How to Adjust iPhone Settings for Music

Where to Look for Hard-To-Find Music Settings

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While most of the coolest things you can do with the Music app on the iPhone are found in the Music app itself, there are some harder-to-find settings outside the Music app that you can use to increase your enjoyment of your music and protect you (or your kids) at the same time.

Managing EQ for Music in Settings

You have to go to Settings > Music > EQ to find the equalizer settings for your music. These settings provide different kinds of audio playback styles. If you want to increase the bass sound of your music, choose Bass Booster. Listen to a lot of jazz? Get just the right mix by choosing the Jazz setting. Listening to a lot of podcasts or audiobooks? Pick the Spoken Word option.

EQ is optional, and turning it on uses up more battery than if it's turned off, but if you want an improved audio experience, tap on it, and select the EQ setting best for you.

Setting a Volume Limit

One big concern for a lot of iPod and iPhone users is the potential damage they may be doing to their hearing by listening to a lot of music, especially with earbuds that are so close to the inner ear. The Volume Limit setting is designed to address that. It limits the maximum volume of the music on your device.

To use it, go to Settings > Music > Volume Limit. Tap the bubble on the Max Volume scale and move it to the loudest you want your music to play. Once it's set, no matter what you do with the volume buttons, you'll never hear music louder than the limit.

If you're setting a volume limit on a kid's device, you should lock the limit in the password-protected Restrictions screen so it can't be changed. To do that, go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Volume Limit. Tap Volume Limit and select Don't Allow Changes. The first time you go to the Restrictions screen, you enter a password. Don't tell it to your kids.

​Using SoundCheck on iPhone

Songs are recorded at different volumes, meaning that you might listen to one loud song and then one quiet one, causing you to adjust the volume for each song. SoundCheck tries to prevent this. It samples the volume of the songs in your Music library and attempts to play all songs at an average volume.

If you want to use it, go to Settings > Music > Sound Check and tap the slider to move it to the On position. 

Other Music Settings

While you are in the Settings > Music screen, you can turn off the use of cellular data for updating your music library by tapping Cellular Data and then toggling the selector to the Off position. This setting comes in handy if you are approaching your data limit.

Also in the Settings > Music screen is the Downloaded Music setting, which contains a list of all the music currently downloaded on the iPhone along with the amount of space it is using. When you need to clear up space on the iPhone, tap Edit at the top of the Downloaded Music screen. Tap the red circle next to any entry to open a Delete option for that music. Tap it to remove the song. Repeat until you are happy with the amount of available space you have available on the iPhone, which is displayed at the bottom of the Downloaded Music screen. Tap Done to close the editing screen.