Volume

StepUp can make your volume buttons more effective at what they do

Volume adjustments are a fairly frequent process on anyone’s iPhone, namely because there are times when you might want the sound to be loud for an audience or quiet for your own personal enjoyment.

Making these adjustments often necessitates a higher number of volume button presses because the volume step — the volume change impact of each button press — is very small on a stock device.

YTMusicVolume adds the missing volume slider YouTube Music’s Now Playing interface

While Apple Music and Spotify are some of the go-to choices for online music streaming, another major contender in this space is YouTube Music, which provides a seemingly endless library of music sourced directly from YouTube.

After signing up for YouTube Premium, one of the first things I did was download the YouTube Music app so that I could enjoy ad-free music streaming without paying an additional fee for a music streaming service. But I noticed something was missing from the app’s Now Playing interface – namely, a volume slider.

This tweak stops iOS’ built-in hearing protection for people who don’t like the volume interruption

If you’re using any recent release of iOS or iPadOS, be it 13 or 14, then your handset automatically attempts to protect your hearing by reducing loud sounds when using headphones for extended periods of time.

The option to reduce loud sounds is adjustable in the Settings app, but as many users have pointed out on Apple’s support forums, the adjustment has its limits and may still negatively impact the media consumption experience in certain scenarios even when the user takes steps to mitigate interruptions.

Volify adds a volume slider to Spotify’s Now Playing interface

Spotify is a wonderful alternative to Apple Music on Apple’s mobile device lineup, but the app’s third-party Now Playing interface is missing an obvious element that I would’ve expected most music players to incorporate: a simple volume level slider.

If you’re jailbroken and you’d like to add a volume level slider to your Spotify app’s Now Playing interface, then we invite you to try out a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called Volify by iOS developer ginsu.

SmartVolumeMixer2 offers seamless control over all your iPhone’s different volume levels

Depending on your surroundings, you might fine-tune your handset’s volume level so that you can hear music, videos, or even voice messages and phone calls. In most cases, we do this by pressing the volume up or down buttons on the side of the device, or perhaps by opening Control Center and dragging the slider to a comfortable listening level.

What many people don’t know, however, is that iOS & iPadOS play host to several different volume level settings. One of those controls your media playback volume, while another controls your phone call volume. You also have individual volume levels for connected Bluetooth devices, notification sounds, and even Siri’s voice.

SmartVolumeControl3 provides alternative volume HUD interfaces & customizable behavior

As many veteran iPhone and iPad owners may remember, last year’s iOS & iPadOS 13 release introduced an overhauled volume HUD interface that removed the repulsive mid-screen monstrosity that we were plagued with for countless years. The newer volume HUD materializes off to the side of the display, precluding it from getting in the way as you try to read, watch a video, or peek at photos.

But let’s say that even the newer iOS & iPadOS 13 volume HUD doesn’t do it for you… what then? If you’re not jailbroken, then we can’t offer much of a remedy, but if you are, then we think you’ll probably enjoy a newly released jailbreak tweak dubbed SmartVolumeControl3 by iOS developer midkin due to the myriad of alternative volume HUD interfaces it brings to the table.

VolumeMixer permits individualized volume levels for each app on your iPhone

One of the things I’ve wished Apple would build into iOS and iPadOS for the longest time is the ability to control individual apps’ volume levels independently of one another. By that, I mean that I might want a higher volume level saved for my Music app as opposed to my Phone app, or perhaps a higher volume for my YouTube app saved as opposed to my favorite game apps.

While this isn’t currently a feature on stock handsets, the good news for those seeking functionality like what was described above is that a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called VolumeMixer by iOS developer Brend0n makes the concept into a very real feature.

Sana is a new jailbreak tweak for customizing the iOS 13 volume HUD

When Apple released iOS 13 last year, one of the most substantial new features was the redesigned volume HUD interface. It not only moved the volume HUD off to the side and out of the way, but it also made the interface touch-sensitive, enabling finger-based granular volume adjustments when visible.

If, however, you were hoping for some form of customization with regard to the new volume HUD, then you would have been let down. Fortunately, a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called Sana by iOS developer samoht provides some relief.

Crystal brings volume-based active noise cancellation toggling to AirPods Pro for jailbreakers

AirPods Pro

Apple’s AirPods Pro quickly rose to become one of the market’s most popular active noise cancellation-equipped wireless earbuds. Out of the box, they isolate users’ ears from their surroundings via active noise cancellation; and in the event that you need to hear somebody, they support transparency mode, which allows a person’s voice to pass through the AirPods Pro’s microphone and into the user’s ear canal as audio.

One thing worth noting is that when using the AirPods Pro, the user must manually switch between active noise cancelation mode and transparency mode with a gesture when either feature is desired. With that in mind, iOS developer Litten devised a way to make this behavior more autonomous based on the user’s circumstances, and as such, a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called Crystal was born.