Why Are My Headphones So Quiet?
Let me tell you about some common reasons why your headphone volume can be lower. These are:
Problems With Plug And Socket For Wired Headphones
The plug can become loose from the socket on your media player. This is usually due to headphones that are not made well or used for too long.
Your device’s headphone jack may also be defective.
The port could also have dirt in it.
Both two cases can interrupt your device connectivity, making your headphone quiet.
Your Earbuds Are Not Connecting Properly (Wireless/Bluetooth).
Another reason earbuds sound very quiet is that there is no connection between your phone and the earbuds. No matter what you do, if your device is not connected to the earbuds, it will cause them to sound very muffled.
Try restarting the device and earbuds to resolve any issues. Then, reconnect. Try connecting with another device if this fails to fix the problem.
If the connectivity issues disappear after you have tested your earbuds on another device, likely, your current device (or the one you currently use with the earbuds) is the problem. This indicates that there may be a compatibility issue, and you might need to buy a new pair.
If the connectivity issue persists between devices, and you have verified that your volume is not reduced on your earbuds’, then you need to check that your warranty covers your earbuds. You will either need them replaced or repaired.
These steps will reset your Bluetooth.
- Tap “General” in the Settings section of your device. Next, tap “Reset Network Setting” to reconnect your earbuds.
- Tap “Apps” in the Settings section of your device. Next, tap “Bluetooth”, then select “Storage”, and finally tap “Clear Cache”. Reconnect your earbuds.
- Increase the volume of your headphones
Although it may seem obvious, make sure you check the volume knob of your headphones to ensure that it is turned up. If your headphones don’t have volume controls, you can turn the volume knob on the device (phone, computer, etc.) to the highest setting.
Sometimes volume controls can collect dirt or dust, making it difficult to lower the volume. To loosen dust particles, move the control around a bit.
Your sound volume can have a negative effect on the quality of your music. You should use your volume control to find that sweet spot between volume and sound quality.
Earbud Cleaning Issue
If you use your earbuds for long periods, they may become dirty. This can cause the speaker grid to get filled with wax. This blocks the sound from being produced.
If you find nothing helpful in this article, you may damage your hearing. The most common type of hearing loss is noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL occurs when noise damages your inner ear hair cells that aid hearing.
Decibels (dB), which measure the volume or loudness of sound, indicate the level at which the sound is loudest.
Noise exposure can cause hearing loss that is gradual and often not recognized until it is too late. Anyone who is regularly exposed to loud noises can experience it. Even if you attend only one event, loud sounds such as music or heavy machinery can cause hearing loss. Here are some sounds that could cause hearing loss:
You should not use earbuds that are too loud to damage your hearing further. Instead, choose headphones with a lower volume. Avoid loud noises if you have hearing loss. Wear earmuffs or earplugs if exposed to loud noises, such as concertgoers. Protecting your ears from loud noises can help to prevent NIHL.
Your earbuds should not be so loud that it is impossible to hear the surrounding noise. If you’ve been exposed to loud noises in the past, it is essential to choose high-quality earbuds. This will ensure that bass is transferred efficiently and at an enjoyable level.
Broken Music And Video Files
Corrupted files may cause music and video to stop playing. The sound quality can drop, or the files may not play properly. This message may appear when you try to play your songs. You can either download them from another source, such as a particular website, or on a different device, such as your computer.
You can easily prove that the problem exists by playing the files on another device. You can use AirPlay to connect with iOS devices. You can connect with another wire if your device doesn’t support AirPlay. If files work fine on this device, the problem is likely with the original device or the files themselves.
Make Sure Your Ears Fit Properly
You may not find the right fit, regardless of whether you’re using earbuds or over-ear headphones. You may find that your headphones don’t fit appropriately if placed in your ear canal or just above it. This will block out outside noise and help you hear clearly.
You will need to increase the volume if they are too large or loosely placed in your ears.
You may feel pressure in your ears if the cups are too small or tight. This is because there is not enough air circulation. To make the cups more spacious, you can insert cotton or another material into them.
All noise-cancelling devices should be turned off.
Make sure you have no noise-cancelling settings turned on. This can reduce the volume of your headphones, making them appear quieter.
You can turn off any noise-canceling features in your settings or change to a volume that allows you to hear the ambient sounds of cars passing or people talking on their phones nearby. Check out my post on headphone static.
Verify Your Bluetooth connection
A Bluetooth headset might have low volume due to a weak connection. To check if your battery is at 100%, you can check the level of the battery. You can try switching positions or turning them on and off again if it is. If this doesn’t work, try switching Bluetooth sources. These are usually found in the settings menu of your Bluetooth transmitter or device.
How To Increase The Volume Of Your Bluetooth Headphones
Bluetooth is now available on most computing devices. PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, etc.,. All of them allow wireless connection to Bluetooth headphones. You can experience low volume with your Bluetooth headphones on almost any device that you connect them to.
Most cases can be resolved by changing the audio settings or increasing the volume limit. Let’s look at the different types of devices that might be affected by this issue.
Android Volume Limits Fixed
- Go to “Settings”.
- Click on “About Phone”
- Find the ‘Build number’
- Hold down the “Build Number” 7 times until it says that you have access to ‘Developer Options”.
- If prompted, enter your PIN number.
- Return to Settings and click on ‘System’.
- Choose ‘Advanced.
- Choose ‘Developer Options.
- Scroll down to find the switch that says “Disable Absolute Voltage”. This option is available.
- Now, restart your device and adjust the volume.
After these simple steps are completed, your Bluetooth headphones will be much louder. This trick works with almost all Android smartphones running Marshmallow and newer. This YouTube video will help you follow the steps.
Windows Volume Limits Can Be Fixed
- Hold the Windows key and then press the?R’ button on your keyboard.
- Type “Control Printers” in the ‘Run’ window that appears.
- Click “OK”.
- Right-click the icon to activate your Bluetooth headphones
- Click on ‘Properties.
- Click the “Services” tab.
- Uncheck the box to enable ‘Hands-free Telephony’
- Click “OK”.
- Re-pair your Bluetooth headset by disconnecting it.
This will allow you to increase the volume and quality of your Bluetooth headphones. Below is a quick video to help you.
iPhone Volume Limits Fixed
There are a few ways to work around iPhones. You can sometimes fix the problem by playing around with the equalizer options to find a better preset that maximizes volume. Sometimes, however, this fix may not be enough. These are two ways to increase Bluetooth volume on an iPhone.
- Go to “Settings”.
- Choose the “Music” option.
- This section will allow you to adjust the volume of the headphones.
- Choose the ‘Flat EQ’ setting.
- Now you will notice an increase in volume for your Bluetooth headphones or AirPods.
- Go to “Settings”.
- Choose ‘Volume Limit.
- Slide the slider to adjust the volume limit until it reaches ‘Max’.
- Test your headphones by closing all settings. This will dramatically increase the volume output of your headphones.
- These workarounds are compatible with all Bluetooth headphones, even AirPods of any generation.
Fix Low Volume On A Mac
Quit all other apps that may use the microphone and close them.
- Go to “System Preferences”.
- Select the “Sound” option.
- Click on “Output”.
Below are the options to select your Bluetooth headphones.
To adjust the maximum volume, change the slider bar.
This trick allows you to adjust your Bluetooth headphones’ volume in the same way you would with your iPhone/iPad. Slide the volume slider to maximum volume, restart your Mac computer. After this fix, you will enjoy a higher volume level on your Bluetooth headphones.
If none of our solutions work, you might need to look at our how do I clean my earbuds article. It could be earwax, dust, or something else. Hopefully, you will find this article helpful. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.