I find that the minimum in-call volume on my HTC Desire is still far to loud on some calls.

Since I got the phone, I have flashed several different custom ROMs, radio updates, etc, and have had the issue throughout.

Do you know of any way (setting, hack, app, whatever) to reduce the minimum volume?

My device is rooted and I am currently running one of the CyanogenMod 7 (Gingerbread) nightly builds.

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    P.S. I have tried asking my wife to speak more quietly but this did not help. Anything. At all. If you are having the same problem, do not try this. Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 19:30
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    Lol. Have you tried holding the phone farther from your ear? :P Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 22:35
  • For what it's worth, this person has the opposite problem: android.stackexchange.com/questions/4113/…
    – ale
    Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 23:26
  • FWIW I tested the Scotch tape solution and it does the trick.
    – gary
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 14:56
  • Asking wife to speak more quietly usually leads to the opposite result...
    – DrDro
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 15:39

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  1. Place a single layer over the speaker.*
  2. Repeat Step 1 as needed.

*Works with Wii-motes too.

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    Upvoted for using hardware to help solve what I originally thought to be a software issue!
    – Sparx
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 14:53
  • I was going to suggest duct tape but I doubt @FoleyIsGood's wife talks that loud. ;)
    – gary
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 14:55
  • Thanks, have upvoted and will keep as a backup plan, but was definitely looking for a software solution! Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 23:30

I was reminded by a friend that the CyanogenMod ROM I am using includes 'DSPManager' which is essentially a graphic equaliser with profiles for Headset, Phone Speaker and Bluetooth Device.

By lowering all the levels for the Phone Speaker profile I have managed to reduce the minimum in call volume (hooray!).

For people using ROMs other than CM on a rooted device, I believe a combination of DSPManager APK and modified audio library can be flashed but people appear to have had mixed results.

  • Is this still the solution you use or have you found something more elegant and software based?
    – Seanny123
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 18:31

I figured it out. You actually have to turn it up.....then turn it down. Doesn't make sense, but it is working.


I'm pretty sure Tasker can do this. I've seen references to people doing it, but I haven't found a specific profile/recipe for it. They have a 7-day trial you can get to fool around with it.

  • I use Tasker and there are lots of ways you can set the in call volume but only within the standard levels. Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 23:31

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