The 13 Best Xposed Modules for Customizing Your Android Device

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The Xposed Framework is the most important tool for modding and tweaking Android. Xposed uses modules, small apps that plug directly into the operating system and give you total control over the look and feel of your phone. It’s so powerful, yet all the changes can be undone simply by deactivating or uninstalling the modules. The system works on most rooted phones and you can download the Xposed Installer from XDA Developers. In this guide we’ll take a look at the best Xposed modules, focusing on ones that have near-universal compatibility. How to Install Xposed Modules Most Xposed modules should…

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The Xposed Framework is the most important tool for modding and tweaking Android.

Xposed uses modules, small apps that plug directly into the operating system and give you total control over the look and feel of your phone. It’s so powerful, yet all the changes can be undone simply by deactivating or uninstalling the modules.

The system works on most rooted phones and you can download the Xposed Installer from XDA Developers.

In this guide we’ll take a look at the best Xposed modules, focusing on ones that have near-universal compatibility.

How to Install Xposed Modules

Most Xposed modules should be installed directly from within the Xposed Framework app.

  1. Go to Downloads.
  2. Select the module you want.
  3. Swipe across to the Versions tab and hit Download.
  4. Click Install when prompted.
  5. Go to Modules and tick the box next to the box to activate it.
  6. Reboot your phone.

In a few cases, it’s recommended you download a version from the Play Store instead. We’ve linked to those where applicable. Remember to activate it, then reboot your phone to complete the installation.

1. Amplify Battery Extender

If you want to stretch your battery as far as it can go, look no further than Amplify. It’s perhaps best seen as a companion to the other top performance-boosting app, Greenify (which also has some Xposed functionality).

While Greenify focuses on apps running in the background, Amplify takes care of wakelocks. These occur when an app prevents your phone from entering deep sleep, sometimes for legitimate reasons, and sometimes because it is running amok.

If you’ve ever gone to bed with a fully charged phone and woken up to discover the battery has lost 40 percent overnight, it’s highly likely that wakelocks were the culprit. Amplify helps prevent that from happening.

Download: Amplify Battery Extender (Free)

2. GravityBox

GravityBox has always been among the biggest reasons to use Xposed. It’s an unbelievably comprehensive tool for modding and enhancing the Android user interface. This utility allows you to tweak and improve almost every part of the Android experience.

From adding an app launcher to the navigation bar, to customising LED notifications, to switching to an experimental left-handed mode, some of the enhancements are huge.

But it’s often the smaller tweaks that give the most satisfaction, like being able to press the volume buttons to skip tracks in your music player, or resizing any widget in your stock launcher.

3. XPrivacyLua

XPrivacyLua is a permissions manager that enables you to control which functions and data apps can actually access on your device. It’s a new and updated version of one of the most popular Xposed modules, XPrivacy.

With the introduction of granular permissions controls in recent versions of Android, XPrivacyLua may seem less useful than it once was. Yet every app automatically gets the internet access permission, whether they need it or not. This is normally for benign purposes, like gathering analytics data or delivering ads, but it could be a potential security issue too.

With XPrivacyLua, you can ensure that only those apps you want going online are allowed to do so.

4. Awesome Pop-Up Video

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Awesome Pop-Up Video lives up to its name. It’s a fantastic app for multitaskers and procrastinators alike, as it enables you to watch a video in a little popup window while you’re working in another app.

The app has its own gallery of suggested videos, but it works in other players too, including the official YouTube app. Simply open your video, hit the Share button, choose Awesome Pop-up Video from the list, and you’re all set.

Download: Awesome Pop-Up Video (Free)

5. No Lock Home

Android has a few Smart Lock features that keep your phone unlocked under certain conditions, such as your location or proximity to a paired Bluetooth device.

One that’s absent is the ability to keep the phone unlocked when it’s connected to a particular Wi-Fi network. No Lock Home adds that feature, so you can set up a far larger number of secure locations where your phone does not need to stay locked.

6. ChromePie

ChromePie makes the Chrome browser more useable with one hand on big-screen phones. It borrows the “pie control” concept seen in numerous custom ROMs.

