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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by dbs1977, Jul 7, 2020.

  1. dbs1977

    dbs1977 Lurker
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    I have a Pixel 3, and recently the volume control is... out of control. It will randomly decrease in volume or mute. If I raise the volume back up, it will go back down on its own. Sometimes the only way to keep the volume audible is to hold down the volume button... and then sometimes even that won't work.

    What's most frustrating is that this seems to happen mostly on my morning runs. I keep my phone in an arm band, so don't have ready access to fight with the volume control. It's really screwing up my workouts. :-(

    Is this a known issue, and is there a workaround or solution?

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  2. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter

    Could it be a water issue? It's water "proof" but that sounds like a hardware issue.
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  3. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator

    Do you have your phone in a case?
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  4. dbs1977

    dbs1977 Lurker
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    Yes... perhaps a combination of the case and the motion from the workout is causing this issue. I didn't think of that. Tomorrow I'll try taking the phone out of the case and seeing if that helps.
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  5. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    was it always like this? or did it happen after an update? or was it all of a sudden?
  6. dbs1977

    dbs1977 Lurker
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    I tried my run this morning without the case, and still experienced the same issue. :-( Volume went down after just a few minutes.
  7. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator

    Are you using earbuds/headphones that have volume controls?
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  8. dbs1977

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  9. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter

    Hmm, just throwing things out there. Has there been an update or when was last security patch? If you reboot phone during run, does it still do it? And, does it do this any other time listening to music?
  10. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I didnt see an answer to the question about the use of headphones.

    Are you using wired headphones?

    I have had multiple issues with headphones and speakers that are plugged into the headphone jack.

    The volume can automatically go up or down, or back and forth- sometimes even activate Google Voice.

    This has, in my experience, been caused by a worn jack/cord end on the headphones/speakers, even if they work fine in a walkman (yup, I'm old) or CD player or other such thing.

    The solution is a new set of headphones, and to be careful about the plug and the cord end being stressed.
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  11. dbs1977

    dbs1977 Lurker
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    I think you might be onto something. I have been using an old wired headset along with the adapter that comes with the Pixel. I went ahead and purchased a cheap Bluetooth headset (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0753GRNQZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and after two workouts with it, haven't experienced any issues. Keeping my fingers crossed that this continues.

    Thanks to everyone in this thread for their helpful feedback and input. :)
  12. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I have a lightweight, excellent sounding headset with a boom mic.

    I had been using it in my studio, where it works fine.

    I couldn't use the boom mic because it has a TRRS plug on the end.

    So when I got my first smartphone, I went ahead and bought a nice big set for the studio, and wanted to use the lightweight set for the phone.

    Well, at first it seemed fine.
    Great sound, and comfortable for long wear.

    But after a few songs, the volume started doing exactly what you described.

    After checking out the cord, plug, and inline volume control, I was stumped.

    Then I tried wiggling the cord and jack where it plugs in.


    Now, this set had never had an issue when plugged into anything before.

    So, the plug or the jack could be a bit outsize (or both), or the speakers could be an impeadence that is just not very compatible- so much so that by adding/subtracting a few Ohms here or there could cause a device to freak out.

    So, anyway, I wound up using the big heavy things with my phone.

    There is a built in mic, in the cord, and they sound amazing in a call or for music.

    They do squeeze my skull after a while, because I wear glasses.

    But anyway, glad to have passed along the info of what it seems to be.
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