How to fix low volume issues when using AirPods on Android
Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your AirPods or your Android device.
Jason CiprianiContributing Writer, ZDNet
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For as long as I've owned my
, I've used them with
. One issue I've always had when using
wireless earbuds with an Android phone is really low volume levels, particularly when listening to podcasts. Even at full volume, I would often struggle to hear it, especially when in noisy environments.
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What was even more confusing was that in some apps, such as Google Play Music, the volume level was just fine.
I had always assumed this is just one of the downsides of using AirPods with a platform, Android, they weren't truly designed for.
Thanks to Fred Wilson, who found a solution on Reddit, I now know it doesn't have to be this way.
Here's what you need to do to fix low volume issues with Apple's AirPods and Android:
Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on System.
Locate Build Number (may be located under About Phone).
Tap on Build Number seven times, after which you will see an alert congratulating you for being a developer.
Go back to Either the main Settings page or the System page and look for Developer Options and tap on it.
Scroll down and find Disable Absolute Volume and turn the switch to the On position.