Hold your thumb on a specific area of the screen, such as a corner or one of the edges, and the pie controls appear as a semi-circle panel of icons. This module integrates with Chrome, and puts tab switching, bookmarks, and more within easy reach of your thumb.

7. BootManager

A lot of apps take liberties with your system resources, setting themselves to load whenever you boot your device. It can lengthen the startup time and waste power until Android decides to close them down itself.

You can nix that with BootManager. Just choose the apps you don’t want automatically launching and then reboot your phone. It’s like a more intelligent version of a task killer (which you should never use), and it can keep your less-used apps quiet until you actually need them.

8. NeverSleep

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Most of the time, you want your phone to sleep in order to save power. But sometimes that can be a real pain. Maybe you’re following a recipe, or just waiting for a long GIF to load in your favorite Reddit app. You don’t want the screen turning off in these cases.

The simple solution is the NeverSleep mod. All it does it present you with a list of every app on your phone. Choose the ones you want, and your phone will stay awake whenever they are running in the foreground.

9. XInsta

If you’re an Instagram user, there’s no doubt you’ll have come across content that you’d like to save locally. This could be a beautiful image to set as your phone wallpaper, or a GIF-worthy video.

While there are a few tools to help you download Instagram videos and photos, none are quite as easy as XInsta. Just install and activate the module, and the next time you open Instagram, you’ll see a download option under the three-dot menu button for each image.

There are a few other options too, including downloading stories and quickly seeing if a particular user follows you.

10. Settings Editor

The ability to tweak and configure Android is one of its greatest strengths. But there are so many options that lots of Android’s most useful settings are hidden.

A quick fix for this is to use the Settings Editor module to tidy up your phone’s Settings screens. You can change how they look, making them bigger or smaller or changing colors to make them more readable.

Better still, you can remove entire categories from the Settings screen, as well as individual options from within any category. By streamlining the settings, you’ll be able to find the ones you need more easily.

11. XposedNavigationBar

The XposedNavigationBar modules offers a number of ways to tweak Android’s navbar. This is the area at the bottom of the screen that contains the Back, Home, and Recent buttons.

Its best feature is to let you add an extra shortcut to the bar. This is small dot that you can tap to access a function you use often. You can set it to launch a specific app, open the notifications pane, show music controls, and much more.

12. Exi for SwiftKey

SwiftKey is one of the most popular third-party keyboards, making it one of the best ways to type faster on your Android phone.

Exi for SwiftKey makes it even better. This mod brings a number of features you might know from other keyboards, like swiping left and right to move the cursor as in Gboard.

It also adds traits from physical keyboards, like using Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V to copy and paste. And it introduces shortcuts, wherein you can enter longer words or phrases by just typing a few characters.

13. Xposed Edge

Android P is introducing basic gesture controls. But they’ve got nothing on Xposed Edge.

Xposed Edge is designed to make navigating a large-screened phone with one hand much easier. You can use a pie controller—similar to what we saw in ChromePie—across the entire interface. The app can also assign new functions to your phone’s physical buttons.

And you can create gestures to perform common tasks. These are tied to specific regions around the edge of your screen. The bottom-right area, for instance, is the perfect place for a Back gesture—just swipe your thumb right to left to return to the previous screen.

Download: Xposed Edge (Free)

Even More Modules for Your Android Phone

Xposed is a goldmine of hacks and mods, and is one of the best reasons why it’s still worth rooting your phone. Since mods are so simple to install and use, they’re a great option even for those who are less confident at tweaking their devices. And modules aren’t limited to Xposed, either.

These days, we recommend Magisk as the best way to root an Android device. It’s a systemless method that makes no lasting changes to your device, so it can be hidden or undone in an instant. Magisk also supports a heap of modules of its own—including a systemless version of Xposed.

If you can’t get enough of these awesome little hacks, check out our guide to the best Magisk modules for more way to enhance your Android device.

