How to fix Galaxy Note 10 Speaker Distortion


Does your Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10 Plus have a distortion in its speaker? Take a look at this guide to fix Galaxy Note 10 Speaker Distortion. You can apply multiple solutions to get rid of that distortion.

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Galaxy Note 10 Plus Speaker – Picture @ Usama M

Galaxy Note 10 Speaker Distortion

Both the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are two of the most expensive Samsung smartphones. Any minor issue occurring out of nowhere can get the Note 10 owners scratching their heads. Recently, a number of Galaxy Note 10 owners started reporting the speaker distortion problem in a Reddit thread.

Galaxy Note 10 comes with two speakers. The stereo speakers setup has 1 speaker at the bottom and one speaker is at the top of the screen. Both speakers work together to produce a stereo sound. Galaxy Note 10 is also equipped with features like Dolby Atmos. The sound enhancement options of this phone can take the sound experience to a whole new level.

The distortion faced by the Galaxy Note 10 owners includes an eery sound when they are listening to a podcast. The issue also happens when someone in a video speaks a little louder. Note 10’s back around its camera vibrates, which is pretty normal. The rear of phones like Galaxy S10, S10 5G, and S10 Plus also vibrates. So, Note 10’s rear vibrating with sound effects is normal, but if it’s sound is being distorted, it definitely has an issue. 

Furthermore, a user reported that the distortion happens only when you are listening at full volume. Note 10’s speakers are designed to output any level of sound smoothly, the distortion should not happen in the first place regardless of the volume level.

Fortunately, the solution to this problem was also presented by a couple of users. If you have been facing this problem, take a look at the steps below to fix it right away.

Fix Galaxy Note 10 Speaker Distortion

  1. On your phone, pull down the notifications panel to access toggles and turn on “Dolby Atmos”.
  2. Long-press the Dolby Atmos button to access its settings. Set it to Auto for automatic sound optimization. If you are listening to podcasts, set it to Voice.
  3. On your phone, go to settings > sounds and vibration > advanced sound settings > sound quality and effects > equalizer> if it set to custom, set it to a pre-defined equalizer.
  4. Play something on your phone and check the sound now. The distortion will be gone.
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Turning on Dolby Atmos on Note 10
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Resetting the equalizer


That’s how easy it was to fix the Galaxy Note 10 speaker distortion. The Dolby Atmos on a new phone is turned off by default. Also, if you had it turned on previously, a new update can turn it off. Dolby Atmos can significantly enhance the sound output of the Galaxy phones that support it. By now, you have hopefully fixed this problem. If you have anything to add to this guide or any questions to ask, use the comment box below.

Usama is a software engineer by profession and at he uses his expertise to solve everyday consumer tech problems with his main areas of interest being Android, iOS and Windows.


  1. Just wanted to share my exp with a note 20 ultra. My speaker started distorting after a short 3hr flight. After thinking about the static pressure difference, i unmounted the sd and pulled the tray. This equalized pressure inside the phone. I wouldnt be surprised if more water resistant phones are experiencing this pressure imbalance. Ive seen similar issues in my career with pressure controls.

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