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equalizer androidThese days, there’s a lot of nostalgia and rose-tinted yearning for the older times when cassettes and vinyl reigned supreme. Back then, all you had to do was pop the record on a turntable or the cassette in a player and it was good. Nowadays, digital sound is a bit more complicated if you want maximum quality.

Sound is produced across a broad spectrum of frequencies ranging from the lowest (bass) to the highest (treble). An equalizer takes an input sound and adjusts it by emphasizing or de-emphasizing certain frequencies, which is useful since different types of sound and music place different emphases on the various frequency ranges. If your digital audio ever sounds flat or wrong, you most likely need an equalizer to optimize the sound waves.

Nearly every premium Android music app comes with a working equalizer (e.g., n7player n7player: An Android Music Player That’s Worth Every Cent n7player: An Android Music Player That’s Worth Every Cent There are plenty of high quality music players that you can get for Android without paying a single cent. In fact, just a few weeks ago I wrote about Rocket Player, which is currently my... Read More , doubleTwist doubleTwist: A Simple & Clean Music App With Desktop Synchronization [Android] doubleTwist: A Simple & Clean Music App With Desktop Synchronization [Android] Ask anyone what their favorite Android music player is and you’ll get a dozen answers. The worst (or best) part is that each of those answers is perfectly viable. There are so many apps to... Read More ) and there are a few free music players with working equalizers as well (e.g., Shuttle Player Shuttle Player: The Robust and Feature-Complete Music Experience [Android] Shuttle Player: The Robust and Feature-Complete Music Experience [Android] Finding that one perfect music player can be tough. Finding one that's free? Nearly impossible. Rocket Player has been my near-perfect choice for the past few months, but I recently found a successor: Shuttle Player.... Read More , Rocket Player Take a Break From the Mainstream Music Apps and Try Rocket Player [Android] Take a Break From the Mainstream Music Apps and Try Rocket Player [Android] When it comes to Android music players, there are a few big names that everyone likes to throw around - e.g., Winamp and doubleTwist - but popular isn't always the best. Recently, I heard about... Read More ). However, if you want a global equalizer that works regardless of which music app you’re using, then check out these great equalizer Android apps.

Note: Since equalizers are closely tied to the system’s audio, having multiple equalizers may cause compatibility issues. For best results, you should only use one equalizer at a time.


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Equalizer is an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use equalizer app that will truly elevate your audio experience to the next level if you aren’t already using an equalizer. It’s packed with features like eleven presets, audio sampler, bass booster, virtualizer, reverb, and more. With over 41,000 votes and a 4.5-star average on Google Play, there’s a lot going for this app.


One cool thing about Equalizer is the preset auto-detection, which will automatically select an appropriate preset for you based on the song you’re currently listening to. Unfortunately, Equalizer is not guaranteed to work with all music apps due to compatibility issues, but it does support a lot of them so your chances are good. Plus, it works with streaming apps like Pandora Pandora Launches A Massive Update For Their Android App [Updates] Pandora Launches A Massive Update For Their Android App [Updates] Pandora users who own an Android and feel like the app is lagging behind the iOS version can breathe a sigh of relief, as a massive update has closed the gap. The popular music streaming... Read More .

Equalizer also comes with a built-in widget that you can place on your home screen for immediate access to equalizer settings whenever you need them. The widget comes in 4×1 and 2×1 sizes.

For $1.99 USD, you can upgrade to Equalizer’s premium version, which allows you to save, delete, or rename custom presets, create home screen shortcuts for specific presets, and backup/restore presets from an SD card.

Music Equalizer

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Music Equalizer markets itself primarily as a volume slider with side capabilities for a five-band equalizer, bass booster, and virtualizer, which is strange because the volume slider isn’t all that important (unless you’re using a device that doesn’t have immediate volume control, like the Kindle Fire) and the equalizer is the main draw. Nevertheless, it’s a relatively simple app that does exactly what it claims to do and it does it well.

Music Equalizer comes with nine preset equalizer profiles. These cover the most popular genres but in case you want more customization, the app also allows you to create your own custom presets. Other than the small option to lock music volume, which prevents you from accidentally hitting a button and changing the volume, that’s all Music Equalizer does – and that’s all it really needs to do. It’s straightforward and I like that.

The downside is that Music Equalizer has a slim ad at the bottom that points to some of the other apps by the developer and there’s no way to disable it – there isn’t even a premium version that you can buy to get rid of it.

Equalizer FX

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The first thing that struck me about Equalizer FX is how much it resembles Equalizer (the first app in this list). The layouts are oddly familiar and the logos are uncanny in their similarity – strange considering the fact that the developers of the two apps are not the same. I don’t know if there was any malicious infringement going on, but that’s one heck of a coincidence if there wasn’t.

Equalizer FX comes with twelve presets, an audio sampler, a bass booster, and a virtualizer but does not have an auto-preset detection feature nor does it have a reverb feature. However, Equalizer FX earns a lot of points in my book because it allows users to create and save their own presets in the free version.

The free version of Equalizer FX is supposedly supported by ads, but I’ve yet to see or hear any ads while using it. If you do see ads and you’d rather get rid of them, you can upgrade to the paid version for $1 USD and eliminate the ads altogether.