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Solve 10 Big Android Issues and Annoyances With These Apps

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Every few months, a new flagship smartphone launches with a top-of-the-line processor and more RAM that you know what to do with. But still, after some time, flagship phones still start to lag. Indeed, even the highest-end Android smartphone have their annoyances. No matter which Android phone you have, the best way to keep your device functioning properly is by installing user-friendly apps that help you manage your phone’s life in a simple way. These Android apps will solve your biggest annoyances and make your phone more pleasant to use. 1. Nova Launcher This rule is as nearly old as…

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Every few months, a new flagship smartphone launches with a top-of-the-line processor and more RAM that you know what to do with. But still, after some time, flagship phones still start to lag. Indeed, even the highest-end Android smartphone have their annoyances.

No matter which Android phone you have, the best way to keep your device functioning properly is by installing user-friendly apps that help you manage your phone’s life in a simple way.

These Android apps will solve your biggest annoyances and make your phone more pleasant to use.

1. Nova Launcher

This rule is as nearly old as Android itself. If your Android phone came with its own launcher, you should replace it with something better. Right now, that’s Nova Launcher. That’s because Nova adds a ton of new features to your home screen while still keeping everything light.

You can create and customize swipe gestures (different ones for apps, folders, and the wallpaper itself), create quick shortcuts for apps, customize notification badges, and a lot more.

Download: Nova Launcher (Free)
Download: Nova Launcher Prime ($5)

2. GBoard

The same rule with replacing launchers applies to keyboards, too. If you’ve got a manufacturer’s keyboard or something like SwiftKey, you should switch to Gboard before long. Just download the app on the Play Store to get going.

It is the most user-friendly and feature-rich keyboard on Android. The best function is the built-in G button, which allows you to quickly search for anything on Google. It also gives answers to your questions by using Google instant answers.

You’ll also find improved features like quick sharing of search results, gesture mode, swipe gestures, and GIF search.

Download: Gboard (Free)

3. New Pipe

This app takes some of the most-coveted features from YouTube Premium and gives them to you for free. New Pipe lets you listen to YouTube videos in the background, watch videos in Picture-in-Picture mode, and even download a video (or just audio if you feel like it).

While it can’t replace the YouTube app entirely, it can replicate some specific features. You can, for instance, search for videos, play them, and even subscribe to channels.

New Pipe isn’t available on the Play Store, but you can download it using the F-Droid open source app store.

Download: NewPipe (Free)

4. Texpand

Gboard is a great keyboard app, but you know how frustrating it is typing on a smartphone keyboard for long periods of time. If you’re using your Android phone as your primary communication device, you’ll need something to ease your pain.

Texpand text allows you to expand your texts in an easier way. Start by adding frequently used text snippets inside the app (like your address or a template email) and assign a shortcut for the snippet. Next time you type that shortcut, it will show a little dropdown menu. Tap on your snippet to automatically paste it in!

Texpand also gives you features to customize your phrases with additional input types and you can organize phrases in a multi-level folder structure.

Download: Texpand (Free)
Download: Texpand Plus ($3)

5. Timbre

Timbre is a free and effective app that allows you to edit audio and video files directly on your Android phone. No need to switch to your computer for small edits!

This app is efficient in merging, cutting, and trimming media which is often all we require. The app has a clean interface; it neatly divides audio and video editing tools into two different sections. But mostly you’ll just need to play around in these five tools: join, cut, convert, omit, and split.

Download: Timbre (Free, premium version available)

6. Clip Stack

Here’s an app that solves the biggest annoyance you didn’t know you had: managing your clipboard. Once you install Clip Stack, it remembers everything you copy to your clipboard. This little feature frees up your mind so that you aren’t constantly worrying about whether you saved that number you copied from the web this morning.

Clip Stack saves all the copied texts in its database. And they stay there no matter what—even after you’ve rebooted your device.

Download: Clip Stack (Free)

7. Datally

Datally is Google’s own solution to your data consumption woes. Due to limited mobile data plans, it’s easy to run through a month’s limit by watching a couple of movies on Netflix. Thankfully, Datally fixes this annoyance.

The app tracks your data consumption intelligently, taking a two-pronged approach. It tells you which app is using how much data (and in which context) and gives you tools to manage data consumption for that app. You even get to see your data usage on an hourly basis.

