Is it possible to increase the number of steps in the volume control? I'd like a finer grained control over the volume level. I have a Galaxy Nexus.

Note: I don't want to boost the volume just change the number of levels so I can find a sweet spot when listening to music.

  • There is also the (easy) option of using an external volume control, like a Koss VC20 – derobert Jun 14 '13 at 15:46
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    It's astounding that six years later this still hasn't been fixed in Android. – Kyralessa Oct 10 '19 at 11:38

Many people have this problem with Android. You can see it has been reported in Android's bug tracking system. The number of levels is controlled by a setting that's compiled into the Android system image.

Use a different ROM

It's possible that a could increase the number of levels, but I don't know which, if any, custom ROMs do this. This bug report in 's tracker suggests they don't plan to add that feature, for fear it may cause compatibility problems with some apps.

Use a different app (easy)

Some media apps have their own volume control, on top of that provided by Android. I believe Poweramp is one such (but I don't use it myself). If there's one particular app you need more control of, such as a music app, you might want to replace it with one that has this feature.

Edit your phone's OS (advanced)

If you're not worried about the risk of breaking some (badly-written) apps, and your device is ed, then you can follow these instructions to edit the Android system image to increase the number of levels. That site gives step-by-step instructions, including installing the developer tools you'll need to make system changes; a summary for knowledgeable people is as follows:

  1. Get framework.jar from your device and run baksmali on it.
  2. Edit framework\android\media\AudioService.smali
  3. Search for 0xft 0x0t 0x0t 0x0t to find the table of audio levels.
  4. Replace the first number of each row with the desired number of levels (in hexadecimal).
  5. Run smali to generate a new framework.jar, and then replace the original on the device.
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    @AndrewB That sounds like something that should be an answer in its own right. It's not really a discussion of my answer, which is what comments are for. – Dan Hulme Sep 4 '13 at 14:52

If you're phone is rooted or you have a custom recovery (like TWRP), this is actually much easier. The only thing you'll have to do, is to add the following line to your build.prop file located in /system:


Where 30 represents the number of steps.

This can be done with a root file explorer (like Root Browser) or via VI in the TWRP terminal or via adb.

  • Restart is needed after changing this value – akraf Jun 26 '20 at 14:35

Edit: This app looks worth a go - https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-precise-volume-override-androids-t3573562 (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.phascinate.precisevolume)

I ended up using this app on my nexus 4 - supports up to 100 volume levels. Its not perfect but should suffice till they hopefully fix what seems like such a simple problem.


Discussed here-


  • Alas, this may have worked back when this answer was written, but it doesn't seem to work anymore. On Android Pie (9), even though the app displays changes of 1% volume, the actual volume jumps in a way that suggests it's still hardware-locked to the idiotic 15 levels of Android volume. – Kyralessa Oct 10 '19 at 11:38

This should help some folks and it does enable better control, not louder volume...

1) Go to developer options (enable developer options if you haven't previously done so).

2) Then, turn on "Disable absolute volume".

3) You may need to restart your Android device for it to take effect.

The steps now are WAY more reasonable. In other words it answers your "Note", as now the volume (at least on my Bluetooth headphones) now have much smaller steps -- it no longer goes from too quiet to too loud in one step!

  • How did you get this to work? I tried it just now (using Bluetooth headphones) and noticed no difference at all. Are there any additional steps (e.g. disconnect or forget, then reconnect Bluetooth device; reboot phone; something else)? – Kyralessa Oct 10 '19 at 11:26
  • No sorry, for me it just worked after I did that. I think I did have to restart my device first though. But I had to enable absolute volume again as it meant some devices were crazy loud. It would be nice if Google just fixed this / gave you options to handle devices that need more steps! :( – Trevor Oct 10 '19 at 22:06
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    After a restart it seems to have worked. The headphone volume control used to be tied to my phone's media volume; now they're separate. I still only have 15 levels of volume control in Android, but being able to adjust the phone and headphone volume separately gives me much better control of the volume than before. Thanks! – Kyralessa Oct 11 '19 at 12:00

The Samsung SoundAssistant is your huckleberry. Free app. Provides system-wide fine control over volume, with adjustable increments and per-application settings.

  • Note that it is only compatible with devices with Samsung Experience version 8.5 or later. – Andrew T. Apr 8 '19 at 14:51

I had initially posted this as an answer to this question: How to increase/decrease volume in smaller increments/decrements?, unfortunately this method won't work officially with Nougat (due to some missing requirements)

The workaround:

As expected, such a modification, will require root or some kind of zip flashing proceedure to install Xposed framework.

Kuba Kalamarz created an Xposed module called VolumeSteps+ which allows one to adjust the amount of steps for every system volume function.

The good thing I noticed about this module is it binds to settings system (i.e you don’t have to open the module UI, instead you can control via the volume button)



  • Change the number of volume steps for the alarm, music, notification, ringer, system and in-call streams.

  • Ability to change it to somewhere between 5 and 50 steps

  • Use the music volume as default for the Volume Panel when pressing the volume buttons.


  1. Download VolumeSteps+ and install

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  1. Activate the module in Xposed Settings, and reboot the device to effect changes.

  2. Open VolumeSteps+ in the app drawer

  3. Adjust your volume steps:

    • Each volume category has its own menu entry. Select the one you want to adjust, then use the slider to fine-tune the volume steps, press OK when done.

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  • Find the increment that suits your needs.

    1. Reboot (important) your device and the new volume steps will be available, even when pressing the volume button. Viola!

Disclaimer (I am not associated with this application, however I use it so I wrote the post to share my experience with other end users)

Nb: I tested this workaround myself and it does exactly as described

Special thanks to


Use Samsung Sound Assistant (from the Play Store) - works fine at least for Samsung phones and comes with other useful features.

  • Good find. Thank you. In a bit of ugliness and annoyance, the latest version is not available via the Google Play store. Unfortunately, it may only be legitimately available on Samsung's own app store, which requires a separate login, and likely another layer of tracking. Ugh. Do you know of any other legitimate and legal source? – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Jan 25 at 9:19

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