Is there an app to increase volume on Android?

Increasing the maximum volume level on Android devices is a common need for many users. The default volume settings on some Android devices may not be loud enough for certain situations, like listening to music in noisy environments or for those who have hearing impairments. Users may find themselves frequently needing to turn up their device’s volume to the maximum setting, but still requiring louder output.

There are a few different ways Android users can boost their phone’s sound beyond the default maximum volume ceiling. This includes using physical volume buttons, adjusting system sound settings, or downloading volume booster apps. However, these methods have limitations and downsides that users should consider.

In this article, we will explore the options available for increasing volume on Android phones and provide an overview of how each method works along with pros and cons.

Default Volume Settings

Android devices have default maximum volume limits in place to protect hearing. The specific maximum volume level varies between Android versions and manufacturers. For example, Android 10 and 11 limit media volume to 80% of the device’s full volume capacity (Source 1). Starting in Android 12, the limit was reduced to just 50% maximum volume (Source 2).

Phone makers like Samsung often set custom default volume limits based on device model. For example, many Samsung Galaxy phones have an 85% limit, while Pixel phones stick to Google’s Android OS defaults (Source 3). So your specific Android device will likely have a max volume somewhere between 50-85% out of the box.

These default volume limits are intended to prevent excessive exposure to loud sounds that can damage hearing over time. However, some users dislike the reduced maximum volumes, especially when using headphones or external speakers. Fortunately, there are ways to customize and override the default volume settings which we’ll explore next.

Increase Volume with Hardware Buttons

The most basic way to increase volume on Android is by using the hardware volume buttons on your device. Most Android phones have physical volume buttons located on the side of the phone which can be pressed up or down to raise or lower the volume.

Pressing the volume up button will increase the volume of whatever audio is currently playing, whether it’s music, a video, game audio, or a phone call. The volume keys control the system or media volume levels, depending on what audio is active.

While hardware volume buttons provide a quick and easy way to adjust volume on the fly, they do have some limitations. The volume buttons only modify the current system or media volume level and do not boost the maximum achievable volume. The maximum volume possible on a device is set by the system software and hardware capabilities.[1]

Additionally, some apps can override or disable the hardware volume controls when active, preventing the buttons from working properly. There are also reports of hardware volume keys intermittently failing on some Android devices.

So while hardware volume buttons are useful for basic volume adjustments, other options may be required to achieve louder maximum volume or work around hardware control limitations.

Adjust System Volume Settings

To access more advanced sound settings on Android, go to Settings > Sound & vibration. Here you can adjust various volume sliders for media, alarms, and ringtones. Tap the 3 dot menu in the upper right corner and select “Media volume limiter” to disable any volume restrictions set by the phone manufacturer.

Disabling the volume limiter will allow you to turn the media volume up higher than the typical safety restrictions. However, it’s important to be aware that listening to audio at very high volumes, especially for prolonged periods, can permanently damage your hearing over time. The volume limiter is in place as a safety precaution. Before disabling it, consider if you truly need louder volume levels or if it may be wiser to adjust the volume to a safe level for daily use.

If you do choose to disable the limiter, monitor your volume levels carefully. Take breaks from loud audio and give your ears time to rest. Consider using volume limiting headphones to help prevent hearing damage from excessive volume levels.

App Volume Booster

Volume booster apps offer an easy solution to increase audio volume beyond the default maximum on Android devices. Some popular options include:
Volume Booster GOODEV,
Volume Booster for Android, and Super Volume Booster.

These apps allow you to amplify volume above normal levels, making it easier to hear media at loud volumes. Key features include volume boost sliders, preset volume profiles, bass boost, and equalizer controls.

Pros of using a dedicated volume booster app include the ability to maximize volume beyond system limitations, customize audio with EQ settings, and easily control volume from the notification shade. However, potential downsides include increased battery drainage, audio distortion at high volumes, and privacy/security concerns with permissions required.

App Permissions

Some apps that claim to increase volume may ask for excessive permissions that could compromise your privacy or security. For example, a volume booster app might request access to your location, contacts list, phone calls, photos, and other sensitive data that is not required for its core functionality [1] . Android apps in general have been found to ask for an alarming number of dangerous permissions when installed [2].

Before installing any app, it’s important to carefully review the list of permissions it requests. Deny access to any permissions that seem unnecessary or intrusive. For example, a volume booster app does not need access to your contacts or camera in order to function. You can always change app permissions later in your device settings. Avoid installing apps that seem suspicious or demand invasive permissions upfront.

Reputable apps should only request the minimum permissions needed to function. Look for volume boosting apps from recognized developers that have a clear purpose and transparent permission requirements. With caution, volume booster apps can safely enhance your Android audio experience without compromising your privacy.

Alternatives to Volume Booster Apps

While volume booster apps may seem like an easy solution, they can cause distortion or damage your speakers. Instead of relying on these apps, here are some safer alternatives:

Wired headphones or external speakers can provide louder and higher quality sound than your phone’s built-in speakers. Connect your phone to a good pair of over-ear headphones, earbuds, or external speakers to boost the volume without straining your phone’s hardware.

If you have hearing difficulties, hearing aids may be needed to amplify sounds. Consult an audiologist to determine if prescription hearing aids are recommended for your individual needs. Properly fitted hearing aids can safely increase volumes to comfortable levels.

Rather than using risky apps, solutions like headphones, speakers, or hearing aids will boost volume in a sustainable way without harming your phone or hearing. Focus on audio equipment designed for louder playback.


When it comes to increasing the volume on your Android device, there are several options to consider. Using the physical volume buttons is the default way to make quick volume adjustments. Diving into the system settings allows you to fine-tune overall volume levels and audio profiles. Volume booster apps provide a convenient one-tap way to maximize volume, but often require intrusive permissions and could potentially damage your hearing over time. Relying on wired headphones or external speakers can boost volume without putting as much strain directly on the phone’s built-in speakers.

Each method has its tradeoffs between convenience, customization, and safety. The physical volume buttons offer effortless control for on-the-fly volume changes, while the system settings provide more granular control over specific volume levels. Volume booster apps are easy to use but demand extensive permissions. External audio equipment avoids phone speaker limitations but requires additional purchases.

When deciding which option to use, consider your needs for versatility, simplicity, and hearing health. Test different methods cautiously to determine the right volume boost for your situation while being mindful of potential hearing damage from excessively loud volumes. Moderation and precaution are advisable when pursuing volume increases from any source.


While volume booster apps provide a quick way to temporarily increase your phone’s volume beyond the maximum setting, they do require extra permissions and battery usage. Using your device’s physical volume buttons or adjusting the system volume limits in Settings are simpler options that don’t require installing any apps.

If you find yourself constantly struggling with low volume on your Android device, even after adjusting the system volume limits, it’s a good idea to have your hearing tested. Consult an audiologist to determine if you have any underlying hearing issues that require medical attention. Getting your hearing checked and addressing any problems is better than just continuing to increase volume, which could further damage your hearing over time.


This article provides general information about increasing volume on Android devices. It does not cite any external sources. The content is based on the author’s experience using Android devices and researching volume settings and capabilities.

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