Bose QuietComfort Earbuds get swipe volume controls with latest app update

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
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A quick glance at our glowing five-star review of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds reveals that, despite a "fantastic true wireless" design with "brilliant noise-cancelling tech", our main gripe was the lack of onboard volume controls. Well, only weeks after their launch, Bose has now sorted that – if you've got an Apple device, at least.

In the latest update for the Bose Music app, out today on iOS there’s a new volume control option in settings – an update which we hope will soon be arriving on the Android app, too.

As first seen by The Verge, once you toggle it on, you’ll be able to swipe up and down on the right earbud to adjust how loud your playback is. And better still, this feature is available for both the QuietComfort Earbuds and less expensive Sport Earbuds. It’s actually a feature that was seen briefly in early manuals for the Bose earbuds but was removed before they shipped. 

Obviously, not having to reach for your phone (or bark at your voice assistant) every time you want to tweak the volume gives ease of use a major boost - we're downloading the app update as we type to take this new feature for a spin.

There's also good news for Bose Noise Cancelling 700 users whose go-to streaming service is Spotify. Bose has added an (optional) Spotify gestural shortcut, meaning you can now launch Spotify on your mobile device with a tap and hold on the right earcup – a feature other headphone manufacturers, including Samsung (with its Galaxy Buds line of in-ears) have previously added.


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Becky has been a full-time staff writer at What Hi-Fi? since March 2019. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, she freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 20-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance is of course tethered to a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo, This is Cabaret and The Stage. When not writing, she dances, spins in the air, drinks coffee, watches football or surfs in Cornwall with her other half – a football writer whose talent knows no bounds.