Recently a lot of Android devices have started to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. This has forced the users to switch to Bluetooth headsets. Bluetooth headphones or earphones are nothing new. They have been around for a very long time. However, they weren’t so widely used as they are today.
Despite the hassle of the dangling wires getting tangled up, people had a thing for wired headphones and they still do. There are a number of reasons behind that like no need for recharging them, worry about the battery running out, and in a lot of cases better sound quality. Bluetooth headsets have improved a lot over the years and have almost bridged the gap in terms of audio quality. However, there are still certain issues that remain and low volume on these headsets is a common complaint. In this article, we are going to discuss a variety of topics that would help us understand why mobile brands are doing away with the 3.5mm jack and what are the things you can expect when switching to Bluetooth. We will also discuss the problem of low volume and help you to fix the problem.
Fix Low Bluetooth Volume on Android
Why are mobile brands getting rid of the 3.5mm Headphone Jack?
The need of the hour is to make smartphones slimmer and sleeker. Various smartphone brands are thus, trying various means to reduce the size the smartphones. Earlier, Android smartphones used USB type B to charge the devices but now they have upgraded to USB type C. One of the most interesting features of type C is that it supports audio output. As a result, a single port could now be used for multiple purposes. It wasn’t even a compromise in quality as type C generates HD quality audio output. This provided the incentive to remove the 3.5mm jack as it would also allow slimming down smartphones even more.
Why Bluetooth Headphones and what can you expect?
Now, in order to use the type C port to connect your wired headphones, you will need a type C to 3.5mm audio adapter cable. Apart from that, you will not be able to listen to music while charging your phone. A better alternative to avoid all these complications would be to switch to Bluetooth headsets. Ever since the 3.5mm jack started getting obsolete in Android smartphones, a lot of Android users have started to do the same.
Using a Bluetooth headset has its own pros and cons. On one side, it is wireless and hence very comfortable. You can say goodbye to your cords that constantly get tangled and forget all the struggles that you had to make to untangle them. On the other hand, Bluetooth headsets are battery operated and thus need to be charged from time to time. The audio quality is a little low in comparison to wired headphones. It is also a little expensive.
The Problem of Low Volume on Bluetooth Devices and How to Fix it
As mentioned earlier, Bluetooth headsets have a problem with low volume on Android. This is because Android’s limit for maximum volume on Bluetooth devices is quite low. It is a safety measure put in place to protect us from hearing problems in the future. Apart from that the new Android versions, i.e. Android 7 (Nougat) and above have removed separate volume control sliders for Bluetooth devices. This prevents you from increasing the volume to the actual maximum limit that can be possibly attained by the device. In the new Android systems, there is a single volume control for the device volume and the Bluetooth headset volume.
There is, however, a solution to this problem. The only thing that you need to do is disable absolute volume control for Bluetooth devices. In order to do this, you need to access the Developer options.
Follow the steps given below to unlock Developer options:
1. Firstly, open the Settings on your phone. Now click on the System option.
2. After that select the About phone option.
3. Now you will be able to see something called Build Number; keep tapping on it until you see the message pop up on your screen that says you are now a developer. Usually, you need to tap 6-7 times to become a developer.
Once you get the message “You are now a developer” displayed on your screen, you will be able to access the Developer options from the Settings.
Now, follow the steps given below to disable absolute volume control:
1. Go to the Settings of your phone. Open the System tab.
2. Now click on the Developer options.
3. Scroll down to the Networking section and toggle off the switch for Bluetooth absolute volume.
4. After that, restart your device to apply the changes. Once the device starts again, connect the Bluetooth headset and you will notice a significant increase in the volume when the volume slider is set to maximum.
Well, with that, we come to the end of this article. We hope that you will now be able to resolve the problem of low volume on your Bluetooth headset and finally be satisfied after making the switch from wired headsets to wireless ones.