Once you’ve figured out which apps are using too much data, you can set a daily limit or limits for a specific app.

Download: Datally (Free)

8. QuickPic

Once Google Photos took the center stage, Android said goodbye to the trusty old Gallery app. Google Photos is great for syncing photos, intelligent recommendations, photo sharing, and search. But it’s not a good gallery replacement. If you’re frustrated by Google Photos, we recommend you try QuickPic.

QuickPic has a simple interface with no frills. It’s a classic gallery app that makes it easy to view, manage, and share your photos. It displays your photo folders as grid icons or as a list, while the top-right corner opens the camera.

It allows you to choose a folder, then you’re directed to the photo browser with an option to go back or switch to a multi-selection mode. The app also has options like rename, share, delete, and zoom.

Download: QuickPic (Free)

9. Files Go

Files Go helps you free up space, find files quickly, and share files with people nearby. It’s similar to AirDrop on iOS.

The app also has smart storage management tools. It gives you recommendations for which files to delete (such as unused apps or low-resolution videos). By simply installing Files Go and running a cleanup, you can save around 1GB of storage space. Your old Android phone will be thankful!

Download: Files Go (Free)

10. Sesame

Android’s built-in search feature is great at searching for content on the web, but not so much when it comes to searching on your device. If you’re looking for a file, a song, or a contact, those search results usually come in at the bottom of the search page—if they show up at all.

The only reliable way to solve this problem on Android is to use Sesame for Nova Launcher. The app has a free trial and you can unlock the app by paying $3.

Sesame brings deep linking and amazingly accurate on-device search to your fingertips. Once you’ve enabled the plugin for Nova, just start typing and you’ll be able to jump directly to a specific WhatsApp conversation or look for a file you downloaded as an email attachment in seconds.

Download: Sesame (Free, premium version available)

Mastering Android With Apps and More

These apps remove some of the biggest pain points Android users have. Give them a try and see how much more efficient your phone becomes!

If you’ve just got your first Android phone, or if you’ve switched over from an iPhone, some of the basic actions like creating a contact or making a video call might be daunting. In that case, you may want to check out our complete beginner’s guide to Android.

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How to Make Android Faster: What Works and What Doesn’t

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We all wish our phones were just a little faster. Whether you’re chugging along with a device from three years ago or rocking one of the best new Android phones, it’s the same—more speed is always better. There’s no shortage of ideas on how you can speed up Android device. Unfortunately, not all of them work. The good news is, we’ve tested them all for you. Read on to find out how to make your phone faster—and what you should avoid doing. How to Speed Up Android: Basic Tips The default apps and settings on Android aren’t always the best…

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We all wish our phones were just a little faster. Whether you’re chugging along with a device from three years ago or rocking one of the best new Android phones, it’s the same—more speed is always better.

There’s no shortage of ideas on how you can speed up Android device. Unfortunately, not all of them work.

The good news is, we’ve tested them all for you. Read on to find out how to make your phone faster—and what you should avoid doing.

How to Speed Up Android: Basic Tips

The default apps and settings on Android aren’t always the best if speed is your priority. Making a few changes and keeping your phone free from clutter can speed up your phone’s performance.

1. Clean Up Your Home Screen

If your phone has a slower processor or is light on RAM, then maintaining a lean home screen can help speed it up. Live wallpapers and widgets use resources, and the latter can even continue updating in the background.

Where you’re most likely to see their impact is through something called “home screen redraw.” When you switch away from a RAM-heavy app like Chrome, you’ll see a completely blank home screen and have to wait a couple of seconds while your icons, widgets, and wallpaper all reload. Keep your home screens tidy to avoid this.

2. Use a Different Launcher

The default launcher on your phone is usually designed to showcase your device’s best features. As a result, it isn’t always the fastest or most efficient.

You’ll find a huge number of third-party launchers in the Play Store, and many are optimized for speed. Our favorite is Nova Launcher, but it’s worth experimenting with a few to find the one that’s right for you.

3. Change Browsers

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The default web browser on Android is Chrome, and it’s a pretty resource-heavy app. There are a few ways you can improve it, but a better solution is switching to an entirely different browser.

