iPhone Volume Too Loud on Lowest Setting? Try These 10 Fixes

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On your iPhone, you can connect your Apple earpods and listen to music or watch videos. Depending on the headphones you have, the range of volume you hear can differ. On some headphones such as the one Apple provides you, the volume you’ll be able to hear is too loud on the lowest setting

If you’ve turned your volume all the way down, and your headphones are still too loud, there are a few things you can do.

Normal, headphones aren’t loud enough, but on some headphones, their volume is so loud that when you’ve turned your volume to the lowest setting, it’s still louder than normal. This can be annoying if you have sensitive ears and you don’t like having a volume that’s too loud.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to reduce the volume on your iPhone headphones lower than the option your iPhone and iPad gives you. You’ll have to keep your volume always on low but if it’s too loud for you, you can wear one headphone or change the headphones you’re using. You can try a few things to get that volume down even more than the lowest volume.

Why Are My Headphones so Loud iPhone (on Lowest Setting)

The reason that your iPhone headphones sound too loud on the lowest setting is that the sound that you’re listening to is way too loud.

If you’re playing a video for example, and the sound on that specific video is way too loud and hasn’t been engineered properly, then they’re going to sound to loud on the lowest volume setting.

Another reason why your iPhone headphones may sound too loud on the lowest volume setting is that there’s a setting on your iPhone that’s making it like this. You could also have very sensitive ears if your experience with headphones, in general, is that they’re too loud.

1. There’s A Glitch

A glitch is a malfunction in the way a system operates. This can also happen to your iPhone when using Bluetooth headphones. First, you have to know that you do not cause a glitch. So, if you realize that the volume is so high and you have not done anything to cause it, that could be a glitch in the devices.

In this case, the glitch could arise from any of the devices, which is where the challenge is. It does not mean that it is just your iPhone. It could be either your phone, your headphones, or both devices. Once this happens, you can use either weight for the malfunction to go away if it is temporary or try to find the problem.

If such a malfunction persists and you cannot fix the problem, you will have to change the headphones or find an expert to fix the issue.

2. Charging Port is Damaged

Your charging port can easily interfere with your sound, as strange as it may sound. For example, it can easily affect the volume such that you will hear a loud volume on your Bluetooth headphones. When using your headphone Bluetooth, and the charging port has a problem, it can easily send electrical charges that interfere with the sound and the volume.

One way to check if this is the case is to unplug the charging if it is plugged in. If the volume fluctuates, then you will know there is a problem with the port. You have to use wired headphones or none at all until the problem is fixed.

3. Volume Controls Are Damaged

With the volume controls being the primary mode of adjusting volume, it is no surprise that they can cause this type of problem. Unfortunately, volume controls on an iPhone work like all other controls and are prone to damage.

However, there are cases where the damage may cause an opposite effect on their performance. For example, you will have the lowest settings and still get your headphone sounding super loud in such a case. This means that the volume controls are sending the wrong message but increasing the volume where they are supposed to decrease it.

Have you ever come across volume buttons that malfunction and increase volume on their own? Unfortunately, this is one of those cases.

4. Headphones Are Faulty

Have you thought about the quality and performance of your Bluetooth headphones? More than many people expect, it is a common cause of this problem. You may have faulty headphones and not know about them, and you will end up suffering this problem.

For headphones to be faulty, it does not mean you will necessarily notice by looking at them. In some cases, the damage is inside, and you have no clue. For example, you may have bought fake headphones, they may damage certain crucial components inside, or you have dropped them. There is a whole list of things that may make your headphones faulty without knowing it.

It will require several steps of diagnosis and checking to rule out all other factors and confirm that the headphones are faulty. Then, the solution is to repair them or replace them with new ones.

Headphones Too Loud on Lowest Setting? Try These Fixes

1. Change the Way the Music Sounds

The first thing you can do is to change the way the music sounds on your headphones. On your iPhone, there are loads of pre-sets that can make your headphones louder and quieter. You can go through the list and check which pre-set lowers the volume the most for you.

1. Go to Settings.

2. Tap on Music.

EQ under Playback

3. Tap on EQ under Playback.

4. Select a playback that sounds the quietest for you. This only work is you use Apple Music.

2. Playback Settings in Spotify

1. Go to Spotify and tap on the home page.

Settings Spotify

2. Tap on the Settings cog in the upper-right corner.


3. Tap Playback.


4. Under Volume level, select Quiet.

3. Change Accessibility Settings

You can also go and check Settings to see if the Mono Audio option is enabled. This feature turns stereo sound into Mono, and can sometimes cause the audio to be too loud. You can also reduce loud sounds so that the sound isn’t too loud on the lowest setting.

