down till you see the Dolby Atmos feature.

Later, you can enable it and set it to work with your wireless earbuds.

5. Disable Absolute Volume

Absolute volume is a Bluetooth earbuds feature in Android devices.

It allows you to single-handedly control the volume of your Bluetooth earbuds and Android devices. It correctly syncs the volume of your Bluetooth earbuds and Android devices.

Before Absolute volume, you had to independently change your Android device’s and Bluetooth earbuds’ volume. It created confusion because users had to first increase the volume on their Bluetooth earbuds and then increase it from the device.

By default, the Absolute Volume feature is enabled on an Android device. However, you can disable it and, in most cases, increase your earbuds’ volume even further.

The Absolute Volume feature is hidden inside Developer Options. To open Developer Options, navigate to Settings > About Phone > Build Number. Continuously tap on the Build Number seven times and enter your smartphone PIN. It will enable Developer Options.

disable absolute volume to increase earbuds volume

You’ll find Developer Options inside Settings > System > Developer Options. Here, scroll down till you find the Disable Absolute Volume option and enable it.

Now, connect your Bluetooth earbuds to the Android smartphone, and (hopefully) you’ll notice your earbuds sound louder than earlier.

In some cases, you might notice poor or average sound quality. If that’s the case, follow the same procedure and enable the Absolute Volume feature.

You can learn more about Absolute Volume by reading this article.

6. Clean your Earbuds

I’ve seen numerous earbuds of my friends and family filled with dirt and gunk. If that’s the case for you, consider cleaning your earbuds.

Earwax coupled with dirt and sweat block your earbuds’ mesh covering. The blockage forms a tight layer over the earbuds opening over time. Thus, your earbuds sound quieter than when you bought them.

To tackle this, you’ll have to clean them thoroughly. You can refer to this article to learn how to clean your earbuds without damaging them.

Once your earbuds are thoroughly cleaned, you’re bound to hear a massive difference in loudness, which was previously missing.

7. Using the Right Ear Tips

On this blog, I’ve always focused on the importance of choosing the right silicone eartips. It is a crucial factor and can make or break your music experience.

It’s one of the main reasons why earbud boxes come in at least three silicone ear tip sizes: small, medium, and large.

silicone eartips of different sizes

If you’re using a smaller ear tip size with respect to your ears, the earbuds will sound tinny, with high treble and poor bass. On the other hand, large ear tips don’t fit your ears properly, and you lose out on details.

The best way to tackle this is to try all the silicone ear tip sizes within the box and choose the one that suits you the best.

If not, you can buy aftermarket silicone eartips, which are better quality than what you get in the box.

Some people also use foam eartips, which offer better sound isolation than silicone ones. However, my personal experience hasn’t been very good with foam eartips. But you can try them and check if that works for you.

8. Update Software

It is a trivial yet important solution that could help make your earbuds louder.

Smartphone manufacturers offer frequent software updates to tackle security issues and add newer features.

keep your system update to make earbuds louder

In some cases, they might also optimize audio and sound settings, making your earbuds louder.

Thus, it’s crucial to always keep your smartphone updated with the latest software version.

9. Upgrade your Earbuds

Suppose you’ve tried all the solutions above, and still, the earbuds sound quiet. In that case, it’s time to upgrade your earbuds.

In my case, my JLab Air Go Pop sounds quieter than my Oneplus Nord earbuds. Similarly, if you have cheap earbuds, it might not go as loud as expected.

You can check your earbuds’ customer reviews on forums like Reddit. If you find multiple posts of customers complaining about quietness, your earbuds are the culprit.

If that’s the case, I highly advise you to phase out your current earbuds and go for a premium model that produces higher volume.

Conclusion

I hope this article helped you learn how to make earbuds louder instantly.

No one wants to buy new earbuds only to realize they are quieter and you can’t enjoy them fully. Thus, you can use one or a few solutions mentioned above to make your earbuds louder.

Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.

Yash Lizz
Yash Lizz
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