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Your phone’s speaker grill is exposed to the world and all its debris all the time, even if it’s in a case. While your phone is built to withstand these environments, it doesn’t always hold up well against dust. That often results in muffled sound output—or worse, a dead speaker.
Fortunately, if you’re facing speaker issues, you don’t have to book an appointment a service center just yet. Here are a handful of troubleshooting steps and fixes you can try to revive your Android phone’s speaker.
Phone - Speakers - Issue - Hardware - Malfunction
Before we dive into actual troubleshooting for your phone’s speakers, you should make sure the issue is an actual hardware malfunction. There are several ways you can do this.
The first step is to simply perform a reboot. This will restart all background services and give your phone a clean state, in case anything had crashed since your last reboot.
Phone - Audio - Output - Speaker - Phone
Next, you need to examine whether your phone’s audio output is set to the built-in speaker. If you regularly connect your phone to wireless headphones or speakers, it might still be connected to another device.
Head into Settings > Connected devices to see if your phone is connected to any Bluetooth audio outputs. After this, you should head into the Sound section of Settings and confirm you haven’t accidentally switched on the Do Not Disturb or Silent modes.
Addition - Speaker - Volume - Settings - Level
In addition, we recommend testing the speaker by turning down the volume to its lowest settings and then raising it to the maximum level. Try to play music at both levels to make sure it isn’t stuck.
You can also give volume booster apps a shot. These try to artificially pump up sound output, which could work in case your phone’s sound is stuck at a low level due to a glitch.
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