How to Make Headphones Louder (All Methods Included) 2019 Guide

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There is nothing more disappointing than having to be limited by a lower volume on your headphones. Music will never sound better unless it is louder. Audiophiles among you will definitely agree with that statement.

In fact, you are reading this article is in itself should be an indication to prove that you love louder music. If you are indeed looking ahead to increase the volume on your headphones, check out the tips we provided in this tutorial.

Click here to watch the video on how to make your headphones louder or continue with the guide…


How to Make The Headphones Louder on Your PC?

Well, changing the headphone volume of your PC would involve accessing the settings through your Control Panel.

Windows PC Control Panel to access volume mixer properties

Go through the following tips to improve the headphone volume on your PC.

  • Connect your headphones to your PC (If you are connecting Bluetooth headphones to PC, you can check this detailed guide).
  • If your headphones come with a turn on or off switch, turn it on.
  • Increase the volume to the fullest.

Next up would be adjusting the volume on your operating system. The settings may differ from one operating system to another. We will be discussing it with respect to Windows OS for the sake of this tutorial.

  • Locate the Volume icon on your taskbar.
  • Right click on it to bring up the context menu
  • Select Open Sound Settings
  • This should take you to Windows 10 Sound settings
  • You may also reach the settings page through Start -> System and then choose the Sound on the sidebar.
  • Under the option for Choose your Output device, make sure that your chosen headphone is selected as the default device.
  • Slide the Volume bar to the fullest.

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Enhance Volume Through Volume Mixer

There is one more option you would be able to improve the volume of your Windows System and in turn the volume of your headphones.

Volume Mixer on PC to make the headphones louder

The step involves launching the Volume mixer and setting the volume to the highest level.

Here are the steps involved –

  • Locate Sound icon on your taskbar.
  • Right click on the icon and choose Open Volume Mixer
  • Ensure that the setting for Applications and Device are set to the maximum value.

If you find any low volume issues with your applications, you can check out the slider for the applications and adjust it accordingly.


Enhance Volume Through Speaker Properties

Follow the steps here below –

  • Right-click the taskbar icon for Volume.
  • From the context menu, choose the Playback Devices.
  • In the Sound dialogue box, choose your speakers or headphones.
  • Click on it and then choose Properties.
  • Find the Enhancements tab and activate the option for Loudness Equalization

That should do it. Your headphones should now start playing at full volume.


Enhance Volume through Specific Applications

You can go with audio enhancement options on a few specific applications and make your headphones sound louder. Let us check out a few options based on some widely used applications.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player to increase the volume of sound output

The VLC Media Player allows you to access a host of options to enhance the volume specific to the application. Please note that these settings will make your headphones sound louder only when you are using them with VLC Media Player.

The first and foremost options for enhancing the volume on your VLC Media Player is through the ideal volume slider. Unlike most other media players, VLC lets you enhance the media volume by up to 125 per cent. Just connect your headphones and move the slider to a level that you are comfortable with.

Another option would be to go with the Gain Boost functionality. Here is how you can configure the setting on your VLC Media Player installation.

  • Launch VLC Media Player on your PC.
  • Locate Tools and then Preferences.
  • Check the radio button for All for choosing all the available settings.
  • Now choose Audio
  • Locate Audio Gain
  • Change the value to a level that you are looking ahead to. Ensure that you have plugged in the headphones and listening to the sound output. The Audio Gain can be changed to up to a value of 8.

Once all the settings are done, you can Save your settings. Note that changing the Audio Gain should be dependent upon the exact status of the audio effects you are getting. Restart your VLC Media Player and you would be better to go with.


How to Make Your Headphones More Loud on Smartphones?

Apart from your PC, smartphones are the other options you would use for listening to your favourite music. There are a few other portable devices you would be using for listening to your music.

While in many cases, the headphones themselves may be a deciding factor when the sound volume of your music is concerned, in a few cases the device itself may be a reason you would need to take care of.

