Small portable Bluetooth speakers grew to be quite popular over the last couple of years. They are mobile, convenient, often made to endure water damage, have a reasonable battery life, and sound really good all things considered. However, most of them are not really loud, and some users were wondering if there’s a way to make Bluetooth speakers louder on Android. There are a few ways that we know of and we provided them below.
Table of contents:
- Disable Android absolute volume
- Use the system or third-party Equilizer
- Add another speaker for stereo sound
How can I make my Bluetooth speaker louder?
1. Disable Android absolute volume
Android absolute volume (also known as Bluetooth absolute volume) is a built-in Android feature that’s enabled by default. It syncs your phone and your Bluetooth audio device so when you increase or lower the volume on your phone, you increase and lower the volume on the Bluetooth device, too.
But why would one want to disable this feature as it seemingly makes things easier? Because the highest or lowest volume step on your phone might not be the highest on your Bluetooth speaker. If you disable absolute volume, you’ll get a separate volume slider for Bluetooth devices and you might be able to make your Bluetooth speakers a bit louder on Android. This is especially useful if you experience low Bluetooth volume on Android. Then you can increase the volume on the speaker with on-device volume buttons instead of your phone and, hopefully, it’ll sound louder than before.
Here’s how to disable Android absolute volume on your smartphone:
- Open Settings.
- Select About phone. You might need to open Software Information.
- Locate the Build number and tap 7 times on it until you unlock Developer options. This usually requires entering a PIN/password/pattern.
- Now go back to Settings and open Developer options from the bottom of the settings list. On some Android devices, you’ll find Developer options under System.
- Enable the Disable absolute volume option.
2. Use the system or third-party Equilizer
Most Android skins have some sort of built-in system equalizer that you can use to tweak the audio output. On most devices, you can find the built-in Equalizer under Settings > Sounds and vibration > Sound quality and effects. Or something along those lines.
On the other hand, if you don’t have a pre-installed option, most music streaming services for Android come with an equalizer (like YouTube Music or Spotify). Also, there are third-party equalizer apps available on the Play Store. Not to mention that there are apps working as clients or companions for various wireless speakers (JBL Portable, Sony Music Center, Bose Connect, etc.). Once you get the fitting one, you can increase Bass Boost and other categories to get a louder sound on your Bluetooth speaker. It might be just a marginal increase, but it’s worth a try.
3. Add another speaker for stereo sound
When there’s a place for one, why not add one more? Since the introduction of the Bluetooth 5 standard, users can connect their phones with multiple audio devices at the same time. This, followed by some smart positioning of speakers and associated software, can allow you to set up stereo sound or just amplify the sound by doubling it.
Some Bluetooth speaker manufacturers offer a myriad of interesting features if you combine two speakers from their lineup. So, combining two speakers improves the listening experience tenfold. Besides that, make sure to place your speakers in room corners to improve acoustics if you use them indoors.
And, on that note, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.
You can do that in Equalizer settings on your Android device. There are 3 options for you. To use a built-in equalizer (or third-party equalizer), to use the companion app provided by the speaker manufacturer (e.g. Bose Connect, JBL Portable), or to use an equalizer in the media app settings (Spotify and YouTube have their own built-in equalizers).