Listening to podcasts, audiobooks, and music, or even calling a loved one through your headphones/earphones, is a great way to enjoy the moment in private. listening through headphones is especially helpful in a busy or noisy environment.
but nothing ruins the experience more than a very low audio volume. Is your iphone volume too low when you try to listen through your headphones? Can’t seem to make it stronger?
Reading: How to increase headphone volume on iphone
I’ve made a list of things to check and troubleshooting tips to help you fix low volume on your iphone headphones.
- check your headset
- check your environment
- check iphone settings
- turn off headset security feature
- turn off phone noise cancellation on iphone
- turn on/off airplane mode
- turn bluetooth on and off
- reboot your iphone
- update your iphone
- adjust audio volume balance
- use iphone music eq
- amplify with an app
- ask for professional help
1. check your headphones
Before we move on to software fixes, let’s address potential external issues.
- check the headphones: it may be a hardware defect causing the sounds to be so low. this may be the case if you just bought your headphones or if they have worn them out after years of use. To check, connect your headphones to another device.
- Check if they are properly connected: Check the connection between the audio jack on your device and the headphone jack. improperly connected headphones can cause static noise, audio loss in one ear, or sounds that are too low. you should feel a distinct click when you push the connector or lightning connector into the iphone jack.
- check for obstructions: dirt, lint, dust, or other debris can also Avoid the headphone jack from connecting to the audio port. clean the jack or lightning connector with a cotton swab with some alcohol. also check your headphones; It’s not uncommon to see earwax buildup on your earbuds, especially when you wear them for hours on end. this can cause sounds to be muffled.
- check for damage: look for any breaks in the wires as it is quite common for headphones to be pulled and cut . the most commonly damaged area is where the cable meets the connector.
- check if they have enough charge: if you are using wireless headphones, check if your hearing aids still have enough charge collect. a low battery bluetooth headset can affect the sound quality and volume they produce.
- ensure proper placement and fit: everyone has a different ear shape. make sure you are using the correct size eartip for your ear so that it seals well and securely.
2. check your surroundings
Sometimes the external environment is really too loud, making it seem like the sounds you hear through your headphones are too quiet. If you use wireless headsets, metal desks or physical barriers can cause connectivity issues between the headset and iPhone.
try the headphones in a different environment and remove any barriers.
3. check your iphone settings
If you have checked your headphones and they work perfectly fine with other devices, the problem may be related to your iphone. here are several things you can check:
- Check if your volume is turned down: While this may seem like a no-brainer, there have been plenty of times that I’ve panicked over not hearing anything, only to find out that my iPhone’s volume is turned too low.
- Check if you can’t change your volume with the side buttons: See if touching the volume buttons on the side alters your volume. If it doesn’t, head to Settings → Sounds & Haptics. Toggle Change with Buttons on so you can adjust your volume using the buttons.
- Check if Do Not Disturb is activated: Do Not Disturb does not alter your volume’s sounds but may prevent notifications from reaching you, including messages and calls. If you’re bothered that you can’t hear messages, calls, and certain app notifications, head to your Control Center and see if a Focus or Do Not Disturb is enabled.
- Ensure that iPhone is not on Silent: You may have also set your phone to Silent. Being on Silent mode doesn’t affect music volume, but it may lower your iPhone’s alarm sound. If the switch on the upper-left side of your phone is switched back (showing orange), then your device is simply on mute.
- See your Bluetooth connections: Ensure your audio is directed to your iPhone instead of elsewhere. You can check your Control Center’s music box and the volume icon to see if the sound is transmitted via Bluetooth, the headphones, or directly through the iPhone.
4. disable headset security feature
Your volume may also be too low because the maximum volume for the iphone headphone security feature has been set too low to protect your hearing. to check:
- Open Settings → Sounds & Haptics.
- Tap Headphone Safety.
- Toggle Reduce Loud Sounds off.
See also: What Is a Headphone Amp and What Is the Point of It?
Instead of turning the feature off completely, you can set a higher limit. the feature defaults to a limit of 85 decibels, described as noisy like heavy traffic. you can set it up to 100 decibels, which is as loud as an ambulance siren.
5. disable phone noise cancellation on iphone
This feature reduces background noise so the caller’s voice stands out. However, some have reported that this sometimes mutes the person’s voice instead of background noise, leading to low call volume on the iPhone. to disable the feature:
- Go to Settings → Accessibility.
- Tap Audio/Visual.
- Toggle Phone Noise Cancellation off.
6. turn airplane mode on/off
Airplane mode is an easy fix for most minor glitches like iphone stuck in headphone mode or imessage not working on iphone. similarly, you can try turning airplane mode on and off multiple times. just let your iphone stay in airplane mode for several seconds before turning it off.
7. Turn Bluetooth off and on
If you’re only having trouble using a bluetooth device, you can try turning the device’s bluetooth on and off. If this doesn’t fix the problem, unpair the device and pair it again.
8. Restart your iPhone
another easy fix for most errors is to reboot the device. turn off your iphone and wait a few minutes before turning it on. try listening to music on your headphones again.
9. upgrade your iphone
An outdated operating system can also be to blame for your iphone’s volume problems. make sure your iphone is running an updated operating system.
10. adjust audio volume balance
If one earphone is louder than the other, you may have accidentally tampered with your iPhone and changed the audio volume balance. This is an iPhone accessibility feature designed for people who are hard of hearing.
basically, it allows you to move the volume balance between the left and right channels so you can allocate more sound to your “better” ear.
- Go to Settings → Accessibility.
- Tap Audio/Visual.
- Scroll down and slide the Balance Slider to adjust the volume balance. Moving the slider to the right makes the volume of the right channel louder.
See also: Do Wireless Headphones Have Their Own DAC? Heres The Truth – stampsound.com
We also wrote an article on how to fix headphones or airpods that only play in one ear.
11. use iphone music eq
perhaps the problem lies with the audio file itself, or it’s just your preference to make your notifications, alarms or music play as loud as possible. Using the iPhone’s built-in music equalizer can help. This is primarily designed to improve your experience of listening to music through Apple Music, but it can also help improve the audio of the video.
- Head to Settings → Music.
- Tap EQ. This is turned off by default, but you may use it to accentuate certain sounds.
The effect varies greatly depending on the tracks you’re listening to. on the other hand, it can alter your favorite track differently. try playing around with the equalizer to see what settings can help improve the sound.
Note: You must have Apple Music installed in your app to access your iPhone’s built-in EQ.
12. amplify with an iphone app
another way to improve the sound of your iphone is to download applications to increase the volume. go to the app store and download apps like bass booster or boom music. But these apps only apply to tracks and will not offer help if your iphone speaker is not working or you have low iphone call volume.
13. ask for professional help
When none of the troubleshooting tips seem to work and the sounds are still too low, even when using a different headset, it may be time to make an appointment at your nearest genius bar or apple store.
Can you hear well?
many factors can affect the sound of your headphones while listening on your iphone. it can range from a minor bug to a serious software problem. most are easy solutions, while some may require professional help.
have you encountered this problem? what fix worked for you? share them below!
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