4 Ways to Increase a Low Bluetooth Volume on iPhone

Modified Nov. 22, 2023, 10:48 a.m.


Experiencing low Bluetooth volume on your iPhone can be more than just a minor inconvenience. Whether you're trying to enjoy music, attend a virtual meeting, or simply have a hands-free conversation, optimal volume is key.

In this detailed guide, I'll walk you through various methods to tackle this issue effectively.

To adjust the Bluetooth Volume on an iPhone, there are 4 different ways that you can try:

  1. Adjust the volume once the Bluetooth device is connected
  2. Select a different device type in the Bluetooth setting of the device
  3. Disable the Loud Sounds Security parameter if it’s enabled
  4. Select a different EQ settings in the Music application setting

Adjust Once You're Using the Bluetooth Device

The first way is to adjust your volume settings while your Bluetooth device is actively connected to your iPhone. This seems simple, but it's a step many overlook. The iPhone memorizes volume settings for different devices, so adjusting it while connected ensures your settings are remembered for future use. Once you connected a Bluetooth JVC radio to your iPhone for example, the volume level will be specific to this Bluetooth device.

To increase the Bluetooth volume on a connected device:

  1. Connect your Bluetooth device to your iPhone.
  2. Play audio through the connected device.
  3. Use the side volume buttons or the Control Center slider to adjust the volume.
  4. Observe if the volume level is retained the next time you connect the same device.

Select a Different Device Type

Correctly classifying your Bluetooth device in your iPhone's settings can have a significant impact on volume output. For instance, selecting 'Headphones' for earbuds can optimize the sound differently than 'Car Stereo' or 'Hearing Aid.'

How to Change Device Type:

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Find your connected device and tap the "i" icon next to it.
  3. Select 'Device Type' and choose the category that best describes your device.
  4. Test the audio to see if there's an improvement in volume.

Most of the time the correct device type is the best option, but do not hesitate to try all the different device types if you are not satisfied with the result.

For more detailed Bluetooth tips, see our guide on Troubleshooting iPhone Bluetooth Connection Issues.

Disable Loud Sounds Security

The 'Reduce Loud Sounds' feature in iOS safeguards your hearing but might restrict Bluetooth volume. Adjusting this setting could offer an immediate volume boost.

Steps to Adjust Loud Sound Settings:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Headphone Safety.
  2. Toggle off 'Reduce Loud Sounds' or adjust the decibel slider to a higher limit.
  3. Test with your Bluetooth device to evaluate the volume change.

Select a Different EQ Setting

Tweaking the Equalizer settings in your iPhone can significantly affect perceived volume. Different EQ settings enhance various audio frequencies, which can make the sound seem louder.

How to Modify EQ Settings:

  1. Open Settings > Music.
  2. Tap on EQ and experiment with different presets.
  3. 'Late Night' is often effective for boosting volume, but others like 'Rock' or 'Bass Booster' might suit your preferences better.


For further insight into optimizing your iPhone's Bluetooth, visit our article on explanations about the Bluetooth on iPhone.

Enhancing low Bluetooth volume on an iPhone often involves a blend of correct settings adjustments and understanding the nuances of your device's features. From adjusting volume while connected to correctly classifying your Bluetooth device, tweaking headphone safety features, and experimenting with EQ settings, these steps can make a significant difference in your audio experience. Always remember to balance volume levels with hearing health considerations.



Maxime Levesque is a technical engineer with more than 5 years of professional experience. He is an expert in computer and phones, mostly on Apple products. Maxime is also the founder of TechBrowser.

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