Music Volume EQ

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There isn’t much that separates Music Volume EQ from the other equalizer apps on this list, except for the fact that it is the most popular one with over 51,000 ratings on Google Play giving it a 4.5-star rating. With so many users happy with Music Volume EQ’s performance, it seems like the safest bet of the bunch.

It comes with the core equalizer features that you’d need: five-band control, nine equalizer presets, a bass booster, a virtualizer, and a home screen widget for convenience. This app is entirely free (no ads, no premium version) and you can save your own custom presets without limitation. According to the app page, Music Volume EQ is guaranteed to work with Android Music Player, Winamp, Google Music, MixZing, Poweramp, and others.

There’s a little bit of fine print that says Music Volume EQ reserves the right to anonymously track and report usage data within this app, which may be important to you privacy-heads out there. Personally, it doesn’t bother me as much as the interface which is functionally fine but just not my style.


My personal pick would be Music Equalizer because it has the equalizer, nine equalizer presets, and the ability to create and save your own presets, all for free (the little ad at the bottom isn’t enough to turn me off). I don’t really need a home screen widget for my equalizer, but if you do, then Music Volume EQ is your best bet (and this one has no ads, so bonus).

Do you use equalizer Android apps? If so, which one? Know of any other equalizer apps that deserve a mention? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Image Credits: Equalizer Visual Via Shutterstock

  1. Rick Edelson
    January 1, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Joel, thanks for your helpful article. I use Google Cast (a/k/a Google Home) to play my music over my stereo instead of on my android phone via the Chromecast Audio device. Do any of these equalizers affect the Chromecast output stream? I've fiddled with a couple of these and they seem to alter what comes out of my phone but not the Chromecast signal sent to the stereo. Any guidance you could give on this would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Jerry b
    November 28, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Is there any EQ app that will will work on a galaxy note 2, after a recent ota update stock EQ doesn't work neither do the dozen or so ago I've installed.

  3. Raccoon
    October 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Viper for android hands down!!

  4. Alvin
    October 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for the review. I was using Equalizer on my Nexus 7 tablet, but was never really happy with the equalizer which degraded the sound. The bass booster on Equalizer made the bass sound muddy.

    Based on your review, I tried Music Volume EQ. The Music Volume EQ's bass boost produces a much cleaner sound on my Nexus 7 tablet. But, the equalizer is nothing to write home about.
    At least I have a clean base sound.


  5. lee
    September 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you for the review...went with Equalizer.

  6. daniel
    September 2, 2013 at 7:41 am

    i've tried alot of app include those audiobeats, racoon. nooxide, dsp, pureXaudio n so onn... the best is still viper4android...

  7. boody
    September 2, 2013 at 4:29 am

    DSP Manager, pure audio™, raccoon audio are da best selection IMO.

  8. Don Gateley
    June 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Oops! Paragraphs are only compressed out of the preview. Sorry.

  9. Don Gateley
    June 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Why the hell does this site compress out any paragraph separation in comments? Rude in the extreme.

  10. Don Gateley
    June 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    You fail to mention that the first app, Equalizer, has a third screen with effects. On it are variable bass boost, virtualizer and reverb. This is what makes it really useful. The virtualizer effect is superb. It creates a virtual sound stage which considerably opens up the music beyond the headphone syndrome without affecting the tone in any significant way and the reverb adds depth to it.

    Since all these programs all offer pretty much the same controls they must all be putting a skin on an API that is provided by Android rather than processing any sound themselves (a pass-through sound processing app is not possible on any smart phone, Android included, without difficult kernel hacking) so they will all sound and function identically and it's just a matter of choosing the skin you like best.

    • Joel Lee
      June 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Well, an equalizer by definition does nothing more than alter the sound wave at specific frequencies. It's hard to distinguish oneself as the "best alterer of sound" since it's pretty straightforward. The difference between the apps is not only the presentation (which is important) but also the additional features, like the bass boost, reverb, etc. that you mentioned.

  11. ReadandShare
    June 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Still waiting for a Windows or Android music player that will allow you to set individual equalizer presets to each song. iTunes had this feature years ago...

    • wwsiralexd
      September 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      PowerAmp lets you do this.

    • Artem
      October 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      audio master pro (by Blackjack) is an exterior eq that lets u do that with much better quality than Power Amp

  12. Mike Liveright
    June 21, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Any volume compression/expansion app for the Nexus 7 system?

    I tend to use Pandora as my background study player and would like to have the volume adjusted so that the various "songs" are the same loudness. I assume that this could be done by Pandora, or by using a sound compression/expansion app like these equalizaion apps. I looked at them and the play store and did not find any app that did adjust the volume so that either the various songs were at the same sound level or so that the output volume was expanded (if mp3 does not encode the entire dynamic range of the song?).


    • Joel Lee
      June 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      I think what you're looking for is something called "replay gain." I haven't looked into any apps that strictly offer replay gain only, but some of the more advanced music player apps have that feature. I'm not sure if you can replay gain Pandora, though. Perhaps you could try asking over at MUO Answers?

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