Bass booster apps are an easy way to get better audio through our smartphone. Not necessarily by improving the audio quality, but by adding a bit more warmth to it.
If you've got a pair of decent external speakers or headphones, you may also be able to get a stronger bass kick. Because, after all, most Android smartphones are very conservative with the way that they handle base.
With all that being said, let's check out some bass booster apps!
Before we begin, let us mention that if your phone's speakers, external speakers, or headphones can't handle the extra bass, you may end up destroying them. That's a very rare thing. But, it can happen.
And if it does, don't blame us. You're trying all these apps at your own responsibility. Again, the chance for something to go wrong is very low. Nothing like that ever happened to us.
It's much more likely for your phone's sound card to reach its limits than for it to be able to destroy speakers. You'll experience that effect in volume jumps. So, do keep that in mind.
And with that out of the way, let us move on!
1: Poweramp (Bass Booster and Player in One)
Poweramp is one of our favorite music player apps - if not our favorite. We've previously reviewed it before and to this day, we still think that it's the best music player for Android that one can get!
Apart from a music player, it's also a great bass booster. By default, it comes with a 10-band equalizer, bass and treble control, Stereo Expand, Reverb, and more!
If you learn how to take advantage of the equalizer while also adjusting the bass level, there is no turning back to the stock player. Of course, that will highly depend on how your phone's stock audio is configured as well.
For starters, you can play with the first 3 EQ bands on the left and the last 2 on the right. These are responsible for most of the bass and treble control. The mids are a bit more complicated, so, maybe leave that for another time.
Other than a bass booster, you're also getting a great music player with support for 3rd party skins, lots of customization options, lots of audio choices for audiophiles, and more.
The only downside to Poweramp is that it asks for money. The free version is nothing but a trial. And if memory serves right, it'll stop working after a couple of weeks.
The paid/premium version which gives you access to the full app costs 4 bucks. But, do keep in mind that pricing may vary from region to region.
For us, personally, those were the best 4 bucks that we ever spent. And remember that we're not affiliated in any way with the app and its developers or the marketing team.
This is one of the most popular boosters on Google Play. It actually has been quite possibly the most popular option for a relatively long time now and you know what they say - if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Apart from enhancing the bass, it also gives us an equalizer along with a virtualizer which acts very similarly to the "Stereo Expand" feature of Poweramp.
Speaking of Poweramp, do keep in mind that the equalizer of this app is nowhere near as good. It just doesn't give you as much control and doesn't affect the audio in the way that you want it to - at least not for us.
The built-in presets are also not that useful. But, hey. At the end of the day, it's a free bass booster. So, at the very least, consider giving it a try. It's not like you've got anything to lose.
Let us be honest here. In terms of pure quality and bass boost capabilities, we've seen better options. The only problem is that most of them just refused to work with certain players, phones, and in some cases, both. That's why we recommend Music Volume EQ instead.
The bass boost that it provides is rather soft and it's more about making the sound warmer rather than providing that classic bass kick. Still, your results may vary depending on the phone, headset, or the speakers.
Apart from boosting the base, you can also use it for a bit of extra volume, making some basic adjustments with an EQ, and using a virtualizer for adding a bit of extra room to your audio.
Nothing too fancy. But, it usually gets the job done. And again, the reason that we really recommend it is because it's one of the very few apps that work universally. Or at least it did for us.
It's also free. So, that's an additional bonus point as well. And with all that being said, do keep in mind that overdoing it with the bass and/or volume boost can end up ruining your audio. Or even worse, your phone's speakers.
Though, just like we mentioned above, the chances of that happening are rather slim. Still, we wouldn't try it. Most phone speakers are too weak to provide a decent bass boost anyway.
Bass Boost Apps: Conclusion
There are a ton of apps to choose from out there. But, so far, those were the best that we could find. The rest were mostly similar, worse, or downright refused to work.
Of course, with so many options out there, there is a good chance that we may have missed something good. So, if you've got any recommendations, let us know about them in the comments.
And if you're still not sure which one to pick, here are the pros and cons of each of our picks in a nutshell:
- Poweramp: Provides the best base boost with the best EQ while also giving you a great music player. However, both the EQ and the base control work in its own environment - meaning that it can't be used for Spotify or YouTube. Also, the full version is paid only
- Bass Booster and Equalizer: This is a simple, free alternative that works with most apps and phones. However, it's also a step backward in terms of audio enhancements compared to Poweramp
- Music Volume EQ: We found the base boost a bit underwhelming. But, this option seems to work universally with all apps - which is something that none of the other options did
That's all for now. Feel like we forgot to mention something important? Got anything wrong? Then let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!