How to Fix If Left Or Right AirPod Stops Working

Left Or Right AirPod Stops Working

Isn’t it annoying when only one of your AirPods is working?

Well, you are not the only one having this issue. Several users have mentioned the same problem in the Apple Support Community page. The problem is that one of the AirPods does not have any audio output, and the double-tap feature doesn’t work. Some have experienced that one of their earbuds fail 80% of the time with 1 to 10 minutes intervals. Others have a red exclamation mark on one of the AirPods as they open the case.

There are some factors to consider why one of your AirPods is not functioning correctly. Generally, you would start with the physical aspects of the device down to the settings. Some fixes are mentioned in the Apple Support Community page. Still, it will be easier for you to understand if the solutions are laid out in proper order to not risk causing damage to your AirPods, which would set you back another $50-100 to fix it. 💸

Plus, by knowing the potential causes of the problem, you may be able to avoid these things from happening again.

In this guide, we will explain the causes and guide you along on how to fix your left or right AirPods that stopped working issue, step-by-step.

Let’s jump right in!


  1. Clean the AirPods
  3. Check The Bluetooth Settings
  4. Incorrect Stereo Settings
  5. Restarting Your Device
  6. Reset Your AirPods By Forgetting The Device and Pair Again
  7. Contact Apple Support


How to Fix Left Or Right AirPods Stops Working: 6 Ways.


1. Clean and Charge Your AirPods.

The most common problem with AirPods is that specks of dust or debris get in between the AirPods and the charging contact of the case. When this happens, you can find either your left or right AirPod stops working because they cannot charge successfully.

Furthermore, ignoring to clean your AirPods and the AirPods case can also cause long-term degradation of the quality of sound output via either one of the AirPod speakers.

Why? Well, it’s because the debris can be challenging to be removed the longer you leave it uncleaned. Try and make it a three-day routine to clean your AirPods. 🕒

The best way which we often recommend to our readers in all our guides centered on AirPods, and AirPods Pro is to first use a microfiber cloth for cleaning the AirPods and charging case then shift to using cotton buds to clean the crevices.


How to Clean AirPods


There are special cotton buds that are made just for cleaning AirPods and their speaker grills, which you may pick up from Amazon for $9 bucks or so, although just about any clean, unused cotton-bud would do. Using a cotton-bud is best used for hard to reach spaces within your AirPods speaker grills. Do the same with your charging case and make sure the charging contacts are clean. Again be gentle and be patient when trying to clean your AirPods. 🙂

If you can still see tiny specs of dirt, you can blow them away. Just make sure that the air you blow is dry so as to avoid short circuits during the charging process. Just make sure to remember to dry it before you start the charging process.

After you successfully charged your AirPods, try testing both your AirPods and see if they both work as they are intended.




One of the most effective ways which have helped users in our previous guides when fixing the AirPods is to “suck” on the biggest speaker on the faulty AirPod.

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 stops working.

Here’s a great video on how to do this:


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. Check The Bluetooth Settings.

In cases where your double-tap feature on your AirPods does not work, be sure to check the settings on your iPad or iPhone. It is likely that the double-tap feature setting is incorrectly configured and may need to be re-assigned to your desired AirPod.

You will need to open your device Settings app, then go to the Bluetooth option. On the list of Bluetooth devices, find your AirPods and click the ( i ) icon. On the AirPods settings page, under Double-Tap on AirPod, you will be able to assign the functions for both the left and right AirPods.


Left Or Right AirPod Stops Working


After this process, you will be able to use the functions using the correct AirPod. This will also rebuild the corrupted settings for your AirPods.



4. Incorrect Stereo Settings.

Your AirPods have the settings to adjust and split how the audio is output into either the left or right AirPod.

For some listeners, they may prefer the sound to be louder on the right than the left, and for others, it could be vice versa.

The issue arises when this setting is configured with unbalanced settings. When this happens, you will hear louder audio on the other speaker compared to the other one. Sometimes you may only hear your left AirPod or your right AirPod but not the other as it will seem like the AirPod will stop working.

Here’s how you can ensure you have the proper level of balance between both the left and right AirPods:

  1. Go ahead and open the Settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
  2. Then tap the General option, and then tap on Accessibility.
  3. Now, scroll down and make sure that the Mono Audio option is disabled.

