How to Make Headphones Louder


Now, I am not advocating listening to your favorite playlist on your headphone just to blast out your eardrums, I just want to sort that annoying issue of your headphone playing so low. Yeah, it can be a really unpleasant experience trying to listen to music only to find out your headphones are not loud.

Most headphone users are of course professional music listeners and their device preferences are mostly based on their music choice or lifestyle. Ergo, they know how important it is to get high volume and quality sound from their devices. Some factors that can cause a diminish in the sound quality and listening volume of your headphone include the type of app and desktop setting, inevitable daily wear and tear, and the likes. 

To level up that volume once again, there are certain adjustments that can be made. Do not forget however that 85 decibels for eight hours are all you need in a day. So, if you’ve turned the volume of your headphone to the maximum level and you still do not get enough sounds, then check this list and find the perfect way to boost that headphone’s volume.

Making Your Headphones Louder

Option 1: Get those oils out of your headphones

Sometimes, the little things causing your headphone not to play loud could be some specks of dirt that have been housed in the device so, a little cleaning should do the magic. You should be aware that the heat in your ear canal increases whenever your headphone is being used. This way, your ears produce more oils and wax which can easily get to your headphone and block the mesh screens which in turn causes the sound to fade off. All you need do is clean them and get them back to their original state.

To clean your headphones, you can make use of hydrogen peroxide or even soapy water with other equipment like cleaning cloths, toothbrushes, and paper towels. Check the manual for the cleaning instruction in order to not cause more harm than good while cleaning. You can also make use of these simple steps to clean your headphones:

  • Bring out the ear tips and clean properly

Soak the ear tips in warm soapy water for 5 minutes, make use of cotton buds to clean the inner parts to remove accumulated wax. Use the soft cloth wet with hydrogen peroxide to wipe and leave to dry.

  • Proper cleaning of the earbuds

With the mesh facing downwards, use a dry toothbrush and steadily brush the mesh screens to remove any dirt housed in there. After this process, use the hydrogen peroxide soaked cloth and wipe the earbuds then use a paper towel to dry them. Ensure the cloth is only damped and not soaked wet to protect your headphones.

  • Assemble the headphones

Once the other pieces are completely dry, patch them up and check again for the loudness of your headphones, it is now clean and ready for those grooves.

Option 2: Consider The Bluetooth’s Total Volume

With wireless headphones, you have the absolute volume which lets you regulate the loudness of the Bluetooth device and at the same time, that of your phone. When the volume button is leveled up on the headphone, it also makes an effect on your phone’s volume.

Sometimes, the type of headphone you are making use of may not support absolute volume, or possibly, you have somehow disabled it on your phone, the volume of the device then has to be regulated individually. Your phone could be at the highest volume while that of your headphone at a low volume, you would have to work on increasing the volume as well.

To be sure the absolute volume on both your headphone and your phone is active, increase the volume from your headphone and see if the volume slider displays on your phone too. If it doesn’t, then you can be sure one of the devices is not in their absolute volume. In order to work with this, you can simply regulate the headphone and the phone’s volume separately. Simply set the headphone’s volume to the highest level then make volume adjustments with your phone whenever you need to.

Option 3: Work on your device’s volume limit

Yes, you may actually not need to do more than that!  The law in the United States limits the volume of MP3 players and phones to 120 decibels while it is 85 in Europe. You can actually level it up to 100 decibels in Europe if you are not getting loud sounds. 

You can simply do this by disabling the warning bar of the volume that displays on your phone when you try to level up the volume. 

Option 4: Make use of boosting apps

If after any of the options above your headphone’s volume still remains the same, you can try getting some volume-boosting apps.

Regardless of the kind of device you are using, maybe an iPhone, Android, or PC, there are several volume-boosting apps that can increase the sound output of your device. Some of these apps correspond with all devices, some others correspond with a particular device. So in this case, you would have to opt for the app that works and fits with your device.

Option 5: Make use of an amp

Amps come in different models and sizes, not just for the huge players. You can make use of portable amps to level up the volume of your headphones. As much as they work perfectly for volumes, they may not be the best solution when being used on the go. Generally, they add extra weight and they run on battery power.

However, if you are using it from home, this can be a great option as they help improve the sound of your headphone. Moreso, they do not only work on the volume of the device, but they also work on the total sound performance which includes detailed and well-balanced music, improved clarity, and a better dynamic range.

This mostly works with larger over-ear and on-ear headphones and you can get the amp on sale with different models and budgets.

Option 6: Look out for the file compression

The chain between you and your listening device is quite easy to understand but not known to many. The headphone can lose their oomph over time. The music, the headphone, and the playback device all affect the sound performance one way or the other, so you endeavor to find the strong link to complement the weak link.

The compression work to raise the volume on the weak parts of the file while reducing the loud parts. This action does not literally affect the loud part, it only works on the illusion of it being louder. This can result in a podcast of high-quality music files with the loud part sounding a bit muted.

Option 7: Work on your device’s settings

There is a possibility that your device is configured to play low through the software settings. You can easily work on these software settings in many different ways. If your device is an Android, go from settings to sound and then to volume. There are 4 sliders there, click on the one that says media and turn up the volume keys for all media or some selected media apps as you please.

For iOS, simply go to settings, then sound and haptics, then headphone safety. Turn off the reduced sound because there is a possibility that is where it is set to be. For PCs, go to the settings app and find the sound mixer options. You will find the master volume that lets you regulate the volume via the up and down keys. You can easily set the volume here. For macOS, go to the Apple menu, then system preferences, then sound, then output. At the output menu, click on headphones and turn up the volume for all audio devices. 

Option 8: Get a 3rd-party software equalizer

You should put the download of an equalizer into consideration if you are still not getting that groove enough. The equalizer app gives you an additional layer of volume that control your device and headphone. These apps are strictly for headphones not producing enough sounds as their abuse can be dangerous to your ears so, be careful.

Option 9: Headphone upgrades

Maybe it’s about time you upgrade your headphone as they are wearing out already. For the upgrade, look out for features that reduce background noises and distortions. Some over-ear headphones help remove background noises and let you enjoy every instrument of the music you are listening to, these upgrades can also go a long way.

Option 10: Get new pairs of headphones?

Maybe your headphones have really worn out and all you need is a better and louder sounding headphone. If all the steps above are just not working for you, it’s about time to tour the market. However, be careful of misinformation when trying to purchase a new one since there are several headphones on sale to choose from, and of course, those “experts” with little experience would want to “guide you” into buying what’s best for you.

There are many other features to watch out for aside from better-sounding headphones. You should also look into features like Bluetooth connectivity, isolation, inline mic, music details, and many others.

Bottom Line

Many audiophiles and beginners give prominence to better-sounding headphones and truly, who uses a headphone with no groove kind of music? We all want the booming sound out of our headphones so luckily, you have 10 options to choose from to get those booming sounds once again. Enjoy your favorite music at an enjoyable volume but remember, listening to music at a high volume for a long time can damage your hearing, listen to music reasonably!

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Being in love with music his whole life, Lucas started this blog as the “go-to” place for the most accurate and detailed information about the world of music, and especially pianos! Having worked in a music store for over 10 years, Lucas has found passion in helping others choose the most suitable instrument for them. He is now happy to share his knowledge of the industry here, at themodernrecord.

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