Fix: Android volume too loud on the lowest setting

Many users are not really satisfied with the way certain OEMs scale volume controls. For some Android users, the volume is too loud even on the lowest settings. And when quiet is necessary, this can be a real issue. As noticed by so many users around the web. Sadly, there’s no magic solution for this problem but there are few workarounds. Check them out below.

Table of contents:

  1. Use the Sound Assistant app for Samsung
  2. Use the Precise Volume app for other OEMs
  3. Disable Absolute Volume in Developer options
  4. Disable Dolby Atmos
  5. Lower Equalizer settings
  6. Update the firmware

How do I lower the volume on my phone even more?

If the system settings are not providing you with good enough volume control, you can download apps that provide you with more precise control features. Additionally, you can disable Absolute Volume for Bluetooth audio output.

1. Use the Sound Assistant app for Samsung

If you are experiencing too loud volume on the lowest settings and own a Samsung, you are in luck. It seems that the Sound Assistant app (Samsung-made), which can be found on the Play Store, can override system settings and lower volume even more.

You can find the app, here. Just install it and give it a try. It should help you with both in-call sound or media sound problems you are experiencing.

2. Use the Precise Volume app for other OEMs

On the other hand, if you are not using a Samsung device, there are third-party alternatives that allow you precise volume scaling up to 1% instead of 5% which is the minimum on the system volume scale.

We run into an app called Precise Volume that does just that, allows for precise volume tweaking. You can find it and download it, here.

3. Disable Absolute Volume in Developer options

In regards to Bluetooth volume and the fact that it is too loud for some Android users, you can try and disable Absolute Volume in Developer options. It helped some users mitigate this annoyance.

Follow these steps to disable Absolute Volume in Developer options:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose About phone.
  3. Tap Build number 7 times to unlock Developer options.
  4. Get back to Settings and open System.
  5. Open Developer options.
  6. Scroll down and disable Absolute Volume.

4. Disable Dolby Atmos

Another possible reason for a discrepancy between volume setting and actual output might be Dolby Atmos. Enriching and improving sound output is great, but it seems that Dolby Atmos is one of the reasons for too loud volume on the lowest settings.

So, navigate to Sound in Settings, locate Dolby Atmos, and disable it. That should fix the problem for you.

5. Lower Equalizer settings

You can also enable Equalizer and lower settings there. By lowering all options to a minimum, it should also lower the system volume. You can usually find the Equalizer in System settings > Sound, or even within some third-party apps that allow for this feature, like music streaming apps.

Alternatively, you can download a third-party equalizer from the Play Store. Once you lower all options to their lowest values, the system sound should be lower, as well. Hopefully, your sound isn’t too loud on the lowest settings anymore.

6. Update the firmware

Finally, based on reports, users confirmed that the problem is resolved after updating the firmware. The sound issue was (and still is for some), especially prominent on Android 9 Pie, and it got resolved when updating to Android 10.

So, make sure to update your firmware first hand, if the updates are available. After the update, make sure to back up your data and reset the device to factory settings in order to avoid further issues.

With that said, we can call it a wrap. Thank you for reading and if you want to discuss this article further, and also find even more good content, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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J Banga
J Banga
August 1, 2021 1:20 am

I have a Samsung Note 10 Plus. I had the Developer option enabled. Using Tiksounds Bluetooth earphones – Q25 – I found that the volume, even at the lowest setting, was still too loud. If the volume was turned any lower, the sound would mute. The earphones worked fine with other bluetooth devices, so the problem was with the Note 10 Plus. Going into developer options and turning on the option ” disable Absolute volume ” allowed the earphones volume to behave normally. Thank you for the above advice