Left Or Right AirPod Stops Working


  1. Finally, find 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.

Once again, try opening an app like Spotify or Apple Music and try playing a song. Listen and identify if there are any improvements in the volume and sound that is output from both AirPods.



5. Restarting Your Device.

Most devices such as your iPhone or iPad may encounter various software glitches and crashes when they have been running for a very long time without a full reset. This is a common issue with Windows 10 PCs, and Apple’s Mac systems, which we’ve recounted before in our previous writeups, and readers have found that by merely restarting the device, fixed majority of the issues they were facing.

The understanding behind why this happens is that your device’s cache acts like a stockpile for all the tasks and processes you carry out with your device. When you go a long time without restarting the device, it never gets the opportunity to reset its cache and hence becomes this bloated pile of mess. This explains why even if you have changed the settings from Methods 3 and 4 (above) that you still find the AirPods not to work.

Here’s how you can restart your iPhone or iPad:

  1. First, go to your device’s Settings.
  2. Then find and tap General, then tap Shut Down.

Left Or Right AirPod Stops Working


  1. Lastly, give it a few seconds, then turn on your Apple device again.

Alternatively, you can also try to force restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Upon doing this process, you have refreshed your device and loaded the new settings.



6. Reset Your AirPods By Forgetting The Device and Pair Again.

This is the method that we have found to be the most effective, personally, for us. The Bluetooth connection settings between your device and AirPods have likely been corrupted. This usually happens when the process was interrupted and terminated prematurely.

Such interruptions can happen due to three main reasons:

  • If your device had shut down by itself without disconnecting the AirPods first.
  • The AirPods ran out of charge first before it was disconnected successfully with the device.
  • The device has had recently gone under a reboot or reset.

Hence, to restore the file, you have to delete the current settings and rebuild it by pairing it again. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead and open the Settings app of your iPhone or iPad, then tap on Bluetooth.
  2. Then, tap the ( i ) icon next to your AirPods, tap Forget This Device and then Confirm.

Left Or Right AirPod Stops Working


  1. Next, place your earbuds securely in the charging case and close the lid. Wait for about 30 seconds and open the lid of the case.

Left Or Right AirPod Stops Working


  1. Now open up the lid and don’t take the AirPods out. You should see a pairing button on the back of the case (as shown below). Press and hold down on the Setup button until the LED light inside the case flashes amber momentarily and then white continuously.

Left Or Right AirPod Stops Working


Left Or Right AirPod Stops Working
💡 This indicates now that your AirPods are done with the resetting. This works even if the AirPods aren’t yours.


  1. Then close the lid of the Airpods case to finalize the reset process.
  2. After a few seconds, open the lid of the AirPods’ case to begin the pairing process.
  3. Go back to the home screen of your iPhone or iPad and bring your AirPods case near it until a setup animation appears on the screen. If you are having trouble, know more about what to do.
  4. Finally, tap the Connect option on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and follow the instructions to finish the setup process.


Now that you have reset your AirPods and re-build the Bluetooth connection settings, it should work correctly with your device. Both AirPods will be able to function successfully as well.



7. Contact Apple Support.

If you still find that your left or right AirPod stops working at this point, then it’s likely that you may have been given or purchased a defective set of AirPods.

In which case, you should have an Apple-certified technician check for it at your nearest Apple Store. They could replace just the AirPods, the charging case, or the whole package if needed.


To fast track the process, you can tell the technician the methods (from this guide) you did in the attempt to resolve the issue by yourself. That way, they could avoid doing the same troubleshooting steps and could concentrate on the hardware part. Just make sure you check the warranty of your device and be ready for the replacement process.

We strongly advise you not to pay a dime before understanding the warranty options that are available to you. For instance, if you’ve just bought your AirPods, you’re entitled to a free exchange or refunds within 14 days from the date of purchase. If you’ve purchased AppleCare at the time you bought your AirPods, then you’re entitled to either a free or discounted repair cost. Feel free to comment down below, and we can advise you. 🙂

We hope that this guide has helped explain and fix if your left or right AirPod stops working. If you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment below, and we will love to help you out. ❤



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