1. Go to Settings.

2. Tap Accessibility.

3. Select Audio/Visual.

4. Enable Mono Audio and Phone Noise Cancellation.

5. Go back to Settings and open Sounds.

6. Tap Headphone Safety.

7. Toggle on Reduce Loud Sounds and select the 100 decibels (furthers right). This will reduce the sound the most.

4. Use One Earbud

Instead of using two earpods which will make the sound louder, using one will ensure that you hearless. An even better thing to do would be to reduce the sound for a single earpod in the Accessibility Settings.

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual.
  2. Find the Balance slider at the bottom.
  3. If you want to use the left earbud, slide towards the Right channel (R) and vice versa if you want to use the right one.

5. Get Quieter Headphones

If you find that your headphones sound so loud on the lowest settings, there is a possibility you bought very loud headphones. Loud is relative, so you may feel that the sound is so loud for you, yet it is not.

Additionally, different manufacturers have different settings for their devices. This means the lowest volume sound for one brand of headphones might differ from another one. However, even the lowest volume sound may sound quite good for some high-performance headphones and high for low-quality headphones.

So, if there is no problem with your iPhone or headphones, it is time for you to consider getting quitter headphones. This means getting headphones whose sound range is okay for you.

6. Replace iPhone headphones if They’re Faulty

A replacement (view on Amazon) is a good way to go if you find out your iPhone headphones are faulty. However, it is not a decision you should arrive at without carefully understanding and confirming for sure they are faulty.

Before replacing the headphones, make sure that you are 100% sure that they are the problem. As discussed in this article, you can see several factors may cause this problem. Consider talking to the iPhone support team to help you understand the problem

iPhone also provides a 2-year support and service coverage for their headphones. This means they can try to repair and if it does not work, you can replace it.

7. Clean Out Charging Port

As discussed earlier, the charging port could be the cause of the problem you are experiencing with your Bluetooth headphones. If this is the case, cleaning the charging port will fix the problem. However, follow the steps below carefully to avoid damaging the port.

1. Find a clear piece of paper or tissue and wrap it around one toothpick tip.

2. Make sure you create a tip that can fit into the charging port.

3. Steadily and gently insert the wrapped tip of the toothpick into the charging port.

4. Move it slowly as you wipe to remove any debris or dirt from the port walls.

5. Once done, remove the tip and blow the port slowly using compressed air. Ensure the tip of the compressed does not get near the charging port.

8. Restart iPhone

A glitch in the phone system may cause the problem. Restarting your phone could help get rid of such issues. By restarting your phone, you start its operations all over again, and it will get rid of all the errors that might have accumulated in the system.

Here is how to restart iPhone SE, 6,7, and 8.

1. Press the side button on your iPhone and hold it until it displays the power-off slider.

2. Now drag the slider and wait for 30 seconds, and your device will turn off.

3. After 10-30 seconds, press the side button again and hold it until the phone displays the logo.

How to restart iPhones 13, 12, 11, and X.

1. Press one of the volume buttons and side button and hold them until it displays the slider for power-off.

2. Turn off the phone by dragging the slider. After 30 seconds, the phone will turn off.

3. After 10-30 seconds, turn the iPhone on by pressing the side button, holding it until the phone is on, and displaying the logo.

Close and Reopen app audio is playing on.

9. Force Restart iPhone

A force restart of your iPhone is necessary when it is frozen. For example, it is a case where you are using your Bluetooth headphones, and the volume is so loud on low settings. Your iPhone is frozen or does not respond to various actions you make. Under such circumstances, you will have to force restart the phone.

Although the process varies from one model to the other, here is what you need to know.

Force restart your iPhone using the Face ID.

You can use this method for iPhone Xr, 11, X, 12, Xs, and 13.

1. Quickly press and release the button for volume up on your phone.

2. Quickly press and release the button for volume down.

3. Now press, then hold your phone’s side button.

4. Wait until the logo is displayed, and let go of the button.

Force restart iPhone SE and 6s.

Press the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously, and hold. Wait until the logo appears and release them.

Force restart iPhone 7.

1. Press the Sleep/Wake button and the button for volume down simultaneously and hold. Wait until the logo is displayed and release them.

Force restart iPhone SE and 8.

1. Quickly press and release the button for volume up.

2. Quickly press and release the button for volume down.

3. Press the side button and hold it.

4. Wait until the logo is displayed and release.

10. Contact Apple

This is without a doubt the last option you have. If you have tried all the above methods, then it is time for you to contact Apple and get help. Visit the official apple support platform, and select an option to either get online support or call them.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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