Galaxy Buds low volume with Samsung Galaxy S10? Here’s what you should know

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Only a handful of major smartphones vendors have joined the true wireless earphone race, and Samsung is one of them. The Gear IconX range of earbuds were launched by the South Korean OEM as a competitor of Apple’s AirPods.

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Samsung Gear app for Android to control the earbuds

However, the buds got mixed critical reception. Especially the second generation IconX aka Gear IconX (2018) was universally panned for several glitches and lackluster performance.

Apparently, the earbuds needed frequent cleaning for delivering constant performance!

Samsung ditched the ‘IconX’ moniker and launched the newest iteration of the wireless earbuds under the ‘Galaxy’ brand name alongside the Galaxy S10 lineup. The Galaxy buds were even distributed as a free gift for preordering the Galaxy S10 in some regions.

Unfortunately, the 2019 refresh displayed similar Bluetooth pairing/stuttering issues as the Gear IconX did – particularly with some models of in-car Bluetooth peripherals.

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Samsung rolled out a firmware update with version number R170XXU0ACS4 in March, which packed with a number of fixes regarding Bluetooth connection issues.

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Galaxy Buds ASC4 OTA changelog

Although the connection issues have been fixed (mostly), users have found another annoying problem – the low volume through the earbuds.

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Has anyone noticed that after the recent update for the Galaxy buds that the volume isn’t as loud as it was before? I have my Bluetooth volume up on full blast and the sound is not loud.

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Disabling the absolute volume seems to do the trick for some users.

Anyways the buds wasn’t loud enough at all so couldn’t feel the base as I love my old school hip hop/rap music.

Found a way to do it.

So I take no responsibility if they too loud or any other damaging things like to the buds or to the ears.

Enable developer options and disable absolute volume. Right away the volume was louder and can feel the thump of the music better.

Maybe in the future they will bring better controls like the 2 wheels that have been removed.

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Meanwhile, a group of Galaxy S10 users have found a quick way to force louder sound through the Galaxy Buds by tricking the integrated Dolby Atmos profile inside Galaxy S10’s One UI.

All you have to do is enlist the app of your choice inside the Samsung Game Launcher.

Game Launcher is the ultimate control centre for games. All your games in one convenient place with new downloaded games added automatically. Before you start playing, you can mute and hide alerts and adjust game settings to save power or further improve your gaming experience.

Don’t let the above description mislead you – users can add non-game apps, such as Instagram inside the game launcher. By that trick, not only you get the option of screen record, but also you can use the specialized Dolby Atmos profile meant for games.

From the moment you take your mark for the start of the race to the moment you cross the finish line, the Galaxy S10+’s first-of-its-kind Dolby Atmos for Gaming technology immerses you in rich sound.

Accessible in-game via the Game Tools menu, this clever innovation carefully optimizes each level of sound – from background music to sound effects – to create a well-rounded soundscape5 that enhances the overall gaming experience.

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The enhancements are easily noticeable, as reported by several users.

When I open apps that I’ve added to the “Game Launcher” (I.E. Instagram, so that I may screen record) the galaxy buds suddenly get a bit louder and punchier. This results in a slighter better sound from them in my estimation. My overall complaint about the Buds is that they are not loud enough, and this sort of fixes that issue.

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The actual experience may vary between apps and the stock audio profile. As you can see in the following video, someone gets better volume only if screen recording is turned on.

The whole thing is nothing but a giant hack, and may not be compatible with every app. Readers are suggested to try it with their own discretion.

Samsung should eventually roll out new firmware updates for the Galaxy Buds that may bring further fixes and quality improvements. We are keeping a tab at the scenario to deliver you guys prompt news about them.

What are your experiences with the Galaxy Buds? Comment below.

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Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.