Some benchmark tests have shown Puffin as the fastest Android browser. If you prefer something more similar to Chrome, then take a look at Opera. Its data compression feature can help pages load much more quickly.

4. Uninstall Bad Apps

Bad apps are often to blame for slowing down your phone. It’s not always obscure apps, either—some of the biggest names are common culprits.

Snapchat is notoriously laggy on Android, while uninstalling Facebook could make your phone as much as 15% faster. Try switching to a third-party Facebook app instead. There are also lightweight versions of the main Google apps that use less memory and run faster.

5. Remove Antivirus Software

Antivirus software claims to offer peace of mind to Android users, but it’s unnecessary. It slows down your phone and drains your battery. As long as you only install apps from official sources like the Play Store or Amazon Appstore, you’re extremely unlikely to encounter malware.

6. Stop Apps Auto-Syncing

Social, news, weather, and many other classes of apps are set to automatically sync. By default, they go online as often as every 15 minutes. With too many of these apps installed, your phone will soon creak under their weight.

Check the sync schedules for all your apps and set a longer schedule of every few hours or once a day. Or just turn off syncing and update them manually instead.

7. Check for and Install Updates

Each new version of Android offers performance improvements over the last, so if your phone has updates available then you should always install them. Of course, not all manufacturers update their phones, so this is something to consider next time you’re upgrading.

The same goes for apps. Turn on automatic updates in the Play Store to ensure that you receive the latest updates as soon as an app’s resource-hogging, battery-draining bugs get fixed. Go to Settings > Auto-update apps to set it up.

8. Reboot Regularly

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Finally, the best way to tune up Android is to reboot it regularly. This helps to keep the OS running smoothly.

You don’t have to do it every day, but an occasional reboot will work wonders, especially if your phone gets particularly slow or starts running hotter than normal.

If you try all these tips and find that nothing works, a factory reset may be in order—just make sure you back up your Android data first!

How to Speed Up Android: Advanced Tips

Want something a bit more advanced? If you like delving into hidden settings, or if your device is rooted, then you have even more opportunities to speed up Android.

9. Speed Up Animations

Android is packed with animations and transitions that give the operating system a slick look and make it fun to use. A hidden setting enables you to control the speed of these animations. In turn, this improves the speed (or at least the perceived speed) of your phone.

Go to Settings > Developer options (Settings > System > Developer options on Android Oreo and later) and set Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale to .5x. This cuts the length of the animations by half (you can turn them off entirely if you want, but this looks jarring).

If you can’t see Developer options, you’ll need to enable it first. Go to Settings > About phone (Settings > System > About phone on Android Oreo and newer) and tap Build number seven times to make the option appear.

10. Try a Different ROM

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A custom ROM contains a complete build of the Android operating system, and replaces all the software that came pre-installed on your phone. ROMs may have a different look or extra features, or can be optimized for performance.

Installing a custom ROM is a good idea if the stock software on your phone isn’t great. Many manufacturers pack their devices with extra apps and features that make them bloated, buggy, and slow. Replacing it with a bloat-free ROM like LineageOS can give you an instant speed boost.

11. Flash a Custom Kernel

The kernel manages every interaction between your phone’s software and hardware. Custom kernels enable you to tweak how the hardware functions. You can change how quickly the processor ramps up to top speed, or how busy it needs to be before it activates extra cores.

Some even offer per-app settings so you can have the device running on maximum power when playing a particular game, and drop back to normal as soon as you exit it.

12. Control Background Apps With Greenify

Task killers don’t speed up your phone, as we’ll see shortly. The app Greenify sounds like a task killer—it prevents apps from running in the background—but there’s a subtle difference.

Greenify runs at the system level to not only close apps, but also prevent them from running at all until you need them. This means it also has the effect of stopping apps from auto-syncing, as well as preventing them from loading when you boot your phone.

It’s less useful on Android Oreo and later, due to improvements in how those operating systems manage resources. But on older devices, Greenfiy is one of the best reasons to root.

