Do you feel that your AirPods’ volume is too low?
You may be listening to Spotify or watching Netflix when suddenly you find as you listen using your AirPods that the volume is too low.
It can be super frustrating, especially since you’ve dished over $100 bucks on it and find whatever you try to do to fix it, the volume that is output from the AirPods is just not loud enough.
In this guide, we have managed to compile together eleven different solutions which we will guide step-by-step on how you can fix your AirPods volume that is too low.
Without wasting another minute, let’s dive right in!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Clean your AirPods
- SUCC ON IT!
- Charge your AirPods
- Turn Off Low Power Mode
- Check Device Music Settings
- Check Stereo Balance Settings
- Calibrate Device Volume and Connection
- Restart Devices
- Update to the Latest OS, iPadOS or macOS
- Forget Device, Reset AirPods and Pair Again
- Contact Apple Support
How to Fix AirPods Volume Too Low: 10 Ways.
1. Clean your AirPods.
This may sound like a cliche but keeping your AirPods clean can in fact help resolve most of the “volume” issues you may have with it. As discussed in one of our previous articles on a similar AirPods topic, any form of debris that is stuck can hinder the flow of sound from your AirPods to your ears and subsequently make you hear a more muffled or softer sound compared to what it should sound like.
You can use a microfiber cloth together with cotton buds to remove dirt from your earbuds and we’ve found that using these together as well as applying the “sucking” technique in Method 2 really helps.
Additionally, you will not just want to clean the AirPods themselves but also the charging case too! Often, we may clean the AirPods but when we put the AirPods back into the charging case, the AirPods get dirty again because the bulk of the dirt and debris is being collected in the charging case.
So make sure to use the cotton buds together with the microfiber cloth to clean the charging case too. Do not dampen or use liquid to clean the charging case as there are charging ports at the bottom which can get spoilt easily if it ever comes in contact with any liquid.
Follow this checklist when cleaning your Airpods:
- Don’t use your AirPods underwater.
- Use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to dry the device.
- Avoid any liquid.
- Use a dry cotton bud to gently clean the microphone and speaker meshes.
- Remove any dirt or debris from the meshes with a clean, dry, soft-bristled brush.
- Avoid using sharp objects or abrasive materials to clean the AirPods
Once that your AirPods are clean, there will be no physical hindrance that can affect the volume of the audio that is coming out of your AirPods. It can also charge successfully to avoid low battery situations that can limit the volume capacity of your device. Make sure to charge both of them then try testing to see if the volume issue has been fixed.
2. SUCC ON IT!
Another an excellent technique which we’ve often advocated in our posts relating to fixing issues on AirPods is to “suck” on the biggest speaker on the AirPod which you find has less volume.
This method has been useful as it helps to loosen up any debris such as ear wax that can be stuck, which prevents any outgoing sound and hence why you may find your left or right AirPod to be lower in volume than that of the other. Just make sure you dry them before putting it back to the charging case for the charging process to avoid short circuits.
Here’s a great video on how you can do it:
As you’re “sucking” on the faulty AirPod, we suggest that you keep a thin microfiber cloth between as you suck on it. Use the microfiber cloth also to wipe the AirPod each time as you “suck” on it.
3. Charge your AirPods.
Devices today are so intuitive that it will preserve its battery by lowering down the device performance. Your Apple AirPods is not an exemption. It is one of the reasons why your volume may be limited because it may be running low on battery.
On a single charge, you can get 4 to 5 hours of listening time and 3 to 3.5 hours of talk time. Your charging case acts like a power bank that has a charging capacity for allowing 24 hours listening time or up to 18 hours of talk time on your AirPods altogether before you require to charge the charging case again. In emergency cases, 15 minutes charging of AirPod in the case can give you 1 hour of listening or talk time.
So make sure, that once you’ve charged your AirPods, try once again to see if the volume issues have gone.
4. Turn Off Low Power Mode.
Apple devices also have a feature to preserve its battery by lowering down its performance. This feature is called Low Power Mode.
Although this feature is not passive, you do have the choice to enable or disable this feature. Most of the time, this feature will prompt if you are running low on power after a certain 20% or 30% battery health mark on your device.
One of the main gripes with this feature is that it works well to conserve the battery when it’s low but at the expense of turning off several services such as background refresh for the Mail app and apps as well as reduced overall performance. The latter side effect can hinder you to use the full capacity of your Apple device, including maximizing the volume of your audio coming out of your AirPods.
To disable Low Power Mode on your iPhone or iPad, here’s what you do:
- Go into the Settings app and then tap on the Battery option.
- From there, toggle the Low Power Mode button to disable the feature.
With this, you can now maximize the volume of your audio device to full capacity. Once again try testing to see if the volume of sound that is coming out of your AirPods is loud enough.
5. Check Device Music Settings.
This method has worked to solve the AirPods volume too low issues for a number of users on the Apple Support Communities forums on this topic. Basically the premise is that the music settings on your Apple device are affecting the volume of the audio.
It’s especially the case if you’re finding the volume is too low when playing music out of the Apple Music app.
One of the settings you need to check is the Volume Limit. If this feature is set to minimal or low, your audio is adjusted automatically to that volume. To change it, go to your Device’s Settings, then tap on the Music option and then make sure that your Volume Limit is set to maximum.
Another setting you need to disable is the Sound Check option of your Music app. This feature will level the volume of all your music files when played. So if a particular song you like was recorded with a lower bitrate compared to the others in the playlist, then there is a chance that all your songs on your playlist will be adjusted with the equal volume. You can disable this Sound Check setting by going to Settings, tapping on the Music option, and then toggling off the switch next to Sound Check option.
