Where is call volume on Android phone?

Android phones provide users with several options for controlling the volume on phone calls. This includes using the volume buttons on the side of the phone, adjusting the volume slider in the settings menu, and enabling volume limits or other accessibility features.

Having control over call volume is important for customizing the audio experience during calls. Being able to increase volume helps improve clarity and audibility in noisy environments. Decreasing volume protects hearing and prevents disturbances in quiet settings.

This guide will provide an overview of the various call volume controls available on Android phones. It will cover the default volume settings, how to manually adjust call volume, accessibility options, and troubleshooting tips.

Default Call Volume

On Android devices, the default or normal call volume level is set to the current media volume. The media volume refers to the system volume for music, videos, games, and other media playback. This means when you make a phone call, the call volume will be set to match your media volume level automatically.

For example, if your media volume is set to 50%, your call volume will also be 50% by default when you make or receive a phone call. The most recent media volume you have set on your device essentially becomes the default volume for calls.

You can adjust media volume using the volume buttons on your Android device or through the volume slider in the Settings app. Changing the media volume will also change the default volume level used for calls. This allows Android to sync your call and media volumes for a seamless audio experience.

Adjusting Call Volume

You can easily increase or decrease the call volume on your Android phone using the volume buttons or slider. The volume buttons are located on the side of most Android phones.

To increase call volume, press the Volume Up button during a call. To decrease volume, press the Volume Down button. Pressing the buttons will adjust the in-call volume in increments.

You can also adjust the volume by swiping down from the top of the screen to open Quick Settings and dragging the volume slider left or right. Dragging the slider to the right will raise call volume, while dragging left will lower it.

The volume buttons and slider control the in-call volume separately from media or alarm volumes. Adjusting call volume will not affect your volume settings for music, videos, or other media.

Your Android phone will remember the in-call volume setting between calls. So you can customize it to your preferred level for hearing the other person during calls.

Some Android phones may limit the maximum volume for calls. If your call volume sounds low even at the highest setting, you may need to check for any accessibility settings enabled on your device.

Volume Buttons

The most straightforward way to control call volume on Android phones is by using the physical volume buttons located on the side of the device. Pressing these buttons during a phone call will raise or lower the call volume incrementally.

As noted in the Android Central forums, “Go to Settings, Sounds and Vibration, Volume. There you should see the ‘Use volume keys for media’ toggle. Make sure that is turned off and the volume buttons will control call volume when in a call.” [1]

Google’s Android help documentation also provides instructions on using the volume buttons: “To turn your volume up or down, press a volume button on the side or top of your phone.” [2]

The volume buttons provide a simple and fast way to adjust call volume on the fly. Press the top button to increase volume and the bottom button to decrease volume.

Volume Slider

Android phones have an on-screen volume slider that allows you to control the call volume. This slider can be accessed in a few ways:

During a call, swipe down from the top of the screen to expand the notification shade. The volume slider will appear here and you can drag it left or right to decrease or increase the call volume.1

You can also go into Settings > Sounds and vibration > Volume and adjust the “In call” slider. This will control the default maximum volume level when on calls.

Sliding your finger up and down along the slider gives granular control over the call volume, allowing you to set it precisely where you want.2 This is useful for fine tuning the volume when on calls.

The volume slider provides an easy way to control call volume without pressing any buttons. Just a quick swipe and drag allows you to turn the volume up or down as needed.

Volume Limits

Android allows users to set maximum and minimum volume limits for calls and media playback. This can prevent the volume from being turned up dangerously high or accidentally lowered too much.

The maximum call volume limit caps how loud call audio can be, regardless of the volume button or slider setting. This protects against excessive volume exposure when bringing the phone up to your ear on calls. To set the maximum call volume on a Samsung Galaxy device, go to Settings > Sounds and vibration > Volume and tap on the drop down next to Call. Drag the slider to adjust the maximum volume percentage allowed for calls.

The minimum call volume sets a floor, so calls don’t get too quiet to hear properly. This limit prevents the volume from being turned down below a set level, even if the volume buttons or slider are adjusted lower. On a Samsung Galaxy, the minimum call volume can be set using the same Volume settings menu as the maximum.

For other Android devices, maximum and minimum call volume limits may be configured in the basic Volume or Sound settings menu. There are often separate controls for ringtone/call volume versus media/music volume limits.

Setting reasonable minimum and maximum volume limits can help prevent hearing damage from excessive loudness, while still allowing call audio to be heard clearly.

Troubleshooting Low Call Volume

If you’re experiencing low call volume on your Android phone, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can try. First, check for any available software updates for your device and install them (new updates may resolve call volume issues).

You can also try cleaning the speaker grills on your phone using a soft-bristled brush or compressed air to remove any dust or debris that could be blocking the speakers. Gently brush or blow air into the microphone and earpiece as well (Source).

If the issue persists, you can perform a hard reset of your phone to factory default settings. This resets your phone’s system software and hardware and can resolve software glitches causing call volume problems. Just be sure to backup any important data before resetting (Source).

Finally, check your phone’s accessibility settings to make sure there are no enabled settings lowering call volume like mono audio or hearing aids. Turn those settings off if enabled.

Accessibility Options

Android provides customizable accessibility features for users with hearing loss or other auditory issues. These accessibility options allow users to increase call volume for improved hearing and comprehension during phone calls.

In Google’s official Support article on customizing Android settings for TalkBack, they document how to change TalkBack volume during phone calls. By putting a finger on the touchscreen and pressing the volume up or down keys, users can increase call volume well beyond the default maximum.

There are also dedicated accessibility shortcuts involving the volume keys that can be enabled to quickly access hearing assistance features. For example, pressing and holding both volume keys can trigger Adaptive Sound settings to boost call audio.

With Android’s ongoing development of accessibility offerings like customizable call volume limits and adaptive audio, phone calls continue to become more inclusive and usable for people with hearing impairments.

Third-party Apps

While Android provides system-level call volume controls, many users prefer to have more granular control over their call audio volume. Some third-party apps can assist with customizing the in-call volume:

Call Volume Booster is an app developed specifically for boosting in-call volume. It allows you to increase call volume to higher levels than what Android allows by default. The app also includes an equalizer to customize the call audio quality.

Volume Booster Pro is a comprehensive volume control app that lets you control volume levels for music, voice calls, alarms and system sounds. The app provides fine-tuned volume sliders and presets to calibrate your audio perfectly.

While both these apps focus specifically on boosting call volume, there are other audio apps like equalizers and DSP effects processors that can also impact call volume and quality indirectly. Exploring different audio apps can help you achieve your desired in-call audio experience.


To summarize, call volume on your Android phone can be adjusted using buttons on the device, the volume slider in the settings, and limitations for maximum volumes. The default call volume usually matches the media and alarm volume levels, but these can all be adjusted separately on most Android versions. If you have problems with the call volume on your device, try inspecting the physical buttons for dust or obstructions, restarting the phone, adjusting the accessibility settings, or using a third-party app. Overall, the call volume is designed to be flexible to meet needs and there are several options to customize it on your Android device.

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