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I have an iPhone 4S and some V-Moda in-ear headphones. The headphones have great volume and isolation, which is good when I'm listening to something quiet. But it's a problem on my iPhone.

When I play music on my iPhone with the headphones, it is very loud. As in, painfully loud when I put the volume slider in the middle. To lower the volume, I (of course) dragged the volume slider to the left. The problem is that even when I get all the way to the left, it is still very loud. If I move it any further, the volume abruptly mutes.

I've tried changing settings, and I've found that enabling Sound Check helps some louder songs. Unfortunately, Sound Check doesn't apply to apps like Spotify, which I use more than the Music app.

So, how can I reduce the volume on my iPhone beyond the slider?

Notes: The volume is fine with the stock Apple headphones. Reducing the volume of the music itself (modifying the files) isn't an option because I need to reduce the volume of streaming audio and files I don't have access to (Spotify).

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Did you try the Volume Limit option? –  Agos Oct 15 '11 at 18:19
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It's not what you asked for, but you could use an in-line volume control or attenuator on your headphone cord. –  Kevin Reid Oct 15 '11 at 18:43
    
@Agos Unfortunately, volume limit only lets you restrict the range of volume, out of the full range. It doesn't let you go any lower :( –  Nathan Greenstein Oct 15 '11 at 19:33
    
@KevinReid Good point; I'm afraid this is what I'm going to have to do. –  Nathan Greenstein Oct 15 '11 at 19:33
    
WHen you limit the volume, i think it scales the range of the volume slider (for example, the slider all the way right is only 50% of the total possible volume). That way, it should allow more accurate increments. –  XAleXOwnZX Sep 23 '12 at 19:02
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I tried Volume master app ($0.99)

It says it increases the volume by 0.01dB - 0dB, 0.01dB, 0.02dB, etc while the default iPhone volume control goes from 0dB, 0.06dB, etc. I am not sure 0.01dB is low enough or it works with any app.

It feels a bit comfortable with 0.01dB even though I cannot tell the difference a lot between 0.06dB and 0.01dB.

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The app description says that it doesn't actually change the volume range, just splits it into smaller increments. See above, that won't help me :( –  Nathan Greenstein Sep 3 '12 at 22:46
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I had the same issue. I went into settings, music, EQ and adjusted the Loudness setting. It is now softer / not as loud sounding.

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There's a very simple solution for your problem.

Go to 'settings' > 'Music' > Volume Limit. There you can limit the maximum volume. How lower the maximum volume, how smaller the increased or decreased volume difference when you click on the volume rocker.

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As mentioned in the comments above, this isn't a solution. This changes the maximum volume, not the minimum. The problem I'm having is that the minimum volume is too loud, not the maximum. –  Nathan Greenstein Jan 13 '12 at 15:26
    
Didn't see it in the comments there. Sorry. But while limiting the maximum doesn't technically change the minimum, it does change the minimum volume you can set in practice since the volume difference between two volume settings is smaller. I had the same problem as you and by setting the volume limit extremely low my problem was solved. –  user16873 Jan 13 '12 at 15:37
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I've tried moving the volume slider all the way to the left and it is still loud. So, the problem is not adjusting the volume, but the lower limit if the volume level itself. –  Nathan Greenstein Jan 13 '12 at 15:45
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There's a plist you can edit to raise or reduce the amplification of the volume on a jailbroken device, however your question has the iphone-4s tag, so I'm assuming you're using a 4S, which means it won't be possible until a jailbreak is released for it.

iJailbreak has a tutorial of how to do this, but this should be easier:

  1. Download iFile from Cydia.
  2. Open iFile and keep pressing the back arrow until the title bar says /.
  3. Navigate to /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Celestial.framework (MobileToolbox.framework on iOS 5)
  4. Tap ReigonalVolumeLimits.plist, followed by Property List Viewer.
  5. Set every value on the right to one of the following:

    • 0,83 (default)
    • 25 (125% of the original volume)
    • 0,43 (43% of the original volume)

    (Don't use 1, as it is known to use more battery life.)

  6. Save your changes to the file.
  7. Either respring or reboot your device and the volume level will change.

You might not hear a difference through the phone's speaker, but you should when you use an external audio output.

If you don't want to jailbreak, you can also try playing music while changing the equalizer settings to one you like. I'm not sure if this has an effect on apps other than the stock ones, though.

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