Music Not Loud Enough? Here's How to Increase the Volume Limits on Your Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Got a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet? Sure, it has its problems like any other mobile device, but it's still one of the hottest phablets on the market right now, because, well... it's awesome, right?
Still, there are some things that can be tweaked on the Note 2 for a better user experience, like increasing the maximum brightness, turning the multi-window menu transparent, and switching the internal and external memory around.
Another constraint that the Galaxy Note 2 (and most smartphones and tablets in general) has is the volume. Sometimes, it just isn't loud enough.
The reason that companies put a cap on the volume in smartphones, tablets, and digital music players is due to certain variable laws that prevent such a high volume to be attained, which can be harmful for users.
In Europe, the EU has commissioned strict laws which severely limit the volume (to 85 decibels) on MP3 players and smartphones; in comparison, the United States limit is 120 decibels. However, it is possible to get up to 100 decibels on European devices by disabling an annoying popup warning.
If you're a badass who lives life on the edge and aren't concerned with causing potential damage to you ears, we've got the solution for you!
There are actually two ways you can add this volume hack to your Note 2, so you can try whichever method is most comfortable for you.
This method increases the volume of ringtones, in call, speaker, and the headphones.
- Download any of these three files, which have different volume limits (stock is 50db): Ultra Volume Mod (60db), Mid Volume Mod (58db) or Normal Volume Mod (55db)
- Backup the default_gain.conf file, which you can find at /system/etc. You can also download it from here.
- With Root Explorer (a free app) overwrite the downloaded defaultgain.conf and reboot your device. Don't forget to give permissions.
This method only increases the volume of headphones, and not the other sounds on board.
- With Root Explorer (or File Explorer), copy your default_gain.conf file to your SD card or external memory.
- Open that file and find this:
- Change the values of the bold numbers from above. EdgaBimbam suggests that you only increase the numbers to 57, which is "really loud for listening to music via headphones".
- After you change values in that file, save changes and then copy it to /system/etc and give permissions.