This hidden iPhone trick boosts your AirPods volume instantly

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Whether you're using the AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max alongside your iPhone, there's probably been at least one time where you wished the volume was just a little bit louder. Thankfully, there's a tweak tucked away in the iOS Settings app that lets you give your audio an instant boost.

This could come in handy in a number of situations. Maybe you're on a noisy flight and are having trouble hearing your podcast. Perhaps your roommate is vacuuming while you're trying to get your Beyoncé on. Whatever the reason, it's easy to increase your iPhone's music volume using a hidden trick in the Settings app.

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Note: This trick only works with Apple or Beats headphones, and was tested on an iPhone 13 running iOS 15.


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How to increase your iPhone's music volume

1. Open the Settings app and tap Accessibility.

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2. Scroll down and tap Audio/Visual.

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3. Tap "Headphone Accommodations" then switch the toggle by it to the on position.

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4. You'll now see a bunch of options. Tap "Vocal Range" and switch the slider underneath to "Strong."

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And that's it. Your music and podcasts should now be louder, though there's a caveat — as you're effectively amplifying the vocal parts of your audio, the bass output will be lower. If you want to switch it back to how it was before, simply tap the toggle by "Headphone Accommodations" to the off position.

Now you know how to increase the music volume on your iPhone, check out some other simple iOS tricks, including how to instantly kill every Safari tab on your iPhone, how to enable the hidden trackpad on iPhone or iPad or how to remove badges on iPhone.

Dale Fox
Freelance Journalist

Dale Fox is a freelance journalist based in the UK. He's been a tech nerd ever since childhood, when he used the money from his first job as a paperboy to buy a subscription to GamesMaster magazine. Dale was previously a presenter and editor in China, where he also worked as a copywriter for OnePlus at its Shenzhen HQ.