How to Make Earbuds Louder in Less than 5 Minutes

Summary: The goal of this article is to teach you how to make earbuds louder in 5 minutes, without trying so hard.


We love our music, and we can't seem to get enough of it. Ever since the dawn of the iPod and the Mp3 players before it, earbuds have fast grown and become a ubiquity we just can’t live without. However, the little annoyances of poor sound quality and low volumes are the things that people cannot stand.

With the advent of more appealing audio books, earbuds need to be the best they can. The one job they’ve been made to do, need to be done well, every single time, right?

Well, not exactly.

Sometimes they fail us. There are days where they suddenly don’t sound as good or work as well as they did the day before. And we get frustrated wondering what might’ve gone wrong, then temporarily become engineers to try to fix them; but ultimately give up and look for new ones – most of us can relate.

Do not worry. In this article, we’ll explain how to make earbuds sound better and let you in on how to improve headphone sound quality, as well as how you can buy decent ones.

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Tips on How to Make Earbuds Louder in Less than 5 Minutes

1. Inserting the Buds Correctly into Your Ears.

insert earbuds correctly into your ears

Getting the right size of earbuds and wearing them well goes a long way in ensuring that you get the desired volume and quality sound.

Here are tips to consider when wearing earbuds.

  • Ensure that the right earbuds goes to the right ear and the left to the left ear
  • Wrap the earbuds’ cord over the top and down the back of the ear. They can also be worn hanging straight down
  • Use the adjustment tube to secure the cables: this can be either behind or in front of your head

To insert the earbuds, pull the ear upward and outward to straighten out the ear canal, hold the earbuds and take them behind your ears, pull the loop to a considerable length the just wear them.

The quality of frequency response and sound isolation depends on how well the sleeves seal.

Check the tightness of the seal between the earbuds and your ears or use a different sleeve if you are not satisfied with the volume and quality of the sound output.

The good thing is that earbuds come with a selection of sleeve options.


2. Keeping it Clean

make earbuds louder by cleaning

Clean your earbuds regularly to make them sound better as well as for hygiene purposes. The sealed design in in-ear earbuds increases the heat in the ear canal leading to quicker and more earwax and oil accumulation compared to over-ear earbuds.

Accumulated wax and oils can block your earbuds making the sound emission poor. Also, earbuds carry various forms of bacteria and fungi, so cleaning them makes a lot of sense.

To clean your earbuds:

  • Use a gentle cleaner. Usually, a mix of dish-washing detergent and water will work perfectly well
  • Brush the metal parts of your earbuds with a dry toothbrush if it contains a lot of dust or dirt
  • Clean with a gentle cloth with a small amount of the soap mixture
Also Read: Good Earbuds for People with Small Ears

3. Adjust Volume Settings on Your Device

adjust the volume of your earbuds

Most devices nowadays come preset with volume output limitations. The preset is designed to prevent ear damage. You can adjust the volume if it is not loud enough.

Here is how you can improve sound quality on an Apple device:

  • Go to Settings, then to music
  • Scroll down to the bottom and select playback
  • Select volume limit and increase the device audio

Here is how to make headphones sounds better on Android:

  • Go to and select settings. Android has multiple ways to access settings
  • Find the application in your drawer
  • Or swipe notification panel down from the top and tap the settings icon
  • Select sounds, and then select volumes
  • You will notice different volume controls for various functions such as music, video, games and other media, ringtones and notifications, and alarms.
  • Adjust the volume using the sliders.

These settings give the ability to adjust the volumes using the buttons on your phone, but you cannot go past the maximum that you set previously.

These steps depend on the make, model, and version of your Android Operating System.


4. Apps for increasing Volume

use apps to make earbuds sound better

Tech has come an incredibly long way in trying to make our lives better.

Volume increasing applications are one of them, so you can now improve headphone sound quality without spending too much time on the task.

Before you download the app, examine the maximum volume limit on your device first.

Volume increasing applications are efficient and effective in improving the sound quality of your device. This will help you increase the volume in your earbuds to your preferred limits.

The best Android apps that let you increase sound of earphones are Volume Control +, Volume Booster Pro, and Ultimate Volume Booster.

For Apple devices, you can download SonicMax Pro, Equalizer +, or Volume Boost +.


5. Headphones Amplifiers

use the best headphone amplifier

Most audio devices like mobile phones, computers have an internal headphone amplifier.

However, these devices do not supply sufficient power to the built-in amps due to their small size, which reduces the power output, and as a result, your earbuds are underpowered.

A standalone amplifier has enough space and enough power for an earbud. The added power results in the production of higher volumes and quality sounds.

We only recommend headphone amps when there is too little power. Over-ear earbuds are the ones that use them most of the time. In-ear earbuds users can assume that their device is sending enough power.


How to Choose the Right Rarbuds

Getting the most out of earbuds begins with purchasing the right pair. By the ‘right pair’ we don’t mean the most expensive ones. You can get good earbuds within your price range.

Before settling on a pair, make sure you examine a number of them to identify which one works better with your device. Try old music with the new earbuds to test the quality. It is also imperative to know whether you want open or closed earbuds.

Closed earbuds isolate you from outside sounds, but also results in sound distortion. On the other hand, open earbuds let sound and air flow through. It produces quality sound, but it doesn’t isolate you from outside noises.

About Ear Candi

Ear candi is a custom molding system, which takes the shape of anearbud or ear. If you have in-ear earbuds, you might be experiencing noise isolation problems.

External noise interferes with the audio output forcing you to raise the volume to uncomfortable levels, which can be harmful to your eardrums.

The conventional solution to this particular problem was to purchase expensive active noise canceling earbuds. However, ear candi is the alternative solution for this problem.

These silicon inserts will be a custom fit to your ears, providing the best sound isolation while keeping the drums still sound rich and full. They also help in keeping your earbuds in place during workouts.

Final Words

There are no easy technical fixes for earbuds. I hope that the methods discussed in this article will help you increase the volume of your earbuds and improve their sound quality with ease.

Sticking to recommended volume limits in your device and investing in earbuds that are fabricated to fit into your ear instead of hanging on the outer ear goes a long way in protecting you from ear damage.

This is because these types of earbuds require lower volume since it doesn’t compete with external noise.

Nobody would share ear cleaners with anyone so avoid sharing earbuds too especially those that go into your ears.

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