How to Speed Up Android: What Doesn’t Work

As well as the tips that do work, there are a few common speed-boosting techniques that don’t. Be wary of any app that makes grand claims about how much it can speed up your phone.

1. Task Killers

Task killers are among the most popular utilities on the Play Store, yet they are completely worthless. In fact, they can make your phone slower.

A task killer closes background apps to free up RAM. It works on the idea that free RAM improves performance, but this isn’t true. Android is designed to keep apps in RAM so it can restore them quickly—it will intelligently close apps whenever it needs to free up extra resources.

More importantly, certain app processes will start up again as soon as they are killed because they need to run in the background. This constant stopping and starting will slow your phone down far more than if you just let Android do its job.

2. Closing Apps

For the same reason, there’s no need to worry about manually closing apps. Again, Android manages this automatically. If Android needs to free up resources, it will close whichever apps you haven’t used in a while.

If not, leave them alone. Keeping them in memory will have little to no effect on either performance or battery life. Better yet, it helps make your apps load faster next time you need them.

3. Using Speed Boosters or Defragmenters

While we try to avoid generalizations, it’s safe to say you should avoid any non-root app that promises to improve the performance of your phone. This includes RAM boosters, SD card speeder-uppers, and anything else along those lines that you can find on the Play Store.

They rarely work, are often packed with highly intrusive ads, and can actually slow your phone down.

Also, do not use defragmenter apps for Android. Your phone doesn’t need defragmenting—it uses flash memory and is not affected by fragmentation. All the phone defraggers on Google Play will not make your phone run faster. At best, they’ll have no effect; at worst, they may be scam apps.

The Ultimate Way to Speed Up Android

Of course, there’s only so far you can go to speed up your phone. You can keep it clean and running smoothly for a while, but sooner or later you’ll hit the limits of the hardware. Then you reach the ultimate speed tip: upgrade to a new device.

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The 7 Best Volume Booster Apps for Your Android Phone

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Android is great for watching movies and TV, and listening to music and podcasts. But there’s one problem—a lot of Android phones aren’t loud enough. So what can you do? In this quick guide, we’ll show you the best volume booster apps and other tools to increase the volume on your Android device. Android Volume Booster Apps: Beware! If you want to find the best volume booster app for Android, the obvious place to start is a search on the Play Store. This turns up dozens of results, consisting of apps with the same name, great ratings, and huge numbers…

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Android is great for watching movies and TV, and listening to music and podcasts. But there’s one problem—a lot of Android phones aren’t loud enough.

So what can you do? In this quick guide, we’ll show you the best volume booster apps and other tools to increase the volume on your Android device.

Android Volume Booster Apps: Beware!

If you want to find the best volume booster app for Android, the obvious place to start is a search on the Play Store. This turns up dozens of results, consisting of apps with the same name, great ratings, and huge numbers of downloads.

But here’s the problem: we struggled to get them to work.

Play Store Android Volume Booster Apps

Your mileage may vary, of course. Perhaps specific apps do work on certain devices. But we’d be reluctant to recommend them, anyway.

“Volume boosters” seems to be a category that attracts a lot of spammy or junk apps. All the free ones we tested were overloaded with intrusive ads.

Some had ads that appeared after every tap on the interface. Others had ads that would pop up on top of other apps we used. A couple even played full-screen videos ads with sound. That’s the last thing you want when you’ve got the volume cranked up to the max.

Let’s focus on the apps that do actually work.

1. Equalizer

Equalizers are generally the best option for improving sound quality. They make your phone louder, and you can use the frequency sliders to tame any distortion that may appear as a side effect. The simply named Equalizer is as good and simple to use as you’ll find.

With Equalizer you can choose from 11 preset sound profiles. If you upgrade to the paid version, you can create your own, too. Hit the Power button in the top-right corner to activate the Sound Amplifier. You can also use the Bass Boost here—it’s great if you’ve got quality headphones, though it may reveal the limitations of your phone’s speakers.

Download: Equalizer (Free, premium version available)

2. Equalizer FX

This app covers similar ground to Equalizer with one significant difference: it works with Google Play Music. Many third-party audio apps don’t work with streaming services, or at least only do so as a paid extra. There’s no such problem with FX; it works automatically as standard, and for free.

