Bass Booster For Spotify (Guide+Tips For All Devices)

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If you’re a Spotify user, you’ll be well accustomed to finding and streaming music easily, but did you know there’s an in-built Spotify equalizer? Well, now you do!

There are a ton of equalizer presets you can get stuck into depending on what genre you’re listening to, or even if you’re listening to podcasts.

One of these presets is the Bass Booster, which, as you can probably imagine, is designed to give the bottom end a bump and boost up the lower frequencies.

Read on if you’re wondering how to achieve this.

Where Is The Spotify Bass Boost Function?

Finding the bass boost function is quick and easy. Just follow these steps in the Spotify app:

iOS

  1. Tap on the settings ‘cog’ icon in the top right-hand corner
  2. Select ‘Playback’
  3. Scroll down and select ‘Equalizer’
  4. Select ‘Bass Booster’

Android

  1. Tap on the settings ‘cog’ icon in the top right-hand corner
  2. Scroll down to the ‘Audio Quality’ section
  3. Select ‘Equalizer’
  4. Select ‘Bass Booster’

It’s worth noting that with many different Android models available, this won’t necessarily work on every single Android phone.

Depending on the manufacturer, when selecting the equalizer, Spotify may take you to the phone’s native EQ rather than Spotify’s in-built EQ.

PC (Windows 10)

There isn’t currently a Bass Booster for Spotify on PC as there isn’t an equalizer built into the PC app.

There are workarounds to this, however.

  1. Right-click the sound icon and select ‘sounds’
  2. Right-click the device you want to play through and hit ‘Properties’
  3. Select ‘Enhancements’ followed by the tick box for bass boost

This won’t just apply to Spotify, however, as you are making changes outside of the app, so remember this will affect anything else you play through your selected device.

Mac

Unfortunately, downloading third-party software is the only way to EQ your Spotify music on a Mac.

eqMac2 is a free equalizer that will allow you to make changes, access presets, and add a Bass Booster for Spotify streaming.

FAQ

What Is The Bass Booster For Spotify?

Put simply, the bass boost on Spotify bumps up the low end of your track by using an in-built preset accessed via the Spotify equalizer settings. As mentioned in the steps earlier, all you have to do is scroll to Bass Booster within EQ settings.

If you feel the music you’re listening to is lacking in the lower frequency range, this will take a few seconds and could improve your listening experience.

As you can see below, the bass boost on Spotify bumps up the area of 60-150Hz.

How Does The Spotify Equalizer Work?

The EQ works the same as a standard equalizer in a DAW or plugin.

It won’t be as accurate as your parametric EQs (so don’t be thinking you can go in and make surgical cuts if you haven’t quite tightened up that mix before sending it to your distribution service), but its enough that it can give you an added level of customization and help enhance whatever it is you’re listening to.

As you can see below, the EQ uses a simple boost/cut system separated into various bands.

Just move up the desired band, and you can make adjustments to taste. You can get as wild as you like!

One of the convenient features of the Spotify EQ is the ability to apply presets to the audio you’re listening to, whether that be a podcast or a rock tune.

One of these presets is the Bass Booster.

What Styles Of Music Would You Use The Spotify Bass Booster For?

No specific styles are a firm ‘yes’ when using the bass booster for Spotify. After all, music is very subjective.

However, in general, any genre focusing on the kick drum or bassline might benefit from using the preset.

This is because boosting the low end will naturally bring out those aspects of a track, however, if you were to listen to a singer-songwriter, this might not have the same effect, and it could end up sounding muddy or overbearing.

You can cycle through other presets on the list depending on the genre you are listening to and experiment with them.

See where they get you. If necessary, you can tweak the tone to your taste.

The same applies if the bass booster applies too much low end. Simply select the frequency and reduce it to taste.

It’s worth keeping in mind that whatever changes you make will affect the entire track.

Raising the bass booster for Spotify won’t simply increase the bassline and/or kick drum but will bring up any other frequency content in that area.

Other Handy Spotify Features (You Might Not Know About)

Aside from accessing the equalizer, Spotify has some unique features that can enhance your listening experience.

Mono

Spotify has a mono function that can be switched on and off with the touch of a button. This is accessed via ‘Settings’ followed by ‘Playback’.

Nowadays, we are most used to hearing tracks in stereo however, the mono function can be helpful for anyone with hearing loss or damage in one ear, or maybe you want to listen with just one earphone in so that you can have a conversation.

Selecting mono will allow you to hear everything in one ear.

Normalization 

While Spotify has various guidance on levels regarding the music uploaded and streamed on the platform, there will be discrepancies.

Applying the normalization function will bring all audio up to the same level meaning a more consistent experience while you listen (and less need to ride the volume buttons on the train or bus!).

Normalization is accessed via the ‘Settings’ and ‘Playback’ section.

Crossfade

If you’re used to listening to Spotify without the crossfade function, you’ll notice that each successive track will begin right after the last song ends.

Crossfade allows you to blend two tracks seamlessly and crossfade from one into the other. You can choose for this to happen over a maximum of 12 seconds.

Gapless Playback

Gapless playback means that each track you listen to will begin without any pause or gap following the previous track.

This might not sound like a huge issue to have turned off however, if you imagine you are listening to a live album, it can break the atmosphere to have even a split-second pause between tracks, as even if there is no music playing, there will usually be some sort of crowd noise.

Similarly, some albums are mixed so that one track directly flows into the next. Turning on gapless playback allows these tracks to be heard as the mix engineer intended!

Before you go, check out our post on How To Use The Spotify Equalizer For Any Music Genre!