Lastly, the Equalizer option can affect also the volume of your music audio. Each song is not made with the same settings which sometimes is messed up by the equalizer.
To disable it, go back to Settings and then tap on the Music option. Under the Playback section, tap OFF on the EQ option to disable it.
With this, try using your Music app once again and see if the audio that you hear does not have too less volume being outputted.
6. Check Stereo Balance Settings.
Find that the AirPod on the left/right is quieter than the other?
Then this solution should do the trick to fix it. There is a setting on your device that can adjust the level of volume that is output for each AirPod. If these settings are adjusted incorrectly, for instance, where your right AirPod is adjusted to be louder than the left AirPod, then you will find a stark difference in audio quality between them.
In order to fix this, you will need to update the settings on your Apple device and make sure that the volume is balanced for both the left and right AirPods.
Here’s how you can do it:
- First, open the Settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
- Then, tap on the General option, and then Accessibility option.
- Now, tap on the Mono Audio option to disable it. If it is greyed out, then it is already disabled.
- Finally, scroll down to the Hearing section and make sure that the indicator of L and R speakers is on the center to balance the volume of the left and right earbuds.
Now that you have updated these settings, the volume level on both ears of your Airpods should be the same and you should be able to now hear any music or video with equal volume.
7. Calibrate Device Volume and Connection.
It is possible that your device needs to be tuned up. In some cases, device settings tend to get corrupted over time due to updates and other changes in settings. Volume level setting is not an exception if that happens. To fix it, you need to calibrate the settings and the Bluetooth connection as well.
Here’s how you can do it:
- Go ahead and turn the volume of your device all the way down to zero while playing music and your AirPods is still connected via Bluetooth.
- Next, Disconnect (Note: do not tap on the Forget This Device) the AirPods by going to the Settings, then Bluetooth and clicking on the ( i ) icon beside the AirPod name.
- Go back to Bluetooth and toggle the button to disable it.
- After that, your Apple device will be playing the music using its own speakers.
- Now, turn the volume of your speaker all the way down to zero.
- Then, turn back on your Bluetooth on your Apple device and reconnect the AirPods.
- Finally, adjust the audio volume according to your needs.
Now that you have calibrated your volume control and Bluetooth connection, you should be able to adjust the volume level accordingly.
8. Restart Devices.
After all the changes in settings, some of it will not work especially when your device has been running for a very long time. This is because your device might be overloaded with processes and could not save the changes. This is a common issue that not only can result in volume-related issues but also can cause several bugs for both the device and the peripherals connected to it.
Hence, you will need to restart your Apple device which your AirPods is connected.
Here’s how you can do it:
- First, go to your device’s Settings.
- Then find and tap General, then tap Shut Down.
- Lastly, turn on your iPhone or iPad once again after a few seconds. Test your AirPods again and see if the volume issues have been fixed.
9. Update to the Latest OS, iPadOS or macOS.
Another highly likely prospect could be because of bugs found in the firmware of the AirPods. If you’ve been putting off on an iOS/iPadOS/macOS update lately or if you’ve not checked, then there may be an update already released for the device. Apple is pretty quick to address issues such as volume-related issues for AirPods as based on their past changelogs for each of their iOS, iPadOS and macOS updates.
The way to update the AirPods is to update the device which you’re trying to pair the AirPods with. This can be your iPhone, iPad or even your Mac. After that, it will automatically update its firmware to the latest version.
If you are not sure how to do the update process, learn more on how to update your Apple devices to the latest version. After the process, your device will restart and you can try testing your AirPods’ volume again.
10. Forget Device, Reset AirPods and Pair Again.
Corrupted Bluetooth connection settings can often impede a pleasant listening experience using the AirPods since the AirPods heavily rely on it to work. In such a case, the best way to approach this issue is to rebuild the Bluetooth connection profile.
Here’s how you can do it:
- First, open the Settings app of your Apple device, then tap on Bluetooth.
- Then, tap the ( i ) icon next to your AirPods name, tap Forget This Device and then Confirm.
- Next, place your AirPods into its charging case and then close the lid. Wait for around 30 seconds before opening the lid of the charging case.
- Now press and hold the Setup button on the back of the case until the LED light inside the case flashes amber ☀ and then white repeatedly.
- After that, close the lid of the Airpods charging case to finish the reset process.
- Give it a few seconds then open the lid of the case fo AirPods again to begin the pairing process.
- Now on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, bring your AirPods case (with AirPods in) near it until the setup popup appears on the screen. If you are having trouble, know more about what to do.
- Finally, tap the Connect option on your Apple device and follow the instructions until you finish the setup process.
Now that you have rebuilt the Bluetooth connection profile, your AirPods should be able to work correctly now. Try testing the AirPods and hear if the volume is balanced. You should be able to adjust the volume level of the device to the desired level of loudness.
11. Contact Apple Support.
If all else fail, you may be using a defective AirPods. An option that is available to you is to have an Apple-certified technician check the unit at your nearest Apple Store. Although do make sure that you tell them the attempts you have made to fix the issue yourself. It will save a lot of time not repeat the same process for troubleshooting.
Make sure you check the warranty of your device. After the check-up, they may decide to replace your AirPods. If that is the case, it is crucial that you know the warranty options that are available to you before they ask you to spend a dime on the service. For instance, when you buy your AirPods, you are entitled to a 14-day returns and refunds option. If you’ve purchased AppleCare, then you have the convenience to get discounts on the service charge.
Additionally, make sure to check the AirPods before leaving the store.
As we end this article on how to fix AirPods volume too low issue, we hope that you were able to learn something out of this guide. If you have questions related to this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below.
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