How to Fix Too Low Speaker Volume on Macbook

What is the importance of a Macbook without sound? Most Mac users use their PC for different purposes like personal use, meetings, gaming, presentation Professional Movie/ Video making, Audio making and entertainment among others. Under those purposes, there must be somewhere where you will need to listen to something. Refresh yourself with a movie or some cool music. But how will do that if you got too low speaker volume on Macbook?

too low speaker volume on macbook

Imagine making an important call with a client on Skype and all you have to do is strain listening what they got to say. How about watching a movie in a noisy neighborhood? What if you are waiting for an email notification alert from an important person? The situation is not welcoming at all and trust me you won’t like it.

Well, if you have encountered this then we have listed some great troubleshooting tips that will help you get out of this cloud. If you haven’t run into such a conflict, reading is not bad, you never know what tomorrow holds, you might need the skills to help your brother, friend or a neighbor when they are faced with such an eventuality.

Too low speaker volume on Macbook troubleshooting tips

The methods listed in this article have been proved to work on several Macbook sound problem occasions therefore follow the instructions in each without skipping a point.

If one method doesn’t work for you, move on to the next one and at the end, you will be able to fix the problem with your PC.

A.     Reboot your Mac

Rebooting your PC can fix this problem. To do this simply click on the Apple Logo and from the top menu, click restart.

B.     Perform a system update

Performing a system update can as well fix this issue. This is because old system still contains bugs that haven’t been dealt with. Therefore, updating your system to the latest version of macOS available can bring the sound back to normal.

Simply hit the Apple Logo on your Mac then go to system preferences. From there, head straight to software update. Download and install the latest version if it is available. Reboot your computer to see if the problem is fixed.

C.     The built-in speaker is checked in

You can customize your PC’s speaker for louder volume from macOS settings.

To do this, click on Apple logo. Now select System Preferences from the top Mac menu settings. Then select sound then go to the output tab. Now select internal speaker (Built-in) and set it with the maximum volume using the slider. That is it. Your speakers should be back to normal.

D.    Your Macbook stuck on headphone mode

Sometime your PC could be stuck on headphone mode even with no headphone plugged in and you just couldn’t realize it.

With this kind of a situation, just plug in your headphone and check if the sound is being rendered well.

If it is reboot your PC with the headphone still plugged in then remove the headphone before the system boots up.

If the problem recurs after you test, move on to the next step.

E.     Re-install the latest version of macOS

Here, restart you Mac and during restart, press command + R key from the keyboard until the macOS utility window pops up. Now select reinstall macOS and follow the onscreen prompts

This process repairs the software issues with you computer and does not erase any data that is stored on you Mac.

F.      Get help from Mac Support

There is nothing cooler than contacting the device manufacturers. This is because they can give you superior helpful guidelines on how you can solve this problem. Also, you can take the machine to one of their agents or dealers who are nearby and they will help you fix this problem and advise you accordingly.

Why is it that the sound is not working on your Mac?

It is always good to know the cause of a problem before you look into it. This is so that you won’t repeat any mistakes next time.

Therefore, I am going to show you a checklist and perhaps the solutions for why you have too low speaker volume on Macbook

Solution 1: Check your sound settings

If you can’t hear any sound from your PC, first disconnect any external audio devices that you might have connected on it. It is also important to disconnect all the cables from the USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt or the 3.5mm audio ports.

Once you are set follow the following instructions.

  1. Click on the Apple Icon and then from the Apple menu, select System Preferences then sound
  2. Move to the Output tab and then select internal speakers as an option in the output window and then contact Apple Support.

In case the volume slider is set to minimum adjust the slider to the maximum volume and check if the error is fixed.

Again if the Mute Checkbox is selected, uncheck it and test the sound once more but if you still can’t hear any sound contact the Apple support.

Solution 3: Make good use of the keyboard shortcut to increase volume instantly

Keyboard shortcuts sometimes are the smartest ways to increase and reduce volume levels on your Mac Computer.

To use the keyboard shortcuts simply press F12 button on your keyboard to maximize the volume and F11 key to decrease the sound from its current level. F10 is for mute and Un-mute functions.

Solution 4: Enable volume on Mac Menu Bar

To do this, go to the Apple menu then click on System Preferences. Select sound.

a)     Sound effects

sound effects-too low speaker volume on mackbook

From here, you will see a list of sounds alert as built-in.

