How to Increase the Volume of the Speaker on My iPhone 3Gs

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How to Increase the Volume of the Speaker on My iPhone 3Gs
Use buttons and settings to control your iPhone's sound volume. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Your iPhone 3GS is as auditory as it is visual. So, in the same way it gives you many ways to improve and interact with graphics, iPhone gives you multiple paths to sound control. From hardware and accessory buttons to software and app settings, you can manage how loudly or softly ringtones, text tones and your callers' voices play through your iPhone speaker. You can also bring your sound volume to the most comfortable level possible to better enjoy your cache of music, videos, audio books, podcasts and games.

Skill level:



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    Locate the "Volume Up" and "Volume Down" buttons on your iPhone's upper-left edge. They are positioned right below a small "Ring/Silent" switch.

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    Press either button to display a speaker icon appear on your screen. Beneath the icon, you will see a dashed, horizontal bar that displays your device's current volume level.

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    Press the "Volume Up" or top button to increase your volume. Conversely, press the "Volume Down" or lower button to decrease your volume.


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    Tap "Settings" on your home screen, followed by "Sounds."

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    Drag the white ball within the volume slider shown under "Ringer and Alerts." Slide to the left for softer sound and to the right for louder sound. You will hear a sample ringtone sound to guide you.

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    Tap the "Change with Buttons" switch to toggle it "On." This will synchronise volume settings with button-driven volume commands described earlier, and vice versa.


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    Tap "iPod" on your home screen.

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    Tap a song you want to hear or video you would like to watch.

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    Drag the volume slider at the bottom of the playback screen, left for softer and right for louder sound. Alternatively, press the "Volume Up/Down" buttons on the upper-left edge of your device.


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    Connect the headset that came with your iPhone to the headset jack on your device's top-left edge.

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    Press the top "plus" button to increase volume.

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    Press the bottom "minus" button to decrease volume.

Tips and warnings

  • You can set a volume limit for the media that you listen to on your iPhone with earphones or external speakers. Tap "iPod," "Volume Limit" and drag the slider to adjust volume to the maximum you'd like to hear. Tap "Lock Volume Limit" to password-protect your setting and prevent changes.

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