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Overall, I am satisfied with the sound of my iPhone. Also the AirPods 2 have become indispensable in everyday life and provide me with audio books, Blinkist abstracts, Podcasts, news, music and of course phone calls. The sound is ok, but logically can't keep up with that of my Bose QC35 - but it doesn't have to either. The Airpods 2 are great all-round headphones that I always have with me. If, for once, I want to enjoy music in peace, I just use other devices such as the HomePod or the QC35.
Recently I had the need to change the sound a little with an equalizer, because I was testing a Bluetooth box that - from my subjective point of view - could use a bit more bass. And then the search began ... I had in the back of my mind that an equalizer was available somewhere in the iPhone, but I couldn't remember where to find it.
A quick search got me to the right one Apple Support Document which describes how you can activate the equalizer in addition to the maximum volume of the iPhone.
If you are looking for the equalizer on your iPhone, proceed as follows:
It's a bit of a shame that you don't have a real EQ available, as you know it from other apps. You can neither see the typical sliders as they are built into real equalizers, nor can you adjust any frequency curves. The only thing left for the user to do is use their imagination and consider which frequency settings are hidden behind the individual names of the presets.
Unfortunately, you can't set your own EQ setting either - Apple could really invest a bit of time here to offer a nicer and more practical interface.
My choices were "Loudness", "Small Boxes" and "More Bass". All three basically helped to improve the sound of my bluetooth speaker.
Those who use Spotify Premium have the option of activating an equalizer in Spotify themselves and are not dependent on the presettings of the iPhone's own EQ. Spotify's equalizer offers a frequency curve where you can touch and move points to improve the sound. If you just want more bass, activate the "Bass Boost" function.
The equalizer can be found on Spotify in this way:
Important: The sound settings on Spotify cannot be changed if you have just activated Spotify Connect.
But now have fun trying out the EQ settings!
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.