3 Ways to Increase Bass on Headphones

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Music is an escape from the real world. Whether you’re sad, tired, broke, pissed, or need some solitude, it serves as the best possible route for escape.

The increasing demand for headphones and the lethal competition amidst different brands tells us a lot about the growing addiction of music and headphones. 

The University of California has found out that people enjoy listening to music with loud bass frequencies. I wonder if there was any need to ‘find it out’ because we do enjoy the same, and that is why we’ve created this website for you, listing the problems and solutions we face every day with our headphones.

Getting back to it, what if the headphone brand you purchased promised that the headphones would be bass-heavy, yet when you wear them, it feels that something is missing?

Well, It’s not always the headphones or the brand’s fault that we miss the bass in the headphone, it may happen that a slight change in the settings of your PC or mobile may also result in a baseless listening experience, and it may also diminish your listening experience.

What is Bass?

What is Bass?

Bass is basically the ‘boom-boom’ and the ‘thud-thud’ sound you can hear in your headphones. It is usually the sound of low or deep frequency. It can also be called part of the music that shakes your brain and makes you dance while your headphones are on.

In music theory, Bass is the foundation of harmony and hence plays an important role in music. It helps to underpin and emphasize the key in music. For chords, it indicates the inversion of each chord. Because the bass note of a chord is low, we feel it more physically than other notes, and thus it also helps to underpin rhythm and grooves.

Ways to Increase Bass in Your Headphones

We’ve already read what bass is and its importance in audio. To be quoted in simple words, music without bass is not worth the addiction.

So let us explore ways through which we can increase bass in our headphones.

1. Default Smartphone Equalizers

Some smartphones have their own default equalizer, which can be adjusted as and when you want. Below I’ll be listing down the steps on how you can do it.

Default Smartphone Equalizers
  • Step 1: In your phone’s settings, tap on ‘Sound and Vibration.’
  • Step 2: Scroll down to ‘Sound effects’ and tap on that.
  • Step 3: There you’ll find the ‘Equalizer’ panel, tap on that, and it will open up a page for you to adjust your sound settings as per your need.

It also has default settings like Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, etc., so you can simply tap on them for the same music experience.

Some apps follow the default system settings of the device, while some have their own equalizers. Spotify, for example, also provides you with its own equalizer where you can make changes according to your music taste.

The steps, again, are quite simple, but let me just write it down for you.

Default Smartphone Equalizers setting
  • Step 1: Tap on the ‘Settings’ icon on the right side of the screen.
  • Step 2: Scroll down to ‘Equalizer.’
  • Step 3: Opening the equalizer panel will give you options to adjust the sound settings as per your preference.

2. How to Increase Bass on Your PC?

The steps to boost the bass on a mobile phone are quite easy, whereas there might be a bit of a challenge while doing the same on your PC.

Not an issue. As always, we’ve got you covered.

Below is a step-by-step procedure on how to boost the bass of your headphones on your PC.

Windows 10

How to Increase Bass on Windows 10
  • Step 1: Start by going to the ‘Settings’ page on your PC.
  • Step 2: In settings, choose ‘Sound’ on the left side of the screen.
  • Step 3: On the sound settings page, click on the ‘Control Panel’ on the right side of the screen. A pop-up box will appear. Select your headphones and click on ‘Properties.’
  • Step 4: You can see the ‘Enhancements’ tab in the properties, which gives you three options, ‘Bass boost,’ ‘Headphone Virtualisation,’ and ‘Loudness equalization.’ Click on Bass Boost, and to save the changes, click on ‘Apply.’

There might be other enhancements on the same page, like frequency and boost level, that you may want to explore.

Windows 11

How to Increase Bass on Windows 11

Let us now move on to do the same in Windows 11 Pc.

  • Step 1: Search ‘Control Panel’ in the search tab.
  • Step 2: In the Control Panel, click on ‘Hardware & Sound’ and then go to ‘Sound’ settings.
  • Step 3: A new window will open, just like the one in Windows 10. Make sure that you’re in the ‘Playback’ tab.
  • Step 4: Select your headphones; if you can’t find them, right-click and show ‘Disable and Disconnected’ devices.
  • Step 5: Double-clicking on your headphones will open the Properties window for you, wherein you’ll find the same options that you had in Windows 10.
  • Step 6: Click on ‘bass boost’ and click on ‘Apply; to save the changes. You can try updating your drivers if you do not get the “enhancements’ tab.

3. How to Increase Bass on Your MacOS?

You can increase the Bass on Mac via the Music equalizer.

  • Step 1: In the music app, go to ‘Windows’ and then ‘Equalizer.’
  • Step 2: You can drag the sliders and adjust the sound settings as per your preference.
  • Step 3: Lastly, go to ‘Music’ and then ‘Preference’ and ensure that ‘Sound enhancer’ is selected.

You can install various apps on your Mac and adjust the sound settings. For instance, eqMAc.


This app is known to be the best and the simplest to set your equalizer settings. It does offer you a premium version of itself, but the simple equalizer settings are available for free.

It offers the following features:

  • 10 band equalizers
  • EQ presets
  • Bass, mid and treble boosters
  • App mixer
  • Spatial audio tweaker

Boom 3D

Boom 2 is yet another application that you can use to enhance your audio experience. “It is a system-wide volume booster app, which increases the overall volume of your Mac and enhances its internal sound presets.

 It is also said to have astounding 3D surround sound, an application volume controller, magical audio effects and built-in audio player for an all-round acoustic experience”.

Users that have experienced music listening with BOOM 3D app have strictly forbidden themselves from using any other equalizer app.

Installing the app is quite easy. You can simply visit the website and download it, and since good things always come at a price, BOOM 3D gives you a 7-day trial, post which you’ll be required to pay $13 for half a year, $18.2/year, and $44.2 for lifetime access.


Of course, in a world full of amazing singers and composers, who isn’t a fan of music? But with gross listening experience, definitely NO.

Using an audio equalizer is a seamless way to enhance your listening experience. Still, it differs a lot from device to device. Mobile devices have their own default equalizers preset for a seamless music experience.

 Even PCs, laptops, and Macs have their own equalizers. There are third-party apps as well, for Mac, as I’ve mentioned above, that also have preset equalizers.

So, set’em up, folks. Get your headphones, and enjoy your favorite music as you prefer it.