Does Your Apple Music Volume Keep Changing? 6 Fixes

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Are you stuck trying to stop the Apple Music volume from changing?

Believe it or not, this issue is more common than you’d think. Hundreds of users struggle with this daily.

This is really annoying, especially when you lower the volume to a comfortable level on a song, only to be surprised by a loud sound on the next.

What a nightmare!

Hopefully, with the help of this article, you’ll be able to get rid of this problem in no time.

Try these 6 easy fixes to stop Apple Music volume from changing:

  1. Turn on“Sound Check”
  2. Turn off the sound equalizer.
  3. Disable the volume buttons.
  4. Turn off “Attention-Aware” feature.
  5. Check your Bluetooth connection.
  6. Restart your device.

Keep reading to leave this issue in the past.

#1 Turn On “Sound Check”

As you may probably know, songs are processed at different volumes. Old tracks, for example, are quieter than modern ones. This may cause sudden volume changes while listening to your Apple Music library.

Luckily, Apple Music offers hundreds of features that we may not know of.

One of them is its “Sound Check” option (only for iOS users). This fantastic feature protects your hearing by playing all your Apple Music songs at the same volume, no matter how loud the song itself is.

If your Apple Music volume keeps changing, please turn on the “Sound Check” feature. To do it, you’ll just need to:

iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on “Music”.
  3. Turn on “Sound Check”.

Windows PC or Mac:

  1. Open Apple Music (iTunes for Windows).
  2. Click on “Music” or “iTunes” menu at the top of your screen. (“Edit” option for Windows).
  3. Select “Preferences”.
  4. Go to the “Playback” tab.
  5. Check the “Sound Check” box.
  6. Click on “Ok” to confirm.

Once you’ve completed the steps above, try playing your music library to see if the problem was fixed.

#2 Turn off the Sound Equalizer

If you’re wondering what’s an equalizer, I got you! Its meaning is far from obvious, but understanding it can make everything simpler.

An equalizer, also called “EQ”, is an audio filter that can adjust the loudness of specific sound frequencies.

This is a great tool to customize the sounds you want for different genres. You can boost a song’s low frequencies or increase the highs for added vocal presence in your favorite track.

Although EQ has fantastic advantages, it can decrease the volume level of your Apple Music songs.

Make sure your sound equalizer is turned off to avoid constant volume changes. To do this, you’ll just need to:

iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:

  1. Go to Settings and tap on “Music”
  2. Turn “EQ” off.

Android devices:

This process of turning off the sound equalizer may vary depending on your phone’s model. But this is the standard way to do it:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on “Sounds and Vibration”.
  3. Select “Sound quality and effects”.
  4. Toggle off the switch next to “Equalizer”.

Widows PC :

  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. Click on “View” at the top of your screen and select “show equalizer” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Uncheck the “On” box.

#3 Disable the Volume Buttons

If the problem persists, a faulty volume button might be to blame.

If your phone was recently damaged or exposed to water, your volume buttons might be not working at their best, causing Apple Music volume changes.

Don’t worry, though! You can easily solve this issue by disabling the “Change with Buttons” feature.

Follow these quick steps to do it:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to “Sounds & Haptics”
  3. Toggle off the switch next to “Change with Buttons”

If you have an Android device, you’ll be able to see a similar option on your Settings app. Please note that the availability of this option may vary depending on your phone’s model.

If the issue persists, don’t worry. Keep reading to learn more about other ways to fix it.

#4 Turn Off “Attention-Aware” Feature

If you have an iPhone X or a later model, you might want to disable the “Attention-Aware” option.

Our phones offer hundreds of features, but understanding all of them can be overwhelming.

If you don’t know what the “Attention-Aware” option does, don’t worry. Hundreds of users are in the same situation as you.

But in order to guide you through this section, it’s important that you understand it. With this feature, your phone can detect if you’re paying attention to your device and automatically respond to that.

If you’re looking at your phone, it will lower the sound volume and even dim the display brightness to protect your hearing and eyesight.

Although the “Attention-Aware” feature has fantastic health benefits, it could also be the reason why Apple Music volume keeps changing.

Follow this quick guide to turn this feature off:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to “Face ID & Passcode”
  3. Toggle off the switch next to “Attention-Aware Features”

#5 Check Your Bluetooth Connection

If you’re like me and love listening to your favorite songs on Bluetooth devices, like earphones or speakers, you might want to check the Bluetooth connection.

If the Apple Music volume keeps changing while connected to Bluetooth devices, chances are there’s a connection issue.

But don’t worry! You can easily fix this by trying two different approaches: one is turning off your Bluetooth temporarily, and the other is unpairing the Bluetooth devices. These quick actions will give your Bluetooth connection a fresh restart.

To turn off your phone’s Bluetooth, please follow these simple steps:

For Android:

Please note that the process may vary depending on your phone’s model.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Locate the Bluetooth icon on the Status Bar.
  3. Turn “Bluetooth” off.

For iPhone X and later:

  1. Access the Control Center by sliding your finger downward from the upper right corner of the screen. (Please note that if you have an iPhone SE, 8, or earlier, you’ll need to slide your finger upward from the bottom of the screen)
  2. Tap the Bluetooth icon to turn off Bluetooth temporarily.

Follow these instructions to unpair your device:

This process may vary depending on your phone’s model. But most devices can be re-paired in this way:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Open the Connections menu.
  3. Tap on “Bluetooth”.
  4. Select the gear icon in front of the Bluetooth device you’re using.
  5. Choose “Unpair”
  6. Re-pair your phone with the Bluetooth device you’re using, like the first time you set it up.
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Bluetooth.
  3. Press the information button (“i” icon)
  4. Click on “Forget Device”
  5. Tap again “Forget Device” in the pop-up option to confirm.
  6. Re-pair your device again.
  1. Type “Settings” on the search bar at the bottom of your screen and open the tab.
  2. Click on “Devices”.
  3. Select “Bluetooth & Other Devices”.
  4. Click on the Bluetooth device you want to remove, then select “Remove Device”.
  5. Re-pair your Bluetooth device with your computer like the first time you set it up.

Tip: If you’re using earphones, please make sure that you’re not accidentally pressing some buttons while moving. This may cause volume changes.

#6 Restart Your Device

If none of the fixes above have solved the issue, you might want to restart your device.

On several occasions, doing this quick action can unload your RAM and fix some temporary bugs or glitches that may be causing performance issues, such as constant volume changes.

Follow these simple steps to restart your device:

For Android phones:

  1. Press and hold the power button for 5-10 seconds.
  2. Select “Restart” to turn off your device.
  3. If you don’t see the “Restart” option, tap “Power off”. Once your device is off, press the power button to turn it on again.

For iPhone X, 11, 12, or 13:

  1. Press and hold either volume button and the side button until the power-off slider pops up (Please note that if you have an iPhone SE, 8, or earlier you’ll need to press and hold the right-hand side button).
  2. Drag the slider and wait 30 seconds to turn off your device.
  3. Press and hold the right-hand side button of your iPhone to turn your device back on.

Windows PC:

  1. Click on the Windows logo at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Click on the power button.
  3. Select “Restart”. Please make sure to save your open documents before doing this step.

Mac: You can easily restart your Mac by going to the Apple Menu and selecting “Restart”.


Listening to music should be fun and stress-free, but having Apple Music keep changing the volume level of your favorite songs can make it all feel quite the opposite.

Luckily, addressing most of the causes behind this situation is really quick and simple.

Remember, turning on “sound check”, disabling the sound equalizer and the volume buttons, checking your Bluetooth connection, or restarting your device, should solve the issue.

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