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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Billybronco, May 3, 2020.

  1. Billybronco

    Billybronco Member
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    When I'm listening to music with Pandora the volume automatically increases by itself. Galaxy S9

  2. ocnbrze

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

    try and clear cache and data and reboot the phone.
  3. electricpete

    electricpete Android Expert

    is it just Pandora, or other applications?

    I have found that my volume changes for no obvious reason when using certain wired earbuds. the problem goes away when I switch to other earbuds. I assume there is some kind of intermittent open circuit that had developed over time in the earbuds that the phone interprets as a volume change request. sometimes (not always) moving the cord appears to trigger the unwanted volume change
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  4. Billybronco

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    I have only noticed it with Pandora because basically that's the only music app I use. It seems like it might happen when I open up another app while listening to the music like if I check my email all of a sudden the volume goes up. But that is not always the case sometimes it just does it on its own when I'm walking.
  5. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    That's a very unusual question @Billybronco usually it's the other way around. Is it during commercials?
  6. Billybronco

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    No, not during commercials I have the paid version of Pandora no commercials. And it does this with wireless buds on Bluetooth or wired earbuds.
  7. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    I was thinking American TV. Commercials are louder but there are laws against that practice.
  8. Billybronco

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    I understand but we're talking about the cell phone here. So today I'm listening to music and it's been fine then I get a text and the volume goes up automatically
  9. Billybronco

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    This has become very annoying. The volume increases to maximum level in all kinds of situations randomly. When I stream music in my car via Bluetooth all of a sudden it just cranks up the volume to maximum every once in awhile. Yesterday I was using the Bluetooth and a Bose speaker on my boat and several times the volume increase to maximum on its own. Anyone else ever have this problem and have a possible solution? I did notice if I unlock the phone to check an email or something while the music is streaming all of a sudden the music goes to maximum level but this is not always the case

    And by the way I've had 3 Samsung 9 phones and they all have done this.
  10. Billybronco

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    I have a volume lock app on my phone not this one but music is one of those things that sometimes you do want to crank it up all the way you just don't want to doing it by itself randomly
  11. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I have only ever had this issue with wired heaphones/speakers.

    Quite annoyingly, it will often open up Google Assistant, which I detest in the worst way.

    As for wired devices, I think it is caused by a bad/dirty connection between the phone jack and the plug, and/or the plug and the cord.

    The phones/speaker may even work perfectly fine when connected to other equipment.

    So to me, this means that even a change in impedence could cause this.

    However, none of this would be involved with wireless phones/speakers.

    Now, I have recently obtained yet another bluetooth speaker.

    Each one I get seems to be quirky in its own right.

    This one, which also has a built in mic so that I can use it for calls, somehow triggers the device to jack the volume to the maximum (in about two brief steps) during a call, and I don't believe that the volume returns to normal when the call is disengaged.

    Sorry, the speaker is pretty small, so it really isn't much of an issue- so I haven't paid close enough attention to have noticed.

    Quite possibly, there is a volume control on your phones/speaker (almost assuradly on the speaker(s)).

    So what to do if the speaker has volume control?

    Leave the volume on your phone all the way up. It seems to like this anyway, right?

    Control the volume from from the speaker.

    Without going into more blah, blah, blah, etc. as to why, there is a volume that a speaker can handle constantly- indefinitely if you will- and that is approximately 71% of its total volume.

    On an Android phone with 15 volume steps (typical in my experience) this is close to 10 volume steps from 0.

    As long as you remain at or below this amount at the speaker's end, you should not damage anything.

    And yes, techically you can inverse this, by having the speaker volume at 100% and not going past 71% on your phone.

    But your phones have not been consistant, so as inconvenient as it may be, controlling the volume at the speaker may be the best solution.

    And, because of there being 15 steps of volume, the numbers don't quite work out to that golden 71%.

    It is a user's choice between 67% and 73%.

    Generally I find that 67% is just right to a bit too soft, and 73% is just right to a bit too loud.

    Fun, right?

    Anyway, the Androids that I have dealt with do not hurt themselves when played at full blast- unless you use sound enhancing apps- like equalizers, bass boosters, volume boosters, etc. and overdrive the internals.

    You will hear distortion at that point.

    Distortion is always bad in this case.

    Android does a pretty good job of preventing overdriving itself like this, but it still can happen.

    This can actually damage internal audio parts.

    This is why sometimes when you use an EQ to boost some frequencies the total volume actually seems to decrease. This is Android protecting itself.

    And digital music is not much help either, as it seems that almost every song is recorded at a different level.

    Of course, the loudest one in your library will play right before the quietest one, or vice-versa.

    Is it on purpose?

    Only God knows, but it is fun to speculate, lol.

    On two of my bluetooth speakers, the 'skip ahead/back' buttons raise and lower the speaker volume when pushed in and held.
    #12 puppykickr, Jul 30, 2020
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2020

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