iPhone is a great device and I for one love its design and features. But, of late I’ve noticed some issues with the quality of sound delivered from the iPhone speaker. It seems like Apple hasn’t exactly put a great deal of thought into making it sound quality better!
If you have ever spent time traveling on a bus or train then I’m sure that you must have felt that iPhone speakers in general just don’t sound that great. They are tinny, they distort at high volumes, and they just don’t seem to generate a lot of sound.
Of course you can always get your hands on the Apple EarPods (which are in fact the best!), but just in case you want to show off your taste in music to your friends then the speaker volume and sound quality would definitely set you back!
There are some third party accessories like iPhone portable speakers and wireless speakers that promise to increase sound quality and volume on iPhone. But they’re usually quite expensive and are simply slightly better quality speakers combined with a small amplifier.
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But, there are several other ways that you can increase the volume and get better sound quality from your iPhone.
Check your iPhone settings
Here you can find two options under the “Music” section of the iPhone settings that can help you get better sound from the speaker:
Soundcheck – Turning this OFF will stop your iPhone from automatically reducing the volume of your louder tracks, which means you get a greater output from your iPhone’s speaker.
Volume Limit – This exactly does what it says. Really! Also, it is very important when using headphones if you value your ears. But if you’re using your speaker then there is no need to have this setting turned ON. Turning it OFF will allow you to ramp up your iPhone’s volume up to the maximum level which will result in increased output from the speaker.
Don’t use a case
Even a case which leaves the speaker grill open can effect sound by preventing the sound waves from propagating from the speaker.
Think of it the same as cupping your hands around the speaker. By doing so, you are actually preventing the sound from radiating naturally from the grill – instead it’s just bounces off your hand and moves in all kinds of directions.
Cases cannot only affect the overall volume of your iPhone, but also the sound quality produced from the speaker.
Don’t leave your phone on soft surfaces
It might seem obvious, or it might not, but soft surfaces will prevent your iPhone speaker from living up to its best potential.
Not only will things like blankets and duvets partially cover up the speaker, but they will also prevent the sound waves from being propagated cleanly. Almost similar to how a case might affect the volume.
For best results, always leave your phone put on a hard surface. This will make sure that the speaker is free from any obstructions. It will also prevent your iPhone from overheating as soft furnishings (like duvets and blankets) will provide more insulation around the phone which can lead to a heat buildup.
Face the speaker towards a wall or window
For some reason, placing your iPhone near to a wall with the speaker facing toward it will increase the overall volume generated.
Go ahead and try it yourself; put your iPhone on maximum volume and place it on a hard flat surface. Then, take your phone and position it on a shelf or ledge with the speaker faced toward the wall. In most situations it will seem louder when facing toward the wall.
Corners work especially well, and tiled or glass surfaces seem to work better than a brick or concrete wall.
Don’t ask me how it works – but it does!
Clean the iPhone Speaker Mesh
Many a times, it happens that the mesh or holes on your iPhone speaker get clogged up with dust and lint. These tiny obstructions may hamper the output sound from the speakers. You can simply use a pin to clean it up.
Put your iPhone in a bowl or dish
Have you ever heard of a Gramophone? The old school record player with a brass cone connected to the needle, opening out to a wide horn opening?
It’s a natural trick that amplifies sounds by channeling them through a tube of increasing diameter. Gramophones have no electronics inside to amplify the sounds, it’s all achieved by carefully engineering the path through which the sound waves pass.
The same principle of amplification can be applied by using an iPhone and an ordinary ceramic bowl.
Place your iPhone in the bowl with the speaker edge facing downwards. This makes the sound to bounce around the bottom of the bowl and be channeled out toward you. It’s not as effective as a gramophone, but it definitely works. Try it for yourself!