How to Make Your iPod Louder

By Shea Laverty

The iPod Touch features minimal speakers, which limits audio output volume.
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If you're looking to share a podcast or recently downloaded audio file with your employees or colleagues, you may find that the base volume for the iPod is a bit lacking. Increasing the volume allows others in the room to more clearly hear the audio, which can be very important in a conference or meeting environment. Increasing the volume of your iPod requires a couple of quick tweaks in the settings.

Disable Sound Check (iPod Touch and iPod Nano)

Tap the "Settings" icon from the home screen.

Tap "Music."

Tap the "Sound Check" option until it shows as disabled. This will disable Sound Check, an volume normalization program that automatically adjusts all audio volume to a preset limit.

Disable Sound Check (iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic)

Launch iTunes.

Click "Edit," followed by "Preferences."

Click "Playback," then select "Sound Check" to disable it.

Connect your iPod Shuffle or iPod Classic to the computer via the supplied USB cable.

Select your iPod from the device list.

Click "Summary."

Select the "Disable Sound Check" from "Options" and click "Apply."

Maximize Volume Limit (iPod Touch and iPod Nano)

Tap "Settings" on the home screen.

Tap "Music."

Tap "Volume Limit."

Adjust the slider to its further point for maximum volume, or adjust as necessary if the maximum volume is too loud.

Maximize Volume Limit (iPod Shuffle)

Turn the volume on your iPod Shuffle up to maximum with the "Volume Up" button.

Connect your iPod Shuffle to your computer via the supplied USB cable.

Launch iTunes.

Select the iPod Shuffle from the devices list and click "Summary."

Select "Limit Maximum Volume" from "Options."

Adjust the slider to its further point for maximum volume, or adjust as necessary if the maximum volume is too loud. Click "Apply."

Maximize Volume Limit (iPod Classic)

Select "Settings," followed by "Volume Limit" and select "Set Volume Limit."

Use the Click Wheel to select numbers and the Center button to confirm them if you want to set a specific volume threshhold. Otherwise, use the Click Wheel to move the volume limit to its maximum on the volume bar.

Press the "Play/Pause" button to accept the volume limit change.


If these steps still don't adequately increase your iPod's volume, you'll want to connect the iPod to some speakers via the 3.5mm audio-out port on the iPod itself. You likely already know of this port for its primary use as a headphone connector port.

The steps for the iPod Nano and iPod Touch also apply to iPad and iPhone.


Remember to reset your audio settings when you're done. Otherwise, these settings will be retained at all times, meaning the next time you use your headphones, you'll get a rather loud surprise.

When using your headphones, keep the volume at a reasonable level; otherwise, you risk damaging your hearing.