Why is the volume on your iPhone so low? How can you boost the volume on your iPhone or iPad? If you’re having difficulty increasing the sound on your device, there are usually simple solutions available. Occasionally, there may be a more significant issue related to the hardware.
Here are some simple tips for boosting your smartphone’s volume.
iPhone Volume Not Working or Too Low: Software Fixes
Are you bothered by the shutter noise when capturing a photo? It’s likely that you have set your phone to Silent mode by adjusting the small switch located at the top-left of your iPhone. If the switch is closer to the screen, the volume is turned on. However, if it is positioned towards the back and showing an orange color, your phone is muted.
Silent Mode shouldn’t affect music, but it will affect your iPhone alarm volume.
Just below the Silent switch, you’ll find the Volume buttons, which adjust sounds for videos and music in increments. This also works if you’re trying to increase ringer volume.
If the buttons don’t change anything, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics, then check that Change with Buttons is turned on.
There’s also an option to limit the maximum volume. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Headphone Safety. There, you can toggle on Reduce Loud Sounds. This should be automatically set to 85 decibels (described as “as loud as heavy city traffic”), but you can go up to 100 decibels (“as loud as an ambulance siren”).
When listening to loud music, your phone will warn you if you exceed recommended volume levels in a week.
Are You Connected to Bluetooth?
What if the issue isn’t with your speakers? It’s possible that you are connected to another device.
If you’re playing music on your iPhone and it seems like the sound is not coming from the device itself, but rather from a Bluetooth speaker, you would likely notice the difference. However, this may not be as apparent if you’re using wireless earphones such as Apple’s AirPods. In that case, if you want to increase the volume on your AirPods and enhance the sound quality, there are several methods you can follow.
A similar situation could occur if you have connected your iPhone to an Apple TV or if it is connected to your vehicle’s audio system. In such cases, the audio output is directed to the connected device rather than the iPhone’s built-in speakers.
To test this, swipe to access your Control Center as mentioned above and turn off Bluetooth. Otherwise, go to Settings > Bluetooth, where you can also check which devices you’re connected to. Disconnect as needed, then try playing your music or video again.
Is Your iPhone Set to Do Not Disturb Mode?
Do Not Disturb stops interruptions while you’re busy or asleep: notifications won’t appear and calls won’t ring out. You might’ve activated it and forgotten to turn it off.
Head to Settings > Do Not Disturb and check to make sure it’s disabled. Otherwise, you can also check via Control Center—Do Not Disturb is represented by the half-moon symbol found under the Focus heading.