Headphone Volume Suddenly Low on my Android (SOLVED)

Norvan Martin

Low volume can be a killjoy if you want to listen to music or an interesting crime podcast. This article explores what causes low Bluetooth volume on your Android device and how you can fix it. 

Let’s dive deeper and find out. 

Before we continue, if you are using a regular earpiece and not headphones, please read this guide that covers how to increase earpiece volume on Android.

Please note that you should not change volume settings while wearing your headphones, as this may cause a sudden increase in volume.

What Causes Low Bluetooth Volume on Your Android?

There can be several reasons why this may happen. We have listed a few for you to understand: 

  • Android limits the maximum volume to a relatively low level for users’ ear safety.
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers or OEMs can define their loudness requirements.
  • Chances are ‘Absolute Volume’ is active. 
  • A technical problem may be causing it.
  • Your Android device needs an OS update. 

How To Resolve This?

In this section, we have explained in detail how you can fix this problem. These solutions are hassle-free and do not require you to have a technical background. Let us see them:

1. Disable Bluetooth Absolute Volume

The fastest way to go about resolving this issue is to disable Bluetooth absolute volume. You can do this within your phone’s settings. Normally, you can find the setting in the Developer Options for your phone. Otherwise, check the manual.

2. Enable Media Volume Sync

Enabling Media Volume Sync settings in your phone’s Bluetooth settings may resolve this issue by ensuring that the phone system volume will sync with the headphone’s volume.

Follow the steps below:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap Connections > Bluetooth.
  • Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Tap Media Volume Sync.
  • Toggle the switch in the top right corner of the screen to turn Media Volume Sync on.

3. Pair The Device Again

Pairing your device again can help. All you have to do is unpair the two devices and then establish pairing again. Here is how you can do it:

  • Go to Settings or long-press the Bluetooth icon on your Android phone.
  • If you are on Settings, go to Bluetooth, click on the device you have paired with, and choose the option ‘unpair.’
  • If you have pressed the Bluetooth icon for long, then click on the device and unpair it. 
  • You can also toggle off your Bluetooth and toggle it on again after waiting 10 to 20 seconds. 

4. Restart Your Phone

Another way is to restart your Phone. All you need to do is:

  • Press the lock button on the side of your Android phone for a long. 
  • It will display these options: Reboot, Restart, or Switch Off. Tap on Restart. If your device does not have the option to Restart, then tap on Switch Off.
  • Once your device is off (if you pressed switch off), wait 10 to 20 seconds before long pressing the lock button. Your smartphone will turn on after the Android symbol or brand logo appears. 
  • Once your home screen appears, try pairing the devices in the Bluetooth section of your Phone (explained above).

5. Adjust The Equalizer

You can try fixing the equalizer of your Android device. Here is how you can fix it:

  • Go to your smartphone’s settings.
  • Locate the sound/sound and vibration settings.
  • Find the Sound Effects.
  • Select the equalizer option when the Bluetooth device is paired.
  • You can increase it according to your preference.

6. Disable Absolute Volume

The most popular solution for Android devices is to disable Bluetooth Absolute Volume in your Phone’s settings. This might be found in your Phone’s developer options for some devices. Please see the manufacturer’s instructions for further information about your Phone.

To do this, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Find the ‘System.’
  • Go to ‘Developer options.
  • Select the toggle for Disable absolute volume.

Note: While using the headphones, avoid adjusting the volume because doing so could result in an abruptly high volume rise. 

7. Enable Media Volume Sync

Enable Media Volume Sync settings in your smartphone’s Bluetooth options to fix this, and make sure that the Phone’s system volume syncs with the volume of your earpieces or headphones.

Follow these steps to enable Media Volume Sync:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Connections.
  • Click Bluetooth.
  • Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Tap Sync Media Volume.
  • Toggle ‘Media Volume Sync’ on by tapping the button in the top right corner of the screen.

8. Disable Phone Calls for Bluetooth Devices

The Bluetooth headset and speaker volume issue will be solved by disabling phone calls for connected devices. Follow the instructions below to turn off the Phone calls for Bluetooth-enabled devices:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Connected Devices > Previously Connected Devices.
  • After that, press the gear icon next to the device’s name.
  • Turn off the device’s ‘Phone calls’ setting.
  • Repeat the steps for every connected device.

9. Reset Wireless Settings

Bluetooth volume issues can be fixed by resetting the wireless connection. Therefore, if the low volume issue persists, try resetting the Wi-Fi settings on your phone. Here is how you can do it:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select System > Advanced.
  • Choose the ‘Reset’ option. It will display several options. You must choose ‘Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth.’
  • Finally, restart/reboot your phone, then pair your Bluetooth device.

10. Change Bluetooth configuration to a more recent version

  • Go to the Settings.
  • Select ‘About Phone.’
  • To enable Developer Options, tap the build number seven times.
  • Go back to the Settings menu.
  • Select ‘System,’ then tap ‘Advanced’ to access the Developer Options section.
  • Scrolling down, choose the ‘Disable Absolute Volume’ option, and turn it off. 
  • Then, press the Bluetooth AVRCP version. In that section, upgrade to version AVRCP 1.6.
  • Remove Bluetooth devices from your phone, and finally restart/reboot it. 

FAQs

1. Why is my Bluetooth signal so weak?

Common factors that contribute to a weak Bluetooth signal include:

  • The presence of other wireless devices and Wi-Fi networks – Wi-Fi routers frequently operate on the same frequency as Bluetooth, which can result in signal interference. 
  • Some obstruction – If the wireless connection is obstructed, your Bluetooth signal will weaken or even disconnect completely. 

2. Which Bluetooth version is better and why?

Bluetooth version 5.4 is the best option so far. Here is why:

  • It provides a significant increase in range compared to earlier versions (maximum up to 60 meters or 200 feet).
  • It offers higher data transfer rates, enabling faster and more efficient communication between devices.
  • This version provides twice the data throughput compared to Bluetooth 4.2.
  • Enhanced error correction and channel selection mechanisms, resulting in improved connection stability.

3. Why is my Bluetooth connecting but not playing any sound?

Check the device volume you have paired, such as a speaker, in this situation. If there is a technical glitch, check if the speaker is connected to the Bluetooth device and reconnect the speaker and Bluetooth device.

4. Does Bluetooth affect audio quality?

In short, yes, Bluetooth affects the audio quality to some extent. However, the audio might get diminished to some degree without hampering your listening experience. If there is a low volume issue, refer to the points explained in this article. 

Conclusion

Here are the simple ways explained where you can resolve the volume problems. Here is a summary of all solutions:

  • Pair The Device Again
  • Restart Your Phone
  • Adjust The Equalizer
  • Disable Absolute Volume
  • Enable Media Volume Sync
  • Disable Phone Calls for Bluetooth Devices
  • Reset Wireless Settings
  • Change Bluetooth configuration to a more recent version

Now, it is time to play your favorite songs and continue with that murder podcast!

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