How to change the audio output from stereo to mono - quick and easy

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What causes the quality of an audio to vary? Many times it is about the encoding format and the encoding frequency. For example, services such as Apple Music transmit at a bit rate of 256 Kbps in the ACC or Advances Audio Coding format. This Apple Music service can be used on Android.

And Spotify, offers the Ogg Vorbis format at 320Kbps. Both formats are of high quality although different. Therefore, the format often affects the sound quality.



And there are also several apps that can help you improve the sound. Now, does the audio output have anything to do with this? Does this affect the way we listen to it? The answer is yes in both cases. But what is the best way to hear it and how to change the audio output of our device? In this article you will find the answers.

What are mono and stereo modes and how do they differ?

Many of us have heard of these types of reproduction when our devices offer us the possibility to change them.

Normally, stereo is preferred over mono, but why is this so? What does each consist of? And how to change them?

Mono refers to a signal recorded with a single microphone. Therefore, when you play it with two speakers or headphones, you will hear the same recording from both the right and the left as the signal is doubled.

On the other hand, stereo is a signal recorded with a pair of two identical microphones. Then, while listening to the file or recording, you will hear the on the left recorded sound from one of the microphones and to the right the sound recorded with the other microphone.



This makes stereo sound more realistic to the human ear as we are designed to hear from both sides.

This fact is what causes a stereo file to be twice as heavy as a mono file since it actually contains two audio recordings and twice as much data must be saved.

Although it is evident that the quality of sound it's pretty good in stereo mode because of the way the sound is distributed, this doesn't mean it's wrong to use mono mode.

How to change the audio output from stereo to mono on your mobile?

Although our devices usually come configured by default in stereo mode a because of the good experience it provides, it is also possible to change it to mono mode.

As already mentioned, with the stereo mode you will hear variations between the two headphones but with the mono mode you will hear exactly the same on both sides.

What should you do for change the audio output e Than we set it in mono mode? Follow the simple steps below and that's it.


In fact, the only difference between the two is that in mono mode the dispersion of the stereo sound is lost, not the quality as such. So you can use mono mode without any problem.

Now, what if you want to configure or change the audio output of yours mobile stereo to mono? How to do it? In the next block you will learn how.

Step 1


The first thing you should do is enter the "Settings" or "Settings" of your mobile. Go to section "Accessibility" and click on it. Once there, hit the "Listen" option.

Step 2

Finally, you have to select if you want activate or deactivate stereo or mono mode. You can do this by hitting the switch right next to the option you want to choose. And voila, you will have changed the audio output of your device.


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