iPhone 7 is the first iPhone with a stereo speaker system (one inside the earpiece and the other at the bottom) which delivers twice times the audio output of iPhone 6s and increased dynamic range. That’s great unless you own an older iPhone model.

While you can always crank the volume up when listening to music, watching videos or making calls through the speakerphone or the earpiece, this nice little trick will make your iPhone speaker louder than it normally is.

Before we get to it, this trick applies to any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch model.

How to make your iPhone speaker louder

1) Open Settings on your iOS device.

2) Tap Music in the list.

3) Tap EQ underneath the Playback heading.

make iphone speaker louder - settings, music, EQ

4) Scroll down and select the Late Night equalizer setting.

make iphone speaker louder - select late night

Now play some loud music on your iPhone while toggling between the Late Night equalizer and the Off setting in order to hear the difference in volume output for yourself.

Depending on your hearing, you should notice either a subtle or significant difference. To me, the difference is clear: the Late Night setting sounds markedly louder than any other EQ preset.

The best thing about this nifty little workaround is that it also works even if you listen to music through AirPods or other headphones rather than through the iPhone earpiece.

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As the name implies, the purpose of this EQ setting is to boost the quiet elements when watching video or playing movies at night. Equalizer settings primarily apply to the songs played through the stock Music app.

They are also carried over to other apps and games, including system features like phone calls. Keep in mind that some apps, like Spotify, may use their own built-in audio equalizer that will override the system’s current equalizer setting.

I learned about this cool tip through The Loop’s Dave Mark, who credited the discover to Twitter user @thebaemarcus.

And that’s all there’s to it, gals and boys!

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