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Samsung S20 Volume Too Low on Headphones – How to Fix

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If your headphone’s volume is too low when you use them by connecting to your Samsung Galaxy S20, it means there is a problem with your phone or the headphone. 

It is not only you that experience this issue. There are a number of users like you that use headphones regardless of the brand, model, and headphone type and have encountered low audio volume when connected to their Galaxy S20 smartphones.

There could be one or a few causes for this issue (more on that below). However, there are also solutions that you can try to fix the volume issue and get the best out of your headphone.

So in this guide, we will discuss possible causes and the solutions you can try to fix the low volume when using your headphones on Samsung Galaxy S20. 

Note: Solutions in this guide will work on any Samsung Galaxy S20 model (S20, S20 Plus, S20 Fe, and S20 Ultra models.)

Editor’s note: We created these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S20 running Android 12. Depending on your device’s software version, some steps and menu positions may look slightly different.

Why headphone volume too low on Samsung Galaxy S20?

If you ask why your headphone sounds really low when it is connected to your Samsung Galaxy S20, most of the time it happens because of these few reasons;

  1. Media volume limit and Absolute volume feature.

Media volume limit reduces the actual volume by a percentage to protect your ear from high-volume sounds. It is actually designed for your protection. However, the media volume limit might not work well with some audio devices.

Absolute volume, on the other hand, allows you to control your audio device’s volume (your headphones, in this case) using your Galaxy S20. Like the media volume limit, this also won’t work well with some headphones and cause low audio volume.

  1. The connection type. Bluetooth or wired.

If your headphone is connected via Bluetooth, it might be the Bluetooth connection that cause the issue. 

But if it is a wired headphone, maybe it requires more power to function properly, and maybe that is why you hear a very low volume from your headphone.

  1. System glitches and issues with the Music player.

Needless to say, system glitches on your Galaxy S20 is also a cause of why the volume is too low on your headphone. But unlike other causes, this can be solved easily.

Also, if you are using the default Samsung music player, it could also be a reason because of incompatible features such as equalizer, and Dolby atmos with your headphone. In this case, you can use a third-party music app to fix the low volume temporarily.

So these are the possible causes of why the audio volume is low when your headphone is connected to your Galaxy S20. 

Now, let us show you the solutions that you need to apply to get rid of the low volume and get the actual volume of your headphone.

How to fix headphone low volume on Samsung Galaxy S20

First, we will start by turning off essential features to make sure they won’t interfere with the volume level of your headphone. Then we will walk you through other software and hardware-related solutions to increase the headphone volume.

You can check the volume of your headphone after applying each solution. That way, you won’t need to go through all the solutions to get your problem fixed.

Fix 01: Turn off the media volume limit

It is easy to turn off the media volume limit, once you have done this, try to increase the volume and see if it fixes the low volume issue.

To turn off the media volume limit, follow these steps;

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on Sound and Vibrations
  3. Tap on Volume
  4. Tap on the three dots at the top right side
  5. Then, tap on the media volume limit and turn it off
Turning off media volume limit

Fix 02: Turn off the Absolute volume

As we said earlier, the Absolute volume is another feature that won’t work well with some headphones. If this is the case, you have to turn it off just like the media volume limit.

To do this, first, you have to make sure you have turned on the developer options on your Galaxy S20. If you haven’t activated the feature, then you can go through our guide and enable developer options on your device easily.

Once you have turned on developer options on your Galaxy S20, follow these steps to turn off the Absolute volume feature;

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on Developer options
  3. Scroll down and turn on “Disable absolute volume”
Disable absolute volume
  1. Then Restart your Galaxy S20

Fix 03: Reconnect the device if it is connected via Bluetooth

If your headphone Bluetooth, then try to remove the device from the Bluetooth devices list on your Galaxy S20. Then, try to reconnect the headphones and see if it works

This is because sometimes connection issues can also cause low volume levels and reconnecting the headphone, it will establish a new connection, thus fixing the issue.

Just swipe down the notification bar and go to the Bluetooth section (tap and hold on the Bluetooth icon) and remove the headphone from the list. Then connect it again.

Unpair bluetooth device

Fix 04: Reset settings

There are a few options in Samsung Galaxy 20’s Settings that can affect the audio quality and volume on your headphone.

If there is any misconfiguration in those options, it could lead to this volume issue. Instead of checking for each option, you can simply do a reset on Settings.

However, this will restore any change that you have made to other non-related options too. Therefore, you will have to re-adjust those settings after resetting the settings on your Galaxy S20.

Follow these steps;

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on General management
  3. Tap on Reset
  4. Tap on Reset all settings
Reset all settings
  1. Confirm
  2. After it is completed, restart the device

Fix 05: Use a third-party audio player

Poweramp music player on play store

You can try a third-party audio player like Jet audio music player and AMP music player to see if it is the music player that causes the issue.

If the volume on your headphone is back to normal after using the third-party player, then you can use it as the default audio player.

In the meantime, try to update the default player to see if it solves the issue on the player.

Fix 06: Use a mini Amp for your headphone

Headphone mini amp

If the headphone you use is a high-end one and if it is connected via the type-C cable, then the power it draws from your Galaxy S20 won’t be enough to work the headphone properly.

In this case, you have to buy an Amp (amplifier) for your headphone. It will help to power up your headphone so it can produce high volume levels.

If you want to learn more, check this guide on how can you know whether you need an amp for your headphone.

Wrapping Up

That is it! We hope by using this guide you were able to successfully fix your headphone’s low volume when connected to your Samsung Galaxy S20.

If you have any questions regarding this guide, let us know by a comment. We will be there to help.

Have a nice day!

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