Sometimes the best way to listen to our favorite music and podcasts is at full blast, drowning out the world around us and giving our full attention to the hundreds of tracks in our Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal playlists.
For many, however, the highest volume setting for our AirPods 3, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max devices isn’t quite enough and you might need a little more punch to really make out the details. the finer points of a song that you might not have realized. even there to begin with.
Beyond that, increasing your volume beyond the suggested limit also has practical applications. This can help drown out background noise when you need it most, such as if you’re working on an important essay or just trying to immerse yourself in a podcast or audiobook.
If you’re well invested in the Apple ecosystem, the following tip will help you increase that volume beyond what your devices typically allow. Of course, if your ears are particularly sensitive to loud noises and volumes, we recommend sticking with the default volume control method to avoid hurting yourself. But if you’re curious about how to turn up the volume on your AirPods a bit, read on to learn more.
Before we start…
The following method relies strictly on Apple products such as AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max to work. Also, you will only be able to use a fully updated iPhone or iPad device running iOS 15. As such, make sure you have an iOS 15 compatible device like iPhone 13 or iPad Pro (2021) before trying this method. outside.
How to turn up the volume on your AirPods
Our first step is to open the Settings app on your device. Once in the settings menu, scroll down to Accessibility and tap on that option.
In the Accessibility menu, you want to scroll down until you see the Audio/Visual option. Press it to access a new menu.
The first option in this menu is “Headphone Accommodations”, which should be disabled by default. This is the option we want to toggle, as it will allow us to increase the volume of our AirPods. Tap it to reveal new options below.
One of these options is “Vocal Range”, which is the one we’ll be using. The option specifically tunes your audio for vocals, which means audiobooks, podcasts, and singing will sound louder when played.
Just move the Voice Range slider to the “Loud” option, and you’ve done all you need to do to turn up the volume on your AirPods on your iPhone or iPad.
One thing to remember…
Although your tracks have now received a significant volume boost, the option may not be suitable for audiophiles. This is because a strong vocal range will actually reduce the bass signature of your tracks, boosting the treble frequencies. So if you enjoy punchier bass output, you’re better off leaving the default Vocal Range option.
If you’d rather revert the vocal range back to default, simply follow the steps outlined above, then switch the Vocal Range slider back to Moderate or Mild.