It is impossible to imagine going a single day without using headphones. Audio devices have become an integral part of our lives in recent times. We use headphones to listen to music, play games, make calls, and a lot of other activities.

But there are times when we find our headphones or earphones a bit too muffled. There are quite a few things that you need to try out to fix this issue in such situations. In this article, we will explain how to make headphones louder on your PC and smartphone. 

You can follow this guide to make earphones louder too because both of them are essentially the same thing. So let’s get started.

Cleaning and initial steps

We all know how important it is to keep our stuff clean, the same holds true for headphones as well. If you’ve used your headphones for a few months, then it is necessary for you to clean them.

You can use some alcohol wipes to clean the headphones. Check out: Care Touch Lens Cleaning Wipes

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We have recently published a comprehensive article on ‘How to clean Earbuds?’. You can read it to learn how you can use the commonly available stuff to clean your audio devices.

How to make headphones louder on PC?

The most effective way to increase the volume of headphones on a PC is to use some third-party equalizer software. 

Equalizer APO is one such software that can be used to increase the source volume of your PC. The application is very light and can run on almost any Windows OS newer than Vista. 

It’s as simple as turning a knob to the right to make headphones louder on a PC.

Using the application is pretty simple; all you have to do is turn the volume button provided on the home screen to boost it. You can check out our article on ‘How to make headphones louder on PC?’ to read in detail about the process of downloading and setting up the Equalizer APO application. 

We have explained six different methods of increasing the maximum volume of your headphones on PC, so make sure you don’t miss reading it.

How to make headphones louder on Android?

In a very similar way, it is possible to increase the volume of an Android device with the help of third-party applications. 

We are going to explain all the things that you need to know to get this done, but since Android devices differ heavily in terms of the user interface, it is not possible to explain the exact location of all the settings. 

Before we tweak the equalizer settings of the device, let’s try turning up the volume of the device to the maximum limit.

Step 1: Press and hold the volume up the key of your Android device till you get a warning.

This is your Android devices’ inbuilt protection that prevents users from turning up the volume all the way 100% and putting themselves at risk of getting their ears damaged.

Step 2: Give your consent to increase the volume beyond the recommended limit.

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Step 3: Now try playing something from your music applications and see if your headphones sound any better.

If not, we are going to download a third-party application to make headphones louder. 

Step 4: Download the Volume Booster application from the Google Play Store and open it.

The user interface of this application is very minimal. You just get a volume slider that lets you boost the maximum volume limits of your Android device.

Step 5: 20-30% is a good place to start, so slide the pointer a little right to provide an increase of 20-30% over the maximum volume of your device.

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Note that the audio quality of your device will not be as good as it was before, but that is a compromise that you will have to make to make headphones louder on your phone.

How to make headphones louder on iOS?

To increase the headphone volume on iOS devices like Apple iPhones and iPads, there is no need to download a third-party application. You have to make some changes in the settings to let your iOS device play louder audio on your headphones.

Get your iOS device ready and follow the steps mentioned in this section to find out what exactly you need to do in order to make earphones or headphones louder on iOS.

Step 1: Open the Settings application from your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Find Apple Music in the Settings.

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Step 3:  Tap on the volume limit option present in the Apple Music settings. 

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Step 4: Take the slider all the way to the right to unlock the maximum volume.

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This one more thing that you can change that can result in a slightly louder audio output.

Step 5: Return to the Apple music tab and tap on EQ.

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Step 6: This should open up the equalizer settings of your iOS device.

Step 7: If it is Off or set to Bass Boost mode, switch to Flat.

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That’s it. Your iOS device is now configured to have a higher loudness. All the audio devices that you connect should sound louder now.

How to make headphones louder using an Amplifier

If you are using a professional headset with your PC, laptop, or smartphone, then you need to check if your device is strong enough to drive the professional headphones. 

So you ask how to find that out?

Well, that’s pretty simple. 

Step 1: Open up your headphones’ specifications sheet (available on the manufacturer’s website and in the user manual).

Step 2: Look for a parameter called impedance. If it is higher than 35 Ohms, then small devices like smartphones can not push out enough power to make the headphones sound loud enough.

Step 3: In such cases, using an external audio amplifier is recommended. You can click on this link to check out the different audio amplifiers that you can buy online: Audio Amplifiers for headphones. 

Portable Headphones Amplifier. Source: Amazon

Audio amplifiers are active devices that provide the headphones with the power they need to sound loud enough. You can connect the output of your PC/Laptop/Smartphone into the input of the audio amplifier and the Headphones to the output of the audio amplifier.

Undoubtedly,  setting up an audio amplifier is a little complicated but it’s a one-time process. Once done, you can enjoy listening to all sorts of music on your headphones.

Final Words

That’s all we have for this article. We hope that you understand how to make your headphones louder now. For reading more on the topic, do check out: Why are my headphones so quiet?

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