anybody tried this pinhole technique for increasing iphone volume?

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  1. eye.surgeon macrumors 6502

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  2. snapper07 macrumors 6502

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    i read about this today oh dear i bet it works great to start with until the speaker channel fills up with fluff and dust in a few months time and you've got less volume than u started!!
     
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    Am I the only one who hasn't found the sound to be that low? It's been fine for me, I can't see why the need to go poking holes.
     
  5. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

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    I dont listen to music via the speaker and its just fine for speaker phone. if I am in a place where I need a louder speakerphone, i just dont use speakerphone.
     
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    The early iPhones had a problem with the sound through the speaker. My first iPhone that I still use is a week 26 and the volume would go up and down on it's own, even though I never adjusted the volume. Plugging the USB cord into the iPhone would sometimes suddenly make the volume nice and loud again till an hour later. Then I would be lucky to hear anything out of the speaker.

    I also have a week 51 iPhone and the speaker is always nice and loud and it never flutuates like the one above. Been very happy with this one.

    I did try just now to poke a pin in the speaker hole on the week 26 and I'm not sure if it has helped yet. Right now the sound is about as loud as my new iPhone but I'll see in an hour. Theres only a few holes that actually go through on the bottom anyways.
     
  8. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Didn't work as my volume is now low again. Thank God I have a newer model iPhone to use. I am seriously thinking of taking my original iPhone to Apple over the weekend.
     
  9. chadrob30 macrumors 6502

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    I just did it and I can tell you that it does work. :apple:
     
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    And that's fine.
     
  12. civilizedrat macrumors regular

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    I can testify that this method DOES work too. Oh my god! It's like I have totally new speakers. No joke.
     
  13. eLusive macrumors newbie

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    I wouldn't think they would take it back after you poked holes into the back of the unit. One would assume this method voids warranty.
     
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    That's what I was thinking.
     
  16. br0adband macrumors 6502a

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    I disassembled my iPhone 2G the other day and noted with the black antenna covered removed the iPhone's audio is far Far FAr FAR louder... by a significant portion. Also, because it's louder the ringtones are obviously FAR louder as well, and much easier to hear even in a loud environment if I have vibration disabled (I don't but, I'm just saying...).

    Music playback is also quite loud now as well so I don't always have to plug in the headphones so often. I don't use the iPhone with a dock or hooked up to a home audio system, no need for that stuff.

    But, as for the holes, what I noted is that Apple put a far too thick piece of felt across the bottom inside of the black antenna cover. It's so thick - like 5 pieces of notebook paper thick, seriously - that it effectively cuts a huge chunk of the audio power right outta the output.

    I peeled that piece off, cut a tiny piece of regular single-ply bathroom tissue to about 1/4" high by 3/4" wide and placed that over the grill holes, then re-assembled the antenna cover till it was securely back in place. Upon firing up the music player, I was pleasantly surprised at the now quite audible iPhone compared to what it was before, and with dust protection in place that'll function just as well.

    The speaker inside the iPhone is mounted inside a tiny "structure" about the size of a lithium CMOS battery but about 3x as high/thick. It's actually a ported speaker so it gives out far more bass than you might expect.

    "Poking a hole in the speaker" is effectively impossible so doing this "mod" is basically harmless. Just be careful and go slow if you do it, and don't insert the paper clip or stickpin any more than 1/8" - that's one-eight of an inch, not deep at all, but enough to poke a hole in that thick piece of felt and let more sound out.

    Great little mod/hack, and highly recommended. Now when the ringtone goes off on mine (the Crank ringtone from the movie of the same name), people all around me turn and stare because everybody within 50 feet of me do hear it. :D

    And for those thinking it just means "poking holes in the back of the iPhone," it doesn't. This has nothing to do with damage either on a cosmetic or formal scale, it's not visible at all when done correctly, and there really is no side effect that's negative as the speaker is sealed inside that enclosure and ported like a subwoofer in your home audio system.

    Do you folks put dust covers on the holes in your subwoofers? Didn't think so... :D
     
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    I don't know why modmyiphone.com points directly to the Google homepage now; it's not just for that thread. But I remember reading the thread there about this modification when my first iPhone had a too-soft ringer and I was missing calls. I bookmarked it because I thought I would probably need it. The method was first described more than a year ago, and the thread has lots of posts from people who tried it. No one who did it and reported back ever had any trouble, and all were happy with the modification. At least that was true the last time I read the thread. There were also posts like the ones here from people who wouldn't dream of doing something like this.

    I exchanged my first iPhone for this ringer volume problem, and lots of people used to complain about it. The second sample was better, but not great. I moved to the 3G this past week, and it is MUCH better for ringer volume and for phone receiver volume too. I can now talk on the phone in a crowd without straining to hear. I never did the modification, but it does seem to be a viable way to help.
     
  18. Surrix macrumors regular

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    I did this a long time ago and it works great. I used to run my phone at full volume all the time and couldn't get reasonable sound from it. Now I run it at 4 blocks of volume and the sound is very respectable. I also have the choice of cranking it up for loud environments.

    I haven't noticed any degradation in sound (due to built up dust).

    I poked a very small pin through every hole I could.
     
  19. Jess.H macrumors member

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    Much to my surprise, this does work. Thanks for the tip. [​IMG]
     
  20. Bernie-Mac macrumors 65816

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    Cuz they are now modmyi.com, apple made them change their name
     
  21. sergiuria macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh, you beat me to it
     
  22. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    Fair enough, but why point to Google? It doesn't point to a Google search that would show you the way to the new URL.
     
  23. Resist macrumors 68030

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    Me either! Why anyone would poke holes in a protective barrier on such an expensive device is beyond me.
     
  24. Resist macrumors 68030

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    The iPhone only has one speaker at the bottom, the right one is a mic.
     
  25. andreab35 macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5G77 Safari/525.20)

    I tried it with my 1st gen. a while ago and this technique did work wonderfully. I haven't attempted to try this on my 3G iPhone though.
     

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