Bought new Bluetooth speakers recently but are not happy with their sound volume? Wondering why music and videos sound dull on your iPhone speakers? Love to play games on your computer or laptop after a hectic day at work but not happy with the sound effects on your computer speakers?
Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. We’ll tell you how to make speakers louder using simple hacks. Whether you’re frustrated with your Bluetooth speaker’s volume or your iPhone speaker’s weak sound, this post will resolve your issues in a jiffy. Read further to know more.
Why Are My Speakers So Quiet?
There are several reasons why your speakers are so quiet even after investing in the best karaoke speakers or the best surround sound systems.
- A hardware/software issue with your source device
- Damaged speaker cables or wires
- Dirt or dust trapped in your speakers
- Damaged or faulty speaker connectors
- Loudness equalization (in the case of computers and laptops)
However, you can fix all the above-listed issues to enhance your speaker’s sound. If you can make headphones louder, why not Bluetooth speakers. We’ll cover some simple hacks in the next few sections.
How to Make a Bluetooth Speaker Louder?
A Bluetooth speaker relies on a battery’s power to function and deliver powerful sound. Therefore, first things first, it is not fair to compare a Bluetooth speaker’s sound with that of a speaker that is directly deriving its power from a power source.
However, just because Bluetooth speakers use a battery does not mean that they are not suitable for larger rooms or areas.
Here are some quick tips to make your Bluetooth speaker louder:
Place the Speaker at the Ear Level
Instead of placing your Bluetooth speaker on the floor, we recommend placing it on the stand. The best speaker stands are designed to place the speakers at the level of your ears for excellent sound performance. In simpler words, your speaker’s tweeter should be at the same height or nearly the same height as your ears.
Placing the wireless speaker on the floor allows vibrations to spread equally and more naturally in all the directions. As a result, your Bluetooth speaker’s bass output increases. However, there’s no visible impact on the loudness of the speaker. Moreover, carpeted floors further reduce your speaker’s volume.
Set the Speaker Away From the Corners and Walls
The walls of your room or any enclosed area can act as natural reflectors. Therefore, instead of amplifying your speaker’s sound, they can produce an echo effect, which may further deteriorate its sound quality. Most speakers on the market come with rear-facing bass ports. Reflection of sound waves does not help in boosting your Bluetooth speaker’s sound naturally.
Also, we recommend placing the Bluetooth speaker at least 2-3 feet away from the corners and walls.
Ensure You’ve Chosen the Right Speaker Size for Your Room
There’s an easily notable difference between the loudness of a Bluetooth speaker in a large room versus a Bluetooth speaker in a smaller room. Per the inverse square law, the intensity of sound reduces by around 6-7 decibels for each doubling of the distance from the speaker.
Therefore, if you have a large room and a small Bluetooth speaker, it will sound weak no matter what.
Reevaluate All the Audio Settings
Ensure you’ve set up your Bluetooth speaker with optimal volume that does not produce any distortions. If your Android phone, iPhone or MP3 player is the sound source, check its volume settings too.
Most music apps and platforms come with eq settings that can help in adjusting and optimizing the speaker’s volume level and effects.
Place the Sound Source Near the Speaker
To avoid signal-related issues, ensure you’re placing the sound source near the Bluetooth speaker. Sometimes, Bluetooth signal-related issues can lead to low volume.
Use Multiple Bluetooth Speakers in the Same Room
Even after trying all the hacks above, if you feel your Bluetooth speaker is not producing loud sound, the best option is to set up multiple Bluetooth speakers.
Bluetooth speaker brands such as Apple and JBL allow you to interconnect their Bluetooth speakers. For the best sound experience, place multiple Bluetooth speakers at least 4 feet away from one another. If they are placed too close, the result can be muddy or muffled sound.
Clean the Speaker
Dirt, dust or grime trapped inside your speakers can also affect their sound quality.
Bluetooth speakers can accumulate dust and dirt just like everything else in your home. Therefore, you must clean them regularly to enhance their durability and sound output.
Here are some quick tips to clean your Bluetooth speaker:
Wipe the External Cabinet of the Speaker With a Slightly Moistened Cloth
As far as the speaker’s external cabinet (bottom and rear parts of the speaker cabinet) is concerned, you can clean it with a mildly moistened cloth. However, ensure you clean any leftover residue with a dry cloth.
Clean the Grills of the Speaker With a Dry, Lint-Free Cloth
A speaker’s grill typically covers its drivers and protects them from dirt and dist. Most Bluetooth speakers come with fabric-like grills. Others come with metal grills.
