If you have ever listened to music on a device, headphones plugged in; chances are you've experienced a sudden increase in volume when the song changes. It can be alarming and leave your ears ringing for a while afterwards.
But why does this happen?
Different artists record their music at different levels depending on the genre. For example, ballads are relatively softer than hip hop or heavy metal. So when your music player switches from one song to another, unless they are of the same style, you will likely notice a change in volume.
To smooth out this abrupt change and save you from having to adjust your volume frequently, Spotify has included a feature for premium users called "volume normalization", which condenses the sound, keeping it regulated to a constant volume. In most cases, this feature is enabled with the Spotify app, but not always.
The guide below will show you how to enable or disable "Volume Normalization" in Spotify for your listening pleasure.
Spotify's "volume normalization" is a nice feature that lets you listen to your music at a more regulated volume, ideal when you're reading or concentrating on another task. If you have an Android phone or device and want to turn this feature on or off, here's how:
- Launch the Spotify app on your Android device.
- Tap the home icon (a picture of a small house) and wait for the home screen to open.
- Click on the "Settings" icon in the upper right corner of the home screen. (A cog or gear usually represents this icon.)
- Scroll down the menu until you reach the "Normalize volume" toggle.
- Depending on whether you want to enable this feature, slide the toggle to turn it on or off. When enabled, the toggle turns green; when disabled, the toggle will be grey.
- You can now close the menu and start playing your music.
Remember that you cannot change your audio settings while listening to music on another device using Spotify Connect. You will need to log out, change your settings, then log back in.
If you're listening to Spotify on your iPhone and find that the volume is a bit dull, you can turn off the "Normalize Volume" feature. Here's how:
- Open the Spotify app on your iPhone.
- Click on the “Home” icon.
- Next, tap the "Settings" icon at the top right of the screen.
- In the menu that opens, select the “Playback” option.
- Here you'll scroll down until you find the "Enable audio normalization" toggle.
- Slide the button to turn it on or off. When enabled, the toggle turns green; when the function is off, it will be gray.
- Close the menu.
Once you follow these steps, your Spotify music app will play your tracks at the level you chose.
The advantage of Spotify is that you can play it on various devices including desktops and laptops. However, changing your "Normalize volume" settings on a computer is different from changing them on a phone or tablet. The following steps show you how to enable or disable this feature on the Mac app:
- Open your Spotify app.
- Go to the menu bar and click the drop-down arrow (a small down-pointing arrow) next to your name and profile picture.
- In the menu that opens, select “Settings”.
- Scroll down the Settings menu until you find "Audio Quality". Click on this option.
- Find the "Normalize volume" toggle and slide it left or right, depending on whether you want to turn this feature on or off. If the feature is disabled, the toggle will be gray; it will be green if enabled.
- Close the menu.
If you're using Windows instead of a Mac computer, you'll need to use a unique method to enable or disable Spotify's "Normalize Volume" feature. However, it's a simple task to do, and here's how to go about it:
- Open your Spotify application on your Windows computer.
- At the top of the screen in the menu bar, click the drop-down arrow. Doing this will bring up a drop-down menu. In this menu, choose “Settings”.
- In the settings menu, click on "Audio quality".
- Scroll down until you find the "Normalize volume" toggle. Slide it to the right to enable this feature (the toggle will turn green), or slide it to the left to disable the feature (the toggle will turn gray).
- You can now close this menu.
Once you enable "Normalize Volume", Spotify will play your music at a regulated volume. Disabling the toggle will allow your music to play at the different sound levels it was originally recorded at.
If you don't want to download the Spotify app on your devices, the music streaming service also has a web app that lets you stream your music online. This app also gives you the option to adjust the volume of the music you want to stream. Here is how to enable or disable this feature:
- Open the Spotify web app.
- Go to the "Home" icon in the left menu.
- Head to the "Settings" icon, usually represented by a cog or gear symbol.
- Scroll down to "Audio Quality" and select it.
- Once in this menu, find the "Normalize volume" toggle and slide it to the right to enable it or slide the toggle to the left to disable this setting. When enabled, the toggle changes from gray to green.
- Go to the home screen.
Once this setting is enabled, the Spotify web player will compress the volume of your music to play it at the same volume level.
Normalizing the volume on Spotify to regulate sound levels for each song is quick and easy once you know how to go about it. By following the simple steps in this guide, you'll be optimizing your sound in no time, so you can enjoy your music the way you want.
Have you ever normalized the volume on your Spotify app? Did you use a method similar to those described in this guide? Let us know in the comments section below.