How to Make Your Headphones Louder (5+1 Ways)

by David Wright | Last Updated on October 22, 2020

Make your headphones louder

Does the low volume of your headphone frustrate you? Forget the frustration because here are some of the easiest ways to make your headphones louder.

Here we bring you five (+1) different easy techniques to boost your headphones’ sound and make it louder than you have ever experienced.

1. Change Mobile Settings

Before thinking of anything else, check your cellphone settings. Cellphones usually have different volume settings with volume limits when connected to headphones, earbuds, Bluetooth speakers, etc. Therefore, it is important to check your device’s volume limit.

Interestingly, Android and iPhone have different volume configurations settings. But that’s not an issue! Here is how to make your headphones louder on Apple and Android smartphones:


If you are an Apple user, you will find the volume limit in the main setting menu. You just have to follow these steps:

  • Click on the main setting icon
  • Search for “Music” setting
  • Scroll down to the “Playback” setting
  • You will find an option for “Volume Limit”
  • Turn it to the maximum


As an Android user, you can change your setting through the following steps:

  • Go to the main settings
  • Select setting for “Sound”
  • Click on the “Volume” setting. When you select the volume, you will find settings for various functions separately. But it is better not to mess up with all settings
  • For music setting, click on the “Media” setting
  • Turn the volume to maximum

2. Clean Your Headphones

If your volume setting is already at its peak and your headphones are still not loud enough, the next step is to inspect your headphone’s cleaning.

Cleaning and hygiene are what we give most importance to in today’s world. But we often neglect cleaning our wearables, including headphones and earbuds.

That’s why we often find them very nasty, dusty, and full of ear wax. Which deleteriously affects the sound-producing ability of our headphones, making it less noisy and loud.

But don’t worry, it is not an unsolvable problem. Just follow some easy techniques discussed below, and you are good to go.

Clean Ear Tips

Ear tips are part of headphones that are directly exposed to ear wax and dust. Therefore, your first job should be cleaning ear tips, and, luckily, they are straightforward to clean.

You have to take out the ear tips and soak it in lukewarm water (for 3-5 minutes) with a little soap in it. Afterward, take it out of the water, clean its inner parts using cotton buds, and let it dry.

Clean Earbuds

Clean earbuds

After cleaning the ear tips, clean the earbuds. It is a sensitive part and, remember, – don’t wash it! Washing this part may destroy your headphones.

Use a dry brush (you can also use tooth) and gently brush the earbuds’ mesh to remove dust and ear wax. After brushing the mesh, apply some hydrogen peroxide on a soft cloth and clean earbuds with it, then let it dry.

After cleaning the ear tips and earbuds, reassemble your headphones and check if your headphone volume/sound has increased. 

3. Use Volume Enhancing Apps

If your headphones are still not loud enough despite cleaning and volume setting, your next try might be volume-enhancing apps.

These apps are specifically designed to enhance your device’s volume. They may be different on iPhone and Android. Here are some of the best apps that we suggest:


  • AmpMe – Speaker Volume Booster
  • Boom: Bass Booster and Equalizer
  • Max Volume Booster
  • Equalizer Fx: Bass Booster


  • VLC
  • Precise Volume
  • Equalizer Fx
  • Viper4Android

4. Change Your Music App

Sometimes, your headphone volume also depends on the app you use. For example, if you are listening to YouTube, the volume may be lower than those of the Apple Music or Android apps like Google Play.

Try to switch to other apps and check your headphones’ volume. Perhaps, you will experience a slight volume shift. Choose the app with a higher volume.

5. Use Amplifiers

Amplifier for headphones

Headphones work great when paired with an amplifier. Amplifiers are external devices that might be costly sometimes, but it is a good option for boosting headphones’ volume and making it loud enough to enjoy. Moreover, amplifiers also increase sound quality, clarity and give in-depth details of the music.

Amplifiers work great on larger headphones, but you cannot use them on all kinds of headphones. It works well only with headphones of a certain size and dimension. Therefore, you should check if the amplifier works well on your headphones before buying it.

6. Maybe Time To Get a New Pair?

If you have tried everything and the volume does not seem to be improving, you probably have to consider buying a new pair of headphones.

Before purchasing new ones, check their volume and quality – of course, it should be louder than your previous pair.

But if no headphone is loud enough for you to avoid the worldly noise, look at some of the noise-canceling (sound isolation) models. With those headphones, you do not need loud volume to get an intense and profound listening experience. Moreover, these headphones are less harmful to your ears than normal loud headphones.



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