How to boost the speaker and headset volume on the Nexus 5

First thing’s first, you need to have root access for this trick, and you need to be comfortable flashing a zip in Recovery Mode. Ok, if that hasn’t sent you running for the hills, let’s proceed with a simple trick to get much better sound quality and volume from your Nexus 5‘s rather pathetic speaker and volume control, even after the improvements brought by Android 4.4.1 and 4.4.2.

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Even the new, slightly ”bigger” Nexus 5 speaker is pretty poor. / © Android Lab

The best thing about this trick is that is doesn’t distort the sound like a lot of Play Store volume enhancer apps do. All you need is one of the four flashable zips on this XDA Developer’s thread – either the headphones and speaker zip, the headphones-only or speaker-only zip, or the revert to stock zip – saved to an easily locatable place on your Nexus 5. You don’t need them all but there’s no harm in having them all either. Android 4.4, 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 are all supported, just get the right zip.

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