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.

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

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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  • MMA Rules

    Great tip, thanks

  • It worked. Very little added distortion too. Thanks!

  • Jay

    Thanks. Also its not inside the earpiece it is the earpiece. It’s one speaker and software controls its volume.

  • Blacklight: Retribution

    Does me keeping original factory installed screen protector on my iPhone 7 Plus which entirely blocks the earpiece and Touch ID button block the top stereo speaker located in earpiece from being heard?

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Yes. Try cutting around the speaker and earpiece holes so that you can hear the audio better, or else the audio will be blocked from properly being heard.

      • Blacklight: Retribution

        I figured it would sound louder than it does currently. Thanks.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I have the Spoken Word EQ enabled and it is by far the loudest out of all them. I tried the Late Night EQ enabled and it wasn’t nearly as loud. In my opinion.

  • Lewis Gale


    I don’t seem to have music in my settings, I’m on iOS 11 beta btw.

    • Dexter

      Try closing the app in the app switcher. I’ve seen that happen before but closing it seemed to fix it before. Otherwise, submit it in the feedback app

      • Lewis Gale

        Hiya thanks for the reply, found the problem.. I had uninstalled Apple Music.

      • Dexter

        Haha, funny I didn’t think of that!

    • Jay

      That’s strange, I have public beta 11 and its there.

  • The Bad Guy

    It worked. Very little added distortion too. Thanks!

  • jack cruz

    Does me keeping original factory installed screen protector on my iPhone 7 Plus which entirely blocks the earpiece and Touch ID button block the top stereo speaker located in earpiece from being heard?

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Well that’s strange. After doing this, not only is my music louder, but system wide everything is louder! By that I mean the “clacking” sounds when I’m typing on the keyboard and when I lock the phone. Very strange but cool! When I set the EQ back to off, it goes back to normal. Awesome

  • Faalhaas de Wees

    That’s strange, I have public beta of iOS 11 and its there.

  • M_Hawke

    Nice tip!

    It is “delivers twice the audio…” Or “delivers two times the audio…,” But not what you have written.

  • iByron

    Found this by accident back when 10 came out. I’ve been using it primarily to boost the sound in Classical music listening. Wasn’t aware that it affected the sounds all over the OS.