June 21, 2024
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Why are my AirPods so quiet?

Why are my AirPods so quiet?

Apple's AirPods along with their Pro and Max versions are great for FaceTime, phone calls, and music streaming. The seamless transition between devices, like your iPhone and Mac when you sit down to work, is one of its best features. However, sometimes they experience problems. One of the common problems is that the AirPods volume goes too low. We will demonstrate how to solve that in this article.

Why is the volume on my AirPods so low?

Apple AirPods

Depending on the device you use your AirPods with, there are several reasons why they may not be strong enough. For example, your Mac or iPhone's accessibility settings may be restricting volume or the battery may be almost dead. Additionally, the performance of your AirPods can be unpredictable if you approach the limit of their Bluetooth range. This could cause the volume to be too low.

One of the following common problems could be causing your AirPods to go silent:

  • Earwax accumulation: It's unpleasant, but earwax buildup on the AirPods mesh can really reduce sound quality.
  • Poor Bluetooth: The sound quality of your AirPods may be affected by a weak Bluetooth connection or interference from other devices.
  • Software problems: If your AirPods have not received the latest software update, you will experience low sound levels.
  • Battery duration: Low batteries can also affect sound quality.
  • Settings: The volume or balance of your device's audio settings may be off.

7 Ways to Fix Silent AirPods

First, determine if the issue affects all of the devices you use or just one of them. Try them on your iPhone or iPad if you see the problem on your Mac and vice versa. This way, you can determine if your Mac, iPhone, or AirPods are the source of the problem.

There are a few options available if the problem is your AirPods. This is how you should proceed.

1. Clean your AirPods

Clean your airpods

AirPods occasionally get a little dirty due to all the debris that builds up on the speaker mesh. Therefore, clean them with a soft, damp, lint-free cloth as soon as possible. Make sure the cloth is slightly wet. You don't want your AirPods to get wet. Use the same method to clean the charging port and case. You can remove the silicone eartips from your AirPods Pro and quickly wash them with cold water. Before putting them back in, make sure they have dried.

2. Use the ear tip fit test

Once everything has been cleaned, you can confirm that your AirPods Pro fit comfortably in your ears. To do this, Apple offers a useful fit test that can distinguish between muted and clear music. This way, you won't need to increase the volume of the AirPods to get louder sound and ensure better sound quality.

A proper fit could make the difference between your AirPods feeling too quiet and just right.

3. Restart and recharge your AirPods

Although your AirPods appear to have plenty of power left, there may be an issue with the battery life display. Recharge them and test them again to make sure that's not the case.

If the volume on your AirPods is too low on one particular device but not another, there may be an issue with Bluetooth or your device. You can follow these steps to resolve the issue with system reboot:

  • Place your AirPods in their case, then select System Settings > Bluetooth, from your device's Apple menu.
  • Click “Delete” and confirm.
  • Open the lid of your AirPods case, then press and hold the settings button until the light starts flashing.
  • Go to System Preferences > Bluetooth and select “AirPods.”
  • Check if the problem is resolved.

4. Check the volume

It may seem silly, but make sure the volume on the affected device is turned up before taking further action. In case your Mac doesn't work with your AirPods, select Control Center and move the slider to the right. Check that the app you are using is not muted and that the volume is also turned up.

Apple customers also check to see if they haven't turned on any strange equalizer settings by double-checking their program settings. Things may seem much quieter than they actually are if you have adjusted the level sliders partially or completely. This user tip is quite useful in most situations.

Additionally, some websites, such as YouTube, have volume sliders built into their playback windows. It would be wise to ensure that all of these are set to a high level before using the Mac's main volume setting.

5. Check your iPhone settings

Check your iPhone settings if the volume on your AirPods is too low when you use them with your phone. Select Sound & touch > Headphone security after opening the Settings app. Verify that the toggle switch for “Reduce Loud Sounds” is turned off.

Additionally, you should pay attention to the accessibility options, as they can sometimes be set so that your AirPods are too quiet. Navigate to Settings, select Accessibility and then Audio/Visual. Verify that the slider is located halfway between L and R. Select Headphone Support. Turn them off and on again if the toggle switch is in the “on” position to avoid potential problems.

6. Run maintenance scripts

There are several reasons why your Mac could be the source of the quiet music coming out of your AirPods. Using maintenance scripts is the most effective way to address multiple issues at once. There are several applications created specifically for that purpose. They can perform a wide range of other maintenance tasks, such as reindexing Spotlight, shrinking Time Machine images, and freeing RAM, as well as running maintenance scripts.

7. Check if the volume of both headphones is the same

One earbud may have ended up being quieter than the other. You'll need to have your iPhone handy to check if that's the case:

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Sign in with your Apple ID if you're not signed in.
  • Click or tap “Accessibility.”
  • Select “Audio/Visual” under “Listening.”
  • Make sure the “Balance” section slider is in the middle, then move it back if necessary.

You may need to contact Apple for support if none of these solutions work to fix your volume issues. Still, it's worth experimenting with all of the settings mentioned above, in case you miss something simple, like the volume controls. You can also contact the community forums to see if you can find any unique information. Your comments can also help others, so if you want to add your experience to them, that will be helpful too.


If you have done all the above checks and still don't see any improvement, it's time to go to the Apple Service Store. Just know that you may be saying goodbye to your AirPods if you've read this far and don't have a solution. You will have to be without them for a while while they are repaired or replaced.

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