How to fix low Bluetooth volume on Android

There are two types of smartphone users. Those that are not fond of headphone jack removal and those that don’t mind it all that much. We all know that a Bluetooth headset will never be able to replicate sound from good old wired headphones. Especially if the volume on Bluetooth earphones is too low and users can’t increase it above a certain point.

There’s seemingly a workaround for this that allows users to increase the volume of Bluetooth headphones. We made sure to share it with you below.

How do I increase the volume on my Bluetooth earphones?

In order to protect users from potential hearing damage, Android’s limit on max volume is quite low for Bluetooth audio devices.

Now, before Android 7 Nougat, there were separate controls and thus separate volume sliders so users were able to go for the actual max volume on Bluetooth speakers or earphones.

After Android 7 was introduced, this option was gone. This, of course, wasn’t a major issue when the majority of headphones were wired. Today, however, we have a trend of removing the 3.5mm headphone jack, and wireless headphones are taking over.

Which gets us to the point of this article. How to change this and increase volume on Bluetooth earphones. The solution is rather simple, and it only requires accessing Developer options. Once there, you should disable the Absolute volume toggle.

After that, your Bluetooth volume and device volume controls will work separately. Not to mention that the limiting imposed by the Android system will be gone, so you’ll be able to max the volume at your own volition and to the full capabilities of your Bluetooth earphones or headphones.

If you are unsure how to access Developer options and disable Absolute volume toggle, follow these instructions:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose System.
  3. Open About phone.
  4. Locate the Build number and tap it 7 times in succession to enable Developer options.
  5. Now, you should see Developer options in Settings > System.
  6.  Scroll down until you reach the Networking section.
  7. Once there, enable (toggle ON) the Disable absolute volume option.bluetooth volume low android
  8. Reboot your device and you should have more control over the volume of Bluetooth devices.

That’s it. If you need additional settings, tweaking equalizer, you can look into Sound settings. And for all of you advanced users with rooted devices, there are a few Magisk modules that might help with the audio output significantly.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in December 2019. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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June 4, 2020 11:13 am

I did everything, including rebooting device and nothing changed. Volume is still incredibly low.

Paul Nolan
Paul Nolan
July 27, 2020 10:55 am

Is the above article relevant to Android tablets?
I have a HP detachable tablet. I get into About tablet, but can’t find build number. Any suggestions?

May 27, 2020 6:35 am

In “8. Reboot your device”, do you mean reboot the phone, or the Bluetooth device?

May 30, 2020 2:14 pm
Reply to  Ned

Just in case you were still wondering, the author meant for us to reboot the phone. The bluetooth device should automatically reconnect once the phone has powered back on.

June 27, 2020 12:44 pm

I want to decrease the volume of my Ptrons Bluetooth earbuds during calls but not getting any option. Whereas i have a Redmi note 8pro mobile phone.
Do you have any solution for My problem.


October 20, 2020 10:51 am
Reply to  Praveen

you can download Bluetooth volume Manager from playstore, ass your bluetooth device, and lock in a specific volume for calls