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HTC Desire Sound Volume Not Acceptable

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by chrisjb, May 20, 2010.

  1. chrisjb

    chrisjb Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I can hardly hear the volume on the HTC desire - whether it be the alarm or the ringer or using the radio through the speaker or call volume

    Does anybody else find it so low?

    previously I had an HTC Touch HD, the sound on this was also very low but I downloaded some programme to make it far more acceptable.

    Does anybody have a solution to this?


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  2. mirrorimage

    mirrorimage Well-Known Member

    Really? I haven't problems hearing it ring! I haven't missed a call once!
    This may seem like an absurd question, but the volume on the side of the phone may be down... futter with that and see how you get on...
  3. chrisjb

    chrisjb Newbie
    Thread Starter

    yes, of course im understanding the volume control function. In quiet areas Im not having a problem to hear the phone ring, but when im in the middle of an urban environment, it becomes very difficult. So this is why I was wondering if there was some kind of application to increase the volume (as there was for the HTC HD touch).
    I havnt tried music on the phone, but the radio speaker volume is definetly low
  4. billy1561

    billy1561 Well-Known Member

    I'm with you Chris, the volume at max is diabolical. It's the major bugbear for me. Maybe a firmware update will sort it in future?
  5. Desire D

    Desire D Well-Known Member

    Must admit volume is fine for me also, wonder if it's a batch of phones with this problem? alarm is plenty loud enough, playing .mp4's is fine (at almost full volume) etc etc. Is it the same with all ringtones?

    I thought you could only get the radio to work by plugging in headphones? if so how do you get the sound out of the phone's speaker?
  6. chrisjb

    chrisjb Newbie
    Thread Starter

    you still need the headphones plugged in for the radio to work through the speaker. To turn on the speaker, press menu.
  7. billy1561

    billy1561 Well-Known Member

    You're right you do need the headphone jack in to listen to the radio. However, there is an option to listen to the loudspeaker but you still need the headphones in.
  8. Desire D

    Desire D Well-Known Member

    Guessed that would be the solution once I'd clicked send, doh, thanks.

    Regarding volume, have any of you with quiet phones tried an app like this to see if it helps at all?
    Volume Button Controller(tone) for Android
  9. billy1561

    billy1561 Well-Known Member

    RE volume app. Haven't tried it myself but will take a look cheers.
  10. mbatson89

    mbatson89 Android Enthusiast

    Could this be something to do with network branded Desire's possibly? I've got an unlocked and unbranded Desire and can't fault the ringer volume in the slightest.
  11. billy1561

    billy1561 Well-Known Member

    Mine is also unbranded but not unlocked. SO doubt it is that?
  12. charliehowes

    charliehowes Well-Known Member

    Re. Ring, msg and alert tones. I've found that if I use the pre-installed ones I'm fine and they are more than loud enough. However if I try to use ones that I've put on the phone myself, unfortunately they are not worth bothering with.

    I have a Galaxian (old arcade game) tone which I wanted to use as my msg alert, but when I tried it was way to quiet.
    I know for a fact it's not the tone because I've used it on my last 3 phones.
    In fact I have a SE W995 that has a speaker at the top and the bottom of the handset. It slipped off the couch and the bottom inch of the phone ended up in my cup of tea. Within 24 hours the bottom speaker died which resulted in the ringer/alert volume being cut in half. And even on half volume it's still louder than it is on full volume on the Desire :(
  13. MaxIsBored

    MaxIsBored Newbie

    This forum is cluttered with this same issue.MANY IT US NEED A FIX! Please please do as many of us have and log a case with htc support. I have a company phone, and while the ringer is so low for me, my office will not purchase these phones for those of us who are on call. The ringer, speaker and headset volume is embarrassingly low. Report it with htc, let them know that we are unhappy. ill never buy a desire again if this remains unfixed, and make sure you tell htc how you feel, too.
  14. nx1977

    nx1977 Android Expert

    The alram has a separate volume option that differs from ring volume.

    When in the alarm app, press menu and it's in the settings.

    KING LUFF Well-Known Member

    I hate to say this but I never have mine on max because it is too loud

    Must be a fault
  16. mr.hachi

    mr.hachi Member

    I agree the sound can be tinny from the speaker, but then again I don't use it to listen to music (mmm headphones) as the speaker stands when I get a call, email or sms the speaker sound quality is top notch. If you play some of the default ringtones and notification sounds at full whack they sound amazing, even the extra ones downloaded from the HTC club website, it's just the encoding on standard audio that makes it sound bad.

    And I have downloaded sounds from the zedge website and they sound fine, when I send an sms the roadrunner sound is amazind :D
  17. boxer_boy

    boxer_boy Lurker

    Ok breakthrough... The one thing I preferred about the iPhone was the loudness and quality of using it as an MP3 Player....The HTC Desire was very low and not quiet as good....I found the solution !!!!! Download MixZing (free programme) which has a gain and a 10 band graphic Equalizer.....now its too loud lol ....SIMPLES!!!:)
  18. DaddyCee

    DaddyCee Android Enthusiast

    any change of nabbing the Galaxian tone off you so I can test on my Desire please?
  19. simonc

    simonc Newbie

    I must have a good one because I set an alarm last week for the 1st time and set vol to max and had the fright of my life the following morning when it went off it was that loud. :eek:
  20. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Android Expert

    Try going to settings/sound & in there is a volume option, there are sliders for ringtone, message tone, media, & alarm.
  21. dodgemalodge

    dodgemalodge Newbie

    I was unhappy with the volume on my desire for months but it is fine now.
    Both heapdhone and speaker levels have improved (tested speaker in youtube and it's loads louder). I'm on Tmobile but I'd imagine many of the other operators updates probably do the same thing:

    Quote from a previous thread:

    If you're fed up of waiting you can always apply the update yourself. Did mine last night and it has seriously helped increase the headphone volume output on my TMobile Desire. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who has debranded or rooted etc but for the rest....

    It does wipe all settings and data (as a factory reset would but including wiping the sd card I think) so a backup is a good idea. I backed everything I needed up then put a blank SD card in the phone for the update (or you could just make a copy of your SD card and copy it back across when the update has finished I suppose, you'd probably want to do this before gong through the intial settings screens as it asks you very early on if you want to restore).

    Then just download the correct one for your provider, run, connect phone, follow on screen prompts. Easy as that.

    Updates can be found here:

    [RUU][RADIO] Official shipping RUU's + Radio's in update.zip's [13/06/10] - HTCPedia.com forums

    Obviously you do this at your own risk, I will not hold any responsibility for cock ups but it really is a straight forward process so I can't see as there's much to go wrong.
  22. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Android Expert

    Most people who have rooted are on a newer version of the radios than those versions.
    The latest version i have got hold of is
  23. Shahinjet3

    Shahinjet3 Lurker

    Thanks a bunch dude, I was searching for this volume booster for mp3 playback for a LONG time!

    "MixZing" ROCKS!!!!

  24. darkshuffle

    darkshuffle Lurker

    My Desire is quieter than my girlfriends, and i have no idea why, they are identical orange phones, bought with in 2 weeks of each other, but on full volume through the stock player mine is quite clearly quieter than hers... i have played with all sorts of setting etc. but to no avail, is it more likely to be a faulty speaker than software problem?
  25. Baggy

    Baggy Well-Known Member

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