In any case, here are a few options you would need to give a thought to if you are looking to enhance the music volume on your headphones. Let us explore a few options that may be helpful enough in that direction.

1. Adjust the Volume Settings

Yes, adjusting the volume settings on your smartphone should be one of the options you can give a thought to.

Adjust volume settings in smartphone to make headphones louder

Ideally, every smartphone reduces the volume when you plug in the headphones. This is a standard practice on almost all major smartphones to safeguard you from a low volume.

The exact settings would be dependent upon your device and the operating system on it. In fact, manufacturers will change the settings depending upon the exact skins that they have used on their devices.

The setting may appear something like Playback, Audio Settings or other setting options. The devices come with an Audio Limit on the devices. This is done to prevent your ear damage while listening to the music through earbuds or headphones.

However, sometimes the settings may be throttled a considerably lower level that you may not be getting the optimum results for the best results of your music experience.

If the smartphone under question has an option to turn off the audio limit, check the music volume levels after turning it off. If this does not solve the issue, you may need to proceed ahead to work through other means of enhancing the volume levels on your headphone.

2. Use Third Party Applications To Increase The Sound

Well, this is the age of apps, and there are apps for almost all your needs. Increasing the volume too should not be an exclusion. You have a good deal of apps that would deal with the concept of improving your headphone volume.

While some of the premium apps may be available on the paid basis, there are a few that may be available for free. Most of these applications would be helpful in enhancing the volume of your smartphones to the maximum sustainable limit that the device would support. So if these are not able to improve your audio performance, there is nothing you would be able to do, right?

Not exactly. There is one more option you can give a try to. It involves enhancing the volume level of your headphones even beyond the levels available on your smartphones. Yes, we are talking about the amplifiers.

Yes, you heard it right, but the amplifiers are something identical to those bulky ones we use for sound enhancement. There are several smartphone friendly options you can go with.

They are available is sleeker, stylish and lightweight alternative and can enhance the volume levels on your headphones beyond the normal capacity of your smartphones.

3. Clean Your Headphones

Well, this can be one of the simplest options before you can consider other alternatives for improving the volume performance of your headphones. And possibly, this is one of the options you may not have given a thought to.

Have you cleaned your headphones ever? Probably not. We keep using our headphones almost on a daily basis. But never give a thought to clean them out – at least once in a while.

Your headphones may accumulate dust and waste particles if they are not cleaned at regular intervals. The headphones come with smaller meshes which can get blocked if you are not paying any attention to clean them.

A few options you would be using to clean your headphones would be –

  • You can make use of adhesive putty. Ensure that you are using the right kind of wax so that you would not end up with a damaged headphone. Use them with utmost care.
  • You can also make use of Carbon Peroxide to clean your headphones. The Carbon Peroxide is known to dissolve the earwax. Apply the Carbon Peroxide using a cotton swab. Take care while you clean your headphones with the Carbon Peroxide as you would not damage your headphones with liquid damage.
  • In case you are using larger headphones, opting for compressed air can be one of the excellent options to clean it. Yet again, this method can be quite dangerous and render your headphones damaged if you are blowing air with considerably high pressure.


How To Make The Headphones More Loud on Android?

Android smartphones are one of the prominent options if you want to enjoy a great deal of music. However, the built-in speakers may not offer you a good option for enjoying a good deal of music experience. Even the placement of the speaker may be what would make your musical journey less impressive.

So, every one of you would be using headphones for enjoying your music. But, what if you are looking to enhance the volume level of the music on your headphones? Here are a few options that would be helpful enough.

1. Enhance the Volume of Your Headphone

Some headphones come with a separate knob for controlling the volume level. If your headphone comes with the similar button, ensure that you are enhancing it to the maximum level.

Also, ensure that the volume level on your phone is also set to the highest level. The presence of a separate headphone button may be a practical solution for the best results. This will help you isolate the headphone volume from the system volume.

