Idea: Automatically adjust Snapchat Stories audio down & adjust audio waves if opening a video that is determined to probably be too loud either because of comparing to prior video including if audio was increased and/or if the video separately is just too loud 4.29.2016 (#135)

Purpose is to make easier to transition between different audio levels when looking at Stories. When audio automatically decreases, then identify the change by showing the audio indicator at the top of the screen as showing that audio went down so may be noticed but not disruptive to experience.

Start on Stories, open a friend’s Story which has hard to hear volume of someone talking so increase volume, swipe to next friend which is a photo, then swipe to next friend which auto adjusts audio lower because identified to be high volume based on the audio waves. Designed by D.J. Sherrets.

Press release:

  • Title: Audio volume just right
  • Introduction: Sometimes a video you’re watching may be hard to hear so you turn up the volume, but the next video is far too loud and so can hurt your ears and be a bad experience. Starting today, changing the audio on one video will automatically revert to a lower volume level if the next video audio is determined to be too loud.

Snapchat today:

  • Audio in one video may be hard to hear and cause you to increase the volume but another video that appears may be a concert or elsewhere that is far louder which can be annoying and painful.
  • A lot of people listen to videos without audio on.
  • Perhaps a reason people do not listen with audio is because of audio that may feel disruptive or annoying.

Proposed idea:

  1. Start on Stories view. Tap to view a Story that has audio such as in a video. Note that your phone is in silent mode, so the audio does not play.
  2. Tap up or down volume to start playing audio. Note that the video is someone talking but it’s hard to hear what the person is saying, so tap the up volume to at or near the maximum volume and this shows that all of the audio bars are full across the top of the screen.
  3. The Story finishes playing and the next Story is a photo with no audio.
  4. The Story finishes playing and the next Story is a video that is very loud because the video is of a concert. Note as soon as the video plays the audio was reduced from full audio bars to about half of the audio bars. Also, the audio waves were adjusted to help reduce parts of the audio wave that may be disruptive to the experience of listening.


  • Opportunity is to make transition from different audio easier, with a focus on trying to avoid a problem if the audio is too loud.
  • A reason for automatic audio decrease is in case identify that should not be as loud.
Designed by D.J. Sherrets.

© 2016 D.J. Sherrets