The Effects tab has the Bass Boost and Loudness Enhancer options that will help improve the volume of your phone’s speakers.

Download: Equalizer FX (Free)

3. Precise Volume

Precise Volume is a comprehensive volume app that offers something for everyone. There’s an equalizer with a sound amplifier function. You also get presets that will activate when you insert a set of headphones, and you can set custom volume levels for different apps.

Our favorite feature is the app’s namesake. It replaces Android’s standard 15-step volume control with a 100-step alternative. It gives the finest control over exactly how loud you want your phone to be.

Download: Precise Volume (Free, premium version available)

4. VLC for Android

If your low volume woes are limited to music and movies, then installing VLC is a quick solution.

The popular media player lets you boost the sound by as much as 200 percent, albeit it’s a little tricky to find. First, you may need to go to Preferences > Video > Audio-boost to enable the volume increase.

Now, when you start playing your media, hit the Settings button and select the Equalizer icon. You’ll be prompted to save a new Equalizer preset, although you don’t have to do this.

In the next dialog box, find the horizontal slider at the top and drag it to the right to increase the sound level. When you exit, you have the option to save your changes again.

Unlike on the desktop, VLC on Android is great for music as much as it is movies. If you store a lot of content locally on your device, this could be a good solution for you.

Download: VLC for Android (Free)

5. MX Player

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For videos only, MX Player is also able to increase the sound of your movies by 200 percent beyond the level your phone normally allows. This one’s easy to use, thanks to the app’s gesture-based controls, although you need to set it up first.

Go to Settings > Audio and check the box labeled Volume boost. Next, go to Settings > Decoder and select the box HW+ decoder (local).

Now start playing a video. Swipe up the screen to increase the volume. A setting of 15 takes you to your phone’s maximum volume level. Keep swiping and you can increase it by a further 15 points. The volume returns to normal when you exit the app.

Download: MX Player (Free)

6. Podcast Addict

Podcasts can be a particular problem, even on phones that have decent speakers. Many of them aren’t recorded professionally, so they don’t have great sound quality and are often quieter than you’d like.

Lots of the best podcast apps have options that can help. We’re recommending Podcast Addict because it not only has a volume boost setting, it also has a built-in equalizer. This makes it possible to tweak the sound in your favorite podcasts to emphasize the voices while toning down music or audience noise.

That can be more effective than merely making the whole recording louder.

Download: Podcast Addict (Free)

7. Viper4Android

It’s a lot easier to boost the volume if you’ve rooted your Android phone or tablet. It opens you up to using apps like Viper4Android, an awesome (and incredibly powerful) audio tool.

There’s an unofficial version of Viper4Android for non-root devices in the Play Store. But for best results, install it either as a root app, through the Xposed Framework, or as one of the best Magisk Modules.

Once installed, you can activate the eXtra Loud mode, which runs from Slight to Extreme strength levels. You can also use the Speaker Optimization tool to get the best possible sound quality from your phone’s built-in speakers.

Better yet, you don’t have to settle for a one-size-fits-all approach. You can use different settings to boost the volume on headphones or Bluetooth speakers as well.

Download: Viper4Android (Free)

Other Ways to Boost Your Android Volume

If you’re still not happy with how loud your phone’s speakers can get, there are other ways to tweak the volume on Android.

First, make sure you know where the speakers are and keep them clear. Most phone cases have small cutouts for the speakers, which can easily become clogged with dust over time.

A few acoustic tricks can work wonders. Placing your phone in a large glass will amplify the sound. If you don’t have one of these on hand, try placing your phone near a hard surface to deflect it in your direction instead.

Also, if your phone has a speaker along the bottom edge, cup your hand around it to divert the sound toward you.

Finally, remember that smartphone speakers are naturally limited. Almost any external speaker, even a small one, will be better than what’s built-in. Check out our guide to the best cheap Bluetooth speakers to find your perfect match.

Read the full article: The 7 Best Volume Booster Apps for Your Android Phone