For testing purposes, play the sound in different speakers that are listed under “Play sound effect through” and maximize the alert volume level.

b)     Output Volume

too low speaker volume on Macbook sound settings

This setting is also very important. Use this feature to increase the volumes of the left and the right speaker. It happens that your general computer volume is to the maximum but when the volume of the left and right speakers is down, then automatically there is no sound that will come out and that is why you are experiencing too low speaker volume on Macbook.

c)      Input Sound

Changing the intensity of the microphone input sound can also work miracles. Enabling the feature to reduce the ambient noise, you give the output speakers to produce a clear sound.

Solution 5: Clear all sound settings from Macbook RAM

Usually, the computer system stores some settings in small size Random Access Memory just to allow for quick access, save or change in settings. The memory ideal for this function is the Nonvolatile Random Access Memory.

Clearing up the settings that reside in this memory is easy and can clear the settings that are related to or that are cause the sound to be too low on your Mac speakers.

In order for you to reset the Nonvolatile Random Access Memory (NVRAM) on your Mac, unplug all the speakers and sound devices from the PC and then shut down your Mac.

Now press the power button. Immediately the screen lights press and hold Option + Command + P +R for about 20 seconds that is it. Release all the keys once you receive a start-up sound.

Solution 5: Low volume on online media files –audio or video

There might be no problems with your speakers at all. Sometimes the audio or video file you are playing might be the one with the problem. Maybe it has no sound at all or it was custom set to play up to a certain volume level.

It also depends on the quality of the audio and the video you are trying to play. Before you do any fixes, make sure that you check the sound level in an online media player like YouTube and Vimeo.

Solution 6: The Macbook hardware issue

Going to Macbook hardware check-up at the apple genius bar is also helpful. Internal hardware problems like the soundcard may be a cause of the low sound by the speakers or maybe Macbook not sounding like it used to.

Solution 7: iTunes Equalizer

Trying to listen to music in a noisy room or one with many people can be stressful. MacBook comes with an inbuilt equalizer that can help you amplify the audio volume. Although it will not sound like the blust sound you hear in a disco, but it will be much more audible than before.

To do this, open the iTunes Equalizer window and drag the preamp slider all the way up. Also make sure that you check the on the checkbox for the setting to be applied and this should put some more power into those speakers.

Solution 8: Use VLC instead of Quick Time and DVD Player

It is usual thing for Mac users to use Quick Time or DVD player to play music and video but then the truth remain, they are not as powerful as VLC. If you find it hard to hear what the audio is talking about, simply switch to a different audio or video player.

Using the playback controller in VLC, you can be able to pump up the volume up to 400%. Just try it out and see if it fixes your problem.

Solution 7: Uninstall apps that could be interfering with the speakers

Some applications such as screen recorders when installed come with their own audio drivers thus causing too low speaker volume on Macbook. They do this to give you the ability to direct your Mac’s output to the recording app.

Therefore, it is possible that if you have such an app installed on your PC then its drivers could be interfering with your comp’s sound output.

To check if there are applications that are troubling the sound output of your computer, follow the steps below.

  1. Click on the Apple menu then go to System Preferences and then choose the sound
  2. Click on the output tab and if there is a selected software app for output then that is the reason for your troubles.

Here the best thing you can do is to uninstall the application. You could drag the app to trash however that won’t work properly. You have to make sure that all the files the app has placed on your PC are all wiped out. Use dedicated software like CleanMyMac X which makes it pretty easy to remove any app in a way that does not leave any fragments or stray files behind.

Solution 8: Restart the sound controller

If the above solution has not fixed your problem and you are sure that there are no software audio drivers that are interfering with your Macbook sound output and that there are no audio output devices plugged into the audio ports then the next step is to restart the sound controller.

  1. Go to applications and then utilities and select or double click on activity monitor to launch it.
  2. Type “coreaudiod” in the search bar and then locate the Core Audio Controller.
  3. Click on the coreaudiod and then click the X button in the toolbar to quit it and now coreaudiod will restart

Solution 9: Run Maintenance Scripts

If your PC’s sound is not working then consider running the CleanMyMac X’s maintenance scripts.

These scripts run a number of routines that optimize the performance of your Mac.

Download the app for free and launch it then click on maintenance. From that window, choose run maintenance scripts and then click run.

When you are done, restart your PC and see if the problem of too low speaker volume on MacBook is gone.


It is not a must that you stick to the PC speakers for sound if it can’t amplify it or bring it back to normal. Instead of relying on them, you can acquire some cool external computer speakers which will work just fine.

If you indeed want to use the inbuilt speakers then we would recommend that you find a nice trustworthy technical to fix the issue if it is a much technical one. Perhaps, you can replace the speakers with new ones which could also solve the too low speaker volume on Macbook problem 

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