Voodoo your iPhone to Increase Speaker Volume?

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Voodoo doll courtesy ^Vanessa^

One of the biggest gripes about the iPhone is that its speaker isn't nearly loud enough for many people. This problem was exacerbated early on because the iPhone's alerts were originally too quiet to begin with. Apple themselves have fixed this problem by allowing you to change, say, the SMS alert volume. There's also rumblings that Apple has quietly introduced louder speaker on iPhones manufactured more recently.

But if you're one of those crazy early adopters, not only are you stuck with less money in your pocket (because of that unprecedented price drop), you're also stuck with a quiet iPhone in your pocket as well. What to do? well, according to skorpiond at modmyifone,

I grabbed a needle and sticked it into every single tiny hold on the bottom left corner of the iPhone. I think it was dirty in there or something because now this **** is EXACTLY how I wanted it since day one... LOUD!!! I really hope I didn't mess up the speaker though.

...So basically you engage in some warranty-voiding dangerfun with your iPhone -- presumably popping the protective cover over the speaker. Anybody brave enough to try this? We at Phone different already absolutely destroyed our first iPhone in the Video takeapart, so we're a little gunshy about voiding more warranties.

via engadget mobile

Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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There are 7 comments. Add yours.

canoeberry says:

You suggested there is a way to change the Alert volume, but I don't see any way to do that.
The poking holes in the speaker solution is intriguing. I hardly ever hear my phone ring when it's in my pocket, even though I re-mixed a ring tone to be louder.

Andy says:

update ur iphone to 1 1 4 and there is a patch in the installer

fel;ix watson says:

I have 1.1.4 tryed the patch in the installer,it do not raise the volume much,but poking the holes worked very well,lol

peshkira says:

I am not sure if I am imagining this, but I think it works...
lol

Michael says:

this totally works
I used the sharp tip of a drawing compass (thought I might puncture too far with a thinner needle)
the bottom loudspeaker holes, eventually, will get filled with pocket lint, or dust, or whatever. So, part of it is just cleaning them out.
Also tried on the earpiece.
Results : earpiece 20-30% louder, speakerphone like 300% louder. This saved me from buying a replacement phone!

Rajen says:

Appl IPhone 3GS Unlocked, Having a low volume problem, recently brought from US.

Audyty energetyczne says:

Po co to wymyślili! Jestem przeciwnikiem ale mimo wszystko ciekawie opisane, ale mam niedosyt! rzypadkowo znalazlam Cie w google, szukajac cos o oszedzaniu energii. Czekam na bardziej rozbudowane arty!