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How to Stop Sound Lowering on Android Phones When you Plug Headphones in?

Have you ever noticed that when you plug headphones into your Android device, your sound automatically lowers? This ‘bug’ is actually a safety feature that has been implemented into Android to stop smartphone owners from damaging their ears.

You can turn the sound back up as soon as you’ve plugged your headphones in, but you’ll need to do this each and every time you plug in headphones which can be a minor inconvenience. If you’re confident with the audio level you’re using your headphones, understand the risks and would like to stop the messages from reducing your audio volume, follow the guide below.

Using Automate to Stop Sound Lowering

For this guide you’ll need to download and install an app from the Google Play Store called Automate. The app you’re looking for is from a developer named LlamaLab. With this app you’ll be able to change settings when certain actions on your device occur.

Once you have downloaded Automate, tap the ‘+’ button at the top of the screen to create a new Flow.

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Once you’ve created a new Flow, you’ll have a page that’s mostly empty. You can make changes to this page by tapping the menu button in the top left. There are many things you can do with Automate so you may want to spend some time to get to grips with the app.

However, if you’d only like to use the app to stop sound lowering when you plug headphones in, simply follow the steps provided below.

Firstly, tap the menu button in the top left corner. Next, tap the Camera & Sound option. Doing so will open up a new list of options to choose from.

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To begin with you’ll need to tap on the option that reads ‘Audio Volume?’ By doing this, a new block will appear on your empty page. Next, tap the empty block and a new settings menu will open.

You’ll need to make some changes to the settings menu. Make sure you follow the steps below carefully.

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  1. Under the proceed option, choose ‘when changed.’
  2. Under minimum volume, choose 0%
  3. Under maximum volume, choose 70%
  4. Under Audio Stream, choose the setting you’d like this to apply to. If, for example, you’d like call volume to not be lowered, choose ring, if you’d like music volume to not be lowered, choose music.
  5. Next save the settings

You will now need to choose a new block from within the settings menu. Tap the Menu Button in the top left again. This time, under Camera & Sound and choose ‘audio volume set.’

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The Audio Volume set block will appear on your empty page, just like the ‘Audio Volume?’ block did. Next, tap the Audio Volume Set block and follow the steps provided below.

  1. Firstly, change the volume percent to a value you are happy to use safely. For example, if you usually listen to your music at 80% volume, choose 80%.
  2. Next You’ll need to choose your audio stream. This must be the same stream you choose in the first block. For example, if you chose music earlier, choose music again.
  3. Next, tap done in the top right corner.

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Once you’ve created these two blocks you’ll need to connect them together.

  1. Hold the ‘yes’ circle from the ‘when audio volume’ block and drag it into the ‘in’ circle on the block below it.
  2. Hold the ‘no’ circle from the ‘when audio volume’ block and drag it into the ‘in’ circle on the block below it.
  3. Now hold the ‘OK’ circle on the ‘flow beginning’ block and connect it to the ‘in’ circle on the ‘when audio volume’ setting
  4. Your blocks should be connected in a similar way to the image shown below.

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You can now tap on the tick button in the top right corner. A new page will appear that will let you start the process. Before tapping start, tap the ‘install permission’ button to ensure that Automate has the permissions it needs to adjust the audio volume.

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Once you tap that button, you’ll need to download another app that sets permissions. Once installed, you can press back and you’ll now be able to run the process. Simply tap the start button at this point.

To make sure everything works, ensure that you press the ‘start’ setting when you are ready to begin the process.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to bring up the app to start the process each time you unplug your headphones. However, with this method you can pre-emptively stop the sound from lowering every time you insert your headphones into your device.

Kevin Arrows


Hi! I'm Kevin. Thank you for reading the article above. I am a certified CCNP/MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) with over 10 years of experience having worked mainly in the NOCs.

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