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AdvocateOfNyx

Bottom Speaker On Galaxy S10 Broken/Tinny

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey all. I've had my S10 for about a year now and the speaker quality has always been awesome. I've even used it as a speaker once or twice when my friend forgot their Bluetooth speaker. I'm not exactly sure when this began because I usually use wireless earbuds, but a couple days ago I was listening to a video and I tried to press the bottom speaker to my ear to hear something, but to my surprise it wasn't putting out much, if any sound.

 

Today I spoke to Bixby and she sounded horrible. Did some testing and found that indeed the speaker sounds broken. It puts out weak sound and the little sound it does put out sounds horrible, it has this sharp metallic buzzing which I've heard before in broken cheap earbuds. What can I do to troubleshoot this issue? Sadly going in to a store is not an option right now with covid being so widespread in my area. We are still have a shelter in place order.  Thought about trying to wash it out with a small amount of water as it's possible there is some gunk or something in there.  My phone hasn't been through any rough falls or anything recently, however it did get put down in a thin layer of lubricant.  My best guess is that some of it got inside of the speaker grill, although I'm not entirely sure.

 

Since I don't fully understand the issue, I've attached a link to where you can listen to some of the audio yourself. https://sndup.net/3gyc


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If you want to try washing out the speaker, first turn the device off and use concentrated alcohol instead of water.

Shake it with the liquid inside to hopefully dislodge anything that is stuck. After the wash, quickly do what you can to dry the charging port.

And leave it to dry in a warm place while propped up so that any liquid will fall out the speaker port. You can use rice if you want

Make sure its fully dried before turning it on.

 

I dont guarantee this will work. You are responsible for your device.

Good luck


Awareness is key. Never enough, even in the face of futility. Speak the truth as if you may never get to say it again. This world is full of ugly. Change it they say. The only way is to reveal the ugly. To change the truth you must first acknowledge it. Never pretend it isn't there. Never bend the knee.

 

Please quote my post in your reply, so that I will be notified and can respond to it. Thanks.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 hours ago, huilun02 said:

If you want to try washing out the speaker, first turn the device off and use concentrated alcohol instead of water.

Shake it with the liquid inside to hopefully dislodge anything that is stuck. After the wash, quickly do what you can to dry the charging port.

And leave it to dry in a warm place while propped up so that any liquid will fall out the speaker port. You can use rice if you want

Make sure its fully dried before turning it on.

 

I dont guarantee this will work. You are responsible for your device.

Good luck

Thank you for the instructions.  I will give this a shot.  How much alcohol is safe to pour in to the speaker?  I'm assuming just a small amount, but that's very subjective.


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4 minutes ago, AdvocateOfNyx said:

Thank you for the instructions.  I will give this a shot.  How much alcohol is safe to pour in to the speaker?  I'm assuming just a small amount, but that's very subjective.

If the alcohol is actually 100% concentration, you can theoretically drown the phone in the liquid without causing any damage.

 

The concern is that what is normally available and bought by consumers, is not 100% alcohol. And the % that is not alcohol is filled with water.

 

You want to minimize water exposure to electronics, because water will short electronics and corrode exposed metal. This is why you want to dry out the charging port asap, and wait till the phone is dry before turning it back on.

 

Assuming you got alcohol that is at least 70%, you can keep pouring the liquid into the speaker port until it gets full if you want. You want the alcohol in there to dislodge and wash out anything that could be stuck. Give it a shake and drain the liquid, and immediately begin the drying process.


Awareness is key. Never enough, even in the face of futility. Speak the truth as if you may never get to say it again. This world is full of ugly. Change it they say. The only way is to reveal the ugly. To change the truth you must first acknowledge it. Never pretend it isn't there. Never bend the knee.

 

Please quote my post in your reply, so that I will be notified and can respond to it. Thanks.

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