A phone’s audio system is a significant feature that significantly influences user experience.
Whether you’re making a call, watching a video, or listening to music, disruption in a phone’s audio levels can potentially ruin that experience.
Therefore, it can be particularly bothersome when your Android phone automatically lowers its volume without warning.
So, why does this happen?
In this article, we’ll discuss the various reasons you might encounter unexpected audio volume changes. Then we’ll take a look at the possible solutions available to fix the issue!
Here are some of the reasons why your Android audio volume may act weird and seem like it has a mind of its own!
One of the first settings you should check when the volume of your Android reduces on its own is the ‘Volume Protection’ feature.
As you may already know, listening to loud music for extended periods of time can be detrimental to your ears.
Therefore, in a bid to safeguard users’ ears, some Android phones include a protective feature that automatically decreases the volume.
Additionally, some manufacturers’ headsets are programmed to lower your phone’s volume after extended listening.
When this happens, you’ll receive a notification on your phone with a warning about the risks of listening to loud audio for long periods of time.
However, it’s still up to you whether you’ll ignore the prompt or listen at a safer volume.
Alternatively, your earphones can also decide to take on the role of auditory guardian!
Another reason why your Android volume fluctuates may be due to your phone’s theme setting.
When users download a theme online– whether paid, or free– they virtually grant the software access to make several changes to their phone’s system.
This will most notably include the wallpaper, font, and icons.
However, a lesser-known feature of these themes is that they can also make changes to your phone’s audio settings!
Thus, users might occasionally experience their device’s volume decreasing without their intention.
Therefore, if you find yourself in a similar situation, that cute Android theme you downloaded recently could be the culprit!
If your phone is currently a bit worse for wear, the buttons could potentially trigger actions independently.
In other words, a defective volume button may be the source of your phone’s auditory problems.
However, before you conclude that the volume button is acting up, you should first consider other issues.
For instance, if your phone case isn’t a perfect fit, it could be applying pressure on your volume down button unbeknownst to you!
Other accessories such as phone holders, tripods, or other items in your pocket could also be pressing the volume buttons, causing the audio output to fluctuate.
When you’ve ruled out accidental touches from external sources, carefully examine the side of your phone.
Does it seem like the volume down button is unusually oriented or shaky?
Does it work the way it should?
Assuming that’s the issue, you need to get it fixed ASAP!
A system glitch usually caused by a random bug in your phone’s software may prevent it from acting normally.
Most of the time there’s nothing to worry about, and simply restarting your phone should be able to fix the problem.
Occasionally though, glitches happen because you unknowingly downloaded a malicious app in recent times.
In this case, you should run your phone in Safe Mode to neutralize malicious software temporarily.
Compared to regularly updated Android phones, outdated Android systems are more likely to have several bugs that can cause your phone to act up in different ways.
Sometimes, running your Android on outdated software can potentially trigger issues such as fluctuating audio volume.
Thus it’s vital to regularly check your device’s software version from the phone’s Settings to ensure you are up to date!
Here are some DIY steps you can easily follow to resolve issues related to unauthorized volume fluctuations on your Android phone:
The quickest and simplest fix for such issues is to restart your Android device.
By rebooting your phone’s system, you allow it to clear some of the program errors that may be causing the volume system to fluctuate.
To restart your phone, simply follow these steps:
- Long press the power button;
- Tap ‘Restart’;
- Wait a few seconds for the phone to reboot
If this doesn’t fix the issue, you can try one of the other methods listed below.
As discussed earlier, your phone may not be the component that’s causing the issue.
Instead, the problem may lie with faulty earphones! Therefore, ensure that they’re not the problem by simply trying out a different pair of headsets.
If that fixes the issue, then you are good to go!
If either of the first two methods were ineffective against the issue, it’s a good idea then to check if the protective features of your devices are too sensitive.
If your volume keeps decreasing due to your phone’s prompt- worry not, there is something you can do about it!
If you’d like to be free of your phone’s interruptions, simply go to your phone’s Settings and disable the prompt.
To disable the ‘Volume Protection’ prompt:
- Go to Settings and select the ‘Sounds and vibration’ option
- Tap ‘Volume’
- Tap on the 3-dots menu
- Locate ‘Media Volume Limit’
- Select ‘Custom Volume Limit’ and set it to max (or your preferred volume limit)
- Toggle it ‘Off’
It’s important to always ensure that your Android is running on the latest software version.
It might take a while to update the device, so ensure you charge your phone’s battery and connect to Wi-Fi before you start.
To update your device:
- Go to ‘Settings’ and Select ‘System Update’
- Tap ‘Download and install’ to check if there is an update
- Select ‘Update’ (if available)
While the process varies among Android devices, these steps should give you an overall idea of how to update your phone’s software.
Despite trying out the other methods in this guide, whatever malware affecting your phone might remain in the system!
In this case, it’s important to consider more drastic solutions such as manually carrying out a factory reset.
However, you should keep in mind that this method will erase all the data on your phone. Therefore, it’s vital to ensure that you back up any vital information.
To reset your phone after backing up your important files:
- Go to ‘Settings‘ and Select ‘General management‘
- Select ‘Reset‘
- Tap on ‘Factory data reset’
Please note that these instructions might differ depending on your device. Settings vary from one Android phone to another, so we’ve only given a general overview.
Finally, one avenue you can always take is to bring your phone to the closest service shop. One of the experts there should be able to quickly help you resolve the issue!
It can be a hassle when your Android device automatically lowers volume, but hopefully one of the tips discussed above can help you to resolve the problem.
To recap, we pointed out some likely causes of your issue, including:
- A user protective feature
- Defective buttons
- Android theme errors, or
- A system glitch.
Fortunately we’ve also outlined the different ways to fix it, such as updating your device or repairing a faulty volume button.
However if you’re unsure about any of these tips, we strongly advise you to seek the help of a professional.
Other than that, happy listening!