People love AirPods. They have great sound, excellent noise cancellation, and are easy to carry. However, some of our readers noticed that their Apple AirPods have become quieter. There can be various reasons behind this. It may be because your phone and AirPods are misconfigured, defective, or dirty.
Listening to music on AirPods is a great experience. It is my best choice when I’m on the go. Maybe you are like me. You have been using your AirPods for a while or got a new one. Either of them can have problems. For instance, they are not base-y like before. Even at total volume, the sound is barely enough.
If you are having a similar issue, this article is for you. We will cover the probable causes of this problem and how to fix them. Just sit back and enjoy.
Before you start troubleshooting your AirPods problems, it can help you know how to calibrate AirPods and change the volume.
Changing the volume of your AirPods
- If your iPhone is nearby, you can adjust the sound level using the volume control from your phone. You can also change the volume using Siri.
- If you own the AirPods (1st gen), tap on the earbuds twice to wake up Siri and tell it to increase or decrease the volume.
- If you have a 2nd gen AirPods/AirPods Pro and you have enabled ‘Hey Siri’ functionality on your phone, just ask Siri to change the volume.
You should mention the percentage of sound to increase the sound according to your comfort.
For example: ‘Siri, increase the volume by 15 percent.’ If you don’t do this, Siri may increase the sound level really high at once. Tell it specifically to adjust the sound level to your liking.
Calibrating the AirPods with your iPhone
Your AirPods and iPhone audio might need to be calibrated because the two devices may have different interpretations of the term ‘full volume’. Here we are going to tell you how you can do it easily.
• Wear the AirPods and begin playing music.
• While keeping the AirPods in your ear, turn the volume of your iPhone down completely. You won’t hear any sound coming from your AirPods now.
• Go to the Action Center or iPhone settings and tap to disable the Bluetooth. Keep the AirPods in your ears.
• Play music again only through the iPhone’s speakers. Now turn the volume down again entirely by using the volume control.
• Now tap on the Bluetooth settings to turn it on. You might need to reconnect your AirPods.
• Play music now and adjust the volume to your liking.
How to troubleshoot low volume problems on AirPods
Before we begin, these tips are applicable to AirPods (1st gen), AirPods (2nd gen), and AirPods Pro. You should keep on trying the methods we share here. We have found out various problems and how to fix them.
So, here are some common problems and their solutions. We have tried to cover all sorts of possible problems. You should keep trying them. If one doesn’t work for you, the other one will, hopefully.
Turning up the volume from the iPhone
Apple AirPods don’t have volume control settings on them. You have to do it from your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. Turn the volume up from your Apple device. This is a good starting point. You may have overlooked this. Just press on the volume rocker on your iPhone to increase or decrease the volume.
Disable the low power mode
This is another probable reason behind your AirPods being quiet. Low power mode turns off or limits different functions of your iPhone and iPad to save battery life. It may be the reason why your earbuds are not loud enough. If your Apple device is low on power, charge it. Then, try again.
Check the power level of the AirPods
This is another thing that you may have missed. Maybe you have forgotten to check the battery level of your AirPods. Though this is highly unlikely, you should check it. If the power is low, charge your AirPods and try again.
Disable the Equalizer(EQ) settings
Most of the Equalizer functions lower the volume to give you a balanced experience. This might be the culprit behind your low volume issues. We recommend you disable the Equalizer setting.
Disable the Volume Limit option
The iPhone has an optional function to limit the volume for providing hearing protection. This feature prevents the iPhone from reaching its true maximum output. So, if none of the above methods worked for you, try this one. If your mobile volume has been limited, maximize it.
Set the same volume on both AirPods
You need to ensure that both of the AirPods have the same volume. The audio needs to be properly balanced to prevent low-volume issues. Maybe your AirPods have been configured to play different sound levels on each AirPods. You can change it by following these steps.
• Access the iPhone’s Settings.
• Go to Accessibility.
• Now go to Hearing and choose Audio/Visual.
• You have to ensure the slider is balanced. The adjusting button should be placed in the middle of the L and R to get the best sound quality.
Cleaning the AirPods
Sometimes cleaning your AirPods can fix the issue. As you use your earbuds for a while, ear wax starts to build upon the earbuds. But please be careful while you’re at it. Applying too much force or using unsuitable equipment to clean your AirPods will make things worse. So, here’s how you can clean your AirPods.
Warning: Don’t use anything wet or damp while cleaning your AirPods. It may cause some permanent damage to your AirPods. The mesh is the most sensitive part of the earbuds. If you poke it with toothpicks or anything sharp, it can be damaged.
You can use a cotton swab or use toothbrushes with soft bristles to clean the earbuds. Remember, no use of water!
You can also check our article, how to unmute Airpods easily?
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you control the AirPods volume using a hands-free way?
Yes, you can. We have already covered this method earlier in this article. You can use the Hey Siri function to decrease or increase the volume. However, you need to have an AirPods 2nd generation or higher to be able to do this.
My only problem is with the music app. How can I fix it?
If your only problem is with the Apple Music app, chances have you misconfigured your device’s music settings. You can fix this problem easily. First, open the Settings. Now, go to music and turn off EQ if it is turned on. You need to make sure the Volume Limit option is also off. If the setting is on, slide the volume button all the way up to turn it off.
We have looked for all the probable problems and solutions to them. At least one of the fixes should help you. If none of these solutions have worked out for you, contact Apple support and make an appointment.
Maybe your AirPods are defective or have some problems. If you have AppleCare, you can easily replace or fix the AirPods. Apple AirPods are cool with engraved message on them. Hopefully, this article has helped you solve your AirPods’ low-volume issues. Let us know what you think of it.
If you have other queries, we are here to help as well! Just contact us, and we will try to help you.
Please also check our relevant article, why are my Airpods quiet on Android?