The volume level on our Android phones comprises of 7 or 15 steps between minimum and maximum. For the media controls, you’ll get 15 steps i.e between mute and max. While the alarms, voice- call and notifications requires 7 presses of the volume button to send you all the way from silent to full blast. If perhaps you’re a movie lover or someone who is addicted to music, then you’ll need a pair of headphone on daily basis to go around your businesses. Chances are, you might not be able to get the same volume level between your headphones and this can be a whole lot irritating.
Prior to this problem, the developers at XDA “Phascinate” and “Kuba Kalamarz” has come up with a similar app that can increase the maximum volume steps on Android. The two developers envisioned and decided to create these apps (Precise Volume & Volume Steps+) since they felt that Android was seriously lacking in the volume steps department. Now while the VolumeStep+ Xposed Module requires root permission to function, the Precise Volume can blend on any Android with or without rooting. This definitely is the difference between the two app. Without further ado, here’s how to increase the maximum volume steps on Android with or without rooting.
#1. Increase Volume Level On Android Using VolumeStep+
The VolumeStep+ Xposed Module was created in other to change the number of volume steps on your Android device. As as earlier on, when you’re listening to music, then 15 steps won’t be precise enough. So VolumeSteps+ aims to be an open source, a configurable and also user friendly app that helps you to adjust the number of volume steps on your device. The module is able to adjust the number of volumesteps for multiple streams and more and all this requires root access.
To begin with, you’ll first need to install the Xposed Installer app, then from your app drawer, locate and open the Xposed framework. From here, simply head over to the download section via the app and search for VolumeSteps+. Now tap on the result, then swipe from the left to jump into the version tab. From here, hit the download button and install the module afterwards.
Next, you’ll need to activate the module. Thus a notification from Xposed will pop up telling you that VolumeSteps+ hasn’t been activated yet, so tap activate and reboot your device. Alternatively you can open the Xposed Installer app, then head over to the module section and tick the VolumeSteps+ box. Go back and navigate into the framework section and perform a soft reboot.
Adjust Your Volume Steps
When your device reboots, locate & open the VolumeSteps+ module from your app drawer. A pop-up will appear informing you that a reboot is needed in other for the changes you make with your volume steps to take effect. Tap OK to continue with this app. From the interface, you’ll notice that each volume category has its own menu entry. So tap on the one you want to adjust, then use the slider that appears to fine-tune your volume steps. Press OK when you’re satisfied.
Proceed with the other entries (alarm, music, notification, ringer, system and in-call streams) and adjust their slider to your preference. Note; The slider ranges somewhere between 5 to 50 steps, so you will surely find more volume steps that is right for each category. VolumeStep+ automatically allows you to disable the safe headset volume warning when you plug in your headphone. This helps the Module to comply with the new number of music steps. Once you’re done, reboot your device for the changes to take effect and enjoy.
#2. Increase Volume Level On Android Using Precise Volume
Precise Volue is an app downloadable from the Google Play Store. It overrides your Android device default number of volume steps, from the 15 steps up to 100 different volumes. Precise Volume is a similar app to VolumeStep+ as it doesn’t give the illusion of having more volume steps. The app functions by hooking into your device’s audio system to give you a more volume options. Precise Volume is definitely cool as it doesn’t just give you more fine control over your volume, it also makes your life a whole lot easier by automatically setting volume for you when you need it most.
To get this one going, you’ll need to grab “Precise Volume” from the Google Play Store. Next locate the app from your app drawer and open it. The main interface seems intuitive (Screenshot above) and apparently just like VolumeStep+, you’ll need to use the slider to fine-tune your volume steps. Proceed with each entries (media, ringer, alarm, notification and system volume) to complete the task.
Using Precise Volume app, you can set up automatic volume to automatically set volume for different pairs of headphone, bluetooth devices, apps, and much more. Also, you can make it so that when you plug a headphone jack into your device, a dialog automatically pops up asking you which headphone preset to use. All these features come with the added bonus of having truly fine-grained control over your device and it certainly will require you to upgrade to the app’s pro version.
The PRO users can have up to 1,000,000 precise volume levels. This is Insanity at it’s fullest and i totally love it. No battery drain, no detriment, and precise volume doesn’t even need root. The app is totally neat and you can limit volume to protect your hearing. Apart from this all, Precise Volume unveils a ton of settings options that’s extremely customizable, allowing you to tweak settings to fit your lifestyle.
You can also set custom Volume Presets via the app. Presets allow you to quickly and easily set your volume for different situations, such as; with specific pairs of headphones, while plugged into an AUX cord in your car, etc. You can go further ahead to lock or force volume buttons to use media by default instead of ringer. All this can be found in the advanced settings of the precise volume app. So dive in there to turn this options on.
Bonus tips: Once you unlock the precise volume pro version, you’ll be able to see an on-going notifications with volume controls, which gives you quick access to Precise Volume. Also you can be able to override the system volume behavior while your screen is off or in your pocket. This is very useful for people who listen to music, podcasts, etc with their screen off. Precise volume Pro also features an audio curve which changes how slowly or quickly volume goes from minimum to maximum. Enjoy more volume increments!.
Tired of volume being either too loud or not loud enough? Then the above steps fixes everything. Now you can easily add more steps to the volume slider on your Android device with or without rooting. While the VolumeStep+ and the Precise Volume app seems intriguing, it doesn’t boost volume. Rather, they allow you to have more fine control over your volume levels. Overall these apps can give you a more better music experience.