However, in both cases, we suggest avoiding the use of a wet cloth to clean your Bluetooth speaker. Water can do more harm than good. It can further distort the speaker’s sounds. Remember, not all Bluetooth speakers are waterproof or water-resistant.
Nevertheless, if your Bluetooth speaker comprises a removable grill, remove it and clean it with a chemical-free cleaning solution or mild soapy water. Also, ensure it’s dry when you are placing it back.
Use a Cotton Swab Dipped in Rubbing Alcohol
If a dry cloth is not helping, we recommend using a cotton swab dipped in 70% rubbing alcohol solution to clean the speaker grill. However, if possible, remove the speaker’s battery first.
Clear Dust and Dirt From Hard-to-Reach Spots With a Toothbrush
If there is stubborn dust or dirt on hard-to-reach spots (especially in the control panel), you can also use a toothbrush with soft bristles to gently them.
Use a Hand-Held Vacuum Cleaner
Lastly, we advise using a hand-held vacuum cleaner to blow out the dirt and dust trapped inside your speaker.
How to Increase Bass in Bluetooth Speakers?
As mentioned in the previous section, there are two ways to boost your Bluetooth speaker’s bass:
- By placing it on the floor
- By placing it near a corner and next to the wall in a room
We’ve already discussed both the points in detail above.
Why Is iPhone Volume Low?
The most common causes of low volume in an iPhone are dirt and dust trapped in the iPhone’s speaker. Other reasons for low volume or weak sound are:
- Incorrect EQ settings
- Volume limit feature
How to Make iPhone Speakers Sound Louder?
Just like Bluetooth speakers, you can also make your iPhone louder. Here’s how you can do it!
Clean Your iPhone’s Speaker
To remove dirt and dust trapped in your iPhone’s speaker, you can use the following methods:
Use a Soft Toothbrush or Paintbrush to Clean Your iPhone’s Speaker
This trick works the best for making the iPhone speakers sound louder.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles or a thin paintbrush to gently clean your iPhone’s speaker. Don’t insert the bristles all the way inside the speaker.
Use a Toothpick to Dislodge the Dirt and Debris Stuck Inside the Speaker Holes
If debris and dirt are clearly visible inside the speaker holes, we advocate using a toothpick to pull them out. However, do not apply extra pressure.
Clear Dust on Your iPhone’s Speaker Using Painter’s Tape
A good-quality painter’s tape will not leave residue on your iPhone. However, we recommend using only small bits of the tape to remove excessive dust on the speaker.
Blow Canned Air Across the Speaker to Clear the Leftover Dust
Lastly, you can make the most of canned air to remove any remaining dust inside your speaker. However, ensure you do not blow the air directly inside the speaker. Direct air pressure can damage your iPhone’s speaker. You can even use this step as the last precautionary step in the cleaning process.
Adjust Your iPhone’s EQ Settings
Another simple hack to enhance the audio quality of your iPhone’s speaker is to optimize your iPhone’s EQ settings.
An iPhone’s EQ settings are switched off by default. Therefore, you need to switch it on. Simply open Setting, then “Music,” then “EQ,” and the setting of your choice.
Switch Off Your iPhone’s Volume Limiter
Lastly, ensure your iPhone’s volume limiter feature is switched off. Many iPhone users use this feature to protect their ears while listening to loud music.
Simply open Settings, then “Music,” and then check the Volume Limiter control.
How to Make YouTube Sound Louder on Bluetooth Speakers?
If you’ve tried your way through all the methods mentioned in the section, “How to make a Bluetooth speaker louder,” and you’re still not satisfied with the YouTube video and music listening experience, here’s what you can do:
Adjust the Volume Settings in the YouTube App
Adjusting volume using the YouTube app is a simple method to improve the audio output of your Bluetooth speakers.
You can find the volume control at the bottom left corner on your screen.
How to Make Computer Speakers Louder?
Here’s how you can make your Windows computer speakers louder:
- Open the Control Panel
- Pick Sound under Hardware and Sound
- Pick your speaker and open “Properties”
- Assess the Enhancements tab
- Check Loudness Equalization
However, if your system machine does not support loudness equalization, pick “Equalizer,” and turn up every EQ band.
As you’ve already seen in this post, there are different ways to enhance the sound volume of different devices’ speakers.
Follow the steps outlined in this post and we’re sure you’ll be able to boost your speaker’s sound without any hassles.
We sincerely hope you found this post useful. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to post them in the comment section below.