Thank you, Sleepsy!!!! This problem has been driving me friggin crazy for weeks! It was starting to get embarrassing always asking people to repeat themselves/saying we had a "bad connection". I even convinced myself if I held/positioned the phone *just right* I would get better volume. No-go.
But even before that, naturally I started with the most complicated fixes 1st and burned many hours (too many) ; ) It's xda after all lol. Mono-audio toggle, crazy updates, safe mode BS, uninstalling 3rd party apps, etc... I'm just glad I didn't wipe it!
It was crazy how much gunk came off that tiny ear speaker slit!!! Nasty stuff! And, ya know, I'd like to think I'm not... nasty lol
Maybe because I have long hair and use crazy amounts of conditioner? Eh, who knows?!
Bottom line: Problem fixed.
Sleepsy is a boss!
Originally Posted by Sleepsy
Might Just Need A Needle
I know this might sound like a stupid/common sense comment, but after failing many different attempts at this, I had an "AH-HAH" moment. This was when i heard a mild distortion, when i pressed my ear firmly against the phone.
So, I took a needle, and started running it across the ear/call speaker. I immediately started noticing some crap getting scraped off (phone is 1.5yo, after all). This, in spite of it looking 100% clean. I did this for a bit, using a dust buster after every few passes. That way, I didn't press anything farther in & suctioned out, what I couldn't access. Do this until nothing seems to come off anymore.
You really don't need to worry about damaging the speaker, as you're only cleaning the protective plastic shield/guard. The holes are extremely small in this plastic cover. Way smaller than the width of a needle. You may want to go after the individual holes, if you don't get enough increased volume.
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Also, in addition to the needle method above, if the benefits aren't significant enough, can bring in the artillery:
Canned Air (with the pressure multiplying straw)
Powerful Carpet Vacuum Hose- And if needed, narrow the suction beam, by placing something over the hose opening. Be it your fingers, or even an old piece of plastic with a hole cut into it.
Remember to use the needle method first, or during above methods. Since, if the crud isn't loosened first, it's not going to be moving anywhere.