2. Shut Down the Unneeded Applications

Your smartphone would come with a limited processing power. The speed at which your system works would be dependent upon the number of applications running.

Too many applications may throttle the audio performance of your smartphone. Close down all the applications from the background so that the entire processing power is dedicated to the audio performance.

3. Use Developer Options

The Developer Options are one of the best means of working with your Android smartphone. Enabling the Developer Options should not be a tough task as such.

Using developer settings in Android to increase the system sound

Here is how you can enable the Developer Options –

  • Go to Settings and tap on About Phone
  • Locate the Build Number and tap on it seven times. Please note that some manufacturers may place it elsewhere. Ideally, the option should either be available on the skin versions and similar options
  • Launch Developer Options and look for Disable Absolute Volume option therein.
  • Toggle the option disabling the absolute volume to ON.

This will help you separate the headphone volume from system volume. You should now be able to adjust the headphone volume independently from the media or system volume. Disabling the absolute volume can go a long way in promoting the use of Bluetooth headphones and get an excellent volume on them.

4. Specialised Volume Apps Which helps in Making Headphones Louder

If all other methods fail, you can opt for a few specialised third-party apps for an enhanced headphone volume. There are several options available on the Google Play Store. Some prime examples can be Viper 2 and Volume+.

These applications have been observed to be effective in enhancing the performance of your headphone volume considerably. Apart from helping you improve the volume performance of your headphones, they would also be helpful in customising several other sound profiles like alarm, ringer, clarity of the voice call, system and media volume separately.

Like most other options for making the headphone volume louder, even the volume enhancing apps can damage your headphones. The phones and headphones have been designed for a particular level depending upon their hardware capabilities.

Scaling beyond those levels may not be advisable under ideal circumstances. Even when you use the Volume enhancer apps on your phone, do take care not to slide them up to the maximum level.

A Warning

Well, those are a few options you can employ to make your headphone volume louder. However, there are a few warnings that may be necessary from the perspective of increasing the headphone volume beyond the specified limits.

No matter which of the above methods you have been using for enhancing the volume on your headphones, there is a reason the devices come with a volume limitation. Too much loud music can damage your hearing.

We would not advise opting for too high a volume if you tend to listen to music for more than eight hours a day. If you tend to exceed the prescribed levels of sound exposure for prolonged periods of time, you may end up having serious concerns with respect to hearing impairments.

Apart from the hearing impairments, the high volume on your headphones would also tend to damage your headphones or the connected devices.

In addition, the too high volume may also be a bad proposition from the quality of the music you are listening to. Higher volumes are likely to distort the sound from your headphones.

If you do not want to take the risk, yet looking ahead to improving the listening experience, you can go for the silicone inserts for your headsets. They would indeed be one of the best options for isolating the ambient noise. These can be considered to be one of the best options for isolating the ambient noise.

Apart from isolating the outside noise, you would also be able to prevent the earbuds from falling out from your ears. It can be a helpful option if you are looking to use your in-ear headphones while working out or running.


The Concluding Thoughts

Well, we have listed out the options you have if you are trying to make your headphones sound louder. Besides offering you the options for enhancing the headphone volume, we have also outlined the issues that too louder a volume can cause to you.

In essence, we have laid out the options that you may try out. What you would want to do would be dependent upon your own decision.

If you think you are not ready for the risk, avoid taking it. On the contrary, if you are daring enough to take the risk, go with it! The call is yours to take.

If you are fond of a high volume from your headphones without much disturbance from ambient noise, it would be advisable to go with the larger sized headphones or with noise cancelling headphones as they remove the unnecessary sound easily. Larger headphones tend to come with larger drivers and thus can be quite helpful in providing considerably better volume levels.

Before we conclude – ensure that the media file you are trying to access is good in quality. A low-quality file with a lower bit rate may not sound